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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Our mission is to give homeless animals a second chance through our rescue, shelter, and adoption programs.

Results: Our second year in our new, bigger facility has us on a path to help over 1600 dogs and cats in 2013.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 1400 dogs and cats.

Programs: 1) Adoptions- making lifelong matches 2) Foster - giving more animals an opportunity 3) Low Cost spay/neuter: providing low cost spay & neuter assistance to families in need. 4) Homeward Pet Food Bank - providing pet food and supplies to our community with pets in need. Helping to keep pets in their homes!

Community Stories

30 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Lynn66

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Everyone at Homeward Pet Adoption Center is professional as well as caring. They take in the animals that no one else wants, and even tries to re-train them to be loving household pets. I have been volunteering since the summer and really enjoy dog walking. The kennels are clean and the pets get ample supplies of food and water. They are very well cared for. The Adoption Counselors are great...they are very knowledgeable about the pets and screen adoptors well. With more and more homeless animals every day, HPAC is growing but needs your help to continue its mission.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm not only a volunteer, I'm the owner of 2 dogs and 2 cats from Homeward Pet.

I have been volunteering with Homeward Pet for almost 6 years and I can't imagine my life without them now. I love the fact that Homeward Pet is a no-kill animal shelter and goes above and beyond helping and caring for animals. Volunteering at Homeward Pet is so rewarding because you can see the changes in scared, shy or even over-energetic dogs to better mannered and loving companions.

The adoption counselors are amazing!! They do their very best to help you find the best companion for your situation. They really take the time and listen to what a potential adopter is looking for, instead of just letting people look and adopting the wrong companion for their situation or experience.

Homeward Pet is a great place to volunteer and adopt. The people that work and volunteer here are fabulous and the animals are amazing!

Donor

Rating: 5

Homeward Pet, a no-kill animal shelter, has been in my community for as long as I can remember - from a cramped, local storefront to its present location in a much more suitable space with room to serve many more animals and the public. The volunteer staff is always upbeat and friendly, committed to the well-being of all the animals under its care. I support the organization financially and last year was truly blessed to be adopted by a lovely senior dog. If you're in the market for a pet or a rewarding volunteer opportunity, please look first at Homeward Pet Adoption Center in Woodinville.

Sarah94

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted from Homeward Pet a little over 3 years ago and have been back to visit and see the new facility since. They make sure all of their pets get the proper care before being adopted, and also make sure that it is the right fit for both the pet and adopting family. Finding forever homes for those in their care is a top priority. Our dog had even been taught some obedience basics while there. We will definitely choose Homeward Pet for our next rescue pooch.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

They truly want to make sure that each pet placed has reached their forever home. We adopted our dog Rudy from them a little over 2 years ago & can't imagine our lives without him. Everyone that we interacted with was kind and had both the pet and the peoples best interest in mind. They took a lot of time and made sure we had the right match for us. Will definitely come back when the time is right.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at Homeward Pet Adoption Center for 17 years and have watched it grow from a tiny safehaus, with most of the dogs and cats in one small room. I love volunteering at Homeward Pet! I've met some wonderful people, and the time I've spent with the animals is really special. My husband and I have adopted five wonderful dogs from Homeward Pet, but I remember many others. Because Homeward Pet is a no-kill shelter, I know that by the next week if they haven't found their forever homes, they will still be in Homeward Pet's care. All of the animals at Homeward Pet receive lots of TLC, and the staff tries hard to make appropriate matches between the animals and their human families. Homeward Pet is one of the largest no-kill animal shelters in the state; not only does it accept surrenders from owners who can no longer care for their pets, it also works with public and private shelters and rescue organizations to find forever homes for their animals when they get overcrowded. Homeward Pet is constantly striving to expand the services it provides to the community, such as its low-cost spay & neuter program, pet food bank, and education efforts.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer at Homeward Pet in the cat room. I was impressed by the caring and professionalism of the staff members, and have really enjoyed getting to know both my fellow volunteers and the cats. Next time I'm looking for a pet, I will definitely head to Homeward Pet since I feel comfortable in how they treat their animals during their (hopefully short!) time in the shelter.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm so proud to have an opportunity to participate in the great work Homeward Pet Adoption Center shares with homeless and surrendered cats and dogs as well as the amazing support for the pet guardians within our community. We provide loving, clean and wonderful in house veterinary care for the critters in our care, assist in making Washington State a no kill state (approximately 60% of our dogs and cats are transferred from crowded shelters), we act as a pet food bank for folks in need of help in keeping their wonderful companions, provide periodic low cost vaccinations in times of potential epidemics (we responded immediately to a Parvo outbreak this year!) and offer low cost spay and neuter services every Monday.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

After recently moving from out-of-state, I saw volunteers in reflective vests walking dogs through Woodinville. I did a little search online and found Homeward Pet. I went to their site to learn more and liked what I saw. I decided to sign up as a volunteer in November 2011. I've had regular shifts every week since then. I feel like I've been able to help the dogs have a more comfortable stay. Seeing them go can be bittersweet after forming a connection with a special friend, but happy for them knowing they've gone to a good home. I've unlearned some misconceptions I had about shelter animals and breeds. I've learned more about the animals I love, training techniques, and more about myself.

More than just caring for animals, Homeward Pet strives to help and serve the community. They offer education and training programs during adoptions, food programs, spay and neuter, and microchipping. As a volunteer new to the area, I've felt this by feeling better connected to my community and any community I've ever lived in.

I've really enjoyed being apart of Homeward Pet and would recommend the organization for adopting pets and/or volunteering to everyone.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at Homeward Pet for a year. I am happy to a be a part of their organization and enjoy volunteering and attending their events and charity fundraisers.

Michelle175

Volunteer

Rating: 5

For years I wanted to find something that I could do to help my community, while feeling more fulfilled in my own life. I have always had a passion for animals that seems to grow every day and I knew I wanted to volunteer for an organization like Homeward Pet. They give their volunteers training before having them start work with the cats and dogs so everyone feels comfortable with their role. Everyone at Homeward Pet is wonderful and treats the animals with kindness and love. In addition, this is a No-Kill shelter, so every animal will have a home. It has been over a year now since I started volunteering and I look forward to it every week. It is so awesome to see these beautiful animals get placed in their forever homes!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fifteen years ago when my then ten year old daughter told me she had heard about "this place where you can go and work and help the kitties", I thought "right, you'll play with the kitties, and I'll do the work. Let's see how long this lasts". Little did I know that my daughter has great commitment! We've been at Homeward every other Sunday for fifteen years. We've seen it grow and change through various management and evolve to the quality organization it is today. I also do foster care for Homeward kittens and when people ask me if it is hard to give the kittens back to Homeward I tell them "no". They are going to a place where they will be thoughtfully placed in their "forever home". They couldn't be in better hands. This organization cares deeply about the plight of homeless animals and treats each one that comes into their care as unique and special.

Cynde L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am SO glad I started volunteering at Homeward Pet. It couldn't be MORE rewarding. The staff and volunteers there are SO helpful, kind and caring. They go above and beyond to help the pets that come in find new homes. They make sure that the homes will be the right fit for each animal and they work tirelessly to make it happen. I am SO proud to be a member of this organization and hope they continue their work for many many years to come.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I retired, I wanted to volunteer somewhere that pets were being rescued and helped finding forever homes. I had lost my dog but was not in a position to have another, yet wanted to be close to dogs. I had heard of Homeward Pet for years and, because they were a no-kill shelter I applied to be a volunteer. I served 3 years behind the reception desk and enjoyed seeing the happy faces of new owners walking out the door with their new family member. I now volunteer part-time when I can due to medical problems but love the staff, the facility, the veterinarian clinic and all that is done to make Homeward Pet what it is today. These people love the animals going through the system and are very careful to find the right fit for the animals. They have brought back animals that have been abandoned, abused, neglected, even tortured to healthy physically and emotionally pets available for adoption. No animal is euthanized unless there is absolutely no hope. They are kept as long as it takes to find their forever home and loved in the meantime by volunteers and staff alike.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering at Homeward Pet 5 years ago after losing our beloved cat, Otto, to cancer. The training I received was professional and thorough. I had a "mentor" when I first started, who walked me through what to do and how to do it. They are very careful with all their animals. The facility is one of the cleanest and best organized I have seen. When an animal is brought to the shelter, that animal goes into the clinic, where loving hands check it out thoroughly, doing whatever is needed to prepare the animal for the adoption room. They always put the animal's care/needs first. Homeward Pet also is concerned about the community and they give out an enormous amount of food each week to families who want to keep their pets but cannot afford to purchase food for them. They also spay/neuter animals at a huge discount and at times for free. In the last 5 years, we have adopted 4 cats and 1 dog. My time with this shelter has been one of the most rewarding experiences I have had. Because of my experience there, I have recommended them to a number of friends, all of whom have adopted from Homeward Pet.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first heard of Homeward Pet Adoption Center when I was a kid and adopted my first dog from there. Since her adoption, my family has adopted two more, plus a few cats. I have always loved the environment there, and how warm and friendly everyone there was. I always wanted to volunteer in High School, but was too young at the time.

This past summer, I came home from college and decided to fill out an application to volunteer. I spent the summer volunteering there, and it was the BEST place I have ever volunteered for (which has been one of many places). Not only is the staff top quality, but so are all of the fellow volunteers and the friendly community of pet-lovers that they host. The animals there are so well cared for, and everyone there so clearly cares about animal welfare. Hoping I get to volunteer again sometime soon!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have just started volunteering at homeward pets and I hope to continue for a long time. Their staff is wonderful to work with and the environment they create for animals who have had their homes and families taken away is one of safety, care, and comfort. I am planning to adopt at least one animal from this shelter, but I'm sure I will end up with more! I intend to study veterinary medicine and working in the clinic at homeward has only solidified those aspirations!

Bernice S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have adopted 4 cats from this organization over the last 10years as well as volunteer there. Working directly in the clinic I get to see first hand the animals that come through the shelter and the loving care each one gets through their intake experience. I have also worked in the cat room where cats are fed, cages cleaned and animals socialized and the loving care they are given is exceptional. Every volunteer at the shelter wants to be there to make an difference in the lives of these animals and to help to prepare them to find their forever home. You know when you adopt an animal from here it has received quality veterinarian care and special loving care from the people that care for the animals during their stay at the shelter. I also am impressed with their community support in providing lost cost spay/neuters, free cat/dog food to low income/ seniors and there FREE micro chipping offered many times during the year. They are a great example of a no kill shelter that other shelters can model after.

Lynette E.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I recently adopted my Lab/Dane "big boy" from Homeward. I knew of them when they started out as Hooterville which I visited on and off during the years. All my pets have been rescue animals, but I adopted them all from the Humane Society. I used to drive past Homeward on my way to Costco. After my 15-year old dog died and I was finally ready to get another dog, I decided to go to Homeward. I first looked online and then went to see what pets they had. I was very impressed with the pleasant, helpful and knowledgeable staff. The facility is very well equipped and extremely clean. It is much larger and cleaner than the Humane Society. The fact that this is a "no kill" shelter puts it at the top of my list too. I also bought my giant kennel and bed from them mainly because I wanted to support them. I was so impressed that I have signed up to be a volunteer and begin my training next week. Please consider them when looking for your forever friend. You will not be disappointed.

Karin B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have adopted 2 dogs and a cat from Homeward Pet Adoption Center over the last 3 years. What was great was that the dogs came with free training classes. Tucker (a 7 month old lab at adoption) needed training and was very successful. We even continued into another session. He is now almost 3 years old and a multiple Blue Ribbon Winner in 4-H obedience and agility! His best buddy Koda was also a great fit for our family, the staff knew exactly what we needed. I highly recommend checking out their dogs and cats if you are ever looking for the perfect new pet.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We recently lost an older cat to kidney disease and a young cat to FIP. We visited Homeward Pet not sure if we were ready for a new companion or not. They were very sympathetic and introduced us to the felines they had available. No pressure. A senior kitty caught our attention but we were hesitant due to our recent loss. After a second visit where the staff gave us a lot of information about the kitty's past and current health, we decided to adopt her. We are very glad we did. She is fitting right in. And we got a discount for adopting a senior cat.