About Us

Homeward Bound: Addison County’s Humane Society is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the well being of homeless, abandoned and abuse/neglected animals.

Founded in 1975, Homeward Bound continues to serve as the only animal shelter in Addison County and since its inception has served over 20,000 animals. We serve more animals per resident than nearly any other shelter in the state and offer programs and services to meet a wide array of critical animal welfare needs. Homeward Bound provides these services without any county, state or federal funding or financial support from any national organizations.

Homeward Bound is strongly committed to providing the highest quality of care to all animals that enter our shelter.   At the shelter, we house approximately fourteen (14) dogs, one hundred and twenty-five (125) cats, and approximately ten (10) other small animals such as rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, and birds.

We also provide services to an unlimited number of animals (dogs, cats, horses, cows, goats, pigs and other farm animals) through our foster care program. Through the use of a group of dedicated foster families, we are able to place animals in their homes, thus providing service throughout the county for many animals. Foster care services are most often provided for animals in emergency situations such as special needs animals, pregnant cats, and animals rescued through our Cruelty Response Program.

At Homeward Bound,  we strongly believe that every animal who enters our shelter deserves to be cared for in a nurturing and loving environment by compassionate employees and volunteers, is entitled to the best medical care that we can provide to them and must be given every opportunity to find a loving and permanent home.  We never euthanize animals due to space or capacity constraints and will only euthanize an animal if he/she is suffering from a chronic and painful medical condition or is extremely aggressive and cannot be safely adopted out to the community. While this position compels us to serve many animals with multiple medical issues and/or behavioral problems, we deeply believe that, with a little patience and a lot of dedication, each of our animals can be successfully placed in a loving and caring home.