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Project Homeward Bound Redefined
Project Homeward Bound was created in 2005 as an event to raise money for the medical treatment of our Foundation animals, and was our annual benefit until 2011. In 2011, we decided to make Unleashed at Stadium Bowl our annual fundraiser because of its originality and appeal to a broader section of our community.
Souls Foundation (KSF) has been a unique organization since our inception. In
addition to finding homes for highly adoptable animals, we have focused our
efforts on the animals who are frequently overlooked; the old, the sick, the
unsocial, and the misfits.
The financial responsibility, amount of time necessary for care, and the level of supervision required narrows the number of available adoptive homes significantly in comparison to animals needing ‘less’. We have always understood these very real complications and, over the years, created programs to address them.
Our Senior Companion Program matches senior people with senior animals and KSF covers the costs of food, supplies, and medical care. Each animal has a case manager who delivers the food and supplies to the senior caregiver and coordinates transport for the animal to medical appointments.
Medically Fragile Program follows the principles of palliative care*. Animals
with illness are paired with kindred souls in the community who have agreed to
give the animal a home and family. The projected lifespan varies for each
animal, but all require some level of special care. The animal’s support team
consists of doctors, specialists, the caregiver(s), KSF case manager, and other
KSF support volunteers. KSF covers the cost of food, supplies and
medical/supportive care and emotionally supports the caregiver during the
difficult times. *please visit the
Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care website to learn more
Our Long Term Care Program was created for the misfits. These are the cats and dogs who are not elderly or in need of special medical care, but who are a little too timid, require extra attention, or who have been passed over for more ‘attractive alternatives’. We match these loving beings with kindred souls in the community who simply do not have the financial resources to adopt an animal companion, but who are committed to caring for an animal in need. As with our senior and medically fragile programs, KSF covers the costs of food, supplies, and medical care.
With the appropriate support (financial, emotional, and instructional), many of our families have found their choice to home these ‘unadoptable’ animals to be one of the most significant decisions of their lives.
Kindred Souls Foundation will continue to focus on these ‘high-maintenance animals’; it is where our hearts are drawn. This choice has consequences. It is expensive. Over the last couple of years, each of our medically fragile or senior companions accrues about $150 a month- $1,800 a year- for medical services, food, and supply costs. These animals see the regular vet and specialists more frequently, and require on-going medications and treatments.
It is time for Project Homeward Bound to reappear, only as something different. It is not an event, nor is it a location. Home is the location, and that is our future sanctuary. ‘Homeward Bound’ implies a journey, a direction, movement—an energy and decision to move towards our final destination. We ask you to join us in this journey.
We see the
future in a phased strategy:
We need your
help. A monthly financial commitment to support Kindred Souls Foundation will
allow us to move forward. Consistent revenue will allow us to make choices that
are value based, not financially based. It will also demonstrate to
philanthropists, banks, and foundations that we have community commitment and
Please remember that Kindred Souls Foundation is a 100% volunteer-run organization, a 501c3 not for profit organization, and a Washington State registered charity.