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Homeward Trails is thrilled to announce this new program in partnership with the Pittsylvania Pet Center (PPC)!

The “Home To A Home” program will aim to decrease the number of animals having to enter a shelter by offering pet owners an opportunity to move the pet they can no longer keep directly to a foster home.

Our hope is to prevent an influx of animals entering the shelter as quarantine starts to lift and to re-route unwanted animals on a regular basis from one home to another!

Shelters, even those that are wonderfully run, clean and safe like the PPC can still be scary for so many animals and they pose unavoidable health risks to animals that are young and old.

The PPC animal shelter serves Pittsylvania County and surrounding communities in southern Virginia, where available foster and adoptive homes are fewer than here in Northern Virginia.

Join us in celebrating this program and our wonderful fosters who we know stand ready to assist the animals who will benefit!!

Collaboration saves lives!

More details are available in a local news story by WFXR, as well as in the press release below. 

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A small team is currently in Guanica, Puerto Rico, assisting the many dogs and cats that have been impacted by the recent earthquakes.  “Our hearts are breaking for our rescue volunteers, staff and partners in Guanica. Many have lost their homes and on top of that stress, are worried about the dogs and cats in the streets that they care for,” says Sue Bell, Homeward Trails Executive Director.  We are prepping to get 37 dogs off the island tomorrow, January 15. Our generous donors have covered the cost of this flight and land transport (and ANOTHER one on the 24th)….now we just need a bit more for the medical needs to get them on the plane.  Please consider making a donation to our GuaniCARES program and follow our team on Facebook for real time updates. Thank you! 

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 We are so honored to have been selected by the Washington Capitals as the beneficiaries of the Caps Canine Calendar for the second year in a row.  Our staff, volunteers and pups had a blast at the calendar photo shoot on October 17.  Here are some links to some of the media coverage of that day.  The calendar will be available for purchase in early December.

See the video on NBC 4 Washington

USA Today

Sports Illustrated

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Monumental Network

 

 

A big thank you to Channel 8 and longtime HT friend and adopter Bruce DePuyt for featuring HT on NewsTalk on September 16, 2014.

Watch HT Executive Director Sue Bell and Lily the beagle

Homeward Trails on the NEWS! Thank you SO much to Monica McNutt at News Channel 8 for selecting Homeward Trails as last week’s “Pay it Forward” recipient. Not only did we get this great news coverage but we were awarded a $500 donation. Thank you so much for helping us continue to Pay it Forward, Monica and Channel 8!

Pay It Forward: Homeward Trails

Nats, Caps, and Dogs, Oh my! On Sunday, Homeward Trails partnered with Washington Capitals and Hershey Bear defenseman Tyson Strachan and his charity, Strachan Strays, at the Nats Park to raise awareness and funds for homeless animals. U.S Olympic athlete John Carlson and Strachan’s Capitals and Bears teammate Steve Oleksy accompanied Strachan to show their support.

Read more on The Washington Post’s DC sports blog or check out the video below:

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Dawn, the abused pit bull from Danville, VA is about to start her new life in Northern Virginia thanks to a loving Homeward Trails foster home.

Read the story Abused Pit Bull Finds New Home in Northern Virginia on WSET-TV ABC 13

Homeward Trails opened the Homeward Trails Adoption Center in November 2013.  Located in Fairfax Station, VA, the Center can house up to 50 dogs and several litters of puppies while they wait for their foster and forever homes.

See the story in the Connection Newspapers

Before October 2013, it was legal to chain a dog in Arlington County outside for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. But thanks to efforts by local animal advocates, led by HT Executive Director Sue Bell, dogs can no longer be chained for more than three hours in a 24 hour period. “This is a tremendous statement to animal owners out there that Arlington will not tolerate chaining and neglect of dogs,” says Bell. “We applaud the County for passing the measure, the Animal Welfare League of Arlington for supporting it and enforcing it and our many animal advocates who helped get this through. It’s  a good day for dogs in Arlington!”

See the story on NBC 4 here:  Arlington Likely to Pass Dog Tethering Ordinance

After more than 8 years of working to save hundreds of dogs and cats from a desperate hoarding situation, we are finally seeing an end to the misery.

On Friday, September 13th, 2013 in Goochland County, VA, Annette Thompson was ordered to relinquish all the dogs and cats on her property. Even more importantly, she is no longer permitted to own or possess any companion animals.  Thompson is also not permitted to be involved in any way with animal rescue activities. On this day Annette Thompson signed legal ownership of all the dogs on her property over to Homeward Trails.

“This is a wonderful, wonderful day for the animals on her property,” says Sue Bell, Homeward Trails Executive Director. “We have worked for almost 8 years on this case, spent hundreds of hours, thousands of dollars and continued to hit our heads against the wall seeking justice for the animals. We are so grateful to finally see the day that Annette Thompson can no longer have animals, be involved in rescue and defraud the public and authorities about her care of animals.”

Thompson was convicted of six counts of animal neglect in 2011, charges that were only successful after HT and several other local rescues pursued these charges on behalf of more than one dozen sick and injured dogs rescued from Thompson’s property over years. At the time of the charges, HT had taken more than 700 animals from Thompson over five years.

Homeward Trails, along with our wonderful friends at the Animal Welfare League of Arlington, Alexandria Animal Welfare League, Fairfax Animal Shelter and the Richmond SPCA, removed 35 dogs from the property on Friday. On Wednesday, September 18, reps from Homeward Trails went back to the property to remove an additional 10 dogs and 1 kitten. Two of the dogs removed were taken by the Norfolk SPCA. There now remain 6 dogs and several feral cats, for which we are looking to secure places. “We desperately need more shelters and rescues to help take dogs. We are completely overloaded here at HT. We also are desperately seeking a barn home for the 3 feral cats. We do not want to see them needlessly euthanized,” says Bell.

The dogs have not been outside of their horrible, outdoor kennels for years. They are terrified, filthy and exhausted.  They need foster and forever homes, and we need volunteers to come to our office and take them outside for bathroom breaks or simply sit with them and teach them what human kindness is all about.

Finally, we need donations to help cover the very expensive vet bills. We are averaging $300/dog in vetting and that does not include those who test positive for heartworm, need x-rays, dentals or biopsies. It also does not include our boarding costs, which currently are running about $70/day.  To make a donation go to Goochland Hoarding Dogs.

Read the article in the Goochland Gazette here: Hadensville kennel to close

Read the article in Patch here:   Making Up for Lost Time:  Dogs From Hoarding Operation End Up at Local Rescues

THANK YOU FOR YOUR WONDERFUL SUPPORT!! WE COULD NOT DO IT WITHOUT YOU!!