The Homeward Bound Animal Welfare Center, a division of the Addison County Humane Society, located in Middlebury Vermont, is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the well being of homeless, abandoned and abuse/neglected animals. Founded in 1975, Homeward Bound continues to serve as the only animal shelter in Addison County and since its inception has served over 19,000 animals. We serve more animals per resident than nearly any other shelter in the state and offer programs and services to meet a wide array of critical animal welfare needs. Homeward Bound provides these services without any county, state or federal funding.
Homeward Bound is a No-Kill Shelter and is strongly committed to providing the highest quality of care to all animals that enter our shelter. At the shelter, we house approximately fourteen (14) dogs, one hundred and twenty-five (125) cats, and approximately ten (10) other small animals such as rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, and birds. Additionally, through our Foster Care Program, we also care for approximately forty (40) to fifty (50) additionally animals. Through the use of a group of dedicated foster families, we are able to place animals in their homes, thus providing service throughout the county for many animals. Foster care services are most often provided for animals in emergency situations such as special needs animals, pregnant cats, and animals rescued through our Cruelty Response Program.
As a No-Kill Shelter, ACHS strongly believes that every animal who enters our shelter deserves to be cared for in a nurturing and loving environment by compassionate employees and volunteers, is entitled to the best medical care that we can provide to them and must be given every opportunity to find a loving and permanent home. We never euthanize animals due to space or capacity constraints and will only euthanize an animal if he/she is suffering from a chronic and painful medical condition or is extremely aggressive and cannot be safely adopted out to the community. While this position compels us to serve many animals with multiple medical issues and/or behavioral problems, we deeply believe that, with a little patience and a lot of dedication, each of our animals can be successfully placed in a loving and caring home.
Homeward Bound has over thirty-seven (37) years of experience operating animal welfare programs and is extremely familiar with the day to day challenges of such services. Through the years, Homeward Bound has continued to grow the meet the ever-demanding need of the community and has designed creative and progressive programs to serve this population.
Homeward Bound provides the following services and programs:
Please visit our shelter at 236 Boardman Street in Middlebury, Vermont or visit us online at www.homewardboundanimals.org.