A large part of the animal welfare work around the world is done by independent animal rescue, advocacy or adoption groups. Here in the Puget Sound region, we are blessed with many organizations making a difference for animals everyday. This interview is an opportunity to get to know one such group: The Homeward Pet Adoption Center in Woodinville, WA.
Tell us a little bit about Homeward Pet Adoption Center.
Homeward Pet Adoption Center is one of the leading non-profit, no-kill shelters serving the Greater Seattle area since 1990. We give homeless animals a second chance and have matched over 22,000 companion animals with loving, safe, forever families. 40% of the animals at Homeward Pet are surrendered by their former owners; the other 60% are rescued from shelters that are often forced to resort to euthanasia. While the animals in our shelter wait to be adopted, over 350 volunteers make sure their basic needs are met and give them plenty of love and attention. For some of our animals, that is more than they have ever known. Visit www.homewardpet.org.
Where are you located and what kind of animals do you serve?
We are located at 13132 NE 177th Place, Woodinville, WA 98072 and help over 1600 dogs and cats each year.
Do volunteers help out at your organizations? Can you tell us about a couple of your volunteers?
Yes; every year, Homeward Pet cares for over 1,600 homeless dogs, cats, puppies and kittens. We couldn’t do it without the help of over 350 compassionate and dedicated volunteers. Some of our volunteer positions include dog care, cat care, reception, and offsite events.
Anne W. is one of our long time volunteers who has been coming in every Friday morning, for the last 20 years, to help care for and walk the Homeward Pet dogs. She loves giving them each as much attention as she can to help them know they are loved.
Carolyn B. just loves cats! She donates her time on Tuesdays and Fridays providing each cat in our cat kennel with a ton of loving during our social hour, as well as cleaning kennels and feeding. The cats learn pretty quickly to look forward to Carolyn’s visits.
Do you adopt out animals? Can you tell us about an adoption that went well or a special adoption?
Yes! We find homes for both cats and dogs!
At five months old, Cora was found alone in the woods and brought to a municipal shelter. Scabs covered her body and she was physically and emotionally exhausted. Cora also had a Pit Bull label, meaning the odds of getting a second chance weren’t in her favor due to the number of Pit Bulls in the county shelter.
Cora arrived at Homeward Pet in 2012 with a severe case of mange. While not deadly, it would take three months to bring her back to health and ready for adoption.
Kimberlee, our wonderful foster caretaker, provided Cora with a home while she recovered. Cora was on the fast track to a successful recovery and able to thrive as the playful puppy we all knew she was.
Cora was adopted just days shy of her one year anniversary at Homeward Pet, and is now flourishing in her new home on 10 acres with her sister Abby, an eight year old Rottweiler/Lab mix. She has numerous play buddies in the neighborhood and is making new friends every day. With little socialization as a puppy, it was hard to tell if she would warm up to other dogs as she got older; however, the love, care, and training her family have provided Cora have enabled her to do wonderfully with others. It was a long journey, but Cora and her forever family have found each other.
A special thanks to Treva, Brian and Abby for adopting our Cora!
Are there any extra special animals at Homeward Pet that you could tell us about?
Abbey is a very special girl looking for her new home. She is a five year old Pekingese/Pomeranian mix that had to have both eyes removed due to a trauma. She has recovered well but is now blind and is looking for a forever home. Abbey is a sweet and social girl who isn’t letting her disability get her down!
Bruno is a Treeing Walker Coonhound Mix looking for a foster home. He is a goofy and hilarious boy that is a natural comedian and will always keep you entertained! Bruno has a wonderful temperament, and is quite the ham once you get to know him! He suffers from a neurological condition, so he is looking for a longer-term foster home to provide him with care.
Do you have any upcoming events?
Howl-o-ween Fundraiser to benefit Homeward Pet Adoption Center
Date: Sunday, October 27
Location: Beaumont Apartment’s Great Room
14001 NE 183rd Street
Woodinville, WA 98072
Strut Your Mutt at Canon de Sol
Date: Sunday, November 3
Location: Canon de Sol Winery
14450 Woodinville Redmond Rd NE #107
Woodinville, WA 98072
Homeward Pet Fur Ball Auction & Dinner
Date: Saturday, March 29, 2014
Location: Meydenbauer Center
11100 NE 6th St
Bellevue, WA 98004
What else is special about Homeward Pet?
The Homeward Pet Food Bank began providing pet food to families in need within our community in 2011. Today, we continue to support more than 10 community organizations and area food banks with over 45,000 lbs of pet food each year. The goal is to help keep pets in their homes and to not end up surrendered to a shelter or abandoned.