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Fido Group initiative partners skateboarders with animal rescue

We are very excited to announce the re-naming of our pet adoption facility located at 11116 Fairfax Station Road, Fairfax Station, Virginia 22039.

Manny Law, the new namesake of the facility, was a skateboarder from Falls Church who unexpectedly passed away at the age of 24 on January 5, 2015, as a result of congenital heart failure.

At the time of his passing, Manny was a student at Northern Virginia Community College where he was completing a degree in architectural landscaping. As an avid environmentalist, Manny had planned to apply his knowledge to the protection of the environment and the maintenance of habitats for wildlife. Manny’s passion for skateboarding, coupled with his personal warmth, his genuine care and concern for others, and his natural charm and charisma, allowed him to build strong and lasting friendships throughout the DC metro area and beyond. Manny was survived by many of his family, friends, and two dogs, Gremlin and Yesca.

The re-naming of the adoption center was commissioned by Fido Group, a skateboarder-owned dog walking company in Upper NW DC whose owner, Chris Bota, was friends with Manny. Aside from providing in-home pet care services to 120 Upper NW DC families and their dogs, Fido Group holds valuable corporate partnerships with animal welfare organizations like Homeward Trails to directly impact the state of animal welfare at the ground level and pay it forward to the rescued cats and dogs Fido Group serves. With the re-naming of the facility, Chris has become more active in the organization and has been tasked with the role of Director of Business Development at the Manny Law Adoption Center.

The broader scope of the Manny Law Adoption Center initiative is to provide skateboarders with:

  • Avenues to make an impact on animals in their community
  • Opportunities to garner hands-on, career-building experience with animals
  • A therapeutic outlet to combat mental health issues

Chris leveraged his business to generate resources and awareness about the new Manny Law Adoption Center through something Manny loved: a skateboard.

Fido Group produced a limited supply of Manny Law Adoption Center skateboards and partnered with Crushed Skate Shop in Washington DC to make the boards available for purchase both domestically and internationally.

One hundred percent of the net proceeds from each Manny Law Adoption Center skateboard sale directly benefit homeless cats and dogs at Homeward Trails in Manny’s honor.

To purchase a Manny Law Adoption Center skateboard and for more information about Fido Group, please visit https://fidogroup.store

For any questions, please contact Rebecca Goodhart at rebeccag@homewardtrails.org

If you’d like to email Chris, here’s his email: chrisb@homewardtrails.org

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Made with love from California’s finest grape growing regions, One Hope wines give hope to the people and causes that matter most to you. With 10% of your purchase donated from every bottle, we are nourishing the future for generations to come.

Throughout June, 10% of sales through our special link will be donated to Homeward Trails so we can bring hope to more animals in need.

You can also join the private Facebook group for the event to learn more about the wines offered.

There is even a gift set for pet lovers!

We are so excited to be featured on TODAY with Hoda and Jenna on Monday, June 6th. Watch out segment here.

We also celebrate all the special things that our Today Show hosts and our Today Show litter love….These two and four-leggged loveables certainly bring a smile to our faces! MEET OUR STARS IN A LIGHT YOU’VE NEVER SEEN THEM BEFORE!

Hoda Kotb – The always-glamours, always-busy Mother Hen needs to escape sometimes like we all do to take time to enjoy life’s treats. GO HODA!

Carson Daly – Enjoying his Bloody Mary hangover cure. We all could use a bit of that after the occasional Saturday night, right?

Sheinelle Jones – Living her 2022 mantra “Watch what I do in 2022!” Lookin’ glam, Sheinelle!

Craig Melvin – A true southern gentleman with a self-proclaimed LOVE of grits! And his fave color – green!

Jenna Bush Hager – “Reading with Jenna”! We’d expect nothing less from our favorite bookworm!

Dylan Dryer – Enjoying her favorite “Dirty Shirley” cocktail to celebrate that summer is finally here! Mmmmmm, cocktails and puppy kibble make the perfect summer meal!

Al Roker – Never taking a break of keeping us informed & prepared for what the weather might bring! How could we ever plan a picnic without Al?

Savannah Guthrie Today Show – From the “Tonight Show” to the Plaza…Savannah is no amateur with her guitar skills! (available for adoption starting July 4th) Yes, America’s Got Talent!!!!!

Our Adoption Center is open every Saturday and Sunday from 10 AM – 4 PM. No appointment necessary!

Come see us at 11116 Fairfax Station Rd, Fairfax Station, VA 22039.

We have many wonderful dogs waiting to meet you! The adoption process is easy – here are the simple steps to adopting your new best friend:

  1. Meet dogs
  2. Fall in love
  3. Fill out an adoption questionnaire              
  4. Speak to an Adoption Counselor
  5. Vet reference check if you have current pets or pets in the recent past
  6. Landlord check if you rent your home
  7. Complete adoption paperwork
  8. Pay adoption fee
  9. Purchase any necessary pet supplies
  10. Take home your new dog!

Can’t make it on a weekend? We may also be able to offer a weekday appointment, simply fill out the application online and a member of our Adoptions team will follow up.

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Limited puppy parties are available! Weekends only between 10 AM – 7 PM

 

If you are looking for and unique way to reward your employees or celebrate a special occasion, consider hosting a puppy party!

For a donation, we will bring puppies to you for a one hour event!
  • At your home: minimum donation of $400
  • At your office: minimum donation of $500

Puppy parties are only available in the DC metro area.

 

A pizza and puppies staff appreciation event?

Cake, ice cream, and birthday puppies?

A puppy proposal?

Just need to de-stress with some puppy kisses?

The possibilities are endless!

 

 

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

1. OMG puppies! Tell me all about them… How many puppies will you bring? What kind of puppies do you have? How small are they?

Because we operate under the strictest of health/vaccine protocols to protect our puppies, we will not mix puppies from different litters unless they are fully vaccinated. Thus, we will guarantee 2 puppies for a party and will certainly bring more if we have eligible puppies at that time. Please note that we cannot confirm the number or types of puppies until a few days before your party as we have no way to predict what puppies will need rescuing and will be in our system until that time.

2. Can this puppypalooza be outside?

Please note that we permit outdoor parties only when the temperature is between 65 and 75 degrees. If the temperature is lower than 65 or higher than 75, an indoor location must be secured.

3. What do you provide for this amazing experience?

We bring the following items:

  • puppies
  • water bowls
  • enclosure
4. What do I need to provide for these darling angels?

The host must provide floor covering. Newspapers and/or puppy pads are fine.

5. Can we let the puppies eat anything? Or are their sweet, wittle, round baby bellies too sensitive?

We ask that NO FOOD OR TREATS of any kind be given to the pups during the party.

6. What are your parking needs? Are the puppies being driven by a puppy chauffeur or delivered by drone?

For all parties, a secured and free (automobile) parking spot must be made available for the volunteer. If free parking is not available, it is the responsibility of the host to cover any parking costs.

7. How is payment handled? Please tell me how to give you my money so we can get these babies here to shower with adoration!

All puppy party payments must be made via PayPal invoice. You do not need a PayPal account to pay. You will receive an e-mail and invoice shortly after reserving the date of your party.

8. Can you provide insurance? (Who knew puppy party insurance was a thing? That’s so neat! We want some of that!)

If a certificate of insurance is required at your location there is an additional cost of $102.25. COIs must be requested and paid for no later than 5 business days before your event.

9. COVID, ew. How do we stay safe? 

The volunteer bringing the puppies to your event will be fully vaccinated and masked for the duration of the party.

10. This sounds like the best thing ever!! How do I book?!

To schedule your puppy party, e-mail puppyparty@homewardtrails.org with the following info:

  • Date
  • Time (one hour limit between 10 AM – 7 PM)
  • Full address
  • Party contact name
  • Party contact email and phone
  • Type of party (kids, adults, etc.)

 

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The results of the 2022 Up Close & PAWSonal Photo Contest are in!

🎉Thanks to our 61 contestants and 239 donors, we raised $9,865 for the Homeward Trails Medical Fund!

And now to congratulate our winners…

🏆🐶 1st Place Overall

$1,800 raised

DAISY

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🥇🐱 1st Place Cats

$643 raised

BEBOP & MIMI

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BEBOP (right) & MIMI (left), Norgen (center), not from HT 

🥈🐶 2nd Place Dog

$590 raised

RICO

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🥈🐱 2nd Place Cat

$360 raised

YANG

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🥉🐶 3rd Place Dog

$353 raised

MIA

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🥉🐱 3rd Place Cat

$250 raised

CAPTAIN

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Children are the future of animal welfare and we have long been thinking of ways to get our youth more involved in Homeward Trails in a way that is safe, fun, and educational. We have run a very popular and successful summer camp for the last 7 years and want to be able to increase the number of youth served and spread their impact throughout the year.

Each program will run one Friday evening a month in person at the Homeward Trails Adoption Center located in Fairfax Station, VA.

Pet Pals Parents Night Out

Children Ages 6-12

Cost: $40 per session

Next Session: June 24

6:00 PM – 9:30 PM

8 spaces available

Parents and caregivers can enjoy a few hours to themselves while the kids have a great time hanging out at the Adoption Center.

Pet Pals Parents Night Out is mix of humane education and fun for our youngest animal lovers. Each monthly session will follow a theme and feature a short lesson, a project to help the animals, a craft to take home, a movie (maybe with a furry friend), pizza and drinks.

Sign up below!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F084EA8AE2DA5F49-petpals

Homer’s Shelter Helpers

Youth ages 13-17

Cost: $25 per session

Next Session: June 17

6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

10 spaces available

Geared toward our middle and high school age animal advocates the Homer’s Shelter Helpers program is based around community service with a side of fun. We will start each session with dinner and a discussion topic to help youth learn more about understanding animals, shelter operations, and animal advocacy. We will then dive into volunteering around the shelter – sorting donations, cleaning, organizing supplies, making enrichment toys, or caring for our kitties. Youth can earn 2.5 community service hours per session.

Sign up below!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F084EA8AE2DA5F49-homers

The wait is over…our brand new Homeward Trails Shop is open! Thank you to Athletes Mark for making this happen!

Items will be made to order right here in Virginia, and many are customizable. Our shop will continue to evolve, with new designs added each month – so be sure to bookmark it and check back periodically!

SHOP TODAY!

We are thrilled to announce our “Express Trail Home” events featuring free and reduced adoption fees on select cats and dogs the last Saturday of every month.

View adoptable cats

View adoptable dogs

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Why become an HT Member?

Each year Homeward Trails rescues thousands of animals from euthanasia and homelessness. By becoming an HT Member you allow us to save more lives. Membership dollars are donations we can count on each month, allowing us to pave the trail home for more animals throughout the year. As an HT Member in addition to knowing you are saving lives, you will also receive great member benefits along the way! 

YES! I want to help support Homeward Trails rescue homeless animals, and help animals through public awareness, advocacy, and humane education projects with a one year Membership. Become an Individual Member with a one-time donation or support a cat, dog, or whole family with a recurring monthly donation.

Click here for details!