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On Saturday, August 17, Homeward Trails is joining with shelters across the county to help Clear the Shelters.  Clear the Shelters in a nationwide initiative to connect homeless pets in need with loving families like yours! This is a groundbreaking pet adoption campaign where NBC and Telemundo team up with more than 300 animal shelters across the United States and Puerto Rico to help find homes for homeless pets. Last year, over 80,000 pets were adopted on this one-day national event!

We’re so excited about finding our animals forever homes that we not only want to clear the shelter, but some of our foster homes too!  We’re extending our Clear the Shelters adoption fee discounts to all our adoption events on Saturday so be sure to stop by our Adoption Center or one of our events to meet the dog or cat of your dreams! Many of our wonderful cats and dogs will have waived anf reduced adoption fees!

Homeward Trails Adoption Center – Dogs and Cats
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
11116 Fairfax Station Rd.
Fairfax Station, VA 22039

***Please note that we will be very busy and pets will get adopted very quickly. Pets are available on a first come, first serve basis to qualified adopters when it is a good match.  In order to expedite the adoption process you can bring a copy of your vet records for current pets and pets you have had in the recent past.  If you rent you can also bring a copy of your lease or something from you landlord outlining the pet policy*** See additional tips for visiting our Adoption Center below.

Unleashed by Petco in Ballston – Cats
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
3902 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22203)

Loyal Companion — Dogs
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
7505 Leesburg Pike Ste 120A
Falls Church, VA 22043

To see the list of animals attending our offsite event  that day please visit our event calendar and click on the link for the specific event to view the details.

Thank you to our Clear the Shelters Partner VCA University Veterinary Hospital.

If you are planning to visit our Adoption Center here are some tips to help your visit go smoothly:

-The Adoption Center is located at 11116 Fairfax Station Rd., Fairfax Station, VA 22039. Hours are 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

– Parking is very limited, please follow signs & instructions to overflow parking areas

-This is our busiest day of the year so please be patient. We will have lots of people coming through the building and will be working as quickly as possible to take care of all our prospective adopters.

-we will have a mixture or fee waived, reduced fee and full priced animals. As a private organization we rely on adoption fees to offset the costs of transporting, caring for and providing veterinary services for our animals. As much as we would love to we simply can’t afford to be able to waive fees on all of our pets. Adoption fees cover vaccines, microchips and spay/neuter.

-Dogs and cats will be adopted very quickly. Adoptions will be processed on a first come, first served basis for qualified adopters when the adoption is a good fit for the humans and the pets. We encourage you to meet all the dogs and cats in case there are several that are a good match for your family.

-To expedite the adoption process you can bring the following information with you:
1- Copies of the vet records for your current pets or pets you have had in the recent past
2- If you rent your home – a copy of your lease or information from your landlord stating the pet policies

-You will need a leash (not retractible) and secure collar or harness to take your new pup home. You can either bring supplies with you or purchase them from us. We also have discount adoption packages available that include everything you need to get started with your new dog including crates, bowls and food. For cats you should bring a carrier if you have one. We will have a limited number of cardboard cat carriers to give away.

-Adoption fees can be paid by credit or debit card only.

Here is quick run down of the adoption process:

1. Meet dogs and cats
2. Fill out an adoption questionnaire on your phone at www.homewardtrails.org for the dog(s) cats(s) that interest you
3. Speak to an Adoption Counselor
4. Vet reference check if you have current or past pets (or review of vet records)
5. Landlord check if you rent your home (or review of lease or other documentation of pet policies)
6. Purchase any necessary pet supplies

7. Sign adoption contract and pay adoption fee on your phone
8. Take home your new pet!

We hope to place so many dogs and cats into loving homes during Clear the Shelters! Could one of those homes be yours? See y’all Saturday at our Adoption Center!

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!
Support our rescue efforts in Puerto Rico

We are thrilled to announce our next “Express Trail Home” events featuring free and reduced adoption fees on select cats and dogs the last Saturday of every month.

Check out our Adoption Event schedule

View adoptable cats

View adoptable dogs

Enjoy a relaxing yoga session surrounded by puppies, and feel your stresses melt away. Adoptable Homeward Trails puppies who will be running around, doing puppy things, or just sleeping during your class. Feel free to participate in the yoga class, or just spend your time playing with the puppies. Whatever you feel like. A portion of each registration will go to support Homeward Trails.

Class is lead by a licensed yoga instructor and is appropriate for beginners to advanced practitioners. Please bring your own yoga mat and blocks, as these will not be provided on site. Please be prepared for puppies to act like puppies…they bark and go potty like cute puppies do! Class will start on time, so feel free to arrive a few minutes early. Class will last 30 minutes with the final 15 minutes for you to play with the pups (45 minutes total).

Preregistration is required. All sales are final and non-refundable unless the class is canceled. You may transfer your registration to an alternative participant. All participant must sign an exercise waiver at the event.

Parking: Please park on the street and not in the Caring Hands Animal Hospital parking spots. The Caring Hands Animal Hospital spots are reserved for dog and cat patients. We are grateful to Caring Hands for allowing us to use their facility.

Please email doodlebugdogwalker@gmail.com if you have a party of 4 or more people for a discount code.

To get your tickets click here

Puppy Yoga

Caring Hands Animal Hospital,
2601-A Wilson Blvd – A
Arlington, VA 22201

Wed, August 14th 2019 – 6pm & 7pm sessions

Wed, Sept 18th 2019 – 6pm & 7pm sessions

Wed, Oct 16th 2019 – 6pm & 7pm sessions

Wed, Nov 13th 2019 – 6pm & 7pm sessions

Wed, Dec 4th 2019 – 6pm & 7pm sessions

 

 

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!

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As you have all seen and generously supported, HT has been working hard to assist the dogs of Puerto Rico by covering medical care for them as well as transport off the island to adoptive homes here for over three years. This has been a rewarding experience as we have taken more than 290 dogs over this time, We have participated in both small and larger transports. Each fuzzy face that has arrived represents an amazing story of survival.

Most of our partnering has been with the The Guanica Animal Rescue Project (GARP), an amazing group that was founded by Lynn Descoteau who moved to Puerto Rico from the US and was quickly overwhelmed by the number of animals needing help. She had to do something and contacted HT more than 3 years ago to partner. Her efforts have been instrumental in saving the lives of so many animals. She is a hero on the ground!

However, as we all know, transferring animals is only a small part of the solution to a much larger problem. Transporting off the island alone will never solve the growing problem. While we continue to bring dogs to the US, the population of homeless dogs is growing, made worse by so many pet owners abandoning the island after Hurricane Maria and leaving their pets behind. And thus, we have decided that the time to further invest in this area and these animals has come.

Starting on April 1st, Homeward Trails will be opening a branch in Guanica, Puerto Rico, the community in which we have been working for the last three years. What will this mean?

We will continue with working the GARP founder under the umbrella now of HT. We will also be working in partnership with with several veterinarians in the area including our long-time partner, LaSuissa Vet Cinic. We are also very excited to have the support of the Guanica Mayor, who has officially invited Homeward Trails to Guanica to partner with his office and our vet partners to provide TNR (trap, neuter, return) programs for cats, ongoing transport for adoptable dogs, low-cost vaccines and spay/neuter for owned animals and community outreach programs about humane care of animals.

We will have a full-time staff person on the ground in Guanica overseeing the animals we rescue and preparing them for shipment here. We will be increasing the number of transports we do in order to continue moving dogs off the island. We are SO grateful to the Animal Welfare Institute who has donated funding to purchase a transport van which will make larger transports possible!

We will be implementing a targeted TNR program for cats. No one is talking about the cats and it’s heartbreaking to see all the homeless kitties who continue to multiply. We are thrilled to announce that we have received a donation of 20 traps which will be used to trap cats for TNR and dogs who are n need of prompt medical treatment.

We will be working in conjunction with our partners to host community events where we will offer low-cost vaccines, education on TNR and humane animal care, and volunteer recruitment! We will be providing community outreach to residents including information on vaccines, spay/neuter, humane care of community animals and ways to get involved and assist our efforts.

We also hope to begin offering hands-on volunteer opportunities for HT volunteers to travel to Puerto Rico to participate in these activities! There is SO much work to be done and we can’t do it without you.

So much to do and we are SO excited to get started on this next phase. We are kicking off this program with a two-day fundraising event on February 26th and on 27th to celebrate WORLD SPAY DAY! For every $50 donated a cat will be spayed/neutered. Please consider a donation of any size to help us save kitties.

***We will post an announcement with the link to donate on Feb. 25th. Every dollar will make a difference and save lives.

Join us on this new and exciting mission to alleviate suffering and bring long-term solutions to the animals of Puerto Rico who desperately need us. LET’S DO THIS HOMEWARD TRAILS!!

 

 

It’s not too early to shop for your dog-loving Valentine!  Until the end of February, a portion of sales from these great PawsGo “rescue” shirts will go to Homeward Trails.  In addition to Valentine’s Day Red – they come in Ocean and Olive.  Unisex sizes, they are a soft blend that looks great and fits well on everyone!  The front says — Want a Friend? Get a Dog.  On the back it’s — Want to be a Friend?  Rescue!
You can find these shirts at www.pawsgo.com, or if you’re near Alexandria, you can pick one up at the From Head to Tail Spa located at 430 Hume Avenue in Alexandria, VA.

Our busy outdoor event season is about to start and we desperately need new tents to provide shade at our off-site events and at the Adoption Center. We are down to one functional tent and we have multiple outdoor events every Saturday and Sunday. Can you help us provide critical shade for the dogs, volunteers and adopters by donating a tent? We want everyone to be safe and cool while we are busy finding their forever homes.

We have some tents on our Amazon wishlist, or if you have an unused tent a home that you would like to donate we would be happy to take it off your hands. Contact rebeccag@homewardtrails.org with any questions.

Thank you so much!

We treasure our volunteers and want to the thank you for your hard work!  Bring your family for some yummy pancakes and other breakfast goodies and a fun morning of meeting your fellow volunteers and celebrating all the HT has accomplished because of YOU!

Breakfast served beginning at 9 AM, program begins promptly at 10 AM

We can’t wait to see you there!

Saturday, April 29

9 AM – 11 AM

Lyon Park Community Center

414 N.Fillmore Street

Arlington, VA 22201

 

We salute and congratulate our amazing partner and supporter Fur-Get Me Not, who is celebrating a remarkable 16 years of business.

They opened as a part-time, one person, home based business in Arlington. Sixteen years later, the business has grown to include 140 employees in the Washington DC and Northern VA area with 3 physical locations. Fur-Get Me Not is also a regular supporter of many animal organizations in the DC area, including Homeward Trails Animal Rescue. We are so grateful for their support over their years and truly congratulate them on their many accomplishments.

In honor of their anniversary Fur-Get Me Not is celebrating customers in a variety of ways through December 16th!

– Fur-Get Me Not VIP and Premier dog walking and pet sitting clients receive a special treat (from Fur-Get Me Not’s boutique shop) within these two weeks.

– 50% off all standard dog washes

-Save 16% on all retail purchases

– Customer Appreciation Reception on Tuesday, December 13. Sweets for customers and a special treat for daycare dogs during our celebration party.

Not a Fur-Get Me Not client? You should be. Check them out at www.furgetmenot.com.