How To Adopt

How to Adopt—The Adoption Process

Adopting an animal is an exciting and important step for you and your family!  Here is a brief outline of what to expect.

  1. Come to our shelter and visit with the animals... come as many times as you like... you'll know when you've met "the one!"
  2. Meet with an adoption counselor who will work with you to see if the animal you want can fit into your lifestyle, preferences, desires and expectations or if another would be a better match!
  3. Complete the adoption paperwork and counseling session (this may take up to 45 minutes, so please be prepared to spend this time with an Adoption Counselor).  You may also complete the adoption application online prior to coming to the shelter!  Please note the application is an expression of interest and does guarantee animal placement.
  4. Take your new best friend home!!

To adopt a Cat or Kitten:

To adopt a Dog or Puppy:

To adopt a Small Animal:

Be Prepared to Take You New Best Friend Home!

All dogs adopted from Homeward Bound must be wearing an appropriate leash and collar when they leave the shelter. Homeward Bound does not have leashes available for adopters to take home, so please come prepared with your own leash.  There are     E-Z Walker harnesses for sale at the shelter.

All cats and small animals adopted from Homeward Bound must be contained in an appropriate carrier when they leave the shelter. Adopters may bring their own carriers or may purchase a carrier from Homeward Bound.

Contact Details

236 Boardman Street
Middlebury, VT 05753

Adoption Center Hours

Tuesday - Saturday
12pm to 5pm