Homeward Bound is run by myself, Shirley Hennigar, from my home in Co. Clare where I live with my family which consists of my husband, 3 kids, 5 dogs, and 7 cats.
I've been involved with animals all my life, and always brought strays home, but didn't 'officially' start rescuing and rehoming til I put a name to it in June 2009. Since then, I've rehomed around 90 dogs. Most of these have come through the rescue side of Homeward Bound, and about a dozen or so have been Home2Home cases.
My aim is to prevent the abandonment of dogs, thereby sparing the dog a potentially fatal week in the dog pound, or sparing overworked rescue groups another addition to their workload. My hope is to encourage owners to re-home their pet rather than surrender him to the pound or a shelter, and also to encourage people to adopt a dog rather than feeding the demand for purposefully bred dogs by purchasing one.
Homeward Bound is home run and on a small scale, with no government funding.
There are two sections to what Homeward Bound does....
This is a homing service for owners whose dogs are already neutered, and who intend to continue to care for their dog until a suitable home is decided upon.
The dog will go directly from his current home to his new home.
A Dog CV form is filled in by the owner. This is a detailed questionnaire which provides a dog's life story.....his history, health, temperament, habits, etc. so that the most suitable forever home can be matched to the dog.
A Home Visit applies to potential adopters to ensure an enclosed garden and a safe environment for the dog.
Space permitting, I take in dogs from owners who are unable to care for their dog while a new home is being sought... I also take in found strays whenever possible.
I foster the dogs, assess them, vaccinate, worm/flea, and neuter them if necessary, and then home them. I also do what I can to help other rescue groups in sourcing homes for their dogs.
*NB - I don't have a boarding premises, rescue dogs live indoors with me and my family and our own 5 dogs for the duration of their stay. They integrate with our routine, and are treated as our own. Saying goodbye is always very difficult, particularly on my kids who are very active in the care, training and exercise of each dog that stays with us. Also, I am very lucky to have a small network of volunteer foster-carers who offer their home and their time to a rescue dog when a space isn't available at my own home.
I deal with dogs no longer able to stay in their current home; with dogs who are genuinely in need of a new home; and with people who want to offer their home to a dog that needs one. I do not and will not purchase dogs from any source. If there is a particular type of dog you are interested in adopting, I will keep your details on file should that breed come into rescue or need rehoming.
Without these fees/donations, Homeward Bound can't continue to exist effectively.
Monies received are non-refundable.
Adoption Fee: (applies to the adopters of a dog which is in the care of Homeward Bound)
€120. This isn't necessarily for the dog you're adopting, or for any other specific dog, but rather for the care of all current and future dogs with Homeward Bound.
Surrender Fee: (applies to the owner of a dog being handed over to the care of Homeward Bound. Vaccination costs don't apply- these will be covered by Homeward Bound.)
Un-neutered male: €60
Un-neutered female: €90
Home2Home cases: (where a dog goes directly from his current owners to his new home)
A donation from the ex owner will be gratefully received. The new owner must cover petrol costs if Homeward Bound is involved in the transport of the dog (the Rehoming fee doesn't apply in these 'Home2Home' cases.
How to Donate to
Homeward Bound receives absolutely NO government grant/funding. Vaccinations, worming & flea treatments, neutering and other surgeries & veterinary attention, food, transport, bedding, collars & leads etc. are paid for by donations and rehoming fees. We are currently introducing a 'Surrender Fee' as funds are tight and there's an increase of dogs needing rehoming and help.
Donations may be made in the following ways:
A) By transfer or lodgement directly to the bank account. Account details below.
B) By post with cheque or postal order or bankdraft. Postal address below.
C) By laser over the phone directly to Homeward Bound's Vet account.
A) Bank: Please attach a narrative, eg your name, so that I will know where it came from and can thank you.
Bank of Ireland
Shannon Industrial Estate
B) Post: Please make cheques etc payable to Shirley Hennigar.
16 Dun na Ri,
C) Laser/Credit card: Just ring the Limerick or Shannon clinic to donate over the phone. Please leave your name with your donation.
Treaty Veterinary Clinic Treaty Veterinary Clinic
No. 4 Ballycasey Business Park,