Homeward Bound


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The Homeward Bound Project of MS is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization operating since 2007 in Starkville, MS. It is run entirely by volunteers, most of whom are attending or working at the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine.  The Project started in 2007 with three Mississippi State University vet students who noticed the imbalance between the large supply of adoptable dogs in the South and the high demand in the Northeast. They set to work creating the first successful transport program developed, maintained, and operated by students at a veterinary school. Their mission was to take adoptable puppies and young adult dogs from overcrowded shelters in the South, and transport them to adoption guaranteed shelters in the Northeast, where there is a high demand for adoptable dogs. Today, the Homeward Bound Project is still run by vet students and continues to send deserving dogs (and sometimes cats) up north with a chance for a better life. 

People and Dogs entering the Homeward Bound Bus

All pets taken north by Homeward Bound are spayed or neutered, have age-appropriate vaccinations, have been screened for diseases, and have spent their last 14 days in Mississippi homes in foster care. All of these animals have been tested for heartworms and have been started on heartworm and flea/tick preventatives prior to being sent on their way to their new homes up north!

Student-Founded Transport Program Benefits Homeless Pets

A Match Made in Heaven and Delivered By Homeward Bound

Homeward Bound volunteers are incredibly passionate about the work they do, and they welcome you to find that passion, too! 

Homeward Bound Team Keeps Project Moving Forward

Click below to learn more about or to make a donation to this amazing, life-saving program!

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