Homeward Bound

MIDDLEBURY — Homeward Bound, Addison County’s Humane Society, has announced the dates of their 2020 Open Door Microchip and Nail Trim Clinics. The clinics will be offered on Saturdays, Feb. 15, April 11, June 20, Aug. 24 and Dec.12, from 10 a.m. to noon.  A microchip is a small electronic chip (about the size of a piece of rice) that is inserted under the skin between a pet’s shoulder blades that contains all of the owner’s contact information. Most veterinary offices and shelters have the ability to scan for this chip and quickly identify the owner. The entire process takes less than two...

THE CAT SHADOW, shown here with his new family, Kristian and Tyler, was the first pet to be adopted from Homeward Bound in 2020. Photo/Hannah Manley
MIDDLEBURY — Shadow, a 4-year-old domestic short hair tiger cat weighing 8 pounds, 6 ounces was the first animal adopted from Homeward Bound in 2020. She was adopted by Kristian and Tyler of Essex Junction on January 2 at 2:28 p.m. Shadow came to the shelter when her elderly owner needed to go to a nursing home; Shadow had been with her since she was a kitten. Kristian’s 24 year-old cat died last year; she had been her guardian since the first grade. Shadow’s adoption represents the first of many happy families Homeward Bound expects to create this year.  Congratulations to Shadow and her new...
MIDDLEBURY — Homeward Bound, Addison County's Humane Society, has just launched a new program called Paws on the Job, which aims to match some of the shelter’s less adoptable cats with local businesses looking for rodent control — and a morale boost. They’re calling these kitties “Working Cats.” Learn more about the program and meet some of the fine felines already "working" at some Addison County businesses. Click here to read our story.

CHEDDAR, A BIG orange cat that hangs out at the Middlebury Animal Hospital, is one of several felines that “work” at businesses around Addison County. Homeward Bound, Addison County’s Humane Society, has created a program called “Paws on the Job,” which places hard-to-adopt cats in places where they can be useful. Independent photo/Megan James
MIDDLEBURY — Jackie was a feral stray cat when she arrived at Homeward Bound, Addison County’s Humane Society, two years ago. Severe flea dermatitis made her back almost completely furless. “It took about four months before anybody could even touch her,” recalls feline coordinator Michelle Shubert. Shubert, who is soft-spoken and gentle with the shelter cats, started spending her lunch break with Jackie every day, “slowly befriending her with treats,” she says. Gradually, the cat began warming up. Two years later, she is still at Homeward Bound — she’s been there longer than any other...

KIRA SERISKY HOLDS Arminius, the kitchen she fostered from the Middlebury animal shelter Homeward Bound. After Serisky told her story, Petco gave a $5,000 grant to Homeward Bound.
MIDDLEBURY — When Kira Serisky took in a kitten to foster from Homeward Bound, Addison County’s Humane Society, she had no idea what the chain of events would bring. She just saw a thin, skittish kitten with oddly curved front legs who needed her. Arminius, the kitten in question, immediately attached himself to Serisky, making the decision to bring him home an easy one. Serisky, a Shelburne resident, has fostered many kittens, helping them recover from illness and injury before they moved onto permanent homes, and that was her original intention for Arminius as well. Perhaps the staff at...

PEGGY FISCHEL IS one of six volunteers who staff Homeward Bound’s new HUB program that offers supplemental food, parasite preventatives and medical-care subsidies for the pets of qualifying low-income families. Independent photo/John Flowers
MIDDLEBURY — Homeward Bound, Addison County’s humane society, has launched a new program that will help low-income residents having a tough time affording their beloved pets. It’s called the HUB, and it provides supplemental food, parasite preventatives and subsidies for qualifying folks to get medical care for their pet dogs and cats. Client households must have an income no greater than 200 percent of the federal poverty guideline, which is currently $51,500 for a family of four. The HUB owes its existence to generous donations, grant support, volunteers and hard work by Homeward Bound...
I am a volunteer at Middlebury’s Homeward Bound Humane Society. I am writing to raise awareness about the dogs at the shelter. We often take them on “outings” to allow them to experience life outside the shelter. During these outings they wear “adopt me” vests in order to mark them as adoptable animals. If you see a dog around town wearing one of these vests feel free to come say and say hello. They love attention and pets and these outings make the dogs’ day so much better. When you see these vests it’s important to not make assumptions such as “oh why did they get that dog in the first...
MIDDLEBURY — Competing with movie mega-plexes for viewers can be challenging for small community theaters like Middlebury’s Marquis. But owner Ben Wells is more than holding his own, thanks to a formula that includes working with local businesses and nonprofits to secure small independent films that shine a light on — and generate revenue for — environmental and social issues. These so-called “one-off Wednesday” screenings allow the Marquis to showcase thought-provoking material that has a local following beyond the traditional blockbusters. “There are a lot of the smaller independent films...

PORTER MEDICAL CENTER’S Suzanne Peterson, president Seleem Choudhury and Sue Spitzner will be among the 80 Porter employees to join Woofstock in Middlebury on Saturday, Sept. 14. Photo courtesy Porter Medical Center
MIDDLEBURY – Homeward Bound, Addison County’s Humane Society, is gearing up for its annual Walk for the Animals, affectionately called “Woofstock.” The walk takes place on Saturday, Sept. 14, in Middlebury and is the shelter’s only annual, large-scale fundraiser. Last year, Woofstock drew just over 100 dogs and 150 walkers. This year, thanks to the UVM Health Network/Porter Medical Center community, there will be many new faces at the Walk. There are currently over 80 Porter staff and family members signed up to participate. “We are blown away at the enthusiasm of the Porter employees for...

MILO DIPPEL RECENTLY received a Youth4Youth grant from Vermont Afterschool to create a rabbit adoption and drop-off agency. He is hoping to find a home for Ariel, who he has been fostering for Homeward Bound. Photo courtesy Homeward Bound
MIDDLEBURY — Thirteen-year-old Milo Dippel, a rising 8th-Grader at the Vermont Day School, is now managing a $3,000 grant. Dippel was awarded the Youth4Youth funds through Vermont Afterschool to support his idea to create a Rabbit Adoption and Drop off Agency. Dippel’s was one of 43 proposals from across the state in the first-ever Vermont Youth4Youth Grant competition. There were 714 votes cast from young Vermonters and Dippel’s Rabbit Adoption and Drop off Agency project was one of the top seven projects. Over the summer, Dippel has been fostering three of Homeward Bound’s bunnies: Ariel,...


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