Homeward Bound Cat Adoptions (Homeward Bound) had a record year of success in 2020 despite the challenges of COVID-19.
The local nonprofit cat rescue is dedicated to helping pet owners who are no longer able to care for their cats by offering an alternative to taking them to a shelter or abandoning them on the streets.
In 2020, Homeward Bound achieved adoptions for 892 cats and kittens—their most ever—through their adoption center and adoption partnership with Petco. The free-roaming adoption center opened in 2019 after 12 years as a foster and volunteer-based rescue.
It’s a place where cats and people can relax in a more home-like environment to provide a greater opportunity to match the right cat with the right family.
After opening the new adoption center, Homeward Bound launched an extensive search for an experienced animal welfare professional, successfully recruiting Katie Millonzi as Associate Director. This leadership role is thanks to a grant provided by The Dave & Cheryl Duffield Foundation.
To complete the organization’s transition, Homeward Bound installed a new eight-person Board of Directors to add diversified expertise and community outreach. Members include: Mark Brandenburg, President; Melissa Ooi, Vice President; Lisa de Marigny, Treasurer; Susan McGuan, Secretary; and members at large, Joseph Liebman, Michael Baker, Kasefera Gunter and Holly Spoor.
In December, Homeward Bound upgraded its adoption center by adding two medical isolation rooms. The rooms will be used to isolate and treat cats with infectious diseases such as upper respiratory infections and ringworm (a basic skin fungus), and to better protect healthy cats from the spread of disease.
For veterinary care, Homeward Bound works closely with Flamingo Pet Clinic, Tropicana Animal Hospital and Veterinary Ophthalmology Service.
The local nonprofit is funded through donations. To offer monetary support, or to become a volunteer or foster family, please call 702-329-9771.