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Thanks to everyone who came out and joined us for the Capital Pride parade and festival.  We look forward to this fun event every year!  The dogs are always a huge hit in the parade and we love seeing all our adopters who stop by the booth to say hello.


For the second year, Homeward Trails was proud to partner with Mervis Diamond Importers for the Diamonds in the Ruff Weekend.  In addition to two adoption events at the Tysons Corner Mervis location, Homeward Trails will receive a portion of all the sales from the Mervis stores for that weekend.  Thank you Mervis for supporting HT and helping our pups find homes!


We are thrilled to announce that Homeward Trails is partnering with Washington Capitals defenseman Tyson Strachan and the Washington Nationals to raise money and awareness for the animals of Homeward Trails.

On Sunday, June 1, bring the whole family out for the Nationals vs. Texas Rangers game and meet Washington Capitals defenseman Tyson Strachan.

Tickets are available in the Outfield Reserved at $27, which includes a ticket, plus a $10 donation to Strachan Strays and Homeward Trails and a pre-game meet and greet with Tyson. Seats are also available in the Scoreboard Pavilion for $19, which includes a ticket plus a $5 donation but no meet and greet. Additionally, a limited amount of VIP ticket packages are available for $250, which include a seat in the all-inclusive Lexus President’s Club, a $50 donation, a gift bag including a Strachan Strays t-shirt, a pre-game on-field photo with Tyson and a VIP line at the pre-game meet and greet.

To get your tickets, click HERE. Please help spread the word.

Take the flyer linked below to California Pizza Kitchen in Pentagon City between May 13-16 and Homeward Trails will receive a donation equal to 20% of your check.

CPK Fundraiser Flyer 2014

From March 24 – May 24 order from any DC area Naked Pizza location and use the code HOMEWARD and Homeward Trails will receive 20% of the order total.

Enjoy some delicious, all natural pizza and help our furry friends.

Naked Pizza Flyer

Due to some sudden unforeseen issues with a few sub-vendors of PawCasso, we are regretfully postponing this event. We are so sorry for any inconvenience this causes.

We are committed to putting on a top quality event and due to these circumstances, which we have been trying to work out, we feel we will fall short if we move forward on the April 26th date.

We are working diligently on an alternative date and expect to be able to post the new information by April 25. In the spirit of making lemonade from lemons, we are actually looking forward to being able to add a few surprise features and some VIPs who were not available on April 26th.

If you would have purchased tickets and would like a refund, please email we will most gladly issue one. If you wish to wait for the new date and then decide, you may e-mail us at that time.

We do hope you will still attend PawCasso on the new date, as we promise it will be our best event ever…we have so many amazing artists, hundreds of silent auction items, music and food all ready…and we promise more guests, more artists, more fun and more funds raised for the animals.

Thank you to everyone who came out to support our Spaghetti Bingo fundraiser on February 22.  We had a great time and raised over $5,000 for the animals of Homeward Trails.

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After 12 years of operation and more than 13,000 homeless animals rescued, Homeward Trails is finally opening its very own cageless adoption center. Since its inception in 2002, HT has operated almost solely as a foster-based program. In recent years, we have been lucky enough to be housed and partnered with a local doggy daycare which allowed us space to cagelessly board up to 15 dogs while we worked to secure foster and/or adoptive homes for them. This helped us increase the number of dogs we rescued by dozens annually.

In September 2013, an opportunity to lease a nearby facility which had previously operated as a commercial doggy daycare and boarding facility came our way. We immediately pursued it and found it to be the perfect next step for our organization.  HT has always been open to the possibility of securing its own facility but the cost of purchasing an appropriate facility was prohibitive.

This new facility, located at 11116 Fairfax Station Road, Fairfax Station, VA includes a daycare building and a residential building for our on-site manager. It will offer HT the opportunity to quadruple the number of dogs we rescue and provide them with a clean, positive, safe, cageless temporary home that will also offer a significant amount of fenced outdoor space (something we have never had before). The facility will also provide additional space for pregnant and nursing dogs, thus allowing us to save many more puppies.

HTAR Adoption Center

Nearby woods will offer our dogs the opportunity for leisurely walks with our dedicated volunteers where they can stretch their legs and take in the fresh air – something many have not had in their lifetime!

The facility will be overseen by a full-time on-site manager and support staff. Once fully operational, we will explore hosting regular adoption hours to the public, thus allowing us to adopt out more dogs in a shorter period of time.

We are planning to begin housing our dogs here starting November 1, 2013! We are offering many exciting sponsorship and naming opportunities for animal lovers who wish to help us make this exciting dream come true. Your support will help pay for renovations, new fencing, appliances and more! Additionally, we will need many volunteers to help us move, paint, build and improve before opening.

We can’t wait to start this next chapter of Homeward Trails and look forward to having you involved! Please contact if you can donate and/or volunteer in any capacity. And we’ll look forward to seeing you at our grand  opening in 2014!

Thanks to our amazing supporters we raised more than $11,000 in Razoo’s Giving Tuesday fundraising challenge.  We finished in the top 10 for both fundraisers and non-profit organizations.  This is a fantastic accomplishment for our small organization in a national competition.  We will also receive $3,000 in additonal prize money for those top 10 finishes.  Thank you all so much for donating, sharing and asking others to do the same.  What a great way to wrap up a wonderful year for Homeward Trails!

The Caps Canine Calendar is now on sale!  Click here to order yours today.

HT gives a huge thanks to our Washington Capitals hockey team. On Tuesday, October 15th 10 of our lucky rescued dogs spent the afternoon with the players in a photo shoot for their 2014 Canine Calendar which will benefit HT.

“This is an amazing opportunity for HT to raise much needed funds and awareness for our homeless dogs, especially since the shoot took place only one day after we announced the opening of our new adoption center,” says Sue Bell, Executive Director and Founder of Homeward Trails.



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