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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!

Join us on Saturday, December 16 for a very special cat adoption event and fundraiser at Lilly Pulitzer Arlington. We will have adoptable cats and kittens from noon until 2 PM and from noon 4 PM 10% of the store sales will be donated to Homeward Trails. It a great time to stock up on holiday gifts for all the Lilly lovers in your life and to adopt a new furry feline friend in time for the holidays.

Saturday, December 16
Lilly Pulitzer Arlington
2871 Clarendon Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22201
Shop to support Homeward Trails 12:00 – 4:00 PM
Cat and kitten adoptions 12:00 – 2:00 PM




Resolved to get more involved in the new year? Do you love dogs? Have you always wanted to get hands on experience volunteering at an animal shelter? Join us for our next volunteer orientation at the Homeward Trails Adoption Center located in Fairfax Station, VA and learn more about our unique dog shelter and how you can help. Please note that volunteers must be 18 years of and older.

Our next orientation will be held on Saturday, February 3, 2018 from 4:30-6:00 PM.  Space is limited so please RSVP to



The Washington Capitals and Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation are teaming up to raise money for Homeward Trails Animal Rescue. The 2018 Caps Canine Calendar are now available for sale online, at the Team Store and merchandise stands at Capital One Arena during Caps home games and at the Team Store at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.

This calendar features photos of Capitals players Jay Beagle, John Carlson, Taylor Chorney, Brett Connolly, Lars Eller, Matt Niskanen, Brooks Orpik, T.J. Oshie and Alex Ovechkin with their dogs and Nicklas Backstrom, Madison Bowey, Alex Chiasson, Christian Djoos, Tyler Graovac, Philipp Grubauer, Braden Holtby, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Aaron Ness, Dmitry Orlov, Devante Smith-Pelly, Jakub Vrana, Nathan Walker and Tom Wilson with dogs from Homeward Trails Animal Rescue. There are a limited number of 2018 Caps Canine Calendars available and each will cost $20 with all proceeds benefiting Homeward Trails. MSE Foundation and the Capitals have raised nearly $282,000 for Homeward Trails through the sale of Caps Canine Calendars since 2014.

Stay tuned to see how much money the 2018 calendar raised!


We have the perfect opportunity for you to take home a new best friend in time for the holidays! Thanks to the generous support of Zappos in partnership with the North Shore Animal League of America  adoption fees on all cats and kittens and all dogs over 5 months of age will be waived on November 25 and 26 during our Home for the Pawlidayz promotion  We will have many wonderful cats and dogs waiting to meet you!

You can meet cats and dogs at the following locations

Saturday, November 25

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

Petco Unleased Falls Church (Dogs)
12 PM – 2 PM
7395 Lee Highway, Suite E
Falls Church, VA 22042

PetCo Unleashed Ballston (Cats)
12 PM – 2 PM
3902 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22203

PetValu Rockville (Cats)
12 PM – 2 PM
14933 Shady Grove R, Suite J
Rockville, MD 20850

Sunday, November 26

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

PetValu Fairfax (Dogs)
12 PM – 2 PM
3069 Nutley St SW
Fairfax, VA 22031

View Our Adoptable Animals Here

View Adoptable Cats

View Adoptable Dogs

*Please note that adoption fees will be waived for adoptions finalized November 25 and 26 only.  We expect our events to be very busy during Home for the Pawlidayz weekend, you can expedite the adoption process by bringing your current pets’ vet records, a copy of your lease or landlord letter stating you are permitted to have pets, and photos of your home. Animals are adopted on a first come, best fit basis.

A huge thank you to everyone who donated and shared, and to our wonderful business partners for helping make Giving Tuesday a huge success. You help us raise over $43,000 to help animals in need.  Thank you!


Thank you to our Giving Tuesday Sponsors:


Come out to Pet Valu in Rockville (14933 Shady Grove Road) on Saturdays, from Noon – 2 pm to meet and adopt adorable cats kittens.

Please, please spread the word and come meet many fabulous felines! We so want to get these cuties placed so that we can rescue more.



We are thrilled to be participating in Pit Bull Appreciation Day DC and showing off some of our fabulous adoptable pit bull types including our recent Hurricane Harvey Rescues.

Come out and enjoy a fun-filled day for pit bull lovers and adopt one of our amazing dogs.  Adoption fees for Homeward Trails dogs attending will be waived thanks to a generous grant from Lagunitas Brewing Company.


Thank you!





The Spooky Paws Stroll benefits Doorways for Women and Families and Homeward Trails Animal Rescue. The event also raises awareness of the impact of domestic violence and homelessness on both humans and pets.


Saturday, October 28, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
The Loop at Market Common Clarendon
2700 Clarendon Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22201



This family- and dog-friendly event benefits Doorways for Women and Families and Homeward Trails Animal Rescue. Dogs walk for free, but you do not have to have a dog to participate! Past event highlights have included the following:

  • Trick-or-treating at local businesses
  • Doggy costume contest
  • Goodie bags for all participants
  • Fun prizes
  • Agility course provided by Frolick Dog and more!

Click Here to Register Today!

NEW this year—Can’t attend the dog walk, but still want to join in the fun? Participate in our online pet costume contest! Submit a photo of your pet and invite your friends to vote. Learn more and enter your pet now at







Come join us and some adoptable pups on August 5 for a day of dogs and wine!  The Winery at La Grange  will be celebrating a new release wine with a portion of the bottle sales going to Homeward Trails Animal Rescue!

This is a great opportunity for a fun HT alumni reunion so bring those adopted pups and meet other awesome HT adopters!

Bring your four legged friends (on a leash!) or find a new friend that day! Live music from Pete Baker 2-6pm and Cafe Havana Food Truck will be there all day! There will be fun activities for your pups as well!

Dog Day at Winery at La Grange
Saturday, August 5
12 PM – 8 PM
4970 Antioch Rd.
Haymarket, VA 20169