Homeward Bound in the Heartland Animal Rescue embodies compassion, integrity, and devotion, tirelessly committing to every animal, doing whatever it takes to provide everything needed to give that animal a happy, healthy future. The director of Homeward Bound in the Heartland is my hero, for her great heart, courage, and generosity of spirit. Joni has rescued animals under dangerous weather and flooding conditions; and in addition to rescuing and finding good homes for dogs, cats, and horses (including, of course, special needs animals), she has also rescued farmed animals and exotic animals from terrible situations, and after providing them with veterinary care, placed them in safe sanctuaries. Homeward Bound makes every resource count to work miracles. In addition to healing and homing homeless animals, Homeward Bound provides veterinary care to low-income families and dog and cat food to elderly animal guardians, to enable them to keep their companion animals at home. Joni also looks to the ongoing needs of the senior care-givers as well.
Because of my appreciation, admiration, and gratitude for the work of Homeward Bound in the Heartland, I am a monthly donor, and have been for years.
I must say a word about the highly inaccurate, unjust, and negative review below by mnprmyangels. Homeward Bound's director was unceasing and heroic in daily efforts to recover Leche the dog, leaving no stone unturned and no avenue unexplored. Thanks to the efforts of the director and her associates, Leche was found, and received the home of his dreams with a loving family who adore him--first in Omaha, and now at the family's new home in the mountains of Utah, where Leche enjoys daily outings with his family in magnificent natural surroundings. Homeward Bound and Leche's family stay in touch, and the rescue receives regular updates and photos. I know, because it was I who first contacted Homeward Bound to ask for their help for Leche when he was sad, frightened, and homeless. Thanks to Homeward Bound in the Heartland's never giving up, Leche's fairy tale has come true, and he is happy, loved, and confident, with a beautiful life and a happy, secure future.
Review from Guidestar
Homeward Bound is an amazing group; well run by the founder and her volunteers are selfless and caring people. They always help those in need, and if they have no room, they work tirelessly to help find another rescue for the animal. They are great with doing due diligence and keep the animals needs as the focus at all times. I have fostered for this group for years and have nothing but positive experiences with all animals and people involved.
In reading the previous review I am shocked that the posting is riddled with inaccuracies and misinformation. While I recognize all are entitled to their opinion, I am certainly surprised that one responsible for the escape of an animal would place blame elsewhere. It's always sad to see people acting in this manner rather than keeping the best interest of the animals at heart.
Review from Guidestar
Homeward Bound in the Heartland is comprised of some of the most selfless people I have ever met in my life, ESPECIALLY the executive director. HBH not only helps animals in need of foster and forever homes, but it also helps animals stay in their current homes by assisting families and individuals with veterinary expenses and food. The executive director has been known to answer a call for an animal only to recognize other issues the family is facing and direct people to social services unrelated to their animal needs.
HBH has a good reputation with many of the area's most respected veterinarians. The organization does not shy away from animals with special needs and its donations go directly toward the health and wellbeing of the animals in its care.
I do not sing HBH's praises because I am a volunteer, I volunteer because I sing its praises.
Review from Guidestar
I would not recommend this place to anyone. I was fostering a dog and had to suddenly move, they were unable to find a foster home for the dog until the day of my move when a friend of mine stepped up to foster. The dog was let outside at the new foster without a leash despite many warnings that he woudl try to escape. The dog escaped, has been missing now for 21 days. They are unable to devise a plan on their own to capture the dog. I had to come up with a plan for them. One of the helpers could not follow 2 simple rules...stay in the car...dont chase the dog. This dog is timid, wont come to anyone and no one, including myself has been able to come within 50 feet of the dog since he has been gone. He is a runner. Because of something someone else did after the plan was messed up by their helper who by the way later that evening jumped out of his car and was coming toward my nephew as if to fight him. I was asked not to help anymore and then a couple days later when I was visiting a friend in that same neighborhood I was in my car on the phone when a guy approached the car window. Keep in mind I am a lady in her 30's sitting in a car by myself when you approaches the car by himself and begins to verbally threaten me and swear at me. He tried to tell me I was not allowed in the neighborhood. I could have thrown down my choice of accusations regarding what happened during that altercation as no one was around. They strong arm and bully people. The head lady is mentally and emotionally unstable and the husband is a bully who obviously sees no harm in verbally assulting a female who is minding her own business. Yes, the guy that approached me come to find out was the HUSBAND of the president/director of this place. This place is a joke. The people in charge have no business running an animal rescue when the only plan they can come up with to capture a dog at large is to drive around aimlessly for 21 days trying to capture a dog who runs away when he sees anyone.