There are many ways that
you can add your talents to the work we do with Homeward Bound.
We have a continual need for foster homes as the availability of
those homes is what dictates the number of dogs we are able to bring
into our program. The more foster homes we have available, the more
dogs we can keep out of shelters and in our care until they find
their forever home.
Foster homes serve a number of functions. Through our foster volunteers
we are able to really learn about our dogs, who they are and what
they need in a home situation. This allows us to find just the right
home for each dog which greatly enhances the chance that they will
remain with their new families throughout the rest of their lives.
Foster homes work at identifying problem areas in their charges
and may start working with their fosters at fixing them (such as
providing reassurance and security to a dog who has been frightened
in its prior living situation or shelter experience). Some of the
puppies need to learn basic housebreaking and how to walk on a leash.
Foster homes work at socializing their dogs, exposing them to as
many different people and situations as possible to again assess
temperament. Most of all, our foster homes provide a loving and
safe environment for these dogs until we can find their forever
However, there are many other things that we need help with to keep
our group going. We often need help transporting dogs from shelters
to foster homes, or to vet appointments. Many of our dogs come from
long distances where we will need to meet a transport on a weekend
to get them here. Sometimes that will require more than one vehicle
and we could certainly use help there.
We need help at our adoption clinics, both in working with the dogs
and with applicants. Volunteers can help at all phases of the adoption
process, including doing the home visits. Volunteers are needed
for our training classes and to assist us in fundraising and special
events. As volunteers are trained, some may be asked to visit shelters
in their areas to evaluate dogs which may be coming into the program.
We also need people to assist in maintaining the web page as well
as other internet sites (such as maintaining the Petfinder page
and/or finding other search engines for our group). The more people
who want to be involved only increases the amount of work we can
If you are interested in becoming a Homeward Bound Foster Home,
please click here. You
must be over the age of 18 and have your own residence to be a Foster
If you are interested in volunteering for Homeward Bound in some
other capacity, please click
Thank you for your interest in Homeward Bound and more importantly
thank you for helping the dogs find their forever homes.