Homeward Bound Animal Welfare Center

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:

  • Adoption Services:  Places an average of 600 animals per year into loving and permanent homes.
  • Aggressive Spay/Neuter:  All animals adopted from Homeward Bound are spayed/neutered prior to adoption.
  • Cruelty Response Program:  Is the lead agency for all animal abuse and neglect cases in Addison County.
  • Humane Education and Outreach:   Provides information to the community regarding animal care and health issues.
  • Lost and Found Services and Low Cost Micro-Chipping: Over the many past years, Homeward Bound has reunited dozens of best friends with their families.
  • Feral Cat Outreach Program (Trap, Vaccinate, Spay/Neuter, and Return):   This program is designed to aid farmers and others who willingly house feral cats in barns and other outbuildings to have them spayed and neutered. Through this program we trap the cats, vet them (including immunizations and spay/neuter) and then return them back into their "colony" with a caretaker
  • Foster Care for Animals in Need:  Works with community members and service agencies to provide short-term care for companion animals of people in crisis such as domestic violence or housing difficulties. Homeward Bound places animals in foster homes and provides support to their owner
  • Meals on Wheels—Pets Eat Too Program!:  Qualifying seniors enrolled in the Addison County Meals on Wheels Program may also receive food for their furry friends. This program is designed to assist seniors in taking care of their animals by providing food for their pets and thus helping the pets to remain in their homes with their owners.


Please visit our shelter at 236 Boardman Street in Middlebury, Vermont or visit us online at www.homewardboundanimals.org.