The shelter is open by appointment for adoptions, owner surrendered pets and stray animals.   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 a specific animal in the shelter; not for visiting
  • Getting to know animals available for adoption will take place primarily through emails, photos and videos, and phone conversations with staff and foster parents
  • Meeting specific cats prior to adoption can be a virtual process or can take place in our ADA-accessible cat porch and meeting specific dogs will take place outside
  • 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 when you arrive for your appointment or if you arrive with a stray

Please call 802-388-1100 or email 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