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Bring Fido out to the Dowden Terrace Pool in Alexandria for an afternoon in the pool and help Homeward Trails!

Saturday, Sept. 25

1-5 p.m.

5 dollar donation goes to help Homeward Trails and Dogs Deserve Better


Dowden Terrace is located just minutes from I-395, Seminary Road or Columbia Pike at 6300 Holmes Run Parkway, Alexandria, VA 22311


yardsaleTHANKS to all who donated. This yard sale raised $1,500 for the animals of Homeward Trails!!!

Stay tuned for details on our next upcoming yard sale and hold onto those items you no longer want. We’ll take ’em!


stellaAdopt a Cat and Look Fabulous at the Same Time (while eating a brownie, no less!)

Join us at PetMAC Arlington where it will be action-packed! First, stop by and meet all the wonderful kitties available for adoption! Second, stop by our baked goods table for a yummy treat. Finally, spend some time browsing the Stella and Dot Jewelry table for some new adornments for the fall.

Stella and Dot offers fabulous jewelry at affordable prices! Featured recently in Oprah magazine, Redbook, Instyle, Everyday with Rachel Ray and others, this line of jewelry has something for every style, every budget. Independent Stylist Erica Wilmer will be donating 50% of her commissions on ALL orders. Can’t make it to PetMAC that day?

Sales online count too! Simply go to and enjoy! Questions? Email Erica at


bordersShop September 4th & 5th (Labor Day Weekend) and help homeless animals!

Simply bring in the coupon included in this section (or write down the bar code) and every purchase you make at any Borders Books in the DC/MD/VA/WV area and online benefits Homeward Trails. Keep reading for the attached coupon….

This is a HUGE opportunity for HT to bring in much-needed money for our animals! Get your back-to-school books, your travel books…whatever. Buy them this weekend and help our animals!

Also – join HT at the Borders Books Bailey’s Crossroads location (5871 Crossroads Center Way, Falls Church, VA) on Sept. 4th & 5th for their tent sale! HT will have adoptable dogs and cats and info on getting involved in our rescue activities!

Excludes previous purchases, gift cards, newspapers, magazines, coupon books, digital downloads, comics, special orders, video games, Smartbox products, Rosetta Stone software, and shipping.  Void where prohibited by law.  Any other use constitutes fraud.  Cash value $0.0001.  Not redeemable for cash.
barkOn Sunday August 29th from noon – 4pm, BARK will be helping the animals of HT.  BARK is donating 10% of their sales at their Olney, Clarksville, Gaithersburg, and Pikesville locations to us.  We will also have adoptable dogs at most locations.

5805 Clarksville Square Drive, Clarksville, MD 21029
PHONE: 443.535.0200
HOURS: Mon-Sat 8:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.; Sun 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.

16822 Georgia Avenue, Olney, MD 20832
PHONE: 301.774.1944
HOURS: Mon-Sat 9:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

NOW OPEN! Gaithersburg
235 Kentlands Blvd., Gaithersburg, MD 20878
PHONE: 301.527.8833
HOURS: Mon. – Sat. 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

COMING SOON! Pikesville
1809 Reisterstown Rd.
Suite 131
Pikesville, MD 21208


match2Make a donation of any size towards the Fayette County, WV Matching Opportunity and it will be matched by 50%! Yes, your $50 donation will automatically become $75! How? Why? Who? A kind donor has made a pledge of $1,000 in honor of his kitty Berkely. This donation will match donations by 50% to support the rescue of more dogs and cats from Fayette County, WV.

Fayette County, WV is the very first shelter that Homeward Trails worked with, starting back in 2002. To date, we have rescued thousands of animals from this rural area, helping to decrease the euthanasia rate a great deal. This donation opportunity will allow us to take in even more, by providing funds for spay/neuter, vaccinations and boarding for animals that need Homeward Trails to give them a second chance at life.

Simply click here to make a donation today:


wash2Join us THIS  SATURDAY, June 26th for a special dog adoption event AND charity dog wash!

Dog Adoption event is from 10 a.m. to noon

Charity dog wash is from 9-6.  9-noon a volunteer will wash your dog and 100% goes to HT. Noon – 6 you wash your dog and 50% goes to HT.

Where?  Fur-Get Me Not Dog Wash, 1722 Florida Ave. NW  Washington, DC 20009

When? Saturday, June 26th  9-6 dog wash, 10-noon adoption event

Who will be there?



Sparky (Boston Terrier/Beagle mix to be posted…)







matchWe are thrilled to announce that a generous donor has made a matching donation offer to Homeward Trails to help us rescue more cats and dogs from our partner shelter in Fayette County, WV!  This kind act is in honor of his rescued cat Berkley. YAY Berkley!

Fayette County Animal Control is the “original” shelter that launched Homeward Trails, when on a cold December day in 2001, founder Sue Bell wandered in to make a donation of dog biscuits. Two days later, she left with three dogs and WHOLA! Homeward Trails started! Over the years, the euthanasia rate at Fayette County has diminished thanks in part to 8 years of dedicated rescuing from this shelter by Homeward Trails and other shelters who got involved with HT’s urging.

This generous offer will match any donation by 50%….so your 50 dollar donation today will automatically become 75 dollars….and more cats and dogs in the small, sad, rural shelter of Fayette County will leave alive.

Just click here to make a donation of any size…and help us give the animals of Fayette County a second chance at life!

(pictured is Slinky, a recently rescued cutie from Fayette County who is available for adoption thru HT)


washGet Fido squeaky clean while helping homeless animals – simply by getting bubbly!

Join us this Saturday, June 26th, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Fur-Get Me Not Dog Wash, 1722 Florida Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20009.

Come in from 9 to noon and have a volunteer wash your dog and 100% of the cost benefits Homeward Trails!

Come in from noon to 6 p.m. and you wash your dog with 50% benefitting Homeward Trails!

Visit to learn about Fur-Get Me Not!


bowlThursday, June 10th

6-9 p.m.

Lucky Strike Lounge   701 7th Street, NW  Washington, DC 20001-3784  (near Gallery Place/Chinatown)

Join Homeward Trails at the unique and fun bar/restaurant Lucky Strike for a nite of fun to benefit the animals!

A portion of every tab will support Homeward Trails….but you MUST bring a specialized flyer with you!

E-mail to get the flyer and share it widely. Come bowl, eat and drink for the animals!