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

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 or fill out the form below this list of duties. If you do not get a personal confirmation from Laura, please email 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

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

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

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

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.


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

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

Outgoing, dog-friendly volunteers needed to assist with guests’ photo opportunities at entrance.

Purchase Check Out

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 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?


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?


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?








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!

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.



Clear the shelters












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.


Homeward Trails participated in Spring2ACTion, Alexandria’s day of giving, on April 25. During this 24 hour fundraising drive we received over $21,000 in donations to change the lives of homeless, abused, abandoned and neglected animals! Thanks to your amazing support we can save so many more lives!
In addition to raising over $19,000 we received a $500 prize for having the most donors between 6-8 AM and a $1,000 prize for coming in third for most overall donors.

A huge, heartfelt thank you to everyone who donated and shared, those who cheered us on throughout the day, and our Spring2ACTion Ambassadors and Partners!

Thank you to our Spring2Action Partners!

Valentine’s Day is coming up and nothing says, “I love you” or “Hey, you’re a great boss/roommate/pet sitter” like the purrs of a kitty or the sloppy kisses of a pooch. This year don’t give flowers and chocolates, send a personalized PAWS for Love card to that special someone!

For a $75 donation to Homeward Trails, we will send a personalized PAWS for Love card featuring your choice of dog or cat, letting your special someone know that a gift in their honor has helped save a life. You can even write a personal note to your loved one that will be included in the card! All cards will be mailed just prior to February 14th, ensuring this special surprise arrives as close as possible to Valentine’s Day.

All donations must be made by February 9, 2018. Follow the simple instructions HERE!


Homeward Trails is thrilled to be joining North Shore Animal League America, and more than 100 shelter partners across the country, to celebrate Hallmark Channel’s Kitten Bowl V game with a Kitten Bowl Party event. The highlight is finding homes for adoptable cats and kittens as well as dogs and puppies. Come join the party at one of our events on Sunday, February 4, 2018.  We’ll have awesome adoptable dogs and cats, game day snacks, and giveaways, and two lucky adopters will get their adoption fees waived!

Kitten Bowl is the greatest feline football showdown in cable television history and has resulted in over 1,800 adoptions nationwide over the past three years. The competition will be hosted by North Shore Animal League America’s Volunteer, Foster mom and National Spokesperson, Beth Stern, who will be joined by Peabody Award-winning reporter, Mary Carillo, the voice of the New York Yankees John Sterling, and four-time Pro Bowl quarterback and Feline Football League Commissioner (FFL) Boomer Esiason to capture every adorable moment of fleet-footed, fur-flying kitten play-off. Kitten Bowl V will premiere Su-PURR Bowl Sunday, February 4, 2018 (12 p.m. ET/PT) on the Hallmark Channel.

All of the players in the actual Kitten Bowl competition have found loving homes through Hallmark Channel’s partnership with North Shore Animal League America – the world’s largest no-kill, rescue, and animal adoption organization. However, we have plenty of fabulous felines and canines waiting to find their new, loving homes. Stop by one one of our events and take home your team’s MVP.

Please note that cats and dogs will attend different events as listed below

Kitten Bowl Party and Cat Adoption Event (Cats Only)
Sunday, February 4
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
14933 Shady Grove Rd., Suite J
Rockville, MD 20850

Kitten Bowl Party and Dog Adoption Event (Dogs Only)
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Homeward Trail Adoption Center
11116 Fairfax Station Rd.
Fairfax Station, VA 22039

Kitten Bowl Image 


Finish your holiday shopping for all your two and four-legged family members at the Last Chance Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, December 16. Homeward Trails will be on hand selling Christmas goodies for your favorite felines and some fabulous baked goods. Be sure to stop by to shop and say hi!


Twas the 16th  (or 17th) of December and all through the house,

Adoption Fees were waived for 10 dogs but no mouse,

Their leashes were hung by the exit with care,

In the hopes their new adopters soon would be there,

The dogs were all nestled all snug in their beds,

While visions of new homes danced in their heads,

You can finish this carol with a happy ending for our our ten remaining 12 Dogs of Christmas who will be available this weekend at the Homeward Trails Adoption Center between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday.  We are located at 11116 Fairfax Station Road in Fairfax Station, VA.  The adoption fees for our featured 12 Dogs of Christmas are waived thanks to our Subaru Share the Love partners Browns Manassas Suabaru and the ASPCA. Let’s get these pups home for the holidays!