WVU Students are Schooled on Adoption

We’d like to thank the residents of Arnold Hall at WVU!! They hosted an evening presentation where Homeward Bound WV board members had the opportunity to discuss the responsibility and commitment involved with being a good pet owner. They provided food and we provided furry friends. The students also held a collection and presented us with a donation as well. Thank you WVU students of Arnold Hall and Apartments!

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A Victory at the Capitol

Homeward Bound WV joined several animal rescue advocates from West Virginia at the state capitol on Thursday, February 11, 2016 for Humane Lobby Day. Sponsored by The Humane Society of the United States in state capitals across the country, Humane Lobby Days give citizen animal advocates an opportunity to ask their state legislators to pass laws that protect animals.


Animal rescue groups came together to urge representatives in our state to support two very important bills for animals in West Virginia. 1) H.B. 4201 puts harsher penalties on dog fighting. The dog fighting bill not only protects animals but it also addresses the gambling, drugs, and exposure to minors during these events. 2) S.B. 436 defines outdoor shelters for dog owners. This bill helps owners understand their responsibility of providing appropriate shelter and gives law enforcement a definition to enforce the law consistently.

Homeward Bound WV was prepared to appeal to the delegate’s heartstrings by enlisting a couple of our young volunteers to attend the house and committee meetings to share their thoughts on what these bills mean to them personally. We didn’t stop there. Transport timing for two Great Pyrenees worked out to our advantage and we brought 7-week old fluffy puppies into the Capitol as secret weapons. It seems to have worked in our favor!


After just a short time, both bills passed in the judiciary meetings. That’s a huge victory that brings West Virginia one step closer to writing these bills permanently into law. To read more about these bills, you can check out the links below.

House Bill 4201: Increasing Animal Fighting Penalties

Senate Bill 436:  Defining Outdoor Shelter

Homeward Bound WV appreciates all of our volunteers, those in attendance and back home, our donors and supporters, and the other animal rescue advocates in attendance in Charleston. When all of us stand together for something we believe in, then we can make positive changes happen.


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Homeward Bound WV will attend Humane Lobby Day

This is YOUR chance to speak up for West Virginia’s animals – if you don’t, who will? Show your elected officials just how much animals mean to you and advocate for laws that will help them. Visit the link below to RSVP TODAY! Pre-register by February 6, 2016.

One of 2016’s biggest d11235810_1027368517302127_2040630931569972927_nays for animals in West Virginia is coming up—Humane Lobby Day! A new year means a new opportunity to tell our state legislators what changes are needed to protect animals, including giving companion animals outdoor shelter and cracking down on animal fighting in the state. We will also have an award ceremony for Jefferson County Sheriff, Pete Dougherty, at the event to honor him for his instrumental role in the investigation and raid of a notorious dogfighter located in Kearneysville.

Speak out for animals. Be their voice! PLEASE if you care, THIS IS YOUR CHANCE. Share this information with your friends. Go to Charleston on February 11th for Humane Lobby Day. If you can’t go to Charleston, call, email or write your State Senator and Congressman and tell them you care how pets in WV are treated. In just a few days, WV residents will have a chance to let their elected officials know they care about how animals are treated!


Having a ‘Senior Moment’


An adorable ‘senior moment’ with Shaggy and Scooby!

Veterinarians classify senior dogs as early as 7 years old depending on the dog’s breed, but in shelter dog years it can be as young as 4-5 years old because most adopting families look to shelters and rescues for kittens and puppies, or young dogs under the age of one.

Older dogs in shelters get a bad rap because it’s assumed they’ve been dumped there for having bad behaviors or being untrainable or possibly being aggressive, but truthfully a lot of dogs end up dropped off somewhere or find themselves at a shelter due to no fault of their own.

Why a senior dog may be dropped off at a shelter:

  • death of an owner;
  • not enough time for the dog;
  • change in work schedule;
  • new baby or another new pet;
  • sudden onset or increase in allergies, or
  • moving to a place that doesn’t allow dogs.


So let us introduce Shaggy and Scooby.

These 2 full-blooded, male Cocker Spaniels are available for adoption. They were dropped off near one of our local fosters and left in desperate need of grooming during very hot conditions. Even though these two might be considered seniors, they have quite a few years of love left to give. They are believed to be 5-6 years old and are both house-trained and know basic commands. They have been to the vet for shots and given a good bill of health, and both will be neutered before adoption. They weigh in around 33 pounds and are great with kids and other dogs. They enjoy playing and running but are also quiet and great cuddlers. Shaggy and Scooby depend on each other and are looking for a home where they will stay together. A young family or older adults with grandkids alike would be ideal for these sweet boys.


Benefits of owning a senior dog(s):

  • most senior dogs have had some type of training, including housetraining;
  • senior dogs are typically calmer and don’t have all of that puppy energy;
  • old dogs CAN learn new tricks, senior dogs are easier to train because they aren’t easily distracted;
  • senior dogs make great companions for senior adults;
  • they are usually less destructive because they’ve grown out of the chewing puppy stage;
  • what you see is what you get… they’re already fully grown, so no wondering how big they will get, and
  • you can give them the comfortable, loving home they deserve to grow old in.

seniors3To meet Shaggy and Scooby, you can attend our next Petco adoption event on Sunday, June 14 from 12-4pm, or send us an email at contact@HomewardBoundWV.org. You can also fill out and send in an adoption application here.  #myseniordog

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