We specialize in rescuing brachycephalic (flat faced) dogs such as Bulldogs, Pugs, Boston Terriers, Boxers, French Bulldogs, Mastiffs, Shih Tzus, American Bulldogs.
Homeward Bound Rescue is A small scale dog rescue group located in Toronto (GTA), Ontario, Canada
Homeward Bound Rescue is dedicated to the well-being of brachycephalic dogs. We are non-profit, volunteer-run, and foster home based. We do not have kennel facilities where our dogs are kept, each rescue dog lives, lovingly cared for in the home of our Fosters until their Forever Home is found. The daily operations of Homeward Bound Rescue are managed by a dedicated team of volunteers, including a Board of Directors and coordinators in the positions of integral operations such as Foster, Adoptions, Fundraising, Events, and Home Visits.
All Homeward Bound Rescue dogs are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, health checked, flea and tick prevention, dewormed (if necessary), and microchipped before adoption. All potential adopters must fill out an application, have references checked, and a home visit. Each dog has an adoption fee, which must be paid prior to the completion of the Adoption.
Homeward Bound Rescue is entirely funded by donations, which include surrender and adoption fees. All money goes toward caring for our dogs. Every donation makes a difference to us, as veterinary costs for the breeds we rescue can run very high. Our rescue dogs come from owner surrenders, puppy mills, Humane Societies, and local shelters.
While we know we can’t save every one, everyone can save someone. Together we can help to bring a dog to the loving forever home they truly deserve. There is a place at Homeward Bound Rescue for Flat Faced Dogs, and the people who love them. Consider joining us at one of our local events, or make a difference on our volunteer teams. We are always looking for energetic volunteers. Adopt, Foster, or Donate.
Introducing The Homeward Bound Rescue Board of Directors
President & Adoption Coordinator Tammy Harper
Lexi is another adopted foster and puppy mill survivor. She is an Olde English Bulldog and her soul was broken. Lexi joined our home as a weekend visitor but never ended up leaving! Lexi now runs around and is our resident greeter for new fosters. Our dear grumpy Eddie whom I have have had since a puppy is 17 lbs of curmudgeon like ‘petbull’, who is quite sure he is the boss (he really is).
Aside from the four legged members, our home consists of one human child (well she is 21) ‘Madi’ who is as much of an animal lover as her Mom, and will take part in all aspects of fostering (even when we have had sick fosters), and husband Brian, who is my biggest cheer leader when it comes to the rescue and myself. In the Harper household, it is truly teamwork that makes the ‘dream work’!
Vice President & Foster Co-ordinator Kristi Smeets
My family and I have been fostering dogs for 8 years now. Over half of that has been with HBR. Throughout the years, over 50 dogs have passed through our front door. Our very first dog as a family was a rescue Mastiff mix named Ivan. He is the reason we got into rescue and he welcomed every single foster dog into our home with open paws. He was always nicknamed “Mr. Perfect”. After adopting Ivan, we added another rescue dog to our family, a Boxer named Chevy. Chevy confirmed my love for Boxers and I soon became a crazy Boxer person! He was my heart dog, my best friend. While Chevy was a little pickier than his fur-brother with our foster guests, he always enjoyed the company of any and all puppies that came into care. Chevy became the HBR foster mom! While both of our boys have recently passed on, I will continue to rescue and work my hardest to save more lives in their honour. With a new member of our family, a Boxer named Scarlet, we will keep on doing what we do – rescue and FOSTER! Our family is a busy one – with three small boys, they always take a part in fostering, helping with events or doing transports together. I also have a wonderful, supportive husband who never bats an eye when helping me with anything rescue related. Everything HBR is part of our family and it’s what we do. Until there are none, rescue one!
Board Member & Foster Screener Lorelei Downes
Growing up, my family always took in dogs, usually with a host of behaviour issues, generally keeping them as our own. When my husband and I met, it was a perfect match as he is as much of a ‘Dog Lover’ as I am. As we wanted to adopt a ‘flat faced’ dog into our family, but neither of us knew much about the breed, we decided to volunteer and then foster with Homeward Bound to educate ourselves, and to help make a difference for the dogs who are otherwise unwanted. While our household may not have had many fosters, (four to be exact) we can safely say we have had our fosters the longest. Homeward Bound Rescue founder Kathy, had a soft spot for a sad story, and Senior Coonhounds Delcie and Lilly, surrendered and unwanted at age 12, were perhaps the saddest. My husband Darren, our children Zachariah, Riley and Ethan, welcomed the girls at 12, and fostered them until they died at 16. Recently, we added our foster Barney (as we say ‘Foster Fail’- but really it is more of a ‘WIN’!) as a pal to our beloved Golden Retriever Callaway. There are many dogs to fill our home and hearts with love. Consider fostering, to save a life and enrich yours.
Board Member & Events Coordinator Jana Osbourne
Board Member, Foster, and Events Co-cordinator Jana Osbourne has been with Homeward Bound since adopting Mya the Mastiff in 2015 (pictured above). Prior to that they had no idea about the rescue world. In Jana’s words, “When I learned that all of these people volunteered and no one got paid for the work, I was totally amazed. I volunteered to help out with event planning and ended up where I am now…a foster, board member and event coordinator.”
Mya was a senior dog and has since passed but, Jana and husband Colin, also a dedicated dog lover, currently foster ‘Gus’ an Olde English Bulldog-ish (Mix) and have adopted ‘Harley’ a Dogue De Bordeaux (pictured below). People like Jana add enthusiasm, positive energy to the Rescue world. They represent the true image of Homeward Bound, a grassroots organization, dedicated to helping the animals we love.
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