Kathy Blundell and her best friend Dale founded Homeward Bound Rescue together nine years ago. After much experience on the front lines, she wanted to focus on “squishy faces” dogs like Boxers, Mastiffs, Pugs, Boston Terriers and Bulldogs. This dog rescue group has grown steadily since, and now helps 100 to 120 dogs each year. Of course with the heart of a dyed-in-the-wool-rescuer, its hard to say no to any creature in need. Two years ago, Kathy and her group even rescued goats and ponies that were left for dead at an abandoned puppy mill property. They had been left in the cold winter with no food or water. They rescue the odd kitty now and then too, as the need arises.
Homeward Bound Rescue has over 60 volunteers, approximately 12 of whom dedicate themselves on a more full-time basis as coordinators. According to Kathy, “Many of us spend more time doing rescue work than we do our ‘real’ jobs.” Kathy adds that Homeward Bound has been “blessed to work with many rescues, humane societies and shelters that respect the hard work we do.”
The best candidates to adopt Homeward Bound Rescue dogs are people with dog experience, and those willing to take their dogs to classes. Trainig helps the dogs of course, but it also enhances the owners understanding of the dogs requirements. Best adopters also include families who understand the greater grooming and medical requirements of flat-faced dogs, such as eye, ear, wrinkle, breathing issues. These families know that attentive vet care may be required.
Canadian solo artist and former guitarist of My Darkest Days Sal Costa recently adopted a bulldog boxer mix named Symba from Homeward Bound Rescue. Symba is featured all over Sal Costa’s Facebook page. Kathy says it’s great to see such overt support of rescues and the respect for the need to adopt a puppy rather than buy a puppy.
There are many heroic stories at Homeward Bound, where volunteers regularly go out of their way and above the call of duty on behalf of their mission. Sadly, Duke the bulldog that Furever has previously profiled in a few articles, was just put to rest after battling immune mediated disease and cancers. At only 14 months old, the rescue team tried everything for him ─ especially the organization’s coordinator, Heather Brown. As Duke’s foster mom, she dedicated three months to staying up with him all night, spending hours at clinics, driving him back and forth, updating the vet team three times a day, and taking him in for emergency care.
Homeward Bound Rescue Dogs Looking for Furever Homes
Some other amazing rescues include Bentley, an English Mastiff who loves kids and playing in the water, and Mya, a five-year-old Bull Mastiff who likes riding in the car and hanging out with people. Winston the Bull Mastiff is also five and loves showing off his toys and wagging his tail, while Angel is 2 year old American Bulldog who takes a little time warming up to people.