Pets in Crisis

PLEASE NOTE:  Our Pets in Crisis program is available to Addison County pet owners and families who are affected by temporary homelessness and are unable to care for their pets.   Please contact us for more information! 

Homeward Bound is able to provide short-term boarding and free basic medical care for companion animals of Addison County residents facing temporary homelessness.  Through this program, Homeward Bound assists owners by enrolling their pets for two weeks (or more as negotiated) while they focus on their personal needs and regain stability.  In most cases, when the time of crisis or emergency settles, the pets are reunited with their owners.  However, if the owner determines that they are unable to reclaim their pet, Homeward Bound will accept their pet into the shelter for re-homing and adoption.

To qualify for this program, pet owners must be working with a social service agency (this requirement is waived for COVID19 cases, but you must provide the contact information for someone who can make decisions about your pet on your behalf). and their case manager must contact Homeward Bound to initiate enrollment in the program.  All services provided through this program are confidential.

For more information about the our Pets In Crisis Program, please call 802-388-1100.


Gail Irwin Hartman (1943-2020) loved animals and was devoted to numerous cats, dogs, and other pets. While the love and connection between people and pets enriches both, this bond also gave her the greatest joy. Throughout her life, Gail demonstrated support for programs that foster the welfare of animals. When unfortunate circumstances lead to a several week separation from her cat, Noah, a program like Pets in Crisis would have provided peace of mind for Gail and a more stable situation for her cherished feline. Since Gail would have endorsed the mission of Homeward Bound’s Pets in Crisis program enthusiastically, the Gail I. Hartman Fund offers its support in Gail’s memory.

Contact Details

236 Boardman Street
Middlebury, VT 05753

Adoption Center Hours

Monday - Saturday
Open by Appointment Only