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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 6th year in the row. To date the calendar has raised more than $250,000 for Homeward Trails. The 2019 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!

Our biggest year end fundraising day is November 27 and we need your help!  Giving Tuesday allows us to finish the year saying YES and go into 2019 saving lives..
We’ve had an incredibly busy year. To date, more than 2,500 animals have been rescued. Almost 40% of these have a special need that makes them candidates for euthanasia. But with your support, we are able to give them the medical care they need to get well and find that loving home they deserve. 
Giving Tuesday is the most popular online fundraising day of the year because it urges people to think of gifts to charitable organizations after the official start of the holiday shopping season. Together hundreds of donations large and small add up to thousands of dollars for our animals!
Our goal is to raise $30,000.
Will you help us reach our goal and make 2019 our biggest year for rescuing animals? With your help, we can make it happen!

DONATE TODAY!

On December 2 bring your dog to get pictures with Santa Paws at  The Spa at Barkley Square!  For just $10 you will receive up to 10 digital files, a goodie bag for your pet and cookies and cider for the humans to enjoy.
To book your appointment please call (703) 237-3650
The $10 fee will be donated to to Homeward Trails!
Sunday, December 2, 2018
1:00-4:00 PM
The Spa at Barkley Square
105 N. Virginia Ave. #101
Falls Church, VA
Orvis and Petfinder Foundation have partnered to help match you with the dog of your dreams. When the Defender rolls into your local Orvis store, so do the pups looking for a great new home.  Homeward Trails will be participating in this nationwide event with our friends at Orvis in Clarendon on December 2. Stop by and meet our fabulous adoptable pups!
Adopt-A-Rover
December 2, 2018
1:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Orvis
2879 Clarendon Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22201

PawCasso 2018 will be held on Saturday, November 3rd, 6-10pm, at Historic Terminal A at Reagan National Airport. Details can be found at pawcassoart.org.

Volunteers are needed to help with set-up and during this fabulous event. The following is a list of duties and times needed.

The event is cocktail attire so we ask all volunteers who will help DURING the event to dress appropriately.

To volunteer, please email specialevents@homewardtrails.org or fill out the form below this list of duties. If you do not get a personal confirmation from Laura, please email specialevents@homewardtrails.org to make sure your information went through!

 

Team Leaders

Can you help by being the team leader for your group of volunteers?

This would entail receiving (or helping to develop) training materials ahead of time, meeting briefly with Laura or another HT rep the day of the event before it starts, training the rest of the volunteers in your group, and being in charge of them all night. Please consider this especially if you have been to PawCasso before!

 

Daytime Set Up – PLEASE HELP!

9am-5pm (or any part of that time)
Volunteers are needed to set up all aspects of event. This will include unpacking & setting up tablecloths, signage, decorations, displays, art, various event supplies, bar & catering supplies, silent auction items, etc.

Registration Table

4:30-8pm (5-9pm shift also available)
Volunteers are needed to staff the registration table. This includes welcoming guests with a smile, checking names against ticket/nametag list, collecting money for those paying at the door, having guests complete the bidder registration sheet, handing out bidding paddles, programs and drink wristbands, directing guests, etc. Many registration volunteers opt to also be check-out volunteers (see description lower in list, timing can overlap).

Catering Support

2-6pm, 5:30-10pm
Volunteers are needed to help with some basic food prep, but mostly bus tables, walk around and clean up, throw away plates, etc.

Art Runners

6:15-9pm
Volunteers are needed to bring art, in order, from display area to the live auction area and hold it during bidding. This will require carrying art and walking/standing for duration of duty.

Art Purchase Recorders

6:45-9:30pm
Volunteers are needed to sit at table adjacent to art auction stage to record purchaser info. This is a detailed-oriented, fast-paced position that requires volunteer to sit down the entire time.

Table Sales Reps

5:30-10:45 (or 5:30-8:15pm & 8:00-10:45pm)
Volunteers are needed to oversee various tables where items will be for sale. This will require a volunteer to sit/stand at table, provide basic info about items for sale and take money for items purchased. This could include drink tickets, raffle tickets, etc.

General Event Help

5:15-11pm
Volunteers are needed to mingle with guests, answer questions, pick up empty glasses/dishes, light clean-up as needed, refill dog water bowls, restroom cleanliness spot checks, walk around & notice things that are needed, be available for miscellaneous tasks, etc.  This will require walking around for duration of duty.

Silent Auction Monitoring

5:30-10:15pm
Volunteers are needed to check that guests are filling out bid sheets correctly, make sure items & bid sheets all remain visible & nicely displayed, answer questions & encourage bidding. At the close of the silent auction (9:30pm), circle the winners’ names & assist them with retrieving their items.

Greeters

5:30-7:15pm
Friendly volunteers are needed to stand in the airport hallway to greet and direct guests toward the event space.

Coat Check

5:45-8:15pm, 7:45-10:15pm
Volunteers are needed to staff the coat closet.

Photography & Videography

5:30-9:30pm
Skilled photographer volunteer(s) with equipment needed to take photos of guests (& their dogs) at the entrance and to get some video of the event. Post-event editing also needed.

Photographer Assistants

5:30-7:30pm
Outgoing, dog-friendly volunteers needed to assist with guests’ photo opportunities at entrance.

Purchase Check Out

8-10:15pm
Volunteers are needed to check out guests who have purchased items. This will require adding up totals for art/silent auction items purchased (cash, check and credit card). This is a detail-oriented position, and training beforehand will be required. Volunteers should have a smart phone or tablet with a data plan and will be asked to download Square’s register app.

Event Break Down – PLEASE HELP!

10pm on
LOTS of volunteers are needed to break down all aspects of event. This will require carrying items to cars, cleaning up kitchen area, loading items out of venue and general clean up.

If you can help with any PREP WORK IN THE WEEKS LEADING UP TO THE EVENT, please contact Rebecca at rebeccag@homewardtrails.org with your availability.

PawCasso Volunteer Form





Your name (required)

Your email (required)

Are you age 16 or older? (required)
16 or older15 or younger

Have you volunteered with Homeward Trails Animal Rescue before?

YesNo

Your first name or nickname (as you’d like it to appear on your nametag)

Your title for your nametag. (Default is Volunteer. Please specify if you have another title with HTAR or are a featured artist, sponsor, etc.)

Your mobile phone number

OK to text on event day?

YesNo

Time frame(s) &/or number of hours you are available to volunteer on event day (required)

Your desired duty/duties

Other duties you are willing to do if above already filled

Are you willing to be a team leader for your group of volunteers?

Any limitations, special needs, expertise, experience or other notes

Name(s) and email(s) of other volunteer(s) coming with you if not submitting their own form

Would you like more information of general volunteer needs of Homeward Trails Animal Rescue?

YesNo

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Time to clean out the attic and sort through your closets, we need your donations for the the Homeward Trails booth at the Lyon Park Community Yard Sale on Saturday, September 29 from 8 am to 2 PM!

Don’t miss this opportunity to turn your unwanted items into much needed funds for the animals of Homeward Trails.  Last year the sale raised over $1,200 to help our animals!  The sale will take place on at the Lyon Park Community Center (414 N. Fillmore St., Arlington, VA).

It is very much recommended that if you can bring your sale items directly to the Homeward Trails tables on the morning of the sale that you do so.  If you can’t do that, we will begin accepting donations at the Homeward Trails Adoption Center from September 10-28.  We can use clothes, shoes, household items, appliances, dishes, kitchenware, collectibles, children’s clothes, toys, games, small furniture, rugs, towels, tableware, holiday decorations… you-name-it, we will take it!

In addition, we will need volunteers to help unload and set up (6:30 am – 8 am), help sell items (8 am – 2 pm), and help pack up what is left after the sale (2 pm – 3:30 pm).  Many shoppers come very early so we can use lots of help in those first few hours!!  If you can help anytime from 6:30 AM – 3:30 PM, please let us know when you can be there!  We will also need a few volunteers the week prior to the event to help organize the donations dropped at the Adoption Center and load the transport van.

Please contact Rebecca at rebeccag@homewardtrails.org if you would like to help or donate!

Love beautiful jewelry and helping our furry friends? Now through August 29 you can purchase jewelry through our Keep Collective fundraiser and Homeward Trails will receive 20% of the sales.

Place your order today!

https://www.keepcollective.com/with/beckyserr?soc=ph5ny

On Saturday, August 18, Homeward Trails is joining with shelters across the county to help Clear the SheltersClear the Shelters in a nationwide initiative to connect homeless pets in need with loving families like yours!

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!

During Clear the Shelters, all our animals attending these event will have waived or reduced price adoption fees!

To see the list of animals attending our offsite adoption events that day please visit our event calendar and click on the link for the specific event to view the details.

Homeward Trails Adoption Center – Dogs
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
11116 Fairfax Station Rd.
Fairfax Station, VA 22039

***Please note that we will be very busy and dogs will get adopted very quickly. Dogs 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***

Unleashed by Petco in Ballston – Cats
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
3902 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22203)

Pet Valu in Rockville- Cats
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
14933 Shady Grove Rd, Suite J
Rockville, MD 20850

PetCo in Baileys Crossroads – Cats
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
5825 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA 22044

*Special Event to meet the store cats* Noon- 2 pm

 

Thank you to our Clear the Shelters Partners Brown’s Manassas Subaru and VCA University Veterinary Hospital.

 

 

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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!

Visit the Pawcasso website for more details and to purchase a ticket today!

 

We are days away from Do More 24 – one of HT’s BIGGEST fundraising days of the year. And we need your help!

The timing is different this year! Mark your calendar for Thursday, May 17th and Friday, May 18th. This 24-hour fundraising period begins at noon on Thursday and ends at noon on Friday.

In just 24 hours, Homeward Trails can raise $30,000 for our animals. Those funds will go a long way to change the lives of homeless, abused, abandoned and neglected animals. We also have the chance to win thousands of dollars in prize money! Think of how many more lives we can save!

All it takes is just $24. Get ready, starting this Thursday at noon. Every single donor counts, so stay tuned for more information.