Homeward Bound is a not for profit volunteer organization. We are not a shelter and we do not have a facility - all the dogs in our program live in foster homes; We take our dogs into our homes and care for them as if they were our own until they go to their forever homes. The time we spend with them helps us to learn more about them, which allows us to be able to provide applicants with an accurate assessment and the dog's individual strengths and needs.
Please also take a few minutes to read the adoption information and to fill out the entire application; especially your vet information for all your animals. And please remember to call your vet to release information to us too.
Please understand that our mission is to promote lifelong happiness for our dogs and their adoptive families so please be patient but feel free to email us if you have not heard from us in a few days.
We are all volunteers and a very special and dedicated volunteer will be assigned to your application. We cannot, however, process incomplete applications so please take a few minutes to give us proper information - especially your vet(s) names and phone numbers for all your animals. This will make the adoption process much quicker and easier for both you and us.
We are currently NOT processing applications for those outside of the Capital District area. If you are not within 40 miles of the Albany airport please respect our desire to work within the area we have defined, as our time and resources are limited and every dog adoption requires a home visit be performed by a HBDR volunteer. This a distance we decided upon and if you disagree with our definition for out-of-the-area, please feel free to look for a dog in your community.
We rescue dogs that have been turned over to shelters, surrendered to us through our surrender program and rescued from puppy mills. Homeward Bound dogs live in a foster home until they are ready to move into your home. They eat, sleep and live with us and that way we have a better understanding of who they are. This foster arrangement allows the dogs to learn to live in a home, which gives us the opportunity to match families up with our dogs so a home really is forever! All of our dogs are up to date on shots and have seen a vet. We make every effort to have our dogs and puppies spayed/neutered prior to placement. In the rare event that this is not possible, the adopter will be responsible to have this procedure done before the dog reaches seven months of age. All Homeward Bound Dogs must be spayed/neutered and receive regular veterinary care for the life of the dog, and we also require that the animals that you currently have in your home have also been spayed/neutered with a history of regular veterinary care.
If you see a dog online you must meet, first you should check out our Adoption Information page, then fill out an application. We should contact you within 5-7 days, but if you don't hear from us, feel free to contact us (Contact Us).