The mission of Homeward Bound Pet Shelter is to shelter and rehabilitate relinquished cats, kittens, dogs, and puppies until they can be permanently adopted into loving homes. Homeward Bound has operated as a no-kill, not-for profit organization since April 2002.
On July 1, 2005, Homeward Bound became a division of Macon Resources, Inc. Macon Resources, Inc. is a not for profit agency that provides services to promote the growth, independence, and self-worth of children and adults with disabilities. This unique social partnership is benefiting both organizations as well as the Decatur community.
Last year, Homeward Bound Pet Shelter successfully placed over 400 pets in loving homes! Not only do we provide shelter and care for many homeless animals in the Decatur and Macon County area, we rescue animals from several other humane societies and animal control facilities throughout central and southern Illinois. Plus, HBPS is a job training program for people with disabilities!
Homeward Bound continues to face financial challenges. Without the generous support of our amazing donors, wonderful veterinarians and their dedicated staff, and our tireless volunteers, we would not be able to continue our mission. Thank you for your support!
All of our cats are kept in apartment-like setups; they are free to roam and not in cages. Our dogs enjoy spending time during warm days in our large outdoor play yards. All animals are spay/neutered, up-to-date on all vaccines, and micro chipped. They have been tested for heartworm and feline leukemia/FIV and kept on monthly flea control and heartworm prevention.
Our adoption follow-up program offers assistance and advice to help owners ensure their pet adjusts to their new home.
Senior pets (8 years or older) tend to be more mellow and patient. These older pets make wonderful adoption options for those who want companionship without the time or ability to train a young animal.
If you are interested in any of our pets, please click on Adoptable Pets or stop by our facility.
Adoption fees are subject to change without notice. Call us for more information. All dog adoptions include spay/neuter, deworm, microchip, age appropriate vaccines (i.e. dhlp-parvo-corona-bordetella-rabies, HW negative). Adoptions also include 30 days free pet insurance and a bag of food. All cat adoptions include spay/neuter, deworm, microchip, feline leukemia/FIV negative, age appropriate vaccines (i.e. rccp, rabies). Adoptions also receive 30 days free pet insurance.
We reserve the right to deny anyone for any reason. Our pets' wellbeing comes first. All fees are subject to change without notice.
If you are interested in one of our pets and are out of town, please email us. We would be happy to send you an application; you can fill it out and email it back to us. Please pay close attention to the descriptions on our pets. They will say whether the animal is good with kids, and other cats or dogs. We will not adopt an animal to a home that does not fit their needs. The adoption process takes 24 hours or longer. Upon approval, we will schedule a date for you to pick up your pet.
Homeward Bound Pet Shelter is looking for members of the community to lend a hand and donate their time and talents to help animals. Shelter Pals (volunteers) are needed to assist with a variety of tasks kennel help, cleaning cat cages, socializing dogs and cats, adoption counselors, answering phones, and community outreach. Volunteering as little as one hour per week can make a big difference in a homeless animal's life. If you are an animal lover and interested in volunteering, please contact us at (217) 876-1266.
There are many ways you can help support Homeward Bound's mission. All of Homeward Bound's funding comes from private donations and grants. Monetary donations are greatly needed and appreciated! Donations of toys, treats, blankets, towels and household cleaning items such as bleach, laundry soap, dish soap, and paper towels are welcome. If you would like to make a contribution to Homeward Bound, please contact us at (217) 876-1266.
Homeward Bound Pet Shelter is honored and grateful to receive gifts in memory or in honor of loved ones and beloved pets. If you would like to establish such a gift, please call (217) 875-1910 ext. 880.
It's simple and easy to make a significant and meaningful impact on the long-term future of Homeward Bound Pet Shelter. Help us and the animals by remembering Homeward Bound Pet Shelter when planning your estate or writing your will.
Whatever your contribution, you are important to us and to our mission. Without your support, Homeward Bound Pet Shelter could not exist. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts (and our paws)!
Thank you to all who support Homeward Bound Pet Shelter!