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Sponsor Our “Fund of Love” In February and March

Each year, beginning on Valentine’s Day, a group of family foundations, businesses, and generous individuals comes together to build a Fund of Love, so that all our supporters can have their donations matched during our spring fundraiser: Double the Gold Challenge. Won’t you join in this important effort? For as little as $250 you can support this vital cause. Or, if you wish, you can provide the entire matching fund. Every dollar raised during these matching fundraisers is dedicated to providing needed medical care for dogs in our program.

Every dog that comes into Homeward Bound’s care requires medical attention, even if it is something as simple as heartworm preventive, flea preventive, and/or vaccinations. Whether they need just these basics or the most complex surgical procedures, we want to be able to provide every dog with the medical care it needs to have the happiest and healthiest future possible.

In 2016 Homeward Bound rescued 355 dogs. Veterinary expenses exceeded $247,000.00. We were able to provide each dog with the care he or she needed, including ear surgeries, tumor removals, heartworm disease treatment, dozens of spays and neuters, numerous orthopedic and miscellaneous surgeries, and countless treatments for various infections and illnesses. Fund of Love and Double the Gold Challenge donations provide a large percentage of the funds needed to cover our medical expenses.


While many of the dogs we support need only basic veterinary care, the ability to say ‘yes’ to these extraordinary cases can be the difference between life and death for a dog in an overcrowded shelter.

Beautiful Goldens like nine-year-old Portia, who had been struck by a car and suffered two crushed vertebrae. Pulled from a Fresno shelter, we were able to get her the care she needed and celebrate her going home in January.

Or tiny Noel, who came to us at only eight weeks old with a broken leg. Our Doc set it and we sent her to recover in a foster home that became her forever home.

Some, are not Golden at all – but golden of heart – like our near hairless Nash, one of our sanctuary dogs, whose skin condition requires special medications, diet, and baths.

And two special pups, Faith and Hope (now Sophie) surrendered by a breeder. Both have Megaesophagus – an expansion of the esophagus that requires they be fed and propped upright for 30 minutes after each feeding so the food makes its way to their stomachs. It turns out that this was only a symptom of their underlying issue, Centronuclear Myopathy or CNM – an inherited disease in Labrador Retrievers. The dogs’ bodies won’t develop the muscles of a typical dog – resulting in an inability to walk or play for extended periods of time. Both of these adorable pups live in permanent foster with their very special mom because their medical needs are met by Homeward Bound. In fact, at any time, approximately 100 dogs are enrolled in our permanent foster program. Thanks to your support, we are able to provide their medical care so they can be in loving homes.

We can help dogs like Portia, Nash, Noel, Faith and Sophie because of your generous donations. These dogs rely on the Fund of Love, which we build in February and March, creating matching funds for the Double the Gold Challenge held in April and May. The combined campaigns raise the majority of our medical care costs each year.














Hundreds more dogs will need our care this year. We are committed to ensuring that they all get the medical attention they need as they journey to new homes. We are able to help dogs like Pearl because of your generous donations. These dogs rely on the Fund of Love, which we build in February and March, to generate matching funds for the Double the Gold Challenge, which is held in April and May.

Please join us in our mission to provide outstanding care for deserving dogs like Pearl by helping us to build this year’s Fund of Love. The minimum donation for this fund is $250. You can choose to donate a greater amount, or you can provide the entire match, as well.

To contribute to the Homeward Bound Fund of Love you may use the following options:

To contribute online by Paypal or credit card, click the Donate button below.

To contribute by mail with a check or credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Discover or American Express), click here to download our printable donation form. Mail the completed form, including credit card information if applicable, to:

Fund of Love
Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Rescue and Sanctuary, Inc.
7495 Natomas Road
Elverta, Ca 95626

On behalf of the Goldens that will benefit by your generosity, our heartfelt thanks.