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The Homeward Trails Adoption Center is now open every Saturday and Sunday from 10 AM – 4 PM.  During these hours the public can now come  to one place to meet up to 45 great dogs looking for homes!

“With this expansion of our program by opening up to the public every weekend for extended hours, we are hopeful that we can rescue and place a lot more dogs, more quickly,” says Sue Bell, HT Executive Director. “We will be considering same day adoptions if applicants bring the necessary paperwork and if we have a dog who is a good fit. We are SO excited to be saving more lives and look forward to welcoming the public to our great shelter.”The HT Adoption Center is a unique, cageless shelter opened in December 2013. The canine residents live in social play groups where they enjoy indoor and outdoor playtime hours at a time.Visitors will get the chance to see the dogs interacting with other dogs, romping in the yards and putting their best paws forwardagility 3 in hopes of securing their forever home.

Come See Us:

HT Adoption Center

11116 Fairfax Station Rd.

Fairfax Station, VA 22039

We are thrilled to announce that we have teamed up with artist, and longtime HT supporter Melissa Lew, to bring you two nHT_LOVE_Dog-01ew, exclusive Homeward Trails jewelry pieces.  These special pieces, created by Melissa, are made from bamboo and stainless steel and feature modern ink paintings of a cat or dog face, inspired by the Chinese character for heart.  At just $20 each, these beautiful, handcrafted necklaces make the perfect gift for every cat and dog lover in your life!   The best part?  50% of all sales are donated to Homeward Trails to help support, provide medical care, and find loving homes for thousands of animals in need.

HT_LOVE_Cat-01Order yours online today!

Cat Necklace

Dog Necklace



The fabulous ladies of Paws & Pinups have once again produced a beautiful calendar to benefit Homeward Trails. Last year’s Paws & Pinups calendar raised over $4,000 which helped provide much needed medical care for our animals and purchased supplies needed to increase the number of dogs we could house at the newly opened Homeward Trails Adoption Center.

The Paws & Pinups calendar spotlights DC-area ladies who are passionate about animal rescue, adoption and fostering. All the pets that appear in the calendar were adopted or rescued.  100% of the proceeds from calendar sales are donated to Homeward Trails

Get a fantastic calendar and support a great cause.  Click here to buy your calendar today!

 We are so honored to have been selected by the Washington Capitals as the beneficiaries of the Caps Canine Calendar for the second year in a row.  Our staff, volunteers and pups had a blast at the calendar photo shoot on October 17.  Here are some links to some of the media coverage of that day.  The calendar will be available for purchase in early December.

See the video on NBC 4 Washington

USA Today

Sports Illustrated


Monumental Network



Join us for a very special Kittens, Wine and Cheese adoption event hosted by the wonderful Miss Pixie’s Furnishings & What Not

Friday, October 17 4pm-7pm

1626 14th St NW

Washington, DC 20009

Please come meet and adopt some of the adorable kittens available for new, loving homes. We hope to see you there!

kittens Miss Pixies Wine and cheese

Join us for the Homeward Trails – Doorways for Women and Families Howl-o-Ween Walk – October 25th! This fantastic event raises awareness and funds for human and canine victims of domestic abuse. This family and dog-friendly walk takes place in Arlington, includes a doggy costume contest, an agility course, trick-or-treating along the walk route at a dozen local businesses….and fantastic prizes to win for top fundraisers!! REGISTER TODAY to walk or create an online fundraising page and raise money in your name or your pet’s name. You can win on Arlington STAYcation hotel and dinner package, $100 in Amazon gift cards…and more.

The event kicks off at 9 am at the James Hunter Dog Park in Clarendon, 1230 N Hartford St, Arlington, VA with a brief program and remarks by VA Delegate Patrick Hope and VA Senator Barbara Favola.

Join us on Monday, October 13th from 5-8 pm at Samuel Beckett’s Gastro Pub in Shirlington for a Yappy Hour to meet adoptable dogs, enjoy food and drink specials and raise some funds for Homeward Trails and our friends at the Animal Welfare League of Arlington.

Monday, October 13 5-8 PM
Samuel Beckett’s Gastro Pub
2800 S Randolph St.
Arlington, VA 22206

Many thanks to the owners and organizers of the Big Dog’s Off Road Park and and Tacoma World for selecting Homeward Trails as the beneficiary of the Big Dogs Offroad Tacoma World Benefit.  The event was held the weekend of October 3-5 and raised $1,000 for Homeward Trails!  Thank you to everyone who attended and helped make this event an amazing success for the animals!

Shopaholics and animal lovers rejoice!  Anthropologie is hosting its annual Sit. Stay. Love. pet adoption event and pet supply drive for animal shelters across the country, the weekend of September 19-21 at Anthropologie stores across the U.S. and Canada.

Anthropologie’s annual Sit. Stay. Love. campaign has resulted in hundreds of dog adoptions and raised thousands of dollars in supplies for local shelters.

Homeward Trails is proud to partner with Anthropologie for two adoption events this weekend.  Come shop and meet some great adoptable pups!

Saturday, September 20 11:00 AM – 1:00
Anthropologie – Old Town Alexandria
610 King Street
Alexandria, VA

Sunday, September 21 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Anthropologie – The Shops at Wisconsin Place
5406 Wisconsin Avenue
Chevy Chase, MD

A big thank you to Channel 8 and longtime HT friend and adopter Bruce DePuyt for featuring HT on NewsTalk on September 16, 2014.

Watch HT Executive Director Sue Bell and Lily the beagle