The Homeward Bound Project started in 2007 with three Mississippi State University vet students, who noticed the imbalance between the large supply of adoptable dogs in the South and the high demand in the Northeast. They set to work creating the first successful transport program developed, maintained, and operated by students at a veterinary school. Their mission was to take adoptable puppies and young adult dogs from overcrowded shelters in the South, and transport them to non-kill shelters in the Northeast, where there is a high demand for adoptable dogs. Today, the Homeward Bound Project is still run by vet students and continues to send deserving dogs up north with a chance for a better life. Additionally, Homeward Bound now puts forth great efforts to rescue cats and kittens from the streets and from shelters before finding them loving homes within the Mississippi area.
All pets adopted out by Homeward Bound are spayed or neutered, have age-appropriate vaccinations, have been screened for diseases, and have spent their last 14 days in Mississippi homes in foster care. All animals have been properly vetted according to their needs and started on flea/tick preventatives prior to being sent to their new homes!
Upon interest for a pet, the potential adopter will receive an adoption application via email. The application is returned, filled out, and process within 24-48 hours. A phone interview will follow, and all adopters are notified of status via phone call. Upon approval, a signed adoption contract and adoption fee must be received prior to sending the animal home. Adoption fees (with exceptions) are typically $65, which covers all vet care and surgery the animal receives while in Homeward Bound's care.
All pets adopted out by Homeward Bound are spayed or neutered, have age-appropriate vaccinations, have been screened for diseases, and have been FIV/FeLV tested. They have spent at least 14 days in Mississippi homes in foster care and have been treated for any medical conditions. All animals have been properly vetted according to their needs and started on flea/tick/heartworm preventatives prior to being sent to their new homes!