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The wait is over…our brand new Homeward Trails Shop is open! Thank you to Athletes Mark for making this happen!

Items will be made to order right here in Virginia, and many are customizable. Our shop will continue to evolve, with new designs added each month – so be sure to bookmark it and check back periodically!


Why become an HT Member?

Each year Homeward Trails rescues thousands of animals from euthanasia and homelessness. By becoming an HT Member you allow us to save more lives. Membership dollars are donations we can count on each month, allowing us to pave the trail home for more animals throughout the year. As an HT Member in addition to knowing you are saving lives, you will also receive great member benefits along the way! 

YES! I want to help support Homeward Trails rescue homeless animals, and help animals through public awareness, advocacy, and humane education projects with a one year Membership. Become an Individual Member with a one-time donation or support a cat, dog, or whole family with a recurring monthly donation.

Click here for details!

Barley Mac is teaming up with Homeward Trails, a local non​-profit, no-kill rescue center for cats and dogs. Please join us Sunday, July 15th from 4-7pm for specialty cocktails and treats! Adoptable dogs on site! Monetary and/or supply donations for Homeward Trails preferred. We’ll see ya there!

See the wishlist below for appropriate items:


Purchase a hot new iPhone or other device at any of the AT&T authorized retailers listed below and mention Homeward Trails and we will receive a donation for each phone purchased.

It’s a super simple way to help animals in need if you are in the market for a new phone!

  • Simply get your new activated or upgraded phone (can be iPhone or Android or any phone) from any one of these 10 AT&T locations in Maryland and Virginia
  • You may purchase your phone in-store or by calling the store directly and having your device shipped
  • Mention Homeward Trails to the Associate
  • A $20 donation will be given to Homeward Trails for every device purchased



Introducing Paw Power! A partnership between Homeward Trails and SolarCity.  Through Paw Power supporters of Homeward Trails can look into solar as a clean energy option for their home. If you go solar then $200 will go towards funding our important mission to rescue animals and find them loving forever homes.  This all around winning partnership brings energy savings to the homeowner, helps the environment, and very importantly, supports our furry friends in need.
For more info you can contact Melissa DeSomma, a former HT foster parent and Energy Consultant at SolarCity. Or, simply go here for a no obligation consultation.

Spoil you pup with an adorable custom photo dog bed and give back to to homeless animals – just enter the code HWT at check out at Homeward Trails will receive $5 or every bed purchased.  How fun are these great beds?

Get yours today!  And don’t forget to use the code HWT when you check out!




Check out these super fun new t-shirts and hoodies now available for purchase.  Show everyone how much you love HT and rescue animals and help us raise some money to help us save more lives.  100% of the proceeds support Homeward Trails.  Visit our store and place your order today!

Bring the whole family and join HT as we walk in the Clarendon Mardi Gras Parade on Tuesday, March 10, beginning around 6:00 PM.  People and pups alike always have a blast at this high energy annual event.  We’ll have costumes available for the dogs and a few accessories for their humans too. We’ll have beads with the HT logo to hand out to folks along the parade route.  Email if you would like to participate.

Enjoy these photos from previous years


The Big Meow, a family friendly dance and music production adapted from the book by Elizabeth Spires, is the story of an ever-hopeful orange fluffball who desperately wants to belong to the band of neighborhood cats, but is ostracized for a “loud as a lion’s roar” meow. The Big Meow is a story of hope, disappointment, courage and the need for belonging. These simple themes are part of every neighborhood, but in this wonderful tale told through the experiences of  Little Cat, Baltimore based author Elizabeth Spires transforms a potential weakness into a unique strength.Several ‘in need’ cats ready for loving homes will be on view. You can adopt, donate cash or bring donated kitty litter and/or canned wet kitty food to support Homeward Trails.  Enjoy a performance of movement and theater with original music by Mark Sylvester and delightful choreography by Jane Franklin.

Jane Franklin has always collaborated with local artists from other disciplines and often incorporates live music, video, and the visual arts into her performances. In the family-friendly event, The Big Meow she has reached out to a different artistic form – the literary arts. Written, choreographed and performed locally, this show will delight audiences of all ages.

The Big Meow
March, 29, 30 and April 5, 2014
All shows begin at 2 pm
Theatre on the Run
3700 S. four Mile Run Drive
Arlington, VA 22206

Tickets:$15 Adults, $10 Children

Visit  For more information call 703-933-1111.

Jane Franklin Dance_Big Meow_drawing by Cynthia Jabar