Homeward Bound Pet Shelter

In July 2005, Homeward Bound became a division of Macon Resources, Inc. (MRI). It's a great partnership that helps pets and people with disabilities.

The mission of Homeward Bound Pet Shelter is to shelter and rehabilitate relinquished cats, kittens, dogs, and puppies until they can be permanently adopted into loving homes.

We try to maintain a stress-free environment for our cats and dogs while they wait for their new families. Cats are free to roam in their rooms, and dogs have visiting rooms and a fenced outside play area.

All animals are spayed/neutered, kept up-to-date on vaccines, and microchipped. Plus, they’ve been tested for heartworms or feline leukemia/FIV and kept on monthly flea control and heartworm protection.

We're located at 1720 East Huston Drive, Decatur. Our phone number is 217-876-1266.

Click here for Dog Adoption Application: DOG APPLICATION March 2014

Click here for Cat Adoption Application: CAT APPLICATION_august 2012.pdf

After completing your application, you can bring it in to Homeward Bound, fax to 217-876-1604, or scan and email it to: homewardboundpetshelter02@yahoo.com.   Completed applications can also be mailed to:  HBPS, PO Box 3831, Decatur, IL 62524.

Hold/processing fees can be paid by phone with a debit/credit card.  Cash or check also accepted.


Homeward Bound Volunteer-initiated Fundraiser Goes Viral

June 15, 2015

Yoga4cats, a fundraiser developed by Homeward Bound Pet Shelter volunteer Jeanette Skaluba to promote Adopt-a-Cat Month, has received international attention. The Dodo, Huffington Post, MTV News, The Chive, and Daily Mail.com (based in the UK) have all covered this event that took place at Yoga at Connie’s in Latham, Illinois on Friday, June 5. Fifteen human and six feline yogis participated. The video of the event, filmed and edited by Skaluba, had over 100,000 views on YouTube as of June 18, 2015.

Although Skaluba, supervisor, Microbiology for Meda Pharmaceuticals, made yoga4cats a reality, she gives all of the credit to one senior cat, Oreo, for inspiring her:

I was at HBPS one day and I was visiting with the kitties. Oreo was all over me… I thought, THIS is a yoga cat. He sure has a lot of energy - I can't believe he's about 12 years old. He needs a promotional video! I soon realized that this can be bigger than that. June is Adopt-a-Cat month - I needed to do something that can benefit the cats in general. Then it hit me - Yoga for Cats! Oreo was my first nominee!

There were a couple cats, including Oreo, that did not come out of their carriers during the yoga session. Skaluba commented on this, explaining, "you can't make a cat do anything- this is why we love them! I consider a solid 50% cat participation level to be a success. What we ended up with was a very organic and natural interaction of yogis and cats."

Skaluba, who has practiced yoga with Connie five years and has two senior cats of her own, did not anticipate the event coverage or video to go viral. Combining two of her passions, yoga and finding forever homes for adult shelter cats, Skaluba was merely trying to help a local no-kill pet shelter raise awareness and highlight adoptable cats. Skaluba took the initial concept to Connie, owner of Yoga at Connie’s, as a random idea. Both women love cats. Skaluba hopes the success of this event will begin a trend for shelters and yoga studios everywhere. 

Skaluba chose to give to Homeward Bound Pet Shelter because of the environment cats are in while living in the shelter. She stated, "I think it is awesome that the cats there reside in free roaming rooms. This, combined with the no-kill mission, is why I chose to support HBPS."

If you missed yoga4cats, you can check out adoptable cats by stopping by the shelter, checking out our YouTube channel, or visiting www.homewardboundpetshelter.com. To find out more information on future yoga4cats events or to get more information on how you can support Homeward Bound Pet Shelter, like us on Facebook or follow us on twitter.

For more information on starting a yoga4cats program benefiting shelter cats



Woofstock Shirts

April 09, 2015

2015 Woofstock Tee Shirts and doggie bandanas are now available. Stop by Homeward Bound or Macon Resources to get your Woofstock wear today.

10 Reasons to Adopt a Shelter Dog

April 01, 2015

October is Adopt a Shelter Dog month!  Check out these top 10 reasons to adopt a shelter dog - as if you needed more convincing!


Woofstock 2015

April 01, 2015

Woofstock 2015, 9 am to 2 pm, Saturday, May 2nd at Macon Resources. Flying Houndz Frizbeez Trick Dog Show at 9:30 am and 12:30. Sign up for Pooch Parade to be held at 11 am. Lots of vendors and fun activities for your dogs. Don't miss it.

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Tuesday,Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 12:00pm to 4:00pm

We are closed to the public on Sunday, Monday, and major holidays. Hours are subject to change without notice.

The animals look forward to seeing you!

Contact Us

Homeward Bound Pet Shelter
1720 East Huston Dr.
Decatur, IL 62526
E-mail: homewardboundpetshelter02@yahoo.com

Directions: From Rt. 51 (North or South 51), turn East on Pershing Road (Rt. 48/121). Turn North onto Kandy Lane. Homeward Bound is on the right hand side just as the road curves.

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