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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!


Come for Yappy Hour at Market Common Clarendon, a free Cinco de Mayo social event for people and dogs. Outdoors in the middle of ‘the loop’, there’ll be a Yappy Hour photo booth, DJ music, and bartenders serving beer and frozen Margaritas. Participating restaurants will serve snacks, and free doggy treats will be offered at select retailers. The purchase of festive drinks will benefit Homeward Trails Animal Rescue. Spread out and enjoy the space with on-leash pets and get to know dog-friendly vendors with information about training, grooming, boarding, and pet adoption. Yappy Hour is on rain or shine. Find the latest information on Facebook/MarketCommonClarendon and Twitter @Market_Common.

Yappy Hour at Market Common Clarendon – Cinco de Mayo Celebration!

Saturday, May 3

3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Free. Rain or shine.

Market Common Clarendon

2700 Clarendon Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201

Event information: 703-476-9377

We we thrilled to once again partner with the North Shore Animal League  for the 2014 Tour for Life, the world’s largest cooperative life-saving mobile adoption event. The Tour for Life stopped in DC area on March 22 at Wylie Wagg Fairfax.  We had a great day, received many adoption applications and collected cash donations.  Thanks to our wonderful friends at Wylie Wagg for hosting us!

We are excited to invite you to join us for a grand opening celebration at the Homeward Trails Adoption Center.  After 13 years and thousands and thousands of animals rescued, we are thrilled to be able to share our new facility with you.  Please come out to take a tour, enjoy some food and drinks, and see some of the dogs you’ve helped rescue with your generous support.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

4:00-7:00 PM

11116 Fairfax Station Rd.

Fairfax Station, VA 22039

Questions?  Please contact

HTAR Adoption Center

Order books from Alan Squire Publishing and they will donate 20% to Homeward Trails.  To order go to  Offer ends January 5.


Looking for holiday gifts for the men in your life?  Shop at the Bonobos Guideshop in Georgetown between December 3-8 and, in the spirit of giving, 20% of your purchase will be donated to Homeward Trails.  Just mention Homeward Trails when you shop.


3320 Cady’s Alley

Washington, DC 20007