Effective November 12, 2020:  To support the most recent Vermont state guidelines about interstate travel we are temporarily ceasing to do adoptions  to or take owned animals from out-of-state applicants.  We understand the frustration this may cause and we are grateful for your understanding as we do our part to reduce possible virus transmission.

The shelter is open by appointment for adoptions, owner surrendered pets and stray animals.  When you arrive for an appointment, please stay in your car.  A staff person will be out shortly to meet you.  We appreciate your cooperation and ask that no more than 2 people in your party arrive at an appointment.   As always, we will take in strays as needed but we ask for your patience as we will only be serving one client at a time in order to respect social distancing guidelines.  Please read on to understand more about what “open by appointment” means here at the shelter.

  • Appointments can be scheduled between 9-4 Tuesday-Saturday
  • Please call or email us with your questions; calls received on Sundays and Mondays may not be returned until Tuesday when the Adoption Center opens
  • Staff are also scheduling foster animal check-in appointments, vet visits, and staff meetings and trainings during the day and we appreciate your patience in accommodating internal operating needs
  • Trained volunteers will be scheduled in so that we do not have overlapping volunteers in the shelter; new volunteers will be accepted and trained as volunteer time slots become available
  • Appointments are for meeting and potentially adopting  specific animals in the shelter; not for visiting. IIf there are more than two people who need to meet a dog, we will arrange for that separately.
  • Getting to know animals available for adoption will take place primarily through emails, photos and videos, and phone conversations with staff and foster parents
  • Many of our adoptable animals are currently in foster homes; we are grateful to our foster parents for helping us find forever homes by sharing information, videos, and photos.
  • Please call us from the parking lot if you arrive with a stray and we will help you as soon as possible.

Please call 802-388-1100 or email shelter@homewardboundanimals.org to learn about animals available for adoption!

Click here to join Homeward Bound’s Friends of the Animals program.  This program provides a reliable, steady stream of support so that animals in need – right here in Addison County- can have a second chance.

Our  Mission:  

To be a community-centered shelter that supports the human-animal bond through compassionate care, adoption, education, and advocacy.

Our Vision: 

  • A community that is nurturing and compassionate towards all animals.
  • A community where no animal suffers from abuse or neglect.
  • A community where companion animals are treated as lifelong, valued family members.

Open by appointment Tuesday thru Saturday