Anyone who wants to adopt a pet must fill out an application. You'll need veterinary and personal references, and we'll conduct an informal interview.

A minimum 24-hour wait period is required. During this time, Homeward Bound will confirm all the information you've given us is correct and meets our adoption criteria.  

Our staff will observe your family with the pet to make sure it's a proper match. Once your adoption is approved, your pet will be spayed/neutered before it goes home with you.

You must sign a contract and pay an adoption fee (cash, personal check, debit/credit card accepted) at the time of departure.

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:   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.


*All fees are subject to change without notice.

Dogs waiting for new homes*

  • 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

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.

Cats waiting for new homes*

  • 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

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.

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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

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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