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bluesStop by the HT table and meet adoptable pooches, learn about volunteering and pick up a great kitty or doggy item!

Saturday, June 16th

1-8 pm

Columbia Pike Blues Fest, Arlington


houndDid you know that Hounds are one of the most overlooked breed in shelters? Thousands are discarded by irresponsible hunters every year and most are euthanized in shelters immediately for no good reasons. We at HT want to promote these great dogs and all the great things they can bring to your family.

Please take a look at our great Hounds and the wonderful added benefits you will get if you adopt one! Blossom, Bentley, Colby Jack, Dahlia, Nate and Jacob.

So from now until August 31st, if you adopt a Hound through Homeward Trails you will not only get a wonderful, loving family member, you will also get:

-Free professional photo shoot of your pooch courtesy of Wags and Whiskers Photography

-$20 gift certificate to PetMAC (

– A complimentary weekend stay (including evaluation AND two nights stay) at Dog Paws University (

– Free doggy goody bag

– Free 30 minute training phone consultation with trainer


essayHelp HT once again win the Annual DC Metro Dog Blog Contest.

The last time we entered we won FIRST PRIZE and $2,500 for our animals.

PLEASE PLEASE vote today and spread the word….all you have to do is click here and vote for the essay titled A Howl for Change” by Sue Bell.

Vote EVERY 24 hours until May 18th…it’s that simple!

Just click here and vote:


triviaFundraiser at Kitty O’Shea’s DC (near PetMAC in Tenleytown)
Come on out for a good time for a good cause!
$10 at the door, food and drink specials, trivia, raffles

Wed. May 9th, 6-10pm
4624 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20016
(between N Brandywine St. & N 41st St)


cupcakeEnjoy yummy, humane goodies while supporting the animals of HT!

Saturday, May 9:30 a.m to 1:30 p.m.

Falls Church Community  Center

223 Little Falls St.
Falls Church , VA 22046

Falls Church, VA


Please support Homeward Trails by dining out this Sunday, April 22nd for a great
cause.  Just take the flyer to:

Pizzeria Uno
5935 Kingstowne Towne Center
Alexandria, VA 22315

unosBetween 11:30 AM and 10:00 PM and HT will receive 20% of your order total.  Please help make this event a great success by spreading the word to family, friends and neighbors. Diners must bring the flyer in order for us to get credit.  To access the flyer just click the headline of the article above to view the whole story and download the flyer.  Can’t download the flyer, e-mail
Mikey, formerly Black Dog, with his family

Mikey, formerly Black Dog, with his family

It is with a heavy heart that we pay our respects and gratitude to Mikey, one of the first three Homeward Trails dog ever rescued. Mikey died on February 23 at the age of almost 14 years.

Mikey (formerly known as Black Dog) made the maiden voyage from Fayette County, WV with HT Founder Sue Bell on January 1st, 2001, along with Brown Dog and Lucy. Mikey did not know that he would be the inspiration for the creation of Homeward Trails, which would go on to rescue more than 15,000 homeless cats and dogs in its first 10 years of operation.

Mikey spent his life here in the DC area with mom Julia, dad Mike, and human sister Margaret.

Thank you Mikey for being such an inspiration. And thank you to Julia for taking Mikey in and giving him the life he (and all other dogs) deserve.

We will miss you Mikey!


benjiJoin us for yummy cupcakes, cookies, candy and drinks to celebrate Valentine’s Day…all while visiting some very special pooches who need homes!

Monday 2/13 – 6-8 p.m

Dog Paws University, 940 S. George Mason Dr. Arlington, VA 22204


Benji, Charity, Rambo, Miles, Scooter, Shelton, Sunshine, Russel, Trina, Merlin, Mollie Doodle, Sally Porkchop, Andre and MORE…..


bingoThanks to everyone who came out to enjoy a wonderful evening of spaghetti  and Bingo! The event raised $3,000 for our medical fund and we are so grateful to everyone who attended and volunteered!

Look this fall for CHILI BINGO!!!!


wineWhat better way to celebrate the holidays than helping homeless animals and enjoying delicious wine, food, music and more?

Please join us on Thursday evening, December 15th at Twisted Vines Bottleshop & Bistro located at: 2803 Columbia Pike, Arlington, VA 22204.

6 p.m til close…

$10 cover charge to benefit HT’s animals!

  • – Live music
  •  – Silent Auction
  •  – Wine specials