Homeward Bound Animal Shelter

Shelter information


Homeward Bound is a 501(c) nonprofit no-kill shelter that receives no state or federal funding, and relies on memberships, donations, and fundraising events. We offer opportunities for people who want to contribute more specifically to the shelter through various funds.

The day-to-day management of the shelter is the responsibility of two, full-time employees: Our Shelter Manager - Shareen Edmonson and our Animal Welfare Supervisor Theresa Zeh

Under their oversight, Homeward Bound provides daily care for 75-130 animals, which includes housing, food, veterinary care, and clean living quarters.

They ensure prior to adoption that every animal is vaccinated, de-wormed, and spayed or neutered. Because the shelter provides care 365 days of the  year, including holidays, we rely upon part-time employees for cleaning and laundering when volunteers are not available.

In addition to staff, volunteers help to socialize, walk, and play with the animals. It is the goal and mission of Homeward Bound to meet all of the needs of our animal residents while they wait to find their new home.

Oversight of Homeward Bound Animal Shelter is provided by the Manistee County Humane Society  Board of Directors made up of five to nine volunteers who are committed to animal welfare in their community. The Board of Directors' responsibilities include ensuring proper management, setting policy, fiscal responsibility, strategic planning, and fundraising for the shelter. 

Meet the Staff


Shelter Manager

Animal Welfare Supervisor

Animal Welfare Supervisor

 Meet our Shelter Manager  Shareen Edmondson.  Shareen has been at the shelter 6 yrs and holds many certificates in animal welfare and shelter management.  Shareen is also certified in animal rescue and animal abuse cases.  When Shareen is not caring for the shelter animals she is caring for her two dogs Lady Bird and Sansa along with her four cats Toby, Fred, Mugs and Jolt.   Her human family consists of her husband, three children and four grandchildren. 


Animal Welfare Supervisor

Animal Welfare Supervisor

Animal Welfare Supervisor

Meet the Animal Welfare Supervisor Theresa Zeh. Theresa has been with the shelter for 2 years and has great compassion for the animals at the shelter. When she is not caring for the animals at the shelter, she is caring for her many cats and her dogs Cali and Lilly. Her humane family consists of  fiancée. 


Kennel Attendants

Animal Welfare Supervisor

Kennel Attendants

Our kennel attendants work hard to ensure all the animals are loved, feed and live in clean cages or kennels and the shelter rooms and lobby are neat and clean. They work along with volunteers to help the animals live in a clean and healthy environment.

About Us


Our Team

 Our amazing staff  and volunteers are committed to helping the shelter and the animals that come here. We take our convictions and turn them into action. Think you would be a good fit?  


Our History

 Homeward Bound Animal Shelter is a 501(c) non profit, no-kill shelter located in Manistee County.  The shelter is governed by the Manistee County Humane Society which was formed in the late 1970's by a group of citizens dedicated to helping the lives of homeless or abandoned animals.  In April of 2005 the dream of opening a shelter came true and since that time has helped thousands of animals find new homes.  While at the shelter each animal is vaccinated, spayed/neutered and receives loving care.  We rely on donations, memberships, fundraising and grants for our operating revenue. If you would like to be a part of this wonderful organization, please consider becoming a volunteer or member.  


Our Mission

 It is our responsibility to provide food, shelter, socialization, humane care and Veterinary treatment for abandoned and relinquished, adoptable animals until a permanent, loving home can be found. It is our mission to ensure all animals are spayed or neutered before adoption. 

Membership Form

Become a Member - Receive Shelter updates, newsletters and more. 

Membership form (docx)