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Janet, a dog HT rescued from the Ritchie animal shelter

Janet, a dog HT rescued from the Ritchie animal shelter

In January, Homeward Trails animal shelter partner Ritchie County Humane Society suffered a devastating loss: a fire swept through the building that housed the dogs and cats awaiting rescue, killing the animals and causing tens of thousands of dollars of damage.

This Sunday, HT is holding an adoption event highlighting dogs who we’ve rescued and brought to the DC area from the Ritchie shelter at BARK! pet store in Olney, MD. In addition, 10% of the proceeds from both the Olney and Clarksville BARK! stores on Sunday, March 28th will be donated to Ritchie County Humane Society.

Please consider donating directly to the Ritchie County Human Society (, fostering or adopting a homeless pet, or making a purchase at BARK! on March 28th.


Join HT this Friday from 5-8 p.m. for a Happy Hour for the Animals!

Union Jacks Pub

4915 Saint Elmo Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 652-2561

*$10 donation at door gets you drink and food specials and goes to HT!


pc10PawCasso publicity text and graphics are now available at

Please help us publicize PawCasso through local blogs, email lists, Facebook, Twitter, etc. We’re working to make this the biggest PawCasso event yet! It’s a really fun event, especially if you’ve never attended a live auction before. Buy your tickets today and invite your friends!

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Locally-based Homeward Trails Animal Rescue will be hosting their annual PawCasso Charity Art Auction on Saturday, April 24, 2010. This great event is being held downtown at the historic Council on Foreign Relations, 1777 F Street NW – just blocks from the White House. This year’s live art eventt is featuring more than 60 amazing local artists as well as an upscale silent auction that includes items such as: private airplane ride, hotel stays, pet sitting, jewelry, beach houses and much, much more.

Homeward Trails rescues and adopts out an average of 1,700 homeless cats and dogs annually. This event benefits the Homeward Trails Medical Fund, which provides support to animals that come to Homeward Trails needing surgeries, specials medications, rehab or behavioral training. Animals needing such are often left behind in shelters, but Homeward Trails prides itself in taking in dozens of special needs animals annually and getting them the homes they deserve.

Support these wonderful efforts by purchasing tickets today. Limited tickets are available. Visit for more info or to purchase tickets online.


pawcasso10PawCasso 2010 was a smashing success, bringing in over $20,000 for the animals of Homeward Trails.

With almost 300 people in attendance, the evening featured the amazing art of more than 50 local artists, all of which was auctioned live!

We also thank the more than 75 local businesses and individuals who donated more than $10,000 worth of items for our silent auction.

We want to thank everyone who attended, volunteered and donated. We could not have done it without each and every one of you.

Stay tuned for details about PawCasso 2011.


paintWe are thrilled to announce that this year’s PawCasso art auction to benefit the animals of Homeward Trails will feature only work by local artists—emerging and established painters, sculptors, and photographers from the Metro DC or mid-Atlantic area. We are currently accepting submission of art for consideration- the auction will include work of various sizes, styles, and price ranges.

If you are a local artist who is interested in participating, please contact Homeward Trails volunteer Amy to find out how to submit your work for consideration!

PawCasso is a unique and exciting live art auction event benefiting Homeward Trails Animal Rescue. This year’s event will be held on April 24 at the newly remodeled Council on Foreign Relations, just blocks from the White House. The evening will host approximately 300 animal and art-lovers.

In addition to the live art auction, there will also be a large, upscale silent auction featuring more than 100 donations including massage certificates, vacation home stays, restaurant certificates, yoga classes, private airplane rides and much more.


indianfoodJoin us on Monday, March 1 for yummy Indian food all day at Masala Art Indian Restaurant – 4441 Wisconsin Ave. NW (Tenley Town).

Eat all day and part of your bill total will support Homeward Trails.

Check out all the details on the event page.


braceletMake a 20 dollar donation and get an HT Sponsor Bracelet. Wear it proudly to support animal rescue!

Be sure to note: SPONSOR BRACELET in the notes section when you give on-line.  (note: bracelet shown here NOT actual bracelet)


pugHomeward Trails is celebrating animals the entire month of February – and asking you to join us. There are dozens of ways that you can help bring love into the life of a homeless animal! From events to sponsorship to bracelets to personalized hearts, we are pulling out all the stops to make February the best month ever for our animals! Keep an eye on for updates on how you can help…….

These great businesses are hosting HT donation boxes where you can leave your spare change for the animals:

PetMAC Arlington

822 N. Kenmore St. Arlington, VA


4220 Fessenden St. NW Washington, DC

PetMAC LaundroMutt

1722 Florida Ave. NW Washington, DC


2439 N. Harrison St. Arlington, VA


16822 Georgia Ave. Olney, MD


5805 Clarksville Sq. Dr. Clarksville, MD

Brooklyn Bagel Bakery

2055 Wilson Blvd. Arlington, VA


234 Maple Ave. East Vienna, VA


5542 Randolph Rd. Rockville, MD

Betty’s Azalea Ranch

12507 Lee Highway Fairfax, VA

sushi-zenHelp raise money for the animals of HT by simply having a meal out. It’s easy and yummy!! Check out these two great restaurants and enjoy some tasty goodness…

Wednesday, January 27th

Sushi Zen

2457 North Harrison Street
Arlington, VA 22207
(703) 534-6000

Dine all day/evening and a portion of your bill supports HT. Be sure to mention Homeward Trails

Thursday, January 28th from 5-9pm

California Tortilla
19847-O Century Blvd.
Germantown, MD 20874
(easy parking on street & lot)
People MUST say “Homeward” with their order and HT will get 25%.

Naomi has over 200 votes so far!

Naomi has over 200 votes so far!

All you need to do is enter and/or vote for your favorite HT adopted pets in the BISSELL Most Valuable Pet (MVP) Contest. Our friends at BISSELL are accepting pet photos from the public through March 25, 2010. In addition to having your pet featured on BISSELL pet product packaging, the lucky winning pet parents will receive a 500 dollar shopping spree AND a 10,000 dollar donation to the pet cause of their choice. Imagine seeing your pet as a star AND helping the homeless animals of HT!!!

Here are HT animals in the contest. Vote for them and help HT win a donation!!!

You have to sign up for an account but it only takes a minute and once you do, you can vote for multiple animals!

(List updated 1/22/10 with new pets in the voting period that closes 1/28)

If you enter your animal in the contest to try to help us win the donation, please share the link to vote for your animal on our Facebook page so that others can vote for him or her. If lots of new people enter their pets and post them on Facebook, we will do another announcement of pets to vote for.