In the big dog Park at Homeward Bound, the rough and tumble play.
But on the other side of the fence is where the sugar lives.
Sugar Shack Acres is home to Homeward Bound’s most senior dogs: the sugar faces –
and our sanctuary dogs – like once-and-forever feral Red.
Because Homeward Bound is one of the few Golden rescues with a facility, we can welcome dogs regardless of their age or health. Dogs that might not otherwise be saved.
Whether they come to us as the result of an extraordinary rescue,
in need of hospice,
or simply a place to call their retirement home,
they are welcome to live out their lives in comfort and peace, surrounded by love.
Some will find their way home with special angel fosters –
extraordinary people who make room in their hearts and homes knowing that their time will be limited. Currently, 100 dogs are supported in permanent foster. For them, Homeward Bound provides all of the dogs’ medical care, and food when needed.
Others are adopted through our Golden Touch Program. People approaching their own golden years know that seniors still have much to give, and love to offer. Because they can provide loving homes to a older dog, we help retired people of a certain age and limited income make a senior-to-senior connection – an adoption, without fee, with the dogs’ needs met by Homeward Bound.
For the dogs that remain with us on our 8-acre country setting just outside Sacramento, we have built a special place called Sugar Shack Acres. A dedicated house and yard for the dogs to come and go as they please –
complete with a swimming pool for those who need a little extra help with mobility.
Visited and cared for by our volunteers,
these pups may be a little slow, but they still get around.
And everyone gets along. As they say, it takes a long time for a soul to get this sweet.
Some of our volunteers spend all their time in this sanctuary –
others take them out to visit.
After walking, feeding, and cleaning up after our very active “dorm” dogs – quiet time met with smiling faces, tail wags, and kisses is the perfect way to end the day.
And when the young dog pack finally leaves the Park…guess where the sugar flows?
“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.”