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. (Contact us here)
We are all volunteers
and a very special and dedicated volunteer will be assigned to your
application. We can not, 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
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.
Everyone is very
welcome to come to our clinics, and this is where we will
be best able to show you all of our dogs. If you find a dog 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) to check in.