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Available Dogs

Dogs arrive weekly at Homeward Bound, each undergoing medical and behavioral vetting before being made available for adoption. Many are adopted before they ever appear on the website. Please read about our dog ratings and adoption process below. If you have been approved to adopt, call us Thursday or Friday after 11 AM to learn about newly Available Dogs. Leave a message and stay in touch with us so we know you are still actively searching. Thank you for your patience and understanding

Meet the Dogs!

  • Young, playful, fun-loving, attentive, housetrained, good with certain dogs and proven with kids – Finn has one little flaw that dedication to training can help him overcome and earn him the “perfect dog” label he aspires to!
  • Izzy is a pint-sized love who forms strong bonds with her person…especially women. All she craves is a quiet, predictable home as your one and only. In return, she promises ever-lasting companionship.
  • Young King was a model family dog. Part Golden, part other stuff, he is 100% a playful lover who gets along with kids and other dogs. With good house manners and basics, he’s ready to share a life of adventure in his next, forever, chapter.
  • With patience and TLC, Megan has stepped slowly into trust while at foster. Her journey is best completed in a place of permanence. This deserving girl is ready for a home of her own. Must live near Sacramento to get to know her first.
  • Nico is a happy, happy, boy who is always raring to go! With a secure yard and people who are dedicated to daily exercise and training, he’ll have no reason to roam. Through in some sturdy kids and a dog that matches his energy and you’ll see that a tired Nico is a great Nico!
  • Simba is an emotional special needs boy who is seeking a special human who sees into the heart of a fearful dog and will follow his training protocols to help set him free. Loving, affectionate, and playful with those who earn his trust.
  • Baxter is a handsome Golden boy with a chill temperament, great house manners, and a love of people and play. He’s looking for a family where he is loved as much as he loves back. Is that you/yours?

Adoption Eligibility

Homeward Bound generally adopts dogs within Northern California and Northern Nevada. Some exceptions may be made in special situations.

We are looking for safe, loving homes with people committed to the dog’s health and happiness and who will consider the dog as a family member, living and sleeping inside. While some of our dogs come from loving homes, all have been unexpectedly uprooted. Many come with training, confidence-building, or care needs that should be supported with positive reinforcement, patience, and ample time to bring out the best in your new companion.

We generally require that you have a fenced yard (exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis).

We ask that you are realistic about the right dog for your lifestyle and that you trust in our experience in making these matches.

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Dog Ratings

The Level 1 dog is an easy dog with typically low energy level and has no behavioral issues. This level of dog would do well in virtually any home regardless of owner experience.

Level 2 has energy that can range from low to high. This dog needs average leadership, generally lacking obedience and/or house manners, but responds well to training. This level may have other minor issues that are easy to address.

Level 3, moderate, high or very high energy/drive. Level 3 dogs typically have a challenging behavior, but are good dogs. These dogs might have an intense focus to work, be dog reactive or dog aggressive, may have to be an only animal in the home, or may require daily physical and mental stimulation, etc. These dogs can be strong, pushy and/or dominant. This level of dog is not an average pet. This dog needs an experienced owner familiar with how to provide direct leadership and proper management as well as the commitment to provide the dog with the guidance and training he/she needs to be successful.

Adoption Fees

Youngsters up to 3 years $350
Adults 4-7 Years $300
Adults 8-10 Years $250
Golden Oldies 11+ $200