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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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Up Close Photo Contest

VOTE for your favorite HT-adopted animals while contributing to the life-saving efforts of Homeward Trails!
EACH VOTE IS $5, all of which goes to support the medical needs of the homeless dogs and cats in our program.
The dog and cat who get the most votes each by MAY 30th win. You can vote as often as you’d like!
Help these adorable pets pay it forward for another animal in need.

 

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DOG BIOGRAPHIES

NAME: Barlow (formerly known as Bongo)

FYI: The village of Barlow is in Manchester, England (not far from Liverpool, home of the Beatles, and not far from where border collies originate!) 🇬🇧

I WAS ADOPTED FROM HT: April 18, 2020

IF I WERE A MOVIE STAR I’D BE: “The Velcro Kid,” as I must be attached to my mommy at all times! I hate it when she takes a shower and makes me stand outside the stall, but at least I can see her until the glass gets too steamy.

IF I WERE A FRUIT/VEGETABLE: I’d be an eggplant as it increases brain function in a person’s diet, so hanging around me will make a person smart! 🍆

WHY YOU SHOULD VOTE FOR ME: You should VOTE FOR BARLOW because I went from spending my entire life, alone in a cage, to being  “The Velcro Kid,” lovingly attached to my mommy!

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NAME: Bruce aka Brucie Goosie

I WAS ADOPTED FROM HT: February 29th, 2020 — Leap Day!

IF I WERE A MOVIE STAR I’D BE: Robert Downey Jr. because although I’ve had a troubled past I am working through it and I now make everyone smile

IF I WERE A FRUIT/VEGETABLE: I would be a potato because I love to lay around with my humans. Also everyone loves potatoes and everyone loves me! 🥔

WHY YOU SHOULD VOTE FOR ME: You should VOTE FOR BRUCE because I am the most loving and sweet doggie ever, and I love all people and want to give them kisses all day and play. I am happy that I have a forever home and family that loves me endlessly and takes care of me. I also just love everyone so please vote for me, Brucie the Goosie and follow me on Instagram! 🦢


@littlebruciegoosie

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NAME: Cody

I WAS ADOPTED FROM HT: in 2004 – I am 16 years and 3 months!

IF I WERE A MOVIE STAR I’D BE: George Clooney… Handsome, distinguished and greying in a mature manner.

IF I WERE A FRUIT/VEGETABLE: I would be a blackberry because I am black and berry special! ⚫️

WHY YOU SHOULD VOTE FOR ME: You should VOTE FOR CODY because I am 114 years in dog years. I have seen my mom through thick and thin. I even let her adopt my human dad. I love everyone, but mostly my family and fur brothers and new fur sister!

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NAME: Dakota

I WAS ADOPTED FROM HT: April, 25, 2020

IF I WERE A MOVIE STAR I’D BE: Scarlett Johansson

IF I WERE A FRUIT/VEGETABLE: I would be kiwifruit because I’m unique and sweet! 🥝

WHY YOU SHOULD VOTE FOR ME: You should VOTE FOR DAKOTA because my attentive ears, two-colored eyes and sleek physique won over my adoptive family, but I’m also intelligent, super sweet, and incredibly busy keeping my family physically fit by having them take me on long walks and teaching me tricks.

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NAME: Fred

I WAS ADOPTED FROM HT: May 5, 2020

IF I WERE A MOVIE STAR I’D BE: Cary Grant because I’m handsome, likeable and funny

IF I WERE A FRUIT/VEGETABLE: I’d be a pineapple because I’m super sweet, have a unique look and I always stand tall. 🍍

WHY YOU SHOULD VOTE FOR ME: You should VOTE FOR FRED because not only am I super cute, but I’m sweet, smart and silly!

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NAME: Fred aka Freddie Beagle

I WAS ADOPTED FROM HT: July 2018

IF I WERE A MOVIE STAR I’D BE: Tom Hanks

IF I WERE A FRUIT/VEGETABLE: I would be a blueberry because I am round and sweet. (Also, they are my favorite fruit.) 🔵

WHY YOU SHOULD VOTE FOR ME: You should VOTE FOR FREDDIE BEAGLE because I am a super chill, older dude. And, don’t I look handsome in my red hoodie?

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NAME: Gracie

I WAS ADOPTED FROM HT: June 12, 2019

IF I WERE A MOVIE STAR: I identify with Angelina Jolie; I am most comfortable when surrounded by adoring fans who love me as much for my ferocity as for my beauty.

IF I WERE A FRUIT/VEGETABLE: I would be the potato. We are both happiest when covered in dirt. 🥔

WHY YOU SHOULD VOTE FOR ME: Fear not, humans! My critical border patrol work holding back armies of soulless squirrels, my on-call harmonious accompaniment of all firetruck sirens, and my tireless diplomacy efforts shaking paws, sharing my bones, and catching renegade frisbees, are unwavering even in these trying times. VOTE FOR GRACIE. 🐿🚒🐾🦴🥏

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NAME: Grizzly

I WAS ADOPTED FROM HT: March 16, 2019

IF I WERE A MOVIE STAR I’D BE: Owen Wilson

IF I WERE A FRUIT/VEGETABLE: I would be a cherry because I am full of sugar! 🍒

WHY YOU SHOULD VOTE FOR ME: You should VOTE FOR GRIZZLY because I may have been found in a hoarder’s house but I am a goofy, fluffy boy that craves the spotlight!

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NAME: Henry

I WAS ADOPTED FROM HT: October 2019

IF I WERE A MOVIE STAR I’D BE: Tom Hanks (owing to my universal appeal)

IF I WERE A FRUIT/VEGETABLE: I would be a strawberry because I’m little, cute, and very sweet! 🍓

WHY YOU SHOULD VOTE FOR ME: I ask you to VOTE FOR HENRY because I spent the first 2 years of my life being stuck outside, intermittently starved, matted and with heartworm. 🙁 But thanks to Homeward Trails, I’ve got a great new life – I live INSIDE and share cuddles with my person all day, play with other neighborhood dogs, and will learn how to swim and kayak this summer in our community lake. 🚣

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NAME: Hunter Ray

I WAS ADOPTED FROM HT: April 11. (I was first fostered March 18, then adopted by my first family March 22, then returned April 11 and adopted that same day. ❤️)

IF I WERE A MOVIE STAR I’D BE: Jack Black

IF I WERE A FRUIT/VEGETABLE: I am a kale dog, partly in personality — I’m resilient and I’ve got a wild side, just like the curly cruciferous vegetable — but mostly because I will do anything to nom on some kale. 🥬

WHY YOU SHOULD VOTE FOR ME: You should VOTE FOR HUNTER RAY because I’ve got spunk, a loving spirit, and a snaggletooth. And I promise to stop chewing on shoes if I win. 👞👟👠

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NAME: Jelly

I WAS ADOPTED FROM HT: April 10, 2020

IF I WERE A MOVIE STAR I’D BE: Tom Hanks

IF I WERE A FRUIT/VEGETABLE: A clementine because I’m always a sweetie and so easy to love! 🍊

WHY YOU SHOULD VOTE FOR ME: You should VOTE FOR JELLY because I’m an old boy who had a tough life, but I still have so much love to share with everyone I meet! I’m kind to all of my doggie neighbors and love to snuggle with my stuffed animals, Mr. Moose and Mr. Chicken. 🦌🐓

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NAME: Kingsley Shacklebolt

I WAS ADOPTED FROM HT: May 22, 2015

IF I WERE A MOVIE STAR I’D BE: George William Harris (he played me in the Harry Potter movies)

IF I WERE A FRUIT/VEGETABLE: Like a peach, I had a very hard time when I first came home, but with enough time I ripened into a super sweet and friendly pup. 🍑

WHY YOU SHOULD VOTE FOR ME: You should VOTE FOR KINGSLEY because I was an underdog. I was a scared and shy shelter dog which makes humans think you’re not very good. One human took me home (even though I didn’t let her pet me), and I worked very hard to become the amazing dog I am today.

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NAME: Liberty aka Libby

I WAS ADOPTED FROM HT: September 30, 2017

IF I WERE A MOVIE STAR I’D BE: Charlize Theron

IF I WERE A FRUIT/VEGETABLE: I would be a red chili pepper because red is a lively color and well, pepper says it all — gotta have a little spice in there too! 🌶

WHY YOU SHOULD VOTE FOR ME: You should VOTE FOR LIBBY because I was a hairless mess. Now the belle of the ball!

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NAME: Lola (previously Amber)

I WAS ADOPTED FROM HT: April 18th, 2020

IF I WERE A MOVIE STAR I’D BE: Regina George because I boss my humans around (most of the time) but I’m cute.

IF I WERE A FRUIT/VEGETABLE: I’d be peanuts to make into peanut butter so I can have unlimited Kongs! 🙂 🥜

WHY YOU SHOULD VOTE FOR ME: You should VOTE FOR LOLA because I am so proud to be a Homeward Trails rescue puppy and I have been encouraging my human neighbors in DC to look into rescuing from local shelters! My sweetness, cuteness, and playfulness cheer up everyone in my apartment building during this ruff time – proud to be a quarantine puppy! 🙂

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NAME: Lola Magnolia 🌸

I WAS ADOPTED FROM HT: March 24th, 2020

IF I WERE A MOVIE STAR I’D BE: Anne Hathaway, because she is strong, sassy, and sports a killer smile!

IF I WERE A FRUIT/VEGETABLE: I’d be a strawberry, because I am small, sweet, and a favorite among many! 🍓

WHY YOU SHOULD VOTE FOR ME: My mama says you should VOTE FOR LOLA MAGNOLIA because “Lola deserves all the recognition in the world. She has changed my life forever and made me a dog mama, she is my best friend. We would love to give back and help more animals find their humans and change more lives, everyone animal deserves to find their forever home!”

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NAME: Lucy

I WAS ADOPTED FROM HT: April 2017

IF I WERE A MOVIE STAR I’D BE: Anne Hathaway. I am incredibly respectful of cats.

IF I WERE A FRUIT/VEGETABLE: I could never pick one of those, and I do not understand why people like them, so I’d be chicken because chicken smells good. 🍗 

WHY YOU SHOULD VOTE FOR ME: You should VOTE FOR LUCY because I have had 4 major surgeries on one of my legs, and recently tore my ACL, so my family jokes that I am the MOST expensive dog in the neighborhood . I am a poster child for the insurance my family buys me, but I’ve been incredibly brave and a wonderful addition to my family, who even enjoys my snoring. 💲💤

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NAME: Major

I WAS ADOPTED FROM HT: May 4, 2020

IF I WERE A MOVIE STAR I’D BE: The Rock

IF I WERE A FRUIT/VEGETABLE: Is a marshmallow a fruit? ⚪️

WHY YOU SHOULD VOTE FOR ME: You should VOTE FOR MAJOR because NO ONE can resist my scrunchable cheeks, slobbery kisses, and requests for belly rubs. Surrendered to a high-volume, open-admission shelter but quickly sprung by HTAR, I’m the poster child for second chances!

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NAME: Marley

I WAS ADOPTED FROM HT: June 2019

IF I WERE A MOVIE STAR I’D BE: Bradley Cooper because who wouldn’t!

IF I WERE A FRUIT/VEGETABLE: I would be a Potato because I love to lounge on the couch(potato)! 🥔

WHY YOU SHOULD VOTE FOR ME: I would love you to VOTE FOR MARLEY because I am a loyal lovebug that “digs” for attention!

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NAME: Mavis

I WAS ADOPTED FROM HT: November 2017

IF I WERE A MOVIE STAR I’D BE: Anne Hathaway

IF I WERE A FRUIT/VEGETABLE: I’d be bananas, I love them and I do a little salsa dancing when I get one. 🍌

WHY YOU SHOULD VOTE FOR ME: You should VOTE FOR MAVIS because I am sweet and loving with eyes that will tempt you to give me everything! Simple as that! 👀

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NAME: Mazy Flyer Murphy

I WAS ADOPTED FROM HT: May 6, 2020

IF I WERE A MOVIE STAR I’D BE: Maz Kanata, an old wise soul, from Star Wars. 👵

IF I WERE A FRUIT/VEGETABLE: I’d be a pepper because I seem so calm on the outside but I am fiesty on the inside! 🌶

WHY YOU SHOULD VOTE FOR ME: You should VOTE FOR MAZY because of my love of people and the smiles I put on the faces of everyone I meet! 🙂

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NAME: Mia

I WAS ADOPTED FROM HT: May 1, 2020

IF I WERE A MOVIE STAR I’D BE: Michelle Duggar, as I’ve had almost as many children in my short life! 🙁

IF I WERE A FRUIT/VEGETABLE: I’d be a huckleberry because I’m a rare find and the perfect blend of sweet with a bit of tartness! 🔵🔴🟣

WHY YOU SHOULD VOTE FOR ME: You should VOTE FOR MIA because I’m a coal miner’s daughter who has had 8 children and I’m barely 14 years of age in human years (2 in dog years). Yet, I’m the sweetest, best squirrel-chasing, cuddly lovebug with the most perfect eyeliner you’ve ever seen.

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NAME: Minnie

I WAS ADOPTED FROM HT: July 23rd, 2017

IF I WERE A MOVIE STAR I’D BE: Reese Witherspoon

IF I WERE A FRUIT/VEGETABLE: I would be a jalapeño because I am hot and spicy. ✳️

WHY YOU SHOULD VOTE FOR ME: You should VOTE FOR MINNIE because I want to help out all the other rescue doggies and kitties looking for their forever home.

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NAME: Miss Molly

I WAS ADOPTED FROM HT: May 9, 2020

IF I WERE A MOVIE STAR I’D BE: Grace Kelly

IF I WERE A FRUIT/VEGETABLE: I would be a potato, because I love getting baked in the sun! 🥔

WHY YOU SHOULD VOTE FOR ME: You should VOTE FOR MISS MOLLY because I’m living my best life in a fenced-in back yard, and have the sweetest and most loving disposition. I’m going to have lots of pictures throughout my life because of my grace and beauty! 📷

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NAME: Nutella 🌰 (formerly Lizzie)

I WAS ADOPTED FROM HT: 11/11/2017

IF I WERE A MOVIE STAR I’D BE: Audrey Hepburn — poised, resilient and classy with a touch of sassy!

IF I WERE A FRUIT/VEGETABLE: I would be a mango because I’m bright, super sweet, soft and strong to the core. 🥭

WHY YOU SHOULD VOTE FOR ME: You should donate and VOTE FOR NUTELLA so more dogs and cats can find their furever home just like me!

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NAME: Oshie

I WAS ADOPTED FROM HT: June, 2018

IF I WERE A MOVIE STAR I’D BE: Dash from The Incredibles, because I’m SO fast!

IF I WERE A FRUIT/VEGETABLE: I would be a banana, because I’m so “a-peeling.” 🍌

WHY YOU SHOULD VOTE FOR ME: You should VOTE FOR OSHIE because my mom and dad say I’m the good luck charm that helped the Caps win the Stanley Cup in 2018 (looking at you, TJ Oshie). I’m also the best big brother to my 9-month-old human baby sister, and I know over 20 tricks! 🏒🏆🦅

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NAME: Panzer (HT alum Pan)

I WAS ADOPTED FROM HT: May 26, 2018

IF I WERE A MOVIE STAR I’D BE: George Clooney

IF I WERE A FRUIT/VEGETABLE: I’d be a peach. I am fuzzy, and I am sweet. 🍑

WHY YOU SHOULD VOTE FOR ME: You should VOTE FOR PANZER because I am forever grateful for being bailed out of a West Virginia shelter and coming to HT, and I want to see more dogs get that same chance.

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NAME: Polly

I WAS ADOPTED FROM HT: April 2020

IF I WERE A MOVIE STAR I’D BE: Carrie Fisher

IF I WERE A FRUIT/VEGETABLE: I’d be a coconut because I am very sweet but can also be very silly! 🥥

WHY YOU SHOULD VOTE FOR ME: You should VOTE FOR POLLY because my motto is “never give up!” In the aftermath of this January’s earthquakes, I was hit by an ambulance in Puerto Rico, but was rescued, and then made my way to Virginia and into the hearts of so many who helped me heal. 🇵🇷🚑

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NAME: Puck

I WAS ADOPTED FROM HT: September 2019

IF I WERE A MOVIE STAR I’D BE: John Goodman (good-natured and chubby)

IF I WERE A FRUIT/VEGETABLE: I would be a watermelon (large and sweet on the inside, with a few stubborn seeds here and there). 🍉

WHY YOU SHOULD VOTE FOR ME: You should VOTE FOR PUCK because I’m a winner! My life has been doggone great since I was adopted! My health issues are under control, and my parents just bought me a new house with a big yard and a walk-in shower for my medicated baths! 🏅

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NAME: Rico

I WAS ADOPTED FROM HT: July 2019

IF I WERE A MOVIE STAR I’D BE: Bolt, from the animated movie Bolt. ⚡️

IF I WERE A FRUIT/VEGETABLE: I’d be a Sweet Potato — self-explanatory. 🍠

WHY YOU SHOULD VOTE FOR ME: You should VOTE FOR RICO because I was rescued from Puerto Rico, where I was a street dog that charmed food from tourists, and now I will charm you for votes. I am very smart, and very sweet, with a big smile and a perfectly spiraled tail — Did I mention my tail? 🇵🇷🐕🌀

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NAME: Shadow (previously Goliath)

I WAS ADOPTED FROM HT: in June of 2019

IF I WERE A MOVIE STAR I’D BE: Adam Sandler

IF I WERE A FRUIT/VEGETABLE: I’d be a potato because I sleep all day if I’m not playing or eating. 🥔

WHY YOU SHOULD VOTE FOR ME: You should VOTE FOR SHADOW because I will give you a kiss as a thank you for voting for me! 😘

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NAME: Special Agent Dale Cooper (was “Baron” when adopted)

I WAS ADOPTED FROM HT: August 2017

IF I WERE A MOVIE STAR I’D BE: Jack Black

IF I WERE A FRUIT/VEGETABLE: I’d be a gourd on top of a larger gourd, because that’s what my head looks like on top of my body.

WHY YOU SHOULD VOTE FOR ME: You should VOTE FOR SPECIAL AGENT DALE COOPER because like my “Twin Peaks” namesake, I’m very smart, have an appreciation for the simple things like cherry pie and chasing after secrets in the woods, and manage to be weird and charming at the same time. 👔⛰⛰🍒🥧🌳🌳👍

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NAME: Stevie

I WAS ADOPTED FROM HT: November 2018

IF I WERE A MOVIE STAR I’D BE: Danny DeVito (I’m grumpy, but with a good sense of humor)

IF I WERE A FRUIT/VEGETABLE: I would be a squash, because my brothers and sisters love to sit on me! 🥒

WHY YOU SHOULD VOTE FOR ME: You should VOTE FOR STEVIE because I’m small, but mighty! I don’t let my inabilities (vision and hearing loss) stand in my way! 👀👂

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NAME: Suits

I WAS ADOPTED FROM HT: NOT YET!

IF I WERE A MOVIE STAR I’D BE: Jim Carrey; because he’s always genuine and never afraid to be his weird, artistic self.

IF I WERE A FRUIT/VEGETABLE: I’d be a grape, because they’re plump and adorable and you can indulge without ever getting tired of them. 🍇

WHY YOU SHOULD VOTE FOR ME: You should VOTE FOR SUITS because unlike everyone else, I am still looking for my happy ending. I am the sweetest little chunk you’ll ever know, if only someone would give me the chance!

@gimme_shelter_va

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NAME: Teddi

I WAS ADOPTED FROM HT: April 9, 2020

IF I WERE A MOVIE STAR I’D BE: Reese Witherspoon

IF I WERE A FRUIT/VEGETABLE: I would be a jalapeño pepper because I am spicy and resilient. ✳️

WHY YOU SHOULD VOTE FOR ME: You should VOTE FOR TEDDI because I’ve been through a lot in 2 short years – wandering around Georgia, having puppies in a shelter, and traveling to Virginia! I want to show all the other shelter dogs out there just how good it can get!

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NAME: Troy Michael

I WAS ADOPTED FROM HT: 11/16

IF I WERE A MOVIE STAR I’D BE: Cary Grant

IF I WERE A FRUIT/VEGETABLE: I would be a sweet potato because I love them and I’m known to be of the couch variety. 🍠

WHY YOU SHOULD VOTE FOR ME: You should VOTE FOR TROY MICHAEL… C’mon have you ever seen a more boopable nose?! But be careful, I might just lick you to death because I’m so full of love. 👃👅

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NAME: Tundra

I WAS ADOPTED FROM HT: in 2012 and my birthday is 6.1.2010

IF I WERE A MOVIE STAR I’D BE: Ol Blue Eyes – Frank Sinatra

IF I WERE A FRUIT/VEGETABLE: I’d be a sweet potato – I eat sweet potato everything! …in my Farmer’s Dog food, as sweet potato fries – I’m also allergic to almost everything else. 🍠🍟

WHY YOU SHOULD VOTE FOR ME: You should VOTE FOR TUNDRA because I’m such a super chill and gentle soul even though I came from a horrible home before my mama got me. My hoomans are always amazed that I don’t even beg for or try to take any food that’s in front of me, unless they give it to me, though I don’t want for anything anymore…thank you for considering me!

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NAME: Zoey

I WAS ADOPTED FROM HT: November 2013

IF I WERE A MOVIE STAR I’D BE: Not a movie star, but I’ve been told I resemble Anderson Cooper. 👨🏻‍🦳

IF I WERE A FRUIT/VEGETABLE: I would be a cucumber, because I’m cool! 🥒

WHY YOU SHOULD VOTE FOR ME: You should VOTE FOR ZOEY because as a rescue, I’m so grateful to the humans who worked so hard to give me the best life. I’m always spreading the word to adopt, don’t shop. Check out my IG:

@whitehuskybigcity

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CAT BIOGRAPHIES

NAMES: Jingle and Christo (HT name was Crimson)

WE WERE ADOPTED FROM HT: …or should we say we adopted our human..on April 10, 2020.

IF WE WERE MOVIE STARS WE’D BE: We aren’t movie stars…we are stunt doubles! Our moves are smooth, fast, and big! 🎬

IF WE WERE A FRUIT/VEGETABLE: We would be a bunch of unbound grapes…rolling around in every direction…at once! 🍇 🟣🟣

WHY YOU SHOULD VOTE FOR US: You should VOTE FOR CHRISTO & JINGLE because we are doing a VERY hard job…keeping our human socialized and happy…bringing her toys to throw and keeping her on schedule (our schedule, of course!) and making sure she is up as soon as the sun comes up. Actually, she helps us, too, especially when she puts our very own CAT TV DVD on…you can see it in our photo! 📺

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NAME: Dandelion aka Dandi 🌼

I WAS ADOPTED FROM HT: September 2018

IF I WERE A MOVIE STAR I’D BE: Oprah Winfrey: I look classy in my black and white and just love to share my love with others. 🖤🤍

IF I WERE A FRUIT/VEGETABLE: I would be a blueberry: super sweet but I have a thin skin. 🔵

WHY YOU SHOULD VOTE FOR ME: You should VOTE FOR DANDI because I love snuggling and playing with everyone and take friendship seriously. I love getting to know all humans and even still have my best friend from Crumbs and Whiskers: my beloved Lizard. 🦎

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NAME: Jack

I WAS ADOPTED FROM HT: October 2017

IF I WERE A MOVIE STAR I’D BE: Daniel Craig as 007 (because my life is an action film but I’m also a man of great sophistication)

IF I WERE A FRUIT/VEGETABLE: I’d be a cucumber because I’m as cool as they come (my photo was taken in the middle of a loud kitchen demo!) 🥒

WHY YOU SHOULD VOTE FOR ME: You should VOTE FOR JACK because I’m the most fun cat you’ll ever meet. I do things like jump on the shoulders of home contractors when they’re not looking, I answer back “mom” when my person says “Jack,” and scale tall cat trees effortlessly at the speed of light leaving my cat siblings in my wake during chase games.

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NAME: Jefferson

I WAS ADOPTED FROM HT: September 2017

IF I WERE A MOVIE STAR I’D BE: Leonardo DiCaprio. He never makes a bad movie, and I never fail to entertain.

IF I WERE A FRUIT/VEGETABLE: I would be a watermelon because it makes such a good centerpiece, and I’m always the life of the party! 🍉

WHY YOU SHOULD VOTE FOR ME: You should VOTE FOR JEFFERSON because I found my furrever home, thanks to Homeward Trails (and my charm and good looks), and I want other friends to find their homes too!

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NAME: Lew

I WAS ADOPTED FROM HT: April 4, 2020

IF I WERE A MOVIE STAR I’D BE: Adam Sandler. He’s a comedian actor who makes people laugh just like I do with my dad.

IF I WERE A FRUIT/VEGETABLE: I’d be a mango because I love summer! 🥭

WHY YOU SHOULD VOTE FOR ME: You should VOTE FOR LEW because I love head and neck scratches. I protect my home by staying awake at night and kill any sort of bugs in our house by showing loyalty. 🦟🦗

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NAME: Lucie “The Goose” 🦢

I WAS ADOPTED FROM HT: April 2019

IF I WERE A MOVIE STAR I’D BE: I’m already one! Have you see Captain Marvel yet? 🐈🚀

IF I WERE A FRUIT/VEGETABLE: I’d be an avocado. Like an avocado, you’ve got about 5 minutes and 34.6 seconds to enjoy me and then BAM! I’m gone. 🥑

WHY YOU SHOULD VOTE FOR ME: You should VOTE FOR LUCIE because guess what? We’ve got a pandemic! And the only prescription… is more Goose!

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NAME: Marquis de Clawfayette

I WAS ADOPTED FROM HT: April 21, 2020

IF I WERE A MOVIE STAR I’D BE: Colin Firth

IF I WERE A FRUIT/VEGETABLE: I’d be a tomato — is it a fruit or a vegetable, who cares, it’s delicious. 🍅

WHY YOU SHOULD VOTE FOR ME: You should VOTE FOR MARQUIS because I started life as a stray in Thailand before making my way to Virginia. It’s the classic American success story – just like my namesake, the Marquis de Lafayette! 🌎🇺🇸

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NAME: Miss Kitty

I WAS ADOPTED FROM HT: 4/18/20

IF I WERE A MOVIE STAR I’D BE: Marilyn Monroe

IF I WERE A FRUIT/VEGETABLE: I would be a potato because I wear a Pusheen cat collar with French fries on it. 🥔🍟

WHY YOU SHOULD VOTE FOR ME: You should VOTE FOR MISS KITTY because I have pale bluish-green eyes, a magnificent gray coat, black-and-pink paw pads, and a striped gray-and-black tail with a white belly and front paws. I love playing with strings, my infinity scratcher, and watching tv. 🧶📺

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NAME: Mrs. Weasley

I WAS ADOPTED FROM HT: July/August 2016

IF I WERE A MOVIE STAR I’D BE: the lady who played Mrs. Patmore in Downton Abbey. 🧑‍🍳🧑‍🦰

IF I WERE A FRUIT/VEGETABLE: I’d be an abnormally large peach that sheds all over the comforter. 🍑

WHY YOU SHOULD VOTE FOR ME: You should VOTE FOR MRS. WEASLEY because I can’t believe how lucky I was to be adopted. I’m a cuddly pain in the butt. 🍀

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NAME: Pascal (formerly Orangello)

I WAS ADOPTED FROM HT: 03/04/18 from Crumbs and Whiskers

IF I WERE A MOVIE STAR I’D BE: Ron Howard 👨‍🦰

IF I WERE A FRUIT/VEGETABLE: I’d be an orange — My former name was Orangello (‼️) and because I’m sweet and tangy. 🍊

WHY YOU SHOULD VOTE FOR ME: You should VOTE FOR PASCAL because before Homeward Trails rescued me I was found as a lost pet, adopted and later returned to a kill shelter; but HT saved me and I was adopted by the best hoomins — who knew the moment they saw me at the cat cafe that I was the kitty for them. I have the sweetest kitten dreams (even though I am almost 5), love to snuggle, and enjoy trying to catch the birds outside our big windows! 🐦


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NAME: Pepita & Teaberry

WE WERE ADOPTED FROM HT: January 2019

IF WE WERE MOVIE STARS WE’D BE: Paris Hilton & Nicole Richie

IF WE WERE A FRUIT/VEGETABLE: We’re two peas in a pod because we are always there to play, cuddle, and groom each other. 🟢🟢

WHY YOU SHOULD VOTE FOR US: We met in foster care with Homeward Trails as teensy kittens and developed a close friendship. Teaberry helps Pepita — who has a neurological disorder — with basic kitty tasks like covering her poop, and Pepita is always down to play with Teaberry even though sometimes she doesn’t understand the rules. VOTE FOR PEPITA & TEABERRY because we are best kitty friends! 👩‍❤️‍💋‍👩

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NAME: Pyewacket (Pye for short)

I WAS ADOPTED FROM HT: November 2018

IF I WERE A MOVIE STAR I’D BE: Daniel Radcliffe

IF I WERE A FRUIT/VEGETABLE: I would be a sweet potato because I love to veg and I’m a sweetie Pye. 🍠🥧

WHY YOU SHOULD VOTE FOR ME: You should VOTE FOR PYE because I purr when you hold me, and I’ll nap on your legs. 💤

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NAME: Rhaena Catleesi Targaryen Lapkoff 🐉

I WAS ADOPTED FROM HT: 16 April 2019

IF I WERE A MOVIE STAR I’D BE: Emilia Clarke, naturally.

IF I WERE A FRUIT/VEGETABLE: I’d be a peach; I’m a little messy but super sweet. 🍑

WHY YOU SHOULD VOTE FOR ME: You should VOTE FOR RHAENA CATLEESI because I know how to give high fives. I want to help other animal friends find forever homes. 🙌

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NAME: Rosalind

I WAS ADOPTED FROM HT: April 2020

IF I WERE A MOVIE STAR I’D BE: Katharine Hepburn, a classic beauty with an independent streak and a spirited personality.

IF I WERE A FRUIT/VEGETABLE: I would be an apricot— a little bit sweet, a little bit tart, just the right size! 🍑

WHY YOU SHOULD VOTE FOR ME: You should VOTE FOR ROSALIND because, like my Shakespeare namesake, I’m brave, adventurous, resilient, loving, and smart as a whip! I’ve blossomed in my forever home and bring my new human (and all her friends who get inundated with photos and videos) so much joy and laughter! 🎭 

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NAME: Teddy

I WAS ADOPTED FROM HT: Nov 2017

IF I WERE A MOVIE STAR: Mom tells me all the time I look exactly like a young Robert Redford (See! You see it too!)

IF I WERE A FRUIT/VEGETABLE: I’d be an orange. Mom is always calling me and my twin brother Jack her “oranges.” 🍊

WHY YOU SHOULD VOTE FOR ME: You should VOTE FOR TEDDY because I’ve figured out the secret to life, which is to be thankful, always. I purr when mom is serving my breakfast or even just when I’ve settled into a comfy, sunny spot; and I take time to lick everyone in the house every day (human, canine, feline) so they never forget how much I love, and am grateful for, each of them. 🧡

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NAME: Waylon

I WAS ADOPTED FROM HT: October 14, 2017

IF I WERE A MOVIE STAR I’D BE: Waylon Jennings. We share a name and my mom says my meows sounds like music! 🎵

IF I WERE A FRUIT/VEGETABLE: I would be an avocado because I love them and try to steal them in the kitchen; Plus I’m universally loved by everyone and am served in guacamole at parties where I love to be social. 🥑🎉

WHY YOU SHOULD VOTE FOR ME: You should VOTE FOR WAYLON because I have a case of identity crisis and may be a dog in a cat’s body, so I am the best of both worlds. I’m a snuggly cat with a dog-like personality and I’ll charm the pants off of everyone I meet. 🐶🐱

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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!

Don’t miss out on our Limited Edition #quarantine2020 designs – SHOP TODAY!

Effective March 18, 2020 – all animals available for adoption through Homeward Trails can be met by appointment only. Our Adoption Center public hours are suspended until further notice. Cats dwelling at Crumbs & Whiskers can be met by approved adopters only by appointment. Please submit an online application and an adoption coordinator will reply with next steps. We thank you for your patience and we hope to keep saving lives during this difficult time.

We encourage anyone not looking to adopt to contact us about fostering an animal (info@homewardtrails.org) or taking a dog on a Tails Out adventure (tailsout@homewardtrails.org).

We are also welcoming creative people of all ages to join our marketing team to assist us with promoting our animals for adoption so that we can continue saving lives. Only when animals are adopted can we save more from the shelters. Please email us (info@homewardtrails.org) if you’d like more information.

Credit card donations are much appreciated during this time and can be made here.

Thank you!

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Due to COVID our camps are canceled for Summer 2020. We hope to see you next year!

Kids ages 8-13 are invited to join us for our energetic and educational summer camp – Camp Waggin’ Tails!

During our week-long camp held at the Homeward Trails Adoption Center in Fairfax Station, kids will learn all about animal rescue, responsible pet ownership, positive dog training, hear from a variety of pet professionals, and work hands on with carefully selected adoptable dogs while engaging in fun games and projects designed to reinforce what we have learned.

During summer 2020, Camp Waggin’ Tails will run Monday through Friday July 13-17 from 8:30am-3:30pm. Additional before and after camp hours may be available for an additional fee.

Registration is $400 per child and includes two daily snacks, all supplies, a water bottle and a Camp Waggin’ Tails t-shirt.

Camps are limited to 16 children per session so register today before they fill up! To ensure your child’s safety and that they receive the individual attention they deserve, Camp Waggin’ Tails operates with a minimum of one adult for every four children.

Please contact rebeccag@homewardtrails.org with any questions or to register.

 

Thank you to our Camp Waggin’ Tails Sponsors!

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Our biggest year end fundraising day is TODAY, December 3 and we need your help!  Giving Tuesday allows us to finish the year saying YES and go into 2020 saving lives..

We’ve had an incredibly busy year. To date, more than 2,500 animals have been rescued. Almost 40% of these have a special need that makes them candidates for euthanasia. But with your support, we are able to give them the medical care they need to get well and find that loving home they deserve. 

Giving Tuesday is the most popular online fundraising day of the year because it urges people to think of gifts to charitable organizations after the official start of the holiday shopping season. Together hundreds of donations large and small add up to thousands of dollars for our animals!

Our goal is to raise $30,000 in 27 hours. 

Will you help us reach our goal and make 2020 our biggest year for rescuing animals? With your help, we can make it happen! Give and share to help us save lives!

CLICK HERE TO DONATE

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It’s cold, the days are shorter and there are so many obligations that require you to get dressed up and leave the warmth and comfort of your home. And let’s be honest, it’s hard this time of year. We hear you. And we have a solution!

What if there was a way to shop while saving lives? To shop while literally staying home with your two and four-legged family members in your pajamas? We have the answer! PawJammin!

PawJammin brings you awesome items for auction that not only allow you to do your holiday shopping while in your pajamas, but to literally save lives with each item you bid on. Yes, 100% of everything you buy through PawJammin will save the lives of homeless animals. We have great gift cards for pet service and supplies, hotel stays, Caps and Redskins tickets, vacation rentals and more!

So no need to get a gala dress. No need to dust off the tux. No Uber costs, no parking fees, no fitting in yet one more obligation to your already busy schedule. This is guilt-free, at-home, pajama-based shopping with a cause! PawJammin!

Bid now until December 12 to get one of these unique gifts and get excited about not only giving the gift itself but the gift of life that our animals deserve. And you will make possible.

View our items and bid here

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Come out to Ledo Pizza in Falls Church (Tysons Station) on December 9 between 5-10 PM and help raise money for the Homeward Trails medical funds – specifically to help puppies suffering from deadly parvovirus.

All you have to do is dine at Ledo Pizza on December 9 and HT will receive a donation equal to 20% of your check. The 20% donation also applies to carry out orders that mention Homeward Trails and we receive 10% of any catering orders that mention Homeward Trails that day.

Monday, December 9
5:00-10:00 PM 
Ledo Pizza
4510 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA 22043
(703) 847-5336

Please help spread the work and make this event a huge success.

It is an important and exciting time for us at Homeward Trails and our Puerto Rico-based GuaniCARES program. On Wednesday, September 11, 2019 HT officially signed a contract with the Guanica Mayor’s office to take over operations for animal control. This is a truly amazing opportunity that we hope will give more dogs in Guanica life-saving outcomes. This has been several years in the making.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?
There are hundreds (likely thousands) of dogs and puppies living in the streets, the forests, on the beaches of Guanica. We see them every day as we drive through the area. We see puppies, ranging from newborns to older. We see friendly dogs. We see feral dogs. We see dogs cared for by the community and dogs that are horribly neglected. We see gravely injured dogs and dead dogs in the streets. It is a very, very, very difficult environment for dogs here.

To date, when the community was faced with “nuisance” dogs they called the Mayor’s office and “dog catchers” from a nearby jurisdiction would come to to town and round them up to be taken to a shelter and killed. With few resources, these catchers were most likely rounding up the friendliest and easiest dogs to catch. And these dogs stood no chance at life.

For four years now we have been working in Guanica. Since 2017 we have taken 633 dogs and puppies from Puerto Rico and brought them to the US for adoption. We have also provided Trap/Neuter/Return services for almost 500 cats. And we have provided more than $15,000 in supplies including food, traps and other animal supplies, thanks to our amazing donors.

We currently have one full-time staff person. So our accomplishments to date have been remarkable on the little resources we have.

We know that rescue is not a long-term solution to the dire situation of homeless animals anywhere. Especially here. We must have government involvement and support. We must have community involvement and support. And we must have the support of our loyal followers and donors.

Puerto Rico faces tremendous challenges and while there are so many people here who care about animals they simply do not have the information and resources to help. We want to change that.

https://www.mightycause.com/story/Guanicareslaunchofficial

With this contract we hope to achieve three major things:

1. To provide more dogs in the community with life-saving outcomes. This will mean adoption in the US or TrapNeuterReturn (TNR) to the community. Our TNR efforts will stop the reproduction of puppies, minimize aggressive behaviors of dogs towards other dogs and people, aim to eliminate the poisoning of dogs as a means to control the population and allow the dogs to live in the community safely and under the watch of community care givers. TNR will be used when the dogs are not deemed potential candidates for adoption due to a lack of socialization

2. To engage community members to join our efforts by helping us to identify priority dogs, fostering puppies, sharing our efforts to stop poisoning and other harmful methods currently used and recruiting and training volunteers to assist with TNR. We have our first community meeting this Sunday.

3. To hire individuals from the emergency response division and the police department, many of whom have had their hours cut by 50% due to budgetary issues, to work as GuaniCARES Animal Resource Officers (AROs). These people will be trained to go into the field to trap animals, respond to community calls and further our outreach and education efforts.

We are already overwhelmed but energized by the opportunities this partnership will bring to save more lives and make what is a huge community problem a community collaboration for life saving.

In the 3 days we have been here this week we have trapped 8 puppies living in the woods, taken in 4 dogs abandoned in Guanica recently and neutered 3 additional community dogs. In addition to caring for the dogs in our care, which takes an average of 4 hours daily.

This new partnership will have its challenges for many reasons. But we will endure for the animals and remain positive and committed. And we will share each step with you in hopes you will be a part of it. We would not be where we are today without your support.

The contract comes with a $2,300 annual payment. Yes, you read that correctly. $2,300. So we cannot be successful without our donors.

Our goal for Year One is to raise $20,000 for the following:

Hiring of two part-time AROs asap. $10,000
Secure additional large traps and trapping supplies $5,000
Print materials for community distribution $750
Training for youth outreach interns $500
Vetting costs for TNR dogs $3,750

We hope you will consider supporting this worthwhile project and helping GuaniCARES become a MODEL PROJECT for other areas. Long-term solutions are our goal.

Please stay tuned for photos and updates of our activities in live time this week as we are out in the field.

We recognize the TREMENDOUS support and partnership of the following people who have gotten us here today and will play integral roles as we move forward.

Clínica Veterinaria, La Suiza who vets our animals, boards them while

they recover and has provided countless hours of veterinary support and guidance for our efforts. Without them we would have no program here.

Ricardo Guzmán our San Juan-based attorney and CPA who meticulously guided us through the very detailed 24 documents and filings with 7 departments that were required in order to sign the contract. And for his tremendous help writing and negotiating this contract.

Lynn Descoteau who started our involvement here in Guanica by reaching out to ask for help for the dogs she saw everyday during her 10 years on he island. He care and concern and efforts are what brought us here.

Animal Welfare Institute who so generously donated our transport van. Without it, none of our transport to/from the vet and to/from San Juan airport would be possible.

Barks of Hope and Leo the BOH Director here in PR who we are lucky to partner with and have her amazing support. Collaboration truly does save more lives.

Doris Draeger and Bonita Stoudt who continue to help us engage community members and support our efforts every day.

And so many more people who we know only by phone. And to all of our donors, fosters and adopters. These animals would not have a chance without you.

Get started here: https://www.mightycause.com/story/Guanicareslaunchofficial

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In May, HT took its first group trip to Guanica, Puerto Rico where we have been operating since 2015. Thanks to the tremendous outpouring of support on World Spay Day with over $7,000 raised, we ventured to Guanica with staff and volunteers to provide Trap Neuter Release (TNR) to 100 cats. It was an intense week with long days and busy nights, but in such a short amount of time we were able to save SO many lives!
This trip was the official launch of our GuaniCARES program – (Guanica CompanionAnimalRescueEducationSterilization)! It was a week of 17 hour days but we left having achieved even more than we set out to thanks to our dedicated volunteers, staff, veterinarians and you! 
Our goal for the week was to TNR 100 cats. Months in advance we set up plans with three local veterinary clinics, our GuaniCARES staff and our wonderful on-the-ground cat lovers, Eliana and Tonito. You might remember our story about Eliana and Tonito from our earlier visit this year. They are an elderly couple who feed and care for more than 100 community cats every evening, spending their retirement money every month on the cats. Their dedication is endless and it was amazing to work side by side with them each evening to fan out in their neighborhood and watch the kitties come running as they arrived in their broken van to feed. We would quickly set our traps and sit back, allowing the kitties to explore and investigate what was going on. Eliana was crucial in our efforts, helping to identify kitties that we trapped who were nursing and thus, needed to be released and trapped at later dates. 
Our days started at 5 am with volunteers headed out to set traps for kitties that feed in the morning to supplement those we trapped the evening before. We then would go in all directions, taking them to the vet and then arriving back late each morning to prepare for that night’s trapping and to head into the field to care for the homeless dogs and puppies we would find.
We ventured into fields where we treated and fed dogs with mange. We visited homes of locals who had asked us for food or supplies. We handed out our GuaniCARES dog collars that we brought along to encourage community members to put them on their dogs to identify them as “owned”. We visited our vets to drop off and pick up not only the cats we brought them but injured and sick animals we found each day needing immediate assistance.
We ended up keeping a group of 6 kittens and one friendly mom who had no care takers. One of the kittens had been hit by a car and had a broken leg – a common peril of being a street animal in Puerto Rico. These adorable kitties will arrive in the DC area soon for adoption!
Our days would normally end around 11 pm with us all dirty, exhausted but invigorated by the progress we made each day. And then we would rise again to do the same the next day!
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