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Up for adoption at the Homeward Animal Shelter

Published: Feb. 6, 2019 at 11:53 AM CST

Meet Coal, he has quite the coat on him and loves to be pet and brushed. Unfortunately he came into Homeward's care very underweight and not feeling the best. However, with lots of love, food, and patience Coal is a whole new cat who is loving the attention and extra snacks. He also gets along great with other cats, and is a pretty relaxed guy who can go with the flow.

And next is Nala. She's a cute, energetic, younger gal who would love a home that wants to take her out on long walks and plenty of adventures. She loves every person she's ever met, but would prefer to be an only fur-baby. Nala can be fun and energetic but also laid back, she's the best of both worlds.

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Growing Fargo animal shelter in ‘new age’

Plato the office cat saunters by, a grandmother and granddaughter stop in to look at adoptable dogs, and two 6-week-old kittens play while adoption counselors clean their kennel.

Operations at the shelter are a harmonious blend of controlled chaos and compassionate care.

The sights and sounds enliven 53-year-old Hendricks, who's been the executive director of the north Fargo animal shelter for nine years. During her tenure, Homeward has steadily grown to shelter and adopt out more animals each year.

In 2014, the shelter rescued 50.8 percent of all the adoptable animals at the three local pounds, according to pound statistics.

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Increasing awareness about homeless animals is Hendricks' duty as executive director. She calls Homeward's expanded mission of prevention, education, rescuing and sheltering the "new age" of animal sheltering.

"We can rescue and shelter forever but it is not going to change anything," she says. "If you prevent the overpopulation of animals first by education of spay and neuter and educating the community, then rescue and shelter becomes secondary. It might be an impossible dream but, hey, I love impossible dreams."

'Love at first sight'

Hendricks didn't have pets of her own until moving to Fargo 15 years ago to attend Minnesota State University Moorhead for her master's degree. A native of Turkey, she visited the U.S. in 1978 as an exchange student, and moved here in the late 1980s.

Her first home here was in the country, and a friend brought Hendricks two kittens to keep outside for mice control. They never saw the inside of the barn, and Hendricks named them Willy and Polly.

"It was love at first sight," she says.

Rascal the dog joined her family, and a cat named Hobo showed up one day, too.

When Hendricks met her husband, Bryan, he had a cat named Kiki so the house was full for many years. Now, it's just 16-year-old Kiki ruling the Hendricks home in West Fargo.

But if Hendricks needs an animal fix, she can play with one of the many dogs and cats at Homeward Animal Shelter. She admits it's difficult to not adopt every homeless animal she meets.

"You know what stops me? Knowing that I would be compromising Kiki's life right now. She's a little older and gets sick easier," Hendricks says.

Some shelter animals stay in her mind, though, like the fluffy, mixed-breed dog named Monet who lived under Hendricks' desk at the shelter for a while. Monet was too stressed to be around other dogs, and Hendricks grew fond of the dog's "soulful eyes." But it wasn't long until Monet was adopted.

"I feel like it only takes just looking into the eyes of animals," Hendricks says.

Her affection for shelter animals stems from a desire to connect them with a loving home.

"Giving an animal a second chance at love is the ultimate sacrifice. They deserve it," she says, tearing up. "Children and animals, they do need a home and a loving family."

A nurturing, firm leader

To her colleagues, Hendricks is known as their tenacious leader. The shelter's needs are always at the forefront of her mind, says Susan Fuglie, who's been on the Homeward Animal Shelter board for nine years.

"She brought the organization from a place that I didn't know, I wasn't aware of their work, to the forefront of animal welfare in this area," she says.

A year ago, the board and Hendricks opted to rebrand the shelter as Homeward Animal Shelter. Although it'd always been local, the former Humane Society of Fargo-Moorhead was often confused to be a branch of the national Humane Society.

Hendricks' ability to make decisions to better the organization is one of her biggest strengths, says Ken Story, Homeward's major gifts and development officer.

"We need someone in that mainstay role who is as passionate and driven as she is to push our message to the front. This isn't a sector to be meek in," he says. "She refuses to let our cause fall into the background."

She's not afraid to step in at the shelter, either. Adoption counselor Jordan Tankel recalls Hendricks doing all of the shelter laundry at a local laundromat when the washer and dryer were broken.

"She just did what needed to be done. She's a great leader, especially for women. She's very hands-on," Tankel says.

The only person who's been at the shelter longer than Hendricks is veterinary technician and shelter manager Heather Clyde. Clyde's worked at Homeward for more than 10 years and says Hendricks has "turned the shelter around" with her leadership.

"The biggest thing with her is that she has faith in people," she says. "She always wants to hear laughter when she walks in the door--that means everyone's doing their job, having fun. Even if we're stressed out, we can't take anything too seriously and have to remember we're here to help the animals."

To prepare for the emotional job of directing Homeward, Hendricks starts each day with a prayer for the animals and the shelter. Her faith has helped her believe that anything is possible for the shelter, she says.

"Whether you call it angels, whether you call it the universal energy or cosmos or God, it doesn't matter how you call it," Hendricks says. "But in my heart, that's God and angels and my absolute trust in the fact that whatever we need, whenever we need it, is going to show up for the animals and that we will be provided for."

The shelter will host one of its biggest fundraisers of the year July 28 at Lindenwood Park in Fargo, the 25th Annual Paws Walk. The family-oriented event encourages pet lovers to bring their dogs for a walk.

"It's a symbolic walk. Yes it is a fundraiser, there's no question, but it is saying you know what those animals who do not have a home deserve a home," Hendricks says. "More often than not, those animals did have a home once but one way or another, they ended up in a shelter, no fault of their own."

Although her job can be stressful, seeing animals adopted is one of Hendricks' favorite parts of her job. She says they have a sense of gratitude as they leave with their new family.

"You should see them when they're adopted. They can't stand still, they know they are going home," she says. "And we are going to be preventing, educating and sheltering and adopting until there's a not a need for an animal shelter, until every single animal has a home."

If you go

What: Homeward Animal Shelter's 25th Annual Paws Walk

When: July 28. Registration begins at 6 p.m. The walk starts at 7 p.m.

Where: Lindenwood Park, 1905 Roger Maris Dr., Fargo

To register, raise money or for more information, visit www.homewardonline.org.

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Available Dogs & Puppies

Below are the dog and puppies currently available for adoption at Homeward Pet. 

Homeward Pet does adoptions by appointment. To speak with an Adoption Specialist and schedule an appointment to meet a dog or puppy, you must first submit an application for a specific animal. Click on a dog’s picture below to see more pictures and videos, read about the animal’s history, behavior, medical needs, and other recommendations that will help you determine if they might be a good match for you and your family, and select the “Adopt Me” button to submit an application for that dog. Our goal is to move our dogs into their new homes as soon as possible, so please make sure that you’re ready to adopt a new family member before submitting an application. Read more about our adoption process and guidelines.

All of our available dogs and puppies are given a comprehensive health exam by our staff veterinarian, spayed  or neutered, microchipped, vaccinated (Bordetella, DHPP and rabies), de-wormed, given flea control and behavior assessed.

Adoptions include free training classes from Doggy Haven Resort, a certificate for a free veterinary exam with the vet of your choice, free microchip registration, leash, collar and ID tag. Our Adopter Support Program is available to help with each animal’s transition to their new home, providing information, referrals, resources and free behavior consultations with our staff certified professional dog trainer.

You can view more dogs available for adoption through our Home To Home program (details below).


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Through Home To Home, prospective adopters connect directly with owners that need to rehome their pet. This means that a pet can move directly to their new home, and avoid being surrendered to a shelter. Prospective adopters get to speak directly with owners and learn all about their pet’s personality first hand. And this saves limited shelter space and resources for other animals that have no other options.

Learn more about direct adoption through Home To Home and see more animals available for adoption.

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