Homeward Bound's Mission: Rescue and rehome unwanted companion animals and reduce their overpopulation through education, spay/neuter and adoption. programs.
The process starts by completing an online questionnaire found here:
The questionnaire gathers basic information and is not any type of formal commitment from you. When you submit it, it is automatically sent to our adoption team.
One person from the team who is working with that specific dog/cat will contact you regarding your application. It may take several days before you hear anything. Usually they call you and discuss the application. They try to understand what you are looking for and if the animal you are interested in will be what you want. They answer any questions you may have. If both of you agree that the animal could be a good fit, then a "meet and greet" is arranged. These normally take place at our kennel in Ellijay but can be other places. You would bring all family members living in your house, and any dogs you already have. We don't require bringing cats as most don't travel well. You, your family, and your existing dogs will meet the animal of interest and see if you and your family still like him/her after seeing his/her general demeanor and size, energy, etc. Then we see if they will get along with your existing pets, if any. If it all goes well and looks good, then you will have an opportunity to take the animal home on a trial basis for up to 1 month. Adoption fees (normally around 200.00 - cash, check, charge) are collected if you take the animal on trial. The fees cover our costs in preparing the animal for adoption: shots, deworming, microchip, spay/neuter. You have up to 1 month to decided if its the right fit, but if you decide in 1 week, that this is perfect - you let us know, and we consider the adoption to be final. We register the chip to you and you are the proud owner of that animal. If things don't go well during that month, you may return the animal to us for a full refund of the fees.