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 ALL ACROSS 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.
Homeward Bound Rescue came about when our founder Kathleen (Kathy) started a small-scale rescue, rescuing one to two dogs at a time. Kathy would often pay for the required vetting out of her own pocket to make sure the dogs were ready for adoption prior to heading to their forever home.
Although Homeward Bound Rescue is a brachycephalic rescue for dogs, Kathy would never let any animal suffer and did rescue the odd goat, pig and cat! Rescuing was certainly a family affair with her four children taking part in the many aspects of rescue.
Anytime you would see Kathy she would always have her phone in hand answering the many emails either about taking in a dog or adopting one out.
Sadly, Kathy passed away unexpectedly in 2014
Kathy’s spirit lives on in each and every one of us because we are doing what she loved best.. rescuing animals.
Introducing The Homeward Bound Rescue Board of Directors
President & Adoption Coordinator Tammy Harper
I have been with HBR since 2011 and love every minute of it. As a family, we have fostered and loved 15 dogs (and counting). I adopted my very first foster Maya- she is now 15 she came from a puppy mill and no other home was good enough for her (in my mind)! Maya is a ‘Jug’ (aka Jack Russell Pug Mix) and lived in deplorable conditions making money for someone having litters of puppies. In fact, when she came to us, she was still so swollen with milk! Maya had never felt the softness of grass, had yummy food from a bowl, or known what a loving hand was all about- She now knows all of these things and more!
We have added Paizley the DDB to our crew- she lived in a barn for four years of her life along with her sister Sophie (she was adopted to an amazing family and sadly has crossed the bridge. We also have Eddie whom I 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 almost 25) ‘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’! Being part of Homeward Bound Rescue is like being part of a big family
Vice President & Foster Co-ordinator Kristi Smeets
My family and I have been fostering dogs for 10 years now. We got involved with HBR 6 years ago after seeing a plea for a senior Boxer pair needing a foster home. I jumped right into fostering for HBR and the love for the rescue grew so I eagerly wanted to do more. 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 first 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 permanently 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 passed on, I will continue to rescue and work my hardest to save more lives in their honor. With a couple new members that have joined our family, 2 Boxers – Scarlet and Arlo, we will keep on doing what we do – rescue and FOSTER! Our family is a busy one – with three small human 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 & Secretary Hayley Nash
Growing up on a small hobby farm is where my love of rescue animals grew. My family was always the first ones to say “we can take that dog!” My first rescue dog as an adult was Bella, she was a beautiful French Bulldog who was seized from a puppy mill when she was 18 months old. This sweet dog was broken and so afraid of everything. It took Bella a few years to come out of her shell, but when she did, I discovered the love of a rescue dog and never looked back. Bella unconditional love is the reason I felt the need to give back and help a rescue save dogs like her, so I started my search. I found HBR 3 years ago and knew right away this was my home. My love for all flat faced breeds matched their goal and focus to help saved as many as possible. We have fostered about 10 dogs most of these were HBR pups and have loved every second of it. It started off with just my involvement and now has become a whole family affair. You will often find my wonderful husband or one of my beautiful children in the passenger seat as we head off for events or transport runs. I can not forget to mention my awesome pack of dogs who have helped so many dogs settle and adjust to their new lives. Being able to see my whole family not only support me but join in the adventure with me has been the icing on the cake. People ask “how can you foster; it must be hard to say goodbye?”
My reply is simple, I let my heart ache a little so that theirs never has to again.
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.