Lost and Found Program

Homeward Bound is a clearinghouse for reporting of lost and found animals in Addison County.  We always accept stray animals into our shelter and also function as a central repository for reports of lost/found animals.  Over the  years, Homeward Bound has been able to successfully reunite hundreds of “best friends” with their families.

Please note that if you have found a stray on Sunday or Monday (when our Adoption Center is closed) that it is best to come directly to the shelter.  Animal care staff are here from 8-4 caring for the animals in the shelter and they can assist you!  You are welcome to call but please be aware that your message may not be returned until Tuesday.

We make every effort to post pictures of stray animals on our FaceBook page when they arrive but occasionally we aren't able to make that happen.   If you are missing a pet but he or she isn't posted to FB, please check with the shelter regardless.  802-388-1100.

The majority of towns in Addison County have Animal Control Officers (ACO) and you should also report Lost or Found Animals to your ACO. Click Here for a current (May 2022) list of ACOs in Addison County.


Contact Details

236 Boardman Street
Middlebury, VT 05753

Adoption Center Hours

Tuesday - Saturday
Open by Appointment Only

If you have LOST a pet, please contact us immediately and provide the following information :

  • Breed/Color/Description–describe distinguishing marks
  • Sex (including if spayed/neutered)
  • Age (approximate is fine)
  • Name
  • Describe collar, tags
  • Address where last seen (include town)
  • Date last seen
  • Your contact information

Homeward Bound observes the state-mandated stray animal holding period of 5 business days , so it is important to report your missing animal as soon as possible.  At the end of the the holding period, Homeward Bound will begin the process to prepare all unclaimed animals for adoption.  We will keep your information in our Lost and Found Book and will diligently attempt to cross-reference any/all animals entering our shelter with the report information.  Additionally, for all calls regarding found animals, we will check reports....thus, please indicate whether or not we may provide your contact information for people to contact you if they believe they have found your pet.

If you have FOUND a stray animal and are willing to continue providing care to him/her, please contact us immediately to and provide the following information to help us match the animal with their owner if they call to report them missing:  

  • Breed/Color/Description–describe distinguishing marks
  • Sex (including if spayed/neutered if known)
  • Age (approximate is fine)
  • Describe collar, tags
  • Address where found (include town)
  • Date found
  • Your contact information  — Please indicate whether or not we may publish your contact information for people to contact you if they believe you have their pet.

If you have found a stray animal and are unable to provide care to him/her:

  • Contact us immediately, so that we may review the "lost reports" and possibly connect you directly with his/her owner (if known)
  • If we do not have  a "lost report" for this animal, we will arrange for your to bring the animal to the shelter.
  • You may also contact your local Animal Control Officer who can pick-up the dog and bring him/her to the shelter.

Micro-Chip Services

In an effort to help pet owners re-unite with their pets in the event they are lost, we encourage pet owners to maintain up-to-date tags on their pets and have their pets micro-chipped for easy identification.  Homeward Bound offers low-cost micro-chipping ($35) to the public.  A micro-chip is a small electronic chip (about the size of a piece of rice) that is inserted under the skin between a pet's shoulder blades which contains all of the owner's contact information.   Most veterinary offices and shelters have the ability to scan for this chip and quickly identify the owner.

To have your pet micro-chipped, call our shelter to schedule an appointment. The entire process will take less than 5 minutes and is almost painless (definitely less painful than being lost and scared)!!