Are you thinking about adding a Homeward Bound shelter pet to your family?

Adopting a shelter pet is a rewarding experience. The decision to adopt is one that involves a lifelong commitment and not something to be taken lightly.

Anyone who wants to adopt a pet from Homeward Bound Pet Shelter must first fill out an application. A $20 hold fee is required to hold a specific pet for you while your application is being processed. If the application is approved, the hold fee is applied to the adoption fee.

Most applications can be processed within 72 hours; a minimum 24-hour wait period is required between application and adoption. During this time, Homeward Bound staff will confirm that the information given is correct and meets our adoption criteria. In the event an application is denied, the reasons will not be disclosed to the applicant.

We will conduct an informal interview and observe you along with your family/household members with the pet. Veterinary references are necessary, additional pre-adoption requirements may apply for applicants with no veterinary history. In some cases, a home visit is required. Specific requirements may apply for individual pets.

You must sign a contract and pay an adoption fee at the time you take your pet home. Cash, personal check, and debit or credit cards are accepted forms of payment.

The welfare of the animals in our care is our number one concern, we take great measures to ensure a proper match between the pet and its new home.

After completing your application, you can bring it in to Homeward Bound, fax to 217-876-1604, or scan and email it to: 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.



  • Mix breed puppies (6 months & younger) $195
  • Pure breed puppies (6 months & younger) $220
  • Mix breed dogs (over 6 months) $170
  • Pure breed dogs (over 6 months) $195
  • Senior (8+ years) $75
  • Senior dogs adopted to senior citizens (65+ years) $50

Fee includes spay/neuter, de-worm, microchip, age-appropriate vaccines (i.e. dhlp-parvo-corona-bordetella-rabies, HW negative). Adoptions also include 30 days free pet insurance.


  • Kittens 6 months & younger $100
  • Second kitten 6 months & younger adopted at same time $50
  • Adult cats over 6 months $85
  • Second adult cat adopted at same time $40
  • Senior (8+ years) and Special Needs Cats $30

Adoption fee includes spay/neuter, de-worm, microchip, feline leukemia/FIV negative, age-appropriate vaccines (i.e. rccp, rabies). Adoptions also include 30 days free pet insurance.

Senior pets (8 years or older) are more mellow and patient, make wonderful adoption options for those who want companionship without the time or ability to train young animals.

*All fees are subject to change without notice.

For more information about pets available for adoption, please visit our pet listings.