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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.

LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW TO HELP UKRAINE ANIMALS

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 https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86547442738

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.

DONATE HERE TO HELP SECURE FOOD FOR THE ANIMALS TO SURVIVE THE WINTER

DONATE HERE TO SUPPORT TRANSPORTING KITTIES

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

Join us for a family friendly night of fun at our annual Chili Bingo fundraiser! Ticket prices include all you can eat vegetarian chili with all the fixin’s, salad, bread, dessert and soft drinks 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. Chili Bingo will sell out so get your tickets today before it’s too late!

Saturday, October 8 

6-9 PM 

Lyon Park Community Center 

414 N. Fillmore St.

Arlington, VA 22201 

It’s time to prepare for our fourth annual Chili Bingo fundraiser! The awesome fun happens October 8th and there are lots of ways YOU can help! Volunteer! Donate supplies, prizes, auction items, or baked goods! Spread the word!

Volunteer      Donate      Tickets

Chili Bingo
Saturday, October 8, 2022
6-9 PM
Lyon Park Community Center
414 N. Fillmore St.
Arlington, VA 22201

Space is limited and we expect a sell-out crowd so get your tickets today if you are planning to attend!
Tell your friends and family too!

VOLUNTEER SHIFTS

Friday 10/7 or Saturday 10/8

Sign Up!

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.

GENERAL SET-UP FRI 3-8:30pm, SAT 2-5:30pm

Cart in supplies & set up tables & chairs. Help set up prize display, registration table, silent auction, drink station, bingo supplies, decorations, etc. Set up & test/troubleshoot AV equipment. 

FOOD PREP FRI 3-8:30pm, SAT 2-5:30pm, SAT 5-9pm

Help with cooking chili & cornbread, preparing salad, and setting up & replenishing the food buffet. Wash pots & pans, clean up kitchen, etc.

BINGO CALLERS SAT 5-9pm

Charismatic volunteers needed to take turns calling the bingo games. Instructions & some suggested scripting will be provided in advance.

CHECK-IN/OUT & SALES SAT 5-9pm

Check in guests, sell bingo cards & raffle tickets, help guests with silent auction check-out, etc. Smart phone or tablet required.

GENERAL EVENT SUPPORT SAT 5-9pm

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.

BARTENDERS SAT 5-9pm

(Must be 21+) Keep drinks table clean & stocked, take cash & drink tickets, open & serve wine & beer.

CLEAN-UP SAT 9-11pm

Help clean up, pack up supplies & cart them out to the van, put tables & chairs away, take trash out, etc.

SIGN UP HERE TO VOLUNTEER

Email specialevents@homewardtrails.org with volunteering questions. Thank you!!

DONATIONS NEEDED

There are several other ways you can help make this event a success. Let us know if you can donate any of the following!

Sign Up!

SILENT AUCTION ITEMS

Do you have an item or gift card you can donate? Do you have connections to a business or artisan who would donate goods or services? Do you love to shop and want to find & donate something? Let us know!

BINGO PRIZES

Can you provide any nice, unique, useful, useless, luxurious, wacky, tacky, small, decorative, functional, coveted, &/or 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 mostly for adults as well as some for children. Value $5 and up.

GIFT CARDS & GROCERIES

Can you help cover the cost of food & party supplies? We’d love grocery store, Costco, or party store gift cards. We will also happily accept unexpired non-perishable goods (beans, oil, spices, canned peeled tomatoes, corn, hot sauce, Fritos, crackers, cornmeal, flour, sugar, salad dressing, soda, water), and perishables (TVP, milk, butter, onions, peppers, salad ingredients, shredded cheese). The more we can get donated, the more money we will have for the animals!

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.?

CORNBREAD

We will need lots of delicious cornbread! Can you make and bring some?

SIGN UP HERE TO DONATE

Email rebeccag@homewardtrails.org with donations or questions. Thank you!!

Thank you so much for your help! We look forward to another great event!
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Fairfax, Virginia – July 12, 2022 – Homeward Trails Animal Rescue, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides pet adoption in Virginia, Washington, D.C. and Maryland, today announced the rescue will be assisting with the transfer of 4,000 Beagles from breeding facility Envigo.

Following Virginia legislative actions and a 2021 PETA undercover investigation of the massive Envigo breeding factory in Cumberland, Virginia, Homeward Trails negotiated a deal to receive 500 beagles that had become surplus during the COVID-19 pandemic and place them for adoption starting in April 2022.

Following the initial rescue, the 2022 Virginia legislature unanimously passed several bills enforcing better treatment of the dogs at Envigo.

According to USDA reports, Envigo’s facility committed 70 animal rights violations, including more than 300 puppy deaths in the beginning of 2021 from unknown causes, inhumanely euthanizing puppies, severe skin problems and dental disease among dogs, as well as dogs wounded in dog fights. This led to further action by the United States Department of Justice, ultimately resulting in the closure of the Cumberland facility.

Senior United States District Court Judge Norman K. Moon approved a joint plan of the U.S. Department of Justice and Envigo to remove approximately 4,000 surviving dogs from the Cumberland, Virginia, facility. Homeward Trails is partnering with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to remove the Beagles and secure foster and adoptive homes for them in the next sixty days.

“This is one of the largest dog rescue efforts ever coordinated and has truly been a group effort. To know that these dogs will get to have the lives they deserve and not languish in cages for the rest of their lives is just so rewarding,” said Sue Bell, executive director of Homeward Trails. “For months now, we have witnessed first-hand the joy these dogs experience when their feet touch grass for the first time, they get a bone to chew on, and they experience love from a human being.”

In the next few weeks, Homeward Trails and HSUS will begin moving dogs off the premises. HSUS will be hosting an active website of the various groups that take in these Beagles by geography. To apply to adopt a Beagle in the Washington, DC area from Homeward Trails, email info@homewardtrails.org. Tax-deductible donations towards the medical care of these dogs can be made at www.homewardtrails.org

To learn more about Homeward Trails and its efforts to rescue animals, visit www.homewardtrails.org.

About Homeward Trails

Homeward Trails Animal Rescue is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides pet adoption in Virginia, Washington, DC and Maryland. We find homes for dogs and cats rescued from low-income, rural animal shelters or whose owners can no longer care for them; abandoned hunting dogs who are dumped in woods or left at shelters; owned pets whose owners can no longer care for them; and animals who have been injured, abused and neglected. We have helped internationally as well: we have rescued dogs from Thailand, China, Korea, Russia, Peru, Greece and Kuwait. And we have run a full-time program in Puerto Rico for 4 years, rescuing more than 450 dogs and providing Trap-Neuter-Return services for more than 500 cats.

Fido Group initiative partners skateboarders with animal rescue

We are very excited to announce the re-naming of our pet adoption facility located at 11116 Fairfax Station Road, Fairfax Station, Virginia 22039.

Manny Law, the new namesake of the facility, was a skateboarder from Falls Church who unexpectedly passed away at the age of 24 on January 5, 2015, as a result of congenital heart failure.

At the time of his passing, Manny was a student at Northern Virginia Community College where he was completing a degree in architectural landscaping. As an avid environmentalist, Manny had planned to apply his knowledge to the protection of the environment and the maintenance of habitats for wildlife. Manny’s passion for skateboarding, coupled with his personal warmth, his genuine care and concern for others, and his natural charm and charisma, allowed him to build strong and lasting friendships throughout the DC metro area and beyond. Manny was survived by many of his family, friends, and two dogs, Gremlin and Yesca.

The re-naming of the adoption center was commissioned by Fido Group, a skateboarder-owned dog walking company in Upper NW DC whose owner, Chris Bota, was friends with Manny. Aside from providing in-home pet care services to 120 Upper NW DC families and their dogs, Fido Group holds valuable corporate partnerships with animal welfare organizations like Homeward Trails to directly impact the state of animal welfare at the ground level and pay it forward to the rescued cats and dogs Fido Group serves. With the re-naming of the facility, Chris has become more active in the organization and has been tasked with the role of Director of Business Development at the Manny Law Adoption Center.

The broader scope of the Manny Law Adoption Center initiative is to provide skateboarders with:

  • Avenues to make an impact on animals in their community
  • Opportunities to garner hands-on, career-building experience with animals
  • A therapeutic outlet to combat mental health issues

Chris leveraged his business to generate resources and awareness about the new Manny Law Adoption Center through something Manny loved: a skateboard.

Fido Group produced a limited supply of Manny Law Adoption Center skateboards and partnered with Crushed Skate Shop in Washington DC to make the boards available for purchase both domestically and internationally.

One hundred percent of the net proceeds from each Manny Law Adoption Center skateboard sale directly benefit homeless cats and dogs at Homeward Trails in Manny’s honor.

To purchase a Manny Law Adoption Center skateboard and for more information about Fido Group, please visit https://fidogroup.store

For any questions, please contact Rebecca Goodhart at rebeccag@homewardtrails.org

If you’d like to email Chris, here’s his email: chrisb@homewardtrails.org

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Celebrate Pride and your love of Homeward Trails with our rainbow paw designs!

🌈 TOTE Personalize with your pet’s name! 🌈 SHIRTS

Would you like to get paid to help homeless dogs find forever homes? Homeward Trails Animal Rescue is looking for highly motivated, hard working Animal Care Technicians to join our Adoption Center team! Animal Care Technicians will not only get to spend their days with some of the cutest dogs on earth, they will also learn tons about their behavior, training, and health! And, as a bonus, work with some pretty cool humans!

Homeward Trails Animal Rescue is a nonprofit animal rescue in Northern Virginia. We rescue thousands of animals each year from under resourced rural shelters and from partners in Puerto Rico and internationally. Dogs we rescue are placed either in foster homes or in our Adoption Center until they are adopted.

The Adoption Center is a unique shelter to the area in that it is centered around frequent socialization for the dogs through playgroups, which offer great opportunities for our dogs to receive daily exercise, enrichment, and socialization.

Animal Care Technicians play a crucial part at the Adoption Center, supporting the physical and behavioral health of the dogs, running playgroups, maintaining the cleanliness and upkeep of the facility, and facilitating adoptions with the public.

Responsibilities:

  • Assisting with playgroups in accordance with Homeward Trails guidelines
  • Feeding dogs and monitoring eating habits
  • Ensuring dogs always have clean bedding and water
  • Assisting medically knowledgeable staff with physical care of dogs
  • Reporting medical and behavioral concerns to appropriate supervisors
  • Adhering to behavioral and medical protocols as directed by supervisors
  • Interacting with volunteers and adopters professionally and courteously at all times
  • Providing volunteers and adopters with information about the dogs using appropriate terminology
  • Thorough cleaning of facility using stated cleaning protocols – be prepared for lots of cleaning!
  • Ensuring that you are available and on time for all shifts or have arranged for suitable coverage
  • Engaging in continuous training and learning opportunities
  • Miscellaneous projects as directed

Qualifications:

  • Reliable and consistently available for scheduled shifts
  • Strong work ethic
  • Commitment to the well-being of the dogs in our care
  • Motivated to learn, gain new skills, and advance their knowledge
  • Positive and enthusiastic
  • Able to work with and interact with a wide range of people and personalities
  • Able to direct volunteers
  • Can remain calm and professional under pressure and in stressful situations
  • Must be able to meet physical demands including, but not limited to, lifting heavy items or animals
  • Experience working with dogs in a group setting or in a veterinary clinic a plus

This is a part-time opportunity looking to fill between approximately 20-40 hours per week. Working on weekends and holidays is mandatory. Starting pay is $12 per hour, but can increase with prior experience. Opportunities for advancement are available through skill acquisition, increased competency, and adherence to stated standards of employment. We are mostly seeking staff for shifts from 7:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 3:30 PM to 8:30 PM. You must be 18 years old to apply.

To apply, please submit your resume and a short message that describes why you are a good fit for this position and the days/hours you would be available to work to markg@homewardtrails.org.

Homeward Trails is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, citizenship, military or veteran status or genetics.

Job Type: Part-time

Pay: From $13.00 per hour

The results of the 2022 Up Close & PAWSonal Photo Contest are in!

🎉Thanks to our 61 contestants and 239 donors, we raised $9,865 for the Homeward Trails Medical Fund!

And now to congratulate our winners…

🏆🐶 1st Place Overall

$1,800 raised

DAISY

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🥇🐱 1st Place Cats

$643 raised

BEBOP & MIMI

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BEBOP (right) & MIMI (left), Norgen (center), not from HT 

🥈🐶 2nd Place Dog

$590 raised

RICO

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🥈🐱 2nd Place Cat

$360 raised

YANG

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🥉🐶 3rd Place Dog

$353 raised

MIA

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🥉🐱 3rd Place Cat

$250 raised

CAPTAIN

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With the return to our pre-Covid Adoption Center hours (no appointment necessary) we need lots more help on Saturdays and Sunday to work with prospective adopters and help get our dogs adopted.

We have two great opportunities to get more involved in helping dogs find loving homes. Please see details below and sign up for one (or both!) of our upcoming training sessions.

Adoption Counselors
Looking to do something fun and rewarding on the weekend? Join us for a virtual adoption counselor training session. Once training is completed, we are looking for counselors to help in person at the Adoption Center in Fairfax Station, VA on Saturdays and Sundays so while the training is online, the actual volunteer role will not be.

Adoption Counselors are volunteers who are trained specifically to interact with prospective adopters at the Homeward Trails Adoption Center! You will share info on the dogs, gather info from the applicant, work with the Adoption Center staff to ensure a good match…and potentially play a key role in sending dogs into their forever homes.

We need folks who are willing to commit 3 hours on a weekend…just once a month! Just 3 hours can help send more dogs home more quickly, thus allowing us to have space to rescue more. Imagine – just 3 hours of your time can save dozens of lives!

You will be trained and fully supported by the HT staff as you get acclimated to your role. It’s fun, you’ll learn a lot and you’ll literally be saving lives.

Our next Adoption Counselor training session will be held on Wednesday, July 13 at 7 PM  via Zoom. Sign up below!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f084ea8ae2da5f49-adoption28

Weekend Adoption Center Volunteers
Love working with people and dogs? This role is the perfect blend of both!

We need volunteers every Saturday and Sunday to help greet adopters, identify dogs who might be a great match and facilitate the introductions between dogs and prospective adopters.

Join us for orientation on Sunday, June 5 at 4:30 PM to learn more! Sign up here:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F084EA8AE2DA5F49-weekend7

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