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.  Please note that the shelter is not open for visiting.  Meeting adoptable animals and adopting animals will be done by appointment only. 

  • 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
  • Meeting specific cats prior to adoption can be a virtual process or can take place in the shelter by appointment. Meeting specific dogs will take place outside if weather permits or by appointment.
  • Please come to the front door and ring the doorbell when you arrive for your appointment

Please note that filling out an adoption application does guarantee animal placement; think of it as the first step in telling us about what you are looking for/expecting in a new animal companion. 

To adopt a Cat or Kitten:

To adopt a Dog or Puppy:

To adopt a Small Animal:

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 or collars available for adopters to take home so please come prepared with your own leash and collar.  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 are asked to bring their own carriers.

Contact Details

236 Boardman Street
Middlebury, VT 05753

Adoption Center Hours

Tuesday - Saturday
Open by Appointment Only