2016: Year in Review
Hear from our Executive Director how last year’s gifts helped Homeward Pet to our most successful year yet!
I am overwhelmed by the generosity of supporters like you and the role you played in making 2016 a life-changing year for the cats and dogs of Homeward Pet. Your support of our essential programs was paramount in allowing us to expand on our mission and provide every animal a second chance through rescue, shelter and adoption.
I officially started my tenure as Executive Director in March of 2017 so I thank previous Executive Director, Terri Inglis, for her decade-long dedication to our cats and dogs. Thanks to Terri’s passion and the support of her amazing team, we saw significant growth in nearly all of our programs.
Adoption rates rose by 15 percent, which resulted in a record-breaking 1,887 cats and dogs finding homes. Clinic hours were increased and our behavior programs significantly expanded—allowing us to provide our animals with the best possible medical aid, training and care, from the time of arrival until the time of adoption.
We also served more community pets and families in need than ever before. By the end of 2016, our Pet Food Bank distributed 111,573 pounds of pet food and supplies to 14 local food bank partners, helping feed and care for more than 1,000 family pets each week.
Though I am new to my role at Homeward Pet, my association with this organization began in the mid-nineties when my oldest daughter volunteered at the original Hooterville Pet Safehaus location. Knowing how far the shelter has come in our 27-year history, I can tell you how genuinely enthusiastic and excited I am about the future of this organization. In the next few pages, I am proud to share all of the 2016 accomplishments and highlights that generous supporters like you made possible. Thank you for being part of this exciting chapter for Homeward Pet.
Gary Rubin, Executive Director
To learn more about last year’s efforts for our animals, read the rest of 2016’s annual report.