Homeward Bound Pet Shelter


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WOW! We had such an amazing day on August 21 during our 12-hour fundraising day with Cromwell Radio Group and WAND-TV! We raised over $13,000 for the dogs and cats! Such a great start as we strive to reach our ultimate $50,000 goal!!! Thank you! To make a donation by phone, call 217-876-1266. Donations also accepted through Pay Pal at www.homewardboundpetshelter.com Or mail to: Homeward Bound Pet Shelter, PO Box 3831 Decatur, IL 62524!


We cannot express enough thanks to the community and our supporters and donors! In 2005, Homeward Bound was rescued from closing through the intervention of Macon Resources who visualized the shelter as more than a safe haven for unwanted cats and dogs. The shelter became an opportunity for adults who were largely unwanted by the employment market in our community. People embraced the tasks of these jobs because they were committed to the mission of saving animals and finding them new and loving homes. There are countless success stories of both the animals and people who are Homeward Bound Pet Shelter. Animals who were formally unwanted now serve as police dogs, companions for the elderly, or as the center point for a healthy and happy family. People without direction or skills became wage earners, contributors, and workers in our community. This marriage of people and animal services has become the only one of its kind in the United States and serves as an innovative beacon for the Decatur and Macon County community. The positive outcomes are 400 dogs and cats were placed last year in permanent homes and saved from euthanasia and over 15 community based jobs for the people of Macon County. This endeavor relies solely on fundraising efforts. In 2013, our Summer Fund Drive's goal is to raise $50,000. We especially thank all our friends who donate annually and volunteer their time at the shelter. We need more friends in order to continue our mission. To donate in person, stop by 1720 E. Huston Drive, Decatur; by mail at PO Box 3831, Decatur, IL 62524; by phone at 217-876-1266; or online at: www.homewardboundpetshelter.com


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.

  • Once a pet is chosen, an application must be filled out; veterinary and personal references are required, and an informal interview will be conducted.
  • A MINIMUM 24 hr. wait period is required in order for us to confirm all information given on the application is correct and meets our adoption criteria.
  • Our staff will observe your family with the pet to make sure it is a proper match.
  • Once an adoption is approved, all pets will be spayed/neutered prior to going home with their new "parents".
  • A contract must be signed at time of departure, and adoption fee must be paid either in the form of a personal check, cash,Visa or Mastercard.

    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)!


    Watch WAND-TV Newscenter 17 (NBC) at Noon on Wednesdays for furry friends looking for new, loving homes. They are usually on between 12:15 and 12:30pm.


    Listen to Busboom & Wolfe on TALK 101 FM (100.9 WZUS) "The Talk of Decatur" for Homeward Bound's Pet of the Week. EVERY THURSDAY at 8:00am. www.talk101decatur.com


    Listen to Storm on The Fox (106.7 FM) for Homeward Bound's Pet of the Week. EVERY TUESDAY between 3:30-3:45pm.

    Thank you to all who support Homeward Bound Pet Shelter!


    Our hours listed below are subject to change without notice. The animals look forward to seeing you! Directions: From Rt.51(North or South 51). Turn east on Pershing Rd. in Decatur. Turn north onto Kandy Lane, and our facility is on the right side of the road just as it curves.
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    Homeward Bound Pet Shelter
    1720 Huston Drive
    Decatur, IL 62526
    Phone: (217) 876-1266
    Fax: (217) 876-1604

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