Meet our Staff and Long-Time Volunteers

Karen Haglund is a rare gem in volunteers.  She spends her free afternoon off from her full time job to ensure the cats have a clean living environment.  She is our "mad hatter" of cleaners, moving furniture and wiping down surfaces high and low.   Karen does it all. Karen also provides a lot of LOVE to the cats and kittens and develops a personal fondness for each and everyone of them. When at home, she enjoys spoiling her three cats.

If you have been at the shelter during the past 11 years, chances are you were greeted by Pat Fragomeli.  Pat has been a dedicated long time volunteer helping to greet visitors, answer phones and sending out thank-you notes.  She volunteers her time 3-4 times a week and has rarely missed a day.  At home Pat cares for her two Yorkies.

Irreplaceable is how we describe John Staron who has been coming EVERY day since 2014 to volunteer his time.  John spends the morning cleaning dog kennels and then stays on to help with the laundry or to walk and socialize dogs.  John will sit for hours on in the yard with shelter dogs to help them overcome fear of people, expend their excess energy or simply enjoy time out of their kennel. John is a Vietnam Vet who is committed to helping each homeless animal find a good home.

Lorrie Manthei is a long time volunteer helping with everything from planning and executing fundraisers; cleaning dog kennels; doing laundry; to socializing with the dogs and cats.  Lorrie previously served for many years on the Manistee County Humane Society Board of Directors. In addition to her volunteer work with Homeward Bound, Lorrie enjoys following the Tigers and caring for her many cats and rabbits. For a couple of months during the summer she can be spotted at Orchard Beach State Park where she volunteers as the park hostess.

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.

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 

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 a Board of Directors made up of seven 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. 

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