Who We Are

Mission Statement:

To educate the community and improve the lives of animals, alleviate their suffering, and elevate their status in society. We safeguard, rescue, shelter, heal, adopt and advocate for animals in need, while inspiring community action and compassion on their behalf.

Vision Statement:

  • We envision a world that is nurturing and compassionate towards all animals.
  • We envision a world where no animal suffers from abuse or neglect.
  • We envision a world in which all people regard companion animals as lifelong, valued family members.

Our pledge to donors:

We make every donor feel appreciated and show them that their gift is making a difference.

    • We say thank you in person. We say thank you through letters. We say thank you by letting our supporters know that their gift made an impact.
    • We share stories of animals rescued and lives changed and we do so with emotion and passion.
    • We build relationships. We ask our donors for their opinions – what works here and what does not. We listen and we try to make things better.
    • Our donors will know in their heads and their hearts that something good has happened because they chose to support Homeward Bound.

About us:

Homeward Bound, Addison County’s Humane Society, is a  private and independent 501(c)(3) not-for-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 are registered, inspected, and authorized annually to operate as an animal shelter by the State of Vermont.

In August of 2012, we successfully completed the expansion and renovation of our shelter, having raised over $1 million dollars through a community based capital campaign initiative and are now able to offer a wider-range of comprehensive services to meet the needs of the animals.  We provide programs and services without any county, state or federal funding or financial support from any national organizations.   Homeward Bound is funded solely by the generous contributions of local businesses, foundations, and individuals just like you!

Homeward Bound is strongly committed to providing the highest quality of care to all animals that enter our shelter.  At the shelter, we can house approximately fourteen (14) dogs, one hundred  (100) 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.

Homeward Bound strongly believes 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 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.  We are proud participants of  Maddie’s Fund grant funding and and you may view our 2016 Animal Statistics Table  for more information.  The collection and publication of this data is sponsored by Maddie’s Fund.  For more information on Maddie’s Fund, please visit  Maddie’s Fund.

We are extremely proud of the services that we offer and are very grateful to all of the staff, volunteers and donors who help to support Homeward Bound and allow us to make a difference in the lives of so many animals!