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The final numbers are in…$27,504 raised for our medical fund!!!! You are AWESOME! Not only did we hit last year’s Spring2ACTion total – we beat it! We are so grateful for your support.

Thank you to the 324 people who donated, and to the countless others who shared our posts. You helped us win 4th place for the most donors overall – out of 150 organizations. WOW!!




If your perfect Saturday morning involves your favorite pup, mimosas and helping homeless animals you need to mark your calendars and join us on August 24 for Mutts and Mimosas at the Shops at Avenir Place!

Bring your pooch and enjoy live music, fun outdoor activities for people and pets and Prosecco tastings on the patio at Avenir Place. A $10 tasting ticket gets you (2) 4 oz pours of Prosecco with orange juice. Proceeds from the tasting will be donated to Homeward Trails to help animals in need.

 Mutts & Mimosas @ Avenir Place
 Saturday, August 24, 2019, 9:30am – 11:30am
Avenir Place Patio
2677 Avenir Place
Vienna, VA 22180


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 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!

GET READY!! Launching Saturday, June 29th…DC’s Exclusive KITTEN PARTY!

Join us EVERY Saturday & Sunday through July 28 from  Noon- 2 pm at Market Common Clarendon for a KITTEN PARTY.

Come meet and play with adoptable kittens…and maybe adopt one or two!

We have 150 kittens in our program looking for homes!

What better way to get out of the heat than to come play with kittens?

Enjoy human treats AND a fun scavenger hunt and raffle while you visit adoptable kittens around Mark Common Clarendon

Kittens! Kittens! Kittens! Come party with us and adopt your new family member!

Prepare to be bow-wowed! Husband and wife duo Scott and Joan Houghton bring a comedy dog-thrill show like none other. From frisbee and barrel tricks to dance and jump rope routines, these canines rescued from shelters will win you over. These talented canines even include two world record holders. Feather, a greyhound, set the standard for highest canine jump and cattle dog mix Geronimo holds two world records in double-dutch jump rope. Experience in person the incredible talents of these furry friends you may have seen on television’s The View, Ellen, or The Late Show with David Letterman.

Plus, you can immortalize the fun with a picture! After the show, an adorable canine cast member will be available for a photo opportunity on stage. Photos are $10 each and all proceeds support Homeward Trails Animal Rescue in Fairfax Station.

Fun for all ages!

Sunday, November 25, 2018
1:00 PM and 4:00 PM shows
George Mason Center for the Arts Concert Hall
Fairfax, VA

Get Tickets Here!


Join us at Signature Theater/Library Plaza every Thursday night starting June 14th at 6:30 PM for a variety of live music, samples from participating vendors, and $5 wine tastings to support Arlington THRIVE and Homeward Trails Animal Rescue!!

Dates and performers are as follows!:

July  26th  |  Michael Scoglio

August 2nd  |  Gin Rickey’s

August 9th  |  Justin Trawick & The Common Good

August 16th | Driven to Clarit

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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If you resolved to get more exercise and do more to help animals in 2018, we have the perfect opportunity for you! On February 10, join us at Cyclebar on Columbia Pike and ride to the rescue to help Homeward Trails animals. Enjoy a fast paced and fun indoor cycling class followed by beer, wine and some light bites with your favorite animal lovers.

Space is limited so reserve your spot today for just $35. See you there!

Saturday, February 10, 2018
3:00 – 5:30 PM
3400 Columbia Pike
Arlington, VA 22204


Register Now!





We’re joining our friends at Brown’s Manassas Subaru for a very special Subaru Loves Pets adoption event on October 7. In addition to adorable adoptable dogs, Brown’s has lots of fun activities and give aways planned for the big day.  All adoption fees will be reduced or waived thanks to a generous grant from the ASPCA. We will also be hosting a bake sale to raise money for HT. Don’t miss out on this great event!

Subaru Loves Pets Adoption Event at Brown’s Manassas Subaru
Saturday, October 7
10 AM – 1 PM
9018 Liberia Ave.
Manassas, VA 20110





Support Homeward Trails by dining at Sushi-Zen on October 4 from 5-9:30 PM.  Just print the attached flyer and present it when you order (dine in or carryout)  and up to 20% of the proceeds will be donated to HT. See you there!

Print Flyer Here – Sushi-Zen HT