Homeward Bound is one of many rescues with ties to dedicated groups in Taiwan that save dogs from the streets and worse. These lucky pups are given a second chance and make loving companions to adopters here at home.
Dogs are saved and flown to rescues all over the world in search of their new lives. It is a monumental effort. For our dogs, the long journey culminates in San Francisco where they are greeted by our team.
A new life begins with what may be their first experience with grass under their feet and the welcome, healing hands of our dedicated volunteers.
Among recent arrivals still at the ranch are love bugs Loki and Sunny – both had ear surgery and both seek single-story homes for hips that get sore.
And our sweet little Sparrow. This tiny bundle of joy arrived with a horrible skin condition that is slowly getting better. This affectionate girl is big on laps and delivering delicate kisses. She is looking for a home and heart full of TLC.
The dogs from Taiwan are remarkably socialized. They have to be to survive in a country where your life literally depends on the kindness of strangers. Some have gone on to make impressive contributions – like Shelby. A front leg amputee, she is a graduate of the Assistance Dog Institute, providing comfort and healing to veterans, children, and the elderly.
In her four years at Memorial Hospital in Santa Rosa, this special girls has made friends with hundreds of patients, staff and family members. She sits with anxious family members in intensive and critical care; she sat with a 94-year old Holocaust survivor; she brought cheer to two young friends hospitalized in the pediatric ward; and elicited a remarkable response from a young woman with a traumatic brain injury.
Taiwan dogs do not take the place of rescues here at home. We are fortunate to have supporters who understand that our mission of rescue does not know geographic boundaries when resources allow. The families who have been blessed to adopt them share in our gratitude for the rescue of dogs from Taiwan…with love.