Welcome, Jill Rawlins!


Blackwood, NJ — Homeward Bound Pet Adoption Center is pleased to announce the appointment of Jill Rawlins as its new Executive Director. Jill comes to Homeward Bound with a wealth of experience and an extensive background in strategic planning, financial management and team building.  She has almost 20 years of experience as an Executive Director across various industries and is excited to utilize her skills in the nonprofit sector.

Jill served as Executive Director at Special Equestrians in Warrington, PA.  In her time there, she introduced new organizational plans that saw the creation of three leadership positions, successfully implemented a new community relationship development plan, and ensured a balanced budget. “I have been incredibly fortunate to find an organization that connects my specialized skillset to such a positive, deeply personal mission,” says Rawlins. “I’ve always been passionate about animals and cannot wait to continue the positive growth initiated by Vicki [Rowland].”

Vicki Rowland, the current Executive Director of Homeward Bound, has been leading the way since 2013. She will be stepping down at the end of July to begin the next chapter of her life with her husband in Texas. While she knows she will miss the excitement of shelter life, she is confident that the hard work she put into transforming the shelter into a leading animal welfare organization will be appreciated and continued under the guidance of Rawlins. “I have been working closely with Jill for the last 3 weeks to help her transition, and I have consistently been impressed with her drive, aptitude for strategic planning, and finesse with staff relations. She will safeguard the Homeward Bound legacy well, and the Board and I are thrilled to welcome her to the family.”

To learn more about Homeward Bound Pet Adoption Center’s mission to end pet homelessness in South Jersey, visit our website at www.HomewardBoundNJ.org.