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Register for Homeward Trails Virtual Trivia Night

Join us for Virtual Trivia!

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Can’t spend time with family and friends this holiday season? Stuck at home creating new holiday traditions? Just enjoy the look and smell of fresh wreaths and garlands? Treat yourself and your loved ones to beautiful wreaths, garland, and centerpieces from Lynch Creek Farm. From now until December 6, order your greenery using our special link and HT will receive a generous 15% of your purchase. Order yours today!


Shop from home in your pajamas AND save lives!

PawJammin’ is an online auction to raise much-needed funds for Homeward Trails Animal Rescue.

Thanks to generous local donors, PawJammin’ will offer more than 170 awesome items.

Whether you bid on these unique items for yourself or for holiday gifts, your purchases will literally save lives. 100% of the proceeds raised will support the Homeward Trails medical fund.

Bidding will be open from November 19  at 9:00 AM EST -.December 10  at 5:00 PM EST. All from the comfort of home/your pajamas! Mark sure calendar and be sure get those bids in!

Check out the great items and bid today!


Thank you to our 2021 PawJammin’ sponsors!

Thank you to our donors so far!
















STRUT WITH US! On October 23, Homeward Trails will participate in Best Friends Animal Society’s Strut Your Mutt, a virtual community walk and fundraiser to support rescues across the country. JOIN THE HT TEAM TODAY and help save lives! Registration is FREE and there is no fundraising minimum. When you join our team, you’ll get your own fundraising page to solicit support from fellow animal lovers, and help us reach our $15,000 goal. We hope you will join us. If strutting isn’t your thing, you can still participate. Help by spreading the word on social media, making a donation to our team, or joining our volunteer committee. Contact our team captain for more information.

Help us finish #ClearTheShelters month strong at our second Clear the Shelters Open House on Tuesday, September 14 from 6-8 PM. We’ll have discount adoptions for dogs and and cats (special discounts available during this event only), tours, and information on fostering and volunteering with Homeward Trails.
See you there!
Tuesday, September 14
6-8 PM
Homeward Trails Adoption Center
11116 Fairfax Station Rd
Fairfax Station, VA 22039
Chili Bingo 2021 – Saturday 10.9.21

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It’s time to prepare for our second annual Chili Bingo fundraiser! The awesome fun happens October 9th and there are lots of ways YOU can help! Volunteer! Donate supplies, prizes, auction items, or baked goods! Spread the word!

Volunteer      Donate      Tickets


Chili Bingo
Saturday, October 9, 2021
6-9 PM
Lyon Park Community Center
414 N. Fillmore St.
Arlington, VA 22201

Space is limited and we expect a sell-out crowd so get your tickets today if you are planning to attend!
Tell your friends and family too!



Friday 10/8 or Saturday 10/9

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Feel free to sign up for more than one shift. Saturday evening volunteers will get a chance to eat & bid in the silent auction too. PLEASE HELP US PACK & CLEAN EVERYTHING UP AT THE END IF YOU CAN! We should be done between 10-11pm.

GENERAL SET-UP FRI 2-8:30pm, SAT 2-5:30pm

Cart in supplies & set up tables & chairs. Help set up prize display, registration table, silent auction, drink station, bingo supplies, decorations, etc. Set up & test/troubleshoot AV equipment. 

FOOD PREP FRI 2-8:30pm, SAT 2-5:30pm, SAT 5-9pm

Help with cooking chili & cornbread, preparing salad, and setting up & replenishing the food buffet. Wash pots & pans, clean up kitchen, etc.


Charismatic volunteers needed to take turns calling the bingo games. Instructions & some suggested scripting will be provided in advance.


Check in guests, sell bingo cards & raffle tickets, help guests with silent auction check-out, etc. Smart phone or tablet required.


Misc. tasks. Verify winning bingo cards, spot clean, collect trash, communicate guest comments/requests to Rebecca, spin the bingo ball dispenser, fill in for other volunteers’ breaks, restock dessert table, encourage guests to spend $, etc.


(Must be 21+) Keep drinks table clean & stocked, take cash & drink tickets, open & serve wine & beer.


Help clean up, pack up supplies & cart them out to the van, put tables & chairs away, take trash out, etc.


Email with volunteering questions. Thank you!!



There are several other ways you can help make this event a success. Let us know if you can donate any of the following!


Do you have an item of gift card you can donate? Do you have connections to a business or artisan who would donate goods or services? Do you love to shop and want to find & donate something? Let us know!


Can you provide any nice, unique, useful, useless, luxurious, wacky, tacky, small, decorative, functional, coveted, &/or fun items or small gift cards to donate for bingo prizes? Are you willing to buy a few prizes to donate? We will need prizes mostly for adults as well as some for children. Value $5 and up.


Can you help cover the cost of food & party supplies? We’d love grocery store, Costco, or party store gift cards. We will also happily accept unexpired non-perishable goods (beans, oil, spices, canned peeled tomatoes, corn, hot sauce, Fritos, crackers, cornmeal, flour, sugar, salad dressing, soda, water), and perishables (TVP, milk, butter, onions, peppers, salad ingredients, shredded cheese). The more we can get donated, the more money we will have for the animals!


Calling all bakers! You can get involved by donating your delicious baked goods for our dessert table. Can you help us provide a nice variety of yummy desserts by baking cookies, brownies, cupcakes, etc.?


We will need lots of delicious cornbread! Can you make and bring some?


Email with donation questions. Thank you!!


Thank you so much for your help! We look forward to another great event!

Come meet some of our amazing adoptable dogs at Burke Centre Conservancy on Saturday, July 31 from 10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

The event will be held outdoors but MASKS WILL BE REQUIRED.

Join us at this beautiful setting with lots of green grass and large oak trees for shade. Our dogs are so excited to meet you!

Burke Centre Conservancy Adoption Event
Saturday, July 31, 2021
10 AM – noon
6060 Burke Centre Parkway
Burke, VA 22015

The driveway to the Conservancy is at the traffic light at Coffer Woods Road.  The Knollwood Community Church is right across the street from the Conservancy driveway.

We hope to see you on Saturday!


Shop ONEHOPE Wine and support Homeward Trails! From June 2-24, 10% of your purchase will be donated. Just be sure to use our special link to place your order. If you’d like to join the conversation, ask questions and get recommendations, join our public Facebook Group.
Based in Napa, California, ONEHOPE’s award-winning wines are made by some of the most acclaimed winemakers in the industry. Their commitment to high-quality wine is as important as their commitment to the causes they support. Through the sale of every bottle, ONEHOPE has donated $6 million+ to causes around the world.

Order Your Wine Today!



Mark you calendars and set aside just $5 to Spring2ACTion for the animals on April 28th!
Spring2ACTion is an annual 24-hour online fundraising event presented by ACT for Alexandria. Last year, 335 donors raised over $27,000 for Homeward Trails!
The minimum donation is just $5, so we are hopeful that we will have even more donors step up this year. By participating, you can help us qualify for additional prizes, which means more lives saved! To make a donation on April 28, please visit:
This year, Spring2ACTion donations will benefit our medical fund. In 2020, we spent over $500,000 on medical costs. Yes, saving animals is expensive! Our medical fund covers preventative care such as vaccines, dentals and microchipping, but also covers spay/neuter, worming, emergency procedures, heartworm treatment, broken bones, surgery, diagnostics, and so much more.
You’re invited to support Homeward Trails by making a personal donation on April 28 (to donate, please visit:, but we have additional opportunities if you’d like to make a greater impact. Read on to find out how you can help!
* Join us as a FUNDRAISING CHAMPION: Rally around Homeward Trails by fundraising on our behalf on April 28. You will get your own fundraising page to share with your personal network (via social media, email or text) to expand the reach of our cause and bring in new donors. Your fundraising total goes towards our overall goal. We will provide the tools and sample language. This is a great opportunity for an individual or a small business. Champions who raise $500 or more will receive a personalized Homeward Trails hat as a thank you!
To sign up: Please e-mail and indicate your interest in becoming a fundraising champion. We will send you an invitation to join us. Or you may go to: and click the green FUNDRAISE button; then follow the instructions for setting up your page.
* OFFER A MATCHING GIFT OR CHALLENGE GIFT: If you would like your donation to have a greater impact, please consider offering a dollar for dollar match or challenge gift. Your gift can remain anonymous or be promoted like a sponsorship and featured on the Homeward Trails profile page and the Spring2ACTion website.
Minimum gift amount: $250
To sign up: please e-mail with the name of the donor (or anonymous if you wish), and the amount of your gift. We will be in touch to take care of the rest!
* Join us as a SOCIAL MEDIA AMBASSADOR: Rally around Homeward Trails by sharing our Spring2ACTion social media posts with your own personal network, posting the contests throughout the day and inviting your friends to join our mission. Most of this work will take place on April 28 when we have the opportunity to win bonus prizes through various fundraising contests run by ACT. You should plan to be available throughout the day and willing to post frequently to help us win the hourly contests. Ambassadors will receive a Homeward Trails car magnet as a thank you!
To sign up: Please e-mail and indicate your interest in becoming a Social Media Ambassador. We will send you sample language, the list of hourly contests, and images to use in your posts.
* Join us as a PROMOTIONAL SPONSOR: This is intended for a company or business that has an email list and/or active social media following. You will post about Spring2ACTion on your social media pages and send promotional emails to your contacts to encourage them to support Homeward Trails on April 28. You will be featured as a promotional sponsor on our social media pages and thanked throughout the day. We will provide templates and sample language. To join as a promotional sponsor, please e-mail and we will be in touch.
To sign up to help in any of the ways described, please contact us by Monday, April 26 so we can provide you with all of the important details and templates!
Let’s Spring2ACTion for the animals!