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On January 17, we ask folks to consider a donation in honor of a pet they have lost which will be put into action immediately to save the life of another in that pet’s honor. Our hearts will always be heavy with loss when a four-legged family member leaves us – it stays with us and we never forget the impact that animal left on us. The pain and loss is real. And it is unique, as is every animal we welcome into our family. And what better way to honor that animal then pawing it forward to save another?

Please share and consider a donation on January 17 in honor of your pet. And send us a note with a photo of your pet so we can join you in remembering that amazing animal.

Donations of $100 or more will get a special “Remembrance Day Hero” recognition on our Facebook page where we will post the pet’s photo and a short bio and honor his/her life and your effort to save another in his/her honor. Use the button below to help us keep the lifesaving going.

For donors of $100 or more, email us your pet’s bio and photo to so we can celebrate your amazing pet on Facebook the rest of the month.

Get your tickets today and join us for a family-friendly night of fun at our Spaghetti Bingo fundraiser! Ticket prices include all-you-can-eat spaghetti, garlic bread, salad, soft drinks, desserts and 6 bingo cards. Additional bingo cards, raffle tickets, and beer and wine will be available for purchase and there will be many great items on the silent auction. We do expect Spaghetti Bingo will sell out so get your tickets today before it’s too late!


Saturday, March 11

Saturday, March 18

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Lyon Park Community Center

414 N. Fillmore St.

Arlington, VA

Thank you to our Spaghetti Bingo sponsors!


It’s time to prepare for our annual Spaghetti Bingo fundraisers! The awesome fun happens on March 11 and again March 18 and there are lots of ways YOU can help!


Spaghetti Bingo
Saturday, March 11, 2022
Saturday March 18, 2022

 6-9 PM
Lyon Park Community Center
414 N. Fillmore St.
Arlington, VA 22201

Tickets and More Info
Space is limited and we always have a sell-out crowd so get your tickets today if you are planning to attend!

VOLUNTEER Friday or Saturday Either Weekend

If you are interested in helping, here is a list of our volunteer needs. Go to Sign Up Genius if you can help! Feel free to sign up for more than one shift. Saturday evening volunteers will get a chance to eat & bid in the silent auction too. Please help us pack & clean everything up at the end if you can! We should be done between 10-11pm.

Help cart in supplies & set up tables & chairs. Set up prize display, registration table, silent auction, drink station, bingo supplies, decorations, etc. Set up & test/troubleshoot AV equipment. 
Any part of FRI 2-8:30pm &/or SAT 3-5:30pm.

Help with cooking spaghetti, preparing salad and garlic bread & setting up & replenishing the food buffet. Wash pots & pans, etc.
Any part of FRI 3-8:30pm &/or SAT 3-5:30pm or 5-9pm. Please sign up for Clean-Up too if you can!

Charismatic volunteers needed to take turns calling the bingo games. Instructions & some suggested scripting will be provided in advance.
SAT 5:30-9pm. Please sign up for Clean-Up too if you can! 

Check in guests, sell bingo cards & raffle tickets, help guests with silent auction check-out, etc.
SAT 5-9pm. Please sign up for Clean-Up too if you can!

Misc. tasks. Verify winning bingo cards, spot clean, collect trash, communicate guest comments/requests to Rebecca, spin the bingo ball dispenser, fill in for other volunteers’ breaks, restock dessert table, encourage guests to spend $, etc.
SAT 5-9pm. Please sign up for Clean-Up too if you can!

(Must be 21+) Keep drinks table clean & stocked, take cash & drink tickets, open & serve wine & beer.
SAT 5-9pm. Please sign up for Clean-Up too if you can!

Help clean up, pack up supplies & cart them out to the van, put tables & chairs away, take trash out, etc.
SAT 8:30-11pm

Sign Up!


There are many other ways you can help make this event a success. Please contact if you can help with any of the following.

Donate Silent Auction Items
Do you have an item of gift card to donate?  Do you have connections to a business who would like to donate goods or services?  Are you willing to help solicit donations?

Donate Bingo Prizes
Do you have fun items or small gift cards to donate for bingo prizes?  Are you willing to buy a few prizes to donate?  We will need prizes for adults and children

Donate Food and Supplies
Can you help cover the cost of food by donating spaghetti, pasta sauce, salad dressing, Parmesan cheese, soda, water or grocery store, Costco, or party store gift cards? The more we can get donated the more money we can raise for the animals!

Bake Desserts
Calling all bakers! You can get involved by donating your delicious baked goods for our dessert table. Can you help us provide a nice variety of yummy desserts by baking cookies, brownies, cupcakes etc.?  

Thank you so much for your help! We look forward to another great event!

Each year Homeward Trail spends thousands and thousands of dollars on supplies to care for our animals and support the general operations of our organization. We always strive to keep our costs as low as possible so that we can spend every extra dollar saving more lives. One simple way you can help is by donating these supplies – everything from postage stamps, to cleaning supplies, to ink catridges and paper, to dog and cat food and litter. Our wishlists are updated regularly so you can always find our most current needs. Please consider donating supplies to help us cover the cost of these items. The more we are able to get donated, the more animals we can help. Thank you!

Adoption Center Wishlist

Meow Palace Wishlist

Dog Enrichment Wishlist

Trails UP Wishlist 

Puerto Rico Wishlist


Shop from home in your paw-jamas AND save lives!

PawJammin’ is an online auction to raise much-needed funds for Homeward Trails Animal Rescue.

Thanks to generous donors, PawJammin’ offers more than 200 awesome items including gifts card, gift baskets, high end holiday decor, pet items, vacations and more!

Whether you bid on these unique items for yourself or for holiday gifts, your purchases will literally save lives. 100% of the proceeds raised will support the Homeward Trails medical fund.

Bidding runs through Friday, December 9 at 5:00 PM EST. All from the comfort of home/your pajamas! Get those bids in and be sure to keep checking back as new items are added!

Thank you to our donors!

Santa is coming!
We are partnering with our friends at Barkhaus to offer photos with Santa on December 6th and 13th from 6:00-8:00 PM.
Your pup can meet Santa, share their Christmas wishes, and get their photos taken, for a $25 donation to Homeward Trails Animal Rescue. You will receive 3 edited digital images emailed to you within a week of the event and the option to purchase prints and products online.
We will also be collecting supplies to help homeless animals this holiday season. Most needed items include high quality canned cat and dog food, martingale style collars, leashes, small training treats, laundry detergent, paper towels, dish soap, bath and beach sized towels, lightweight fleece blankets, and gas and grocery gift cards.
Sign up for your appointment today!

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Can’t spend time with family and friends this holiday season? Just enjoy the look and smell of fresh wreaths and garlands? Treat yourself and your loved ones to beautiful wreaths, garland, and centerpieces from Lynch Creek Farm. From now until December 12, order your greenery using our special link and HT will receive a generous 15% of your purchase. Order yours today!

Time to clean out the attic and sort through your closets, we need your donations for the Homeward Trails booth at the Lyon Park Community Yard Sale on Saturday, October 29 from 8 am to 1 PM!

Don’t miss this opportunity to turn your unwanted items into much needed funds for the animals of Homeward Trails. This sale typically raises over $1,200 to help our animals!  The sale will take place at the Lyon Park Community Center (414 N. Fillmore St., Arlington, VA).

It is very much recommended that if you can bring your sale items directly to the Homeward Trails tables on the morning of the sale that you do so as our storage space and space and transportation options will be very limited. If you can’t do that, we will be accepting donations at the Homeward Trails Adoption Center from October 23 – October 28. We can use clothes, shoes, household items, small appliances, dishes, kitchenware, collectibles, children’s clothes, toys, games, small furniture, rugs, towels, tableware, holiday decorations… you-name-it, we will take it as long as it is in sellable condition.

In addition, we will need volunteers to help unload and set up (6:30 am – 8 am), help sell items (8 am – 1 pm), and help pack up what is left after the sale (1 pm – 2:30 pm). Many shoppers come very early so we can use lots of help in those first few hours! If you can help anytime from 6:30 AM – 2:30 PM, please sign up using the email below. This is a great opportunity for youth volunteers who are accompanied by an adult.

We will also need a few volunteers the week prior to the event to help organize the donations dropped at the Adoption Center and help transporting items to the sale.

Please contact Rebecca at  to volunteer or with any questions.

The war in Ukraine has had a devastating impact on animals – pets, farm animals, zoos, and others. Thousands of pets have been left behind by owners and shelters. Many have died from abandonment and starvation and others from injuries. HT is partnering with the organization Breaking the Chains (BTC) and its founder Tom, a British army veteran, in a number of ways starting immediately. In May 2022, longtime HT volunteer and fluent Russian speaker, Shana A. volunteered for one month in Ukraine with BTC and saw firsthand how much the animals need and deserve help. The heartbreaking losses that they have suffered and the awful fate that awaits many of them is hard to fathom.

On October 1, HT Executive Director Sue Bell will accompany Shana on her return to Ukraine to volunteer with BTC in three ways: 1. Volunteering at the shelter that has been set up to receive animals who have been abandoned and/or injured; 2. Transporting adoptable cats (dogs are currently being absorbed in Europe) back to HT for adoption; 3. Raising needed funds to secure food to prevent the starvation of thousands of animals during the harsh winter months.


Please consider joining Shana for a Zoom presentation about her time in Ukraine and specifically her work with BTC on Wednesday, Sept 28 7-8:30 pm on Zoom

We need donations to secure the transport of cats and to help supply what will be life-saving food as the winter comes. Please consider a donation now – before Sue and Shana leave Ukraine – to help us save kitties and/or secure food to save lives before winter hits.



See coverage of our upcoming Ukraine efforts on WJLA

A PUNdamentally silly new game show where comedians compete, the audience judges, and everybody wins – plus, we’re raising funds for Homeward Trails Animal Rescue!

In this interactive show from Grassroots Comedy DC, comedians and audience members out-clever each other through several rounds of not-very-intense game play. Think JackBoxesque games with your funniest friends for a good cause, plus the opportunity to play along or just judge others. Hosted by Pun DMV’s Dana Fleitman and Grassroots Comedy’s Chris Blackwood.

About Grassroots Comedy: Grassroots Comedy DC, LLC (GCDC) sits at the crossroads of comedy and advocacy. Simply put, we make humans laugh while improving humanity. Our goal is to use comedy to support local nonprofits in their mission to make DC (and the world) a better place for all.

Tickets are Just $15. Get yours today!

Pun and Games

September 29, 2022

7:00 PM

DC Improv Comedy Club

1140 Connecticut Ave. NW,

Washington, DC 20036