We Need You!
Homeward Bound Cat Adoptions is a volunteer-driven organization, which means that the care of our cats as well as raising awareness for what we do entirely depends on people like you. Regardless of how much time you can offer us, you can make a huge difference!
We would not exist without volunteers. They contribute to socializing kittens born on the street, hosting adoption events, taking photos and promoting our cats for adoption, daily cleaning, and so much more. They range in all ages from all walks of life. Join our family and make an impact on homeless cats!
If you’ve spent any time visiting or volunteering with Homeward Bound Cat Adoptions, then you’ve probably met Ann Jue. As the Foster Coordinator, Ann coordinates the foster vaccination clinic three days a week, helping vaccinate hundreds of kittens and cats every year. She oversees the weekly kitten and cat adoption events at Petco, manages adoption paperwork, and provides adoption counseling to families. She’s an independent trapper who helps bring friendly cats in need to the shelter.
“It’s more than a full-time job,” says Ann. “I’m on call 24/7, 365 days a year.” She's the contact for foster emergencies, including medical or behavioral concerns. She's trained to know what needs emergency attention and what can be resolved in the foster home. She's a resource to a group of nearly 60 foster parents at any given time.
Last, but not least, Ann is a foster mom herself, to an ever-changing cast of cats and kittens, many of who need extra attention. Currently, she has kittens, plus five special cats with medical conditions, who will stay with her until they’re ready to be adopted.
Ann has been volunteering with local cat adoption agencies for 8 years and has been with Homeward Bound for the past 3. “They're like a family,” she says. “Everyone is here for the animals, they’re not in it for money. We’re in it to save the animals.”
Every week, Ann watches as her foster cats and kittens are sent off to loving, new families, an experience she says can be bittersweet. “You have to have a mindset,” says Ann. “There are certain cats who get adopted and I have to walk away until their new family has left the building. I’m happy, but I don’t want to cry in front of the adopting family. Plus, when someone is adopted, it opens a space in my home and my heart for someone else who needs me. It’s a little revolving door.”
Out of all those cats and kittens, how many has Ann ended up adopting? Surprisingly… only one, a black Munchkin who she named Munchman.
Ann says fostering cats and kittens enriches her life, and she encourages everyone to consider it.
“It’s going to sound corny, but I just found a bowl for myself, and it says, ‘Fostering Saves Lives.’ And that’s exactly the way I see it.”
Ways you can help:
- Cat Care: Help us feed and clean our feline friends.
- Medical: Help cats with medical needs, give medication.
- Computer/Data Entry: Keep our cats' records up to date.
- Office/Adoptions: Answer phone, greet visitors, show cats, complete the adoption process.
- Off-Site Adoptions: Spend a Saturday or Sunday with our cats & kittens at Petco.
- Must be at least 14 years old. Volunteers under 18 must volunteer alongside a parent or adult.
- Commit to scheduled volunteer times and notify Homeward Bound when unable to attend your shift.
- Must be able to squat, bend, twist, lift and stand when working with the cats in our care.
- Must be able to work well with people – work directly with the public and other volunteers.
- Must dress appropriately for the workplace. We will provide a Homeward Bound t-shirt.
- Must be able to handle cats safely and compassionately.
- Must be able to take and seek direction and have a self-motivated work ethic.
Our Foster Care Program enables us to dramatically improve our, and our community’s, live release rate for cats. We began as a foster based organization and though we have an adoption center now, we still need the program to elevate our presence in the community, develop relationships with supporters and most of all, save lives.
Foster care is simply opening your heart and home temporarily for kittens who cannot care for themselves, as well as adult cats who need a break from the center or may be recovering from a medical condition or illness. Sign up today!
In order to be considered to be a foster home you must:
- Be 21 years of age or older.
- Have the knowledge and consent of all adults living in your household.
- Have verifiable identification.
- Understand that Homeward Bound has the right to deny your application.
- Agree to a home visit BEFORE and DURING the time when you might foster for Homeward Bound.
Thank you for your interest in fostering cats and kittens to help Homeward Bound!
Thanks to a grant from Maddie's Fund, we can now save the lives of cats in critical medical situations. The new program requires long-term fosters willing to give a loving home to a kitty that needs ongoing veterinary care for treatable health problems. We retain ownership and medical financial responsibility. You provide love, food, supplies, transportation, and a continuing dialog regarding the cats health.
WHERE TO ADOPT
2675 East Flamingo Road Ste 3
Las Vegas NV 89121
By Appointment Only:
Tuesday - Sunday 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
OFF-SITE ADOPTION LOCATIONS
Petco - Eastern Beltway
2340 E. Serene Avenue
By Appointment Only:
Saturday & Sunday 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
PetSmart - McCarran Marketplace (On Hold)
5915 S. Eastern Avenue
Las Vegas NV 89119
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