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We have the perfect opportunity for you to take home a new best friend in time for the holidays! Thanks to the generous support of Zappos in partnership with the North Shore Animal League of America all adoption fees will be waived on November 25 and 26! during our Home for the Pawlidayz promotion  We will have many wonderful cats and dogs waiting to meet you!

You can meet cats and dogs at the following locations

Saturday, November 25

Homeward Trails Adoption Center (Dogs)
10 AM – 4 PM
11116 Fairfax Station Rd.
Fairfax Station, VA 22039

Petco Unleased Falls Church (Dogs)
12 PM – 2 PM
7395 Lee Highway, Suite E
Falls Church, VA 22042

PetCo Unleashed Ballston (Cats)
12 PM – 2 PM
3902 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22203

PetValu Rockville (Cats)

12 PM – 2 PM
14933 Shady Grove R, Suite J Rockville, MD 20850

PetMAC DC (Cats)
12 PM – 2 PM
4914 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20016

Sunday, November 26

Homeward Trails Adoption Center (Dogs)
10 AM – 4 PM
11116 Fairfax Station Rd.
Fairfax Station, VA 22039

PetValu Fairfax (Dogs)
12 PM – 2 PM
3069 Nutley St SW
Fairfax, VA 22031

View Our Adoptable Animals Here

View Adoptable Cats

View Adoptable Dogs

*Please note that ader option fees will be waived for adoptions finalized November 25 and 26 only.  We expect our events to be very busy during Home for the Pawlidayz weekend, you can expedite the adoption process by bringing your current pets’ vet records, a copy of your lease or landlord letter stating you are permitted to have pets, and photos of your home. Animals are adopted on a first come, best fit basis.

Save the date and get ready to give to help animals in need this #GivingTuesday on November 28! After a Thanksgiving filled with food and family and the kick off of the holiday shopping season with Black Friday and Cyber Monday, celebrate the giving season by making a donation to Homeward Trails so that we can save the lives of more deserving cats and dogs.

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and our largest fundraising day of the year. Your support on Giving Tuesday helps us provide critical medical care for sick and injured animals and allows us to save even more animals during the harsh winter months when so many will need us.

Please mark your calendars and get ready to give on Tuesday, November 28 and ask your family and friends to do the same!  Stay tuned for the link to donate!



We’ve made it to the final round of voting in the Nellis Group‘s 100th Home for Charity contest. Now we need you help to win the prize of more than $7,000 to help our animals in need. We won this money last year and we know we can do it again with your help. Please vote once per day and ask your family and friends to do the same.





PawCasso is a dog-friendly, unique and exciting live art auction event benefiting Homeward Trails Animal Rescue. Held at the scenic Washington Reagan National Airport’s Historical Terminal A, this elegant event will feature the original artwork from a variety of well known local artists from around the D.C. area in a live auction. In addition to the live art auction, there will also be a wine pull of over 50 wines and an upscale silent auction featuring more than 100 donations including massage certificates, vacation packages, restaurant certificates, yoga classes, travel and much more. The evening will host approximately 250 animal and art lovers and their favorite four legged friends, enjoying food, drinks and live music as well.  Yes, dogs are welcome at PawCasso!

For more information visit the PawCasso website.

Saturday, November 4, 2017
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Historic Terminal A

Enjoy a relaxing yoga session surrounded by puppies, and feel your stresses melt away. Adoptable Homeward Trails puppies who will be running around, doing puppy things, or just sleeping during your class. Feel free to participate in the yoga class, or just spend your time playing with the puppies. Whatever you feel like. A portion of each registration will go to support Homeward Trails.

Class is lead by a licensed yoga instructor and is appropriate for beginners to advanced practitioners. Please bring your own yoga mat and blocks, as these will not be provided on site. Please be prepared for puppies to act like puppies…they bark and go potty like cute puppies do! Class will start on time, so feel free to arrive a few minutes early. Class will last 30 minutes with the final 15 minutes for you to play with the pups (45 minutes total).

Preregistration is required. All sales are final and non-refundable unless the class is canceled. You may transfer your registration to an alternative participant. All participant must sign an exercise waiver at the event.

Parking: Please park on the street and not in the Caring Hands Animal Hospital parking spots. The Caring Hands Animal Hospital spots are reserved for dog and cat patients. We are grateful to Caring Hands for allowing us to use their facility.

Please email if you have a party of 4 or more people for a discount code.

To get your tickets click here

Puppy Yoga

Caring Hands Animal Hospital,
2601-A Wilson Blvd – A
Arlington, VA 22201

December 6, 2017
6:00-6:45 PM

December 6, 2017
7:00-7:45 PM


We are happy to announce a new partnership with Happy Hounds Prison Dog Program! Their missions is to provide prison inmates with the training and tools to rehabilitate dogs with behavioral issues who are at risk of homelessness or euthanasia. Dogs accepted in the program are immersed into 8-12 weeks of intensive positive-reinforcement training where they learn basic commands and how to be excellent canine citizens! Buddy is our first dog to enter the program and we cannot be more excited! He will be available for adoption after completion of this program so if you are looking for a very well mannered boy this summer please keep Buddy in mind!

Help Homeward Trails secure critical supplies to care for our animals.  Every dollar in in-kind donations of supplies we receive means that we can spend that dollar on vet care and other important things we can’t get donated.

Please consider donating and asking your family and friends to do the same  Check out our wishlist here.

Thank you!

IMPORTANT: To help us send you a gift acknowledgement for tax deduction purposes, please include your name, email, and address when sending items through Amazon

(check the “this is a gift” box and include a personalized message).

We had so much fun at the Caps Canine Calendar photo shoot!  Homeward Trails is so excited to be chosen as the beneficiary of the calendar for the 4th year in the row. The calendar raised over $40,000 for HT last year! The 2017 calendar is now available for purchase on the Washington Capitals website.  Snag one for yourself and some great holiday gifts for your favorite hockey fans before they sell out!

Caps 4Caps 3  Caps 1Caps 2


Get Your Calendar Today!





Great news cat lovers!  We have a new weekly cat and kitten adoption event every Saturday at the Petco Unleashed in Ballston.  Every Saturday from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM you can meet fabulous felines looking for loving homes!

Cat and Kitten Adoption Event

Every Saturday!
noon – 2:00 PM
Unleashed by Petco Ballston
3902 Wilson Blvd,
Arlington, VA 22203




Thank you to everyone who attended and supported our 7th annual PawCasso Charity Art Auction!  We had a fabulous time eating, drinking, and bidding to benefit homeless animals!  The event raised over $33,000 for Homeward Trails!

A huge thank you to all our attendees, auctions donors, sponsors, artists, our musical guests TBD, Side Street Catering and the amazing team of volunteers who made this event so successful!

See all our photos (& order prints!) from PawCasso 2016!