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Homeward Bound Pet Shelter

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.

Pets at Our Shelter:

Cities, Towns, and/or Counties We Serve:

Decatur, IL and surrounding communities in Macon County; we work with shelters and rescues from all over the state of Illinois as well as adjoining states to take animals that are at risk of being euthanized and from breeder releases and puppy mill situations. We do not ship animals but will work with adopters from anywhere to arrange for them to adopt.

About Our Shelter:

Homeward Bound Pet Shelter has operated as a no-kill facility since April 2002. In July 2005, Homeward Bound became a division of Macon Resources, Inc. a non-profit agency that provides services to children and adults with disabilities. Homeward Bound is a successful job training program for people with disabilities. The mission of Homeward Bound is to shelter and rehabilitiate relinquished cats, kittens, dogs and puppies until they can be permanently adopted into loving homes. Homeward Bound Pet Shelter operates from an 8,000 square foot building with large fenced play yards, seperate kennel areas for large and small dogs and studio apartments for our cats. We also have seperate isolation and quarantine areas for our pets as well as a medication administration room. HBPS also has loving foster parents who assist with our pets. Our resources are committed to providing quality care around the clock, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. We operate solely on donations, fees and grants; we receive NO funding from city, county or state government.

Come Meet our Pets:

Our animals are available to interview potential adopters from Noon to 4:15 pm on Tues, Wednesday & Friday, from Noon to 5:45 pm on Thursdays and 11 am to 4:15 pm on Saturdays. We are closed to the public on Sunday and Monday.

Woofstock, a day of love, pets and rockn'roll is held in June of every year (6th annual on June 18, 2011) with music, food, vendors, various adoption agencies, obedience, agility and K-9 demonstrations, pet art, face painting, pet photos and lots of other activities for families. Four-legged friends on leash are included of course!!

Dogs Day of Summer is held at a local vineyard on the last Saturday in August each year. Wine tasting, silent auctions, a band, door prizes, and dogs available for adoption are included.

Martinis for Cats, an evening of celebrity bartenders serving specialty martinis, beer, wine and refreshments held on the last Thursday of March each year. Event includes music, 50/50 raffle and silent auction.

Various promotions and off-site adoption events are held at local businesses such as Papa Murphy's Pizza and Verizon Wireless throughout the year.

Community presentations are available for schools, 4-H and civic groups to help educate the public about animal safety and the need for spay and neuter programs.

Our Adoption Process:

An adoption application listing a veterinary reference as well as three personal references is required. Potential adopter must be current with vaccines and heartworm and flea preventative for currently or previously owned animals to qualify. We do not adopt to outside only homes. A fenced yard is not required for every adoption but is preferred. Home visits are conducted when warranted. Adopters must sign a contract agreeing to take pet for vet visit (complimentary by 2 local vets) within 14 days of adoption and allow 30 days for pet to adapt to new environment. If adopter no longer wishes to keep pet they must contact HBPS regarding return. Intakes are based on space available and passing Safer-style temperment testing. Fees for owner surrenders vary depending on whether the animal is altered and current on vaccines. Fees fees for adoptions vary depending on species and age of animal.

Our Adopted Pets:

We have helped lots of pets connect with loving and caring owners. Check out our adopted pets list!

Why should you adopt?

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog, adopting a cat, adopting a kitten or adopting a puppy versus getting dogs for sale, cats for sale, puppies for sale or kittens for sale from a dog breeder or a cat breeder? When someone is breeding puppies or breeding kittens, they are creating new dogs and cats who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog, cat, puppy or kitten and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale or buy a cat for sale from a puppy breeder or a kitten breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs and cats who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder or buying a cat or kitten for sale from a cat breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog, adopt a cat, adopt a puppy or adopt a kitten at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.