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Love comes in all sizes, colors, shapes, ages and breeds!  Throughout the month of March we are partnering with Best Friends Animal Society for some great “Love Comes In All Sizes” adoption specials. As part of this special, we have many great cats and dogs whose adoption fee has been discounted by 50% through the month of March.  Now is the perfect time to adopt the cat or dog you’ve been waiting for!

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Homeward Trails is thrilled to partner with Flashband​ for a fundraising music showcase at IOTA Club & Cafe​ in Arlington next weekend. Join us Saturday, March 14th, for Flashband:Animals! We’ve also launched the Take Me Home fundraising drive as part of this show, with a goal of raising $8,000 for Homeward Trails Animal Rescue​. $8,000 would cover the cost of rescuing 60 dogs and cats from high kill shelters (including vet care and spay/neuter surgery).

Flashband is a DC-based organization that connects musician with other musicians so they can meet new collaborators, learn new skills, and make music.  40 musicians will come together to form one day bands and raise money for our animal rescue efforts.  This event is sure to be a blast and the music will be a mixture of original music and animal themed songs.  We hope to see you there!

Get your tickets or just donate (if you can’t make the show)!

Flashband:  Animals
Saturday, March 14 7:30-11:30 PM
IOTA Club & Cafe
2832 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22201

Team HT will be strutting our stuff in the Alexandria St. Patrick’s Parade on Saturday, March 7.  Bring your family, friends, and adventure loving pups and join the excitement as we parade down the streets of Old Town Alexandria.  We’ll be meeting around 110:30 AM and the parade steps off at noon.  Contact Jolynne at if you would like to participate.  Everyone is welcome!

Join us for a very special Super Bowl Sunday dog and cat adoption event, the Kitten Bowl Party, sponsored by the North Shore Animal League.  The animals will be decked out in their Super Bowl gear and we will have some tasty game day snacks for the humans.  We’ll also be raffling two waived adoption fees (one cat and one dog) for some lucky approved adopters.  Come meet a new best friend before the big game.

Sunday, February 1, 2014

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Unleashed by Petco (Pentagon City)
1101 S. Joyce Street
Arlington, VA 22202

For an extra dose of cuteness, DVR Hallmark Channel’s Kitten Bowl and watch it after the event.

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Get your pet’s photo with Santa and support Homeward Trails on December 13th from 2:00 – 4:00 PM at PetMAC Lake Anne in Reston, VA

Santa loves our pets as much as we do, so bring your dog or cat to sit with Santa for a photo and to let him know what your best friend wants for Christmas this year.  A great opportunity to get that perfect photo to send to friends and family this holiday season! YES, kitty can get his/her photo taken as well! We will be photographing cats the last half hour for their sanity, and ours! Please bring in a secure cat carrier.

To reserve a time with Santa, please call 703-908-7387. A $15 donation (cash or check please!) will be given to Homeward Trails to help rescue more cats and dogs in need of homes this holiday season!

RSVPs strongly encouraged. Walk-ins will be accepted time permitting but are not guaranteed.

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PetMAC Lake Anne
11412 Washington Square West
Reston, VA 20190

On December 6th and 7th, Homeward Trails volunteers will be on hand at the Orvis store in Arlington (Clarendon) wrapping gifts to raise money for the animals.  Simply come in, purchase your items, have them wrapped by one of our wonderful volunteers and make a donation to Homeward Trails.

 The best part – anyone who has gifts wrapped and makes a donation will receive a generous coupon for $25 off at $50 purchase to be used in the store.  What a great bonus!
If you are interested in helping wrap gifts please contact

Orvis Gift Wrapping

Saturday, December 6  10 AM – 8 PM

Sunday, December 7  10 AM – 6 PM

2879 Clarendon Blvd

Arlington, VA 22201

The 2015 Caps Canine Calendar is on sale now!  Calendars can be purchased at the MSE Foundation table outside of section104 on the main concourse and at the Team Store at Verizon Center during Caps home games and at the Team Store at Kettler Capitals Iceplex or online HERE.

100% of the proceeds benefit Homeward Trails and the 2014 calendar raised over $30,000 for animals in need. We are incredibly grateful to the Washington Capitals for this amazing fundraising opportunity and for their continued support.

Get your calendar today!


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From now through December 7, buy gorgeous gifts from Chloe and Isabel jewelry (and pick up a little something for yourself too!) and support Homeward Trails.  Just order here and chose the Homeward Trails fundraiser at check out

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On November 5th HT Executive Director, Sue Bell traveled to Moscow with a longtime volunteer, supporter, adopter of HT, Shana Aufenkamp. We had been asked to help an amazing fellow animal lover and rescuer, Barbara who faces very difficult times and the kitties she has dedicated her life to now face a horrible fate.As you know, the climate in Russia towards animals is not a good one. Prominently highlighted during the Olympic games in Sochi, what we saw on TV was just a small glimpse into the dismal life thousands of animals endure in Russia.

Shana lived in Russia for several years, continuing to volunteer with HT (you have to love technology) and becoming involved in rescue efforts in Moscow as well. She met a lovely woman named Barbara who has been living and working in Moscow for over 20 years. The heart and soul of the group Moscow Animals, Barbara gives everything she has to help homeless cats and dogs. Moscow isn’t the place today it was even 10 years ago. The economy is suffering threatening Barbara’s livelihood, and she may soon have to leave Russia and return to Germany. If she leaves, she will have no choice but to euthanize the 30+ cats she personally cares for as there is no one to take them and putting them on the streets would mean a horrible fate. Shelters in Russia are awful beyond words.

Homeward Trails has been a supporter of Moscow Animals for over five years now, taking in and adopting out several sweet dogs who have made the transatlantic flight, and even a few cats from neighboring Kazakhstan. Barbara has asked HT for help, and HT will do what it does – rescue animals in need whose time has run out without any other options. We are rescuers helping a fellow rescuer.

People may ask why HT would travel around the world to help a handful of cats when there are thousands dying daily in US shelters. HT spends 99.9% of its resources focused solely on animals in our local areas or in surrounding states. But over the years, when a request has come from a loyal volunteer, adopter, supporter for an animal in need outside of our normal operations, we have always done our best to step up to help. We know firsthand how emotionally awful it is to see an animal in need and feel desperate to help. And we know that if we can help that one person help that one animal, the gesture and effort will be paid forward to help more animals in need. It always is.

On November 12th, Shana and Sue returned from Moscow with kitties….all of whom are doing great and readying for adoption! However, while there, they also visited a local, privately-run dog shelter, said to the be the nicest in Moscow. It is owned by a lovely woman and her husband who dedicate every penny they have to the animals.

There are 200 dogs and 20 cats on the premises who must live outdoors. Only 1-2 animals are adopted each month and so most will live their lives there. While there, a litter of 5 beautiful puppies were brought in having been found with their dead mother who had been poisoned to death two days prior.

HT is now working on creating an outreach program to help some of these animals…please stay tuned and check out our Facebook page for regular updates. These animals need us and we have many creative ideas for how we can all help give them a chance!


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We had a blast at PawCasso 2014 on October 4!  Many thanks to all who came out and joined us for this fabulous event and the countless volunteers, artists, and silent auction donors who made it all possible.  Your generosity and support helped us raise more than $25,000 for the Homeward Trails medical fund!

Mark your calendars and join us for PawCasso 2015 on October 2, 2015 at the Artisphere in Arlington.  We can’t wait to see you there!

Watch this fun video from the event!

More photos coming soon! And don’t miss the fun shots from our PawCasso Photo Booth!