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Announcing our fun new fall event – Chili Bingo! Based on our ever popular sell-out Spaghetti Bingo event, Chili Bingo will feature a similarly entertaining evening with a new spin!

Get your tickets today and join us for a family friendly night of fun at our Chili Bingo fundraiser! Ticket prices include all you can eat chili and all the fixins', soft drinks, desserts and 6 bingo cards. Additional bingo cards, raffle tickets, and beer and wine will be available for purchase and there will be many great items on the silent auction. We do expect Chili Bingo will sell out so get your tickets today before it’s too late!

Chili Bingo

Saturday, October 5

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Lyon Park Community Center

414 N. Fillmore St.

Arlington, VA

Your Registration Info

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Children under 10


6 additional cards



Can’t Attend But Want to Help? Support Spaghetti Bingo with a Donation!

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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!

Meow Manor is our temporary housing facility for cats located in Falls Church. VA. Volunteers are needed to take care of the cats, feed them, scoop the litter and give them tons of love and attention. Volunteering is sooooo rewarding – you get to help out homeless kitties and get your kitty fix!
We have morning and evening shifts available seven days a week and volunteers sign up at their convenience. There’s no set schedule so it’s whatever works for you!
If you’re interested in learning more about volunteering please email

Looking to do something fun and rewarding on the weekend?

Why not get started as a Homeward Trails Adoption Counselor? Adoption Counselors are volunteers who are trained specifically to interact with perspective adopters at the Homeward Trails Adoption Center! You will share info on the dogs, gather info from the applicant, work with the Adoption Center staff to ensure a good match…and potentially play a key role in sending dogs into their forever homes.
We need folks NOW who are willing to commit 3 hours on a weekend…just once a month! Just 3 hours can help send more dogs home more quickly, thus allowing us to have space to rescue more. Imagine – just 3 hours of your time can save dozens of lives!
You will be trained and fully supported by the HT staff as you get acclimated to your role. It’s fun, you’ll learn a lot and you’ll literally be saving lives.
Our next Adoption Counselor training session will be held on Sunday, August 11 from 4:30-6:00 PM at the Homeward Trails Adoption Center located in Fairfax Station, VA.

Sign Up Here





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!




We currently need foster homes for dogs, puppies, cats and kittens!  Fosters are one or our greatest resources because more foster homes=more animals we can save!

The Homeward Trails foster home program is a great way to help animals in need. By providing an animal a temporary home, the foster has given that animal another chance at life that he deseserves. Homeward Trails is always on the look out for people willing to open their hearts and their homes to animals in need.  Learn more today on ways you can help Homeward Trails care for animals in need.



Homeward Trails is now on Instagram.  Follow us @homewardtrailsrescue.  You can also share your photos using #homewardtrailsrescue and #lovemyrescue.  Let’s see those happy HT pets!