The Pack’s All Here

Meet the Marzluff pack: from left to right, Bella, Chauncey, Digit, Louie, Reese, and Baloo. Together, they’ve found a loving home—and coordinating festive clothing—with the Marzluff family. For years, Homeward Pet volunteer Peggy McPherson gifted each pup with presents during the holiday season. But this year, she decided to do something a little different.

“The Marzluff dogs have all the toys, love, food, dog beds, and medical care they could ever want,” Peggy says. “This year, I felt it would be more meaningful to pay it forward for a shelter dog from the Marzluff dogs in lieu of their individual gifts.”

Most of the pack’s family—John, Colleen, and Danika—had a chance to visit our shelter and choose two pups’ adoption fees to prepay, bettering their chance at finding a home quicker. They settled on seniors: Opal, a German Shepherd recovering from surgery, and Zoey, who shared the name of John and Colleen’s other daughter.

Peggy joked, “If they did not already have dogs at home, I’m sure several more dogs would have left the shelter that day!” Her gift to the Marzluff dogs did help Opal and Zoey leave the shelter soon after, becoming two more in the long list of animals helped in this way.

Our Pay It Forward program, founded in early 2014, has assisted in the care and adoption of 758 cats and dogs. Oftentimes, adopters who are the beneficiaries of a pay it forward donation will choose to continue the chain of giving, the effect of the original gift multiplying far beyond the original dollar amount. The ripple effect one of such gift has the potential to be felt by many of our residents.

Say Happy Valentine’s or Happy Birthday to an animal lover in your life—and spread the love by helping a shelter animal find a home. Make your own gift to the animals in our care here.

(Good) Dog Days at Doggy Haven Resort

For many years, Doggy Haven Resort has been an active Homeward Pet supporter. In addition to providing free classes to all dogs adopted from us, Doggy Have offers a variety of services, from grooming to doggy daycare to vacation boarding.

Below, Doggy Haven Resort’s owner (and Homeward Pet board member!), David Boyd, shares more about their services:

Doggy Haven Resort, a local full-service dog resort for boarding, grooming, training and daycare has been a Homeward Pet partner since 2010.

Doggy Haven is for socialized dogs who desire to be with their canine friends. Our skilled staff, many of whom have been with us for the last decade, are well trained in dog behavior. In addition, we have ongoing staff training programs through “The Dog Gurus” with Robin Bennett, renowned dog behavior expert. We social test each dog for appropriate activity. Our facility offers four separate play yards so that dogs can be graded for activity level and size. Each dog has its own room for rest, meals and sleep time. Remodeled to enhance our capacity and cleanliness in 2014, we offer heated floors, air-conditioning and a rapid air exchange system to ensure your dogs’ health. Classical music is played at night for the calmest nighttime environment.

Our training facility is in a separate 2500 square foot field house, sometimes called the “doggy dome”. Our trainers are CPDT credentialed and one, Mikkel Becker is the co-author of 6 books, national speaker and advisor on animal behavior to veterinarians. The field house provides space for dogs to be far enough apart while in small class sizes of up to 8. The field surrounding the training area is used for outdoor training and play time in the warmer months.

Our three groomers each have a minimum of 10 years’ experience and all are tuned into dog handling to ensure the lowest stress grooming experience possible. The bathing and grooming we do is all backed by a money-back guarantee.

Dogs come to see us on a daily basis for daycare, so that they can play and not get into trouble while their “parents” are away at work. We love dogs at Doggy Haven and invite you for a tour, during our regular tour hours of Tuesday and Saturday from 1-3 or other times by appointment.

Doggy Haven, because your dog deserves the best!

You can learn more about Doggy Haven Resort here.

Thank You for an Amazing 2017!

Dear Friends,

Silence is rare in Homeward Pet’s kennels—our dogs and cats are quite chatty. But when I walked around the shelter in the last days of 2017, I was struck by how quiet it was. So many of our animals had left kennel after kennel behind for caring homes.

Not only was this past year filled with heartwarming stories of adoption, but you rallied around community members in need through programs like our Pet Food Bank. I hope you will join me in celebrating more of the amazing accomplishments you made possible this past year.

Gary Rubin, Executive Director

Fur Ball Tickets Available Now

It’s an evening of celebration: each year at Homeward Pet’s Fur Ball Auction & Dinner, we honor past success and look forward to creating bright futures for animals, no matter the care. Join us Saturday, May 19, at Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue for an evening of festivity and generosity.

Reserve your seats today!

Contact Information
Adoption Hours:
Our Address:
Wed - Sun, 12 - 6pm
P.O. Box 2293
13132 NE 177th Place
Woodinville, WA 98072
Homeward Pet Adoption Center is a non‑profit, no‑kill animal shelter. Our mission is to give homeless animals a second chance through rescue, shelter, and adoption.