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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


On behalf of Owney the Dog, the famed four-legged friend of the US Postal Service (he is on a stamp!), the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum cordially invites you to the Dog Days of Summer Family Festival. The program activities will take place throughout the museum on Saturday, July 29, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

When his original owner had to leave him behind, Owney was adopted by the owner’s colleagues at the Albany, New York post office. In 1888, he began to ride with the mailbags on trains across the state and then later throughout the entire country. It was not his assigned duty to guard mail during his travels, but historic accounts suggest he was very protective of mail bags. Owney’s dedication often lead him to acts of selfless heroism, once even staying behind with a mailbag that accidentally fell off the train.

In honor of Owney’s story, we are teaming up with local animal rescue groups and the Amtrak Police K-9 Unit. We will have demonstrations to showcase the work of K-9 dogs and other fun and hands-on activities inside the museum. In our outdoor terrace space, we are hosting an adoption fair. NPM will be partnering with rescue groups such as the Humane Rescue Alliance, City Dogs Rescue and Homeward Trails Animal Rescue. Though the majority of animals that are available for adoption will be dogs, there will be cats as well.

Come join us at the Dog Days of Summer Family Festival to get to know Owney the Dog, and understand the role animals play in our postal system to help transport and protect mail.

Adoption Fair

Owney the Dog made the Albany, New York post office his forever home, but making a post office a home isn’t for every pup. From 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, our program partners – Humane Rescue Alliance, City Dogs Rescue and Homeward Trails Animal Rescue will be set up on the museum terrace space, bringing in rescue dogs and cats who are looking for their forever homes. Some of the rescue animals are available for adoption on the same day, but others need to go through an additional process before you can take them home.  Whether you are looking to adopt or not, come visit and meet some of the furry friends who need a home. The animal you adopt at the Festival may become famous one day, just like Owney!

K-9 Demonstration with Amtrak Police

While U.S. mail is mainly moved by trucks and planes these days, there are still some courier companies using rail as a mean to transport packages.  The USPS had a contract with Amtrak to carry mail until 2004, and the Post Office benefited from the diligent work of law enforcement and K-9 units as they not only protected people on board, but also cargo and mail. Today, their main focus is protecting people, but the Amtrak K-9 Unit has been a very important part of the U.S. mail story. Sergeant Micah Jones from the Amtrak Police Department and his partner Summer, a female yellow Labrador, will demonstrate what their patrol routine looks like.  Join us for demonstrations at 11:30 am and again at 2:00 pm in the Museum Atrium.

Scavenger Hunt

Go on a scavenger hunt and receive a medal of completion after you finish your journey through the museum. Find objects that are related to unique roles animals play in the postal system and try your hand at various activities that are both fun and educational.

Make an Owney Puppet

Make your museum visit more fun by creating an Owney puppet! Let your creation follow you around, just like Owney accompanied postal clerks on their travels.

Story Corner

Join us for a special story time about Owney the Dog and other animals that help carry mail. Story time begins every half hour in the Museum Atrium.

Owney, the Mail-Pouch Pooch by Mona Kerby

Mule Train Mail by Craig Brown

Owney the Dog Mo-‘woof’-vie Theater

In our temporary Mo’woof’vie Theater, watch the true story of Owney come to “life” with beautiful animation, a fun (and historically accurate) story, and the deep grandfather baritone of Trace Adkins! Sing along to a catchy theme song, “Owney: Tales from the Rail.”

Tracking Paws: Map Owney’s Travels

Owney’s wide-spread travels left him with almost 400 tokens and tags that mark different places he visited. By looking at some of these tokens and tags, see if you can tell which cities he has traveled to, and where they are located on the map!  At this station, you can also create your tag which you can attach to your paper puppet Owney to mark his travels.

Mule Mail Challenge

We have numbers of dog related postal stories, but there are other animal that should steal your attention. In Supai, Arizona, a Mule Train delivers mail down to a small village located at the bottom of the Grand Canyon.  What do you think are the top 3 things you couldn’t live without and would want delivered if you lived at the bottom of the Grand Canyon? Delivering mail by mule may sound fun, but making it work comes with some challenges. See if you are up for the challenge by trying our agility course which simulates the Mule Train mail delivery. Compete with your friends or family members to see which one of you can deliver mail the fastest to the bottom of the canyon!

Ice Pops Give Away

Washington DC summer heat can be brutal, but we got you a little special treat for making a trip to the Family Festival on one of the hottest days of summer. We ask you to either participate in a hands-on activity in the museum (you will receive a ticket), or take a selfie with Owney and post it to your social media account to claim your free icy goodness.

Saturday, July 29
10 AM – 3 PM
National Postal Museum
2 Massachusetts Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20013-7012



Wags n’ Whiskers is a community-oriented event for animal loving shoppers of all ages to spend an afternoon at The Village at Shirlington with their pet. The event features 65+ onsite exhibitors ranging from pet services and accessories to onsite adoptions. In addition to the onsite exhibitors, Wags n’ Whiskers hosts pet photos ($5), live music, and children’s activities such as face painting, balloon art, strolling entertainment and more.  Bring your pup out for a day of fun and stop by the Homeward Trails booth to meet our wonderful adoptable dogs!

Plus, stop by Dogma Bakery on our lower level during Wags n’ Whiskers and register for a chance to win a Pet Gift Basket valued at $75.

Saturday, August 26, 2017
The Village at Shirlington
2700 S. Quincy St.
Arlington, VA 22206


We are happy to announce a new partnership with Happy Hounds Prison Dog Program! Their missions is to provide prison inmates with the training and tools to rehabilitate dogs with behavioral issues who are at risk of homelessness or euthanasia. Dogs accepted in the program are immersed into 8-12 weeks of intensive positive-reinforcement training where they learn basic commands and how to be excellent canine citizens! Buddy is our first dog to enter the program and we cannot be more excited! He will be available for adoption after completion of this program so if you are looking for a very well mannered boy this summer please keep Buddy in mind!

If you love super comfortable clothes and supporting animal rescue, we have the perfect shopping opportunity for you! From now through July 5, Lularoe consultant Tara O’Meara is hosting an online shopping party to support Homeward Trails. Simply order using the link below or though the Facebook group and we will receive a portion of the proceeds. Happy shopping!

Shop here

Join the Facebook group


Got a stinky pup? Let us get him cleaned up for you at our charity dog wash at Fur-get Me Not on June 24. Baths are $20 and all proceeds will be donated to Homeward Trails.

The first 10 people to come in will receive a free puppy or people pop from Pleasant Pops (directly across from our Dog Wash)!

Washes are first come, first serve between noon-4 pm.

We really hope to see you and your dog(s) there!

Fur-get Me Not Dog Wash
Saturday, June 24
noon – 4 PM
1722 Florida Ave, NW
Washington, DC




Don’t miss the perfect opportunity to meet some fabulous adoptable cats and kittens in the most fun environment at the first Crumbs & Whiskers  Harry Pawter themed kitten party on June 24.

It’s time to say “Happee Birthdae” to your favorite cat cafe as they celebrate their two year birthday with a Harry Pawter kitten party! The Sorting Hat will be able to tell if you are brave, loyal, intelligent, or cunning! Come Slytherin beside some Gryffinadorable kittens.

Tickets to the party include: treats and drinks provided by Olivia Macaron, a special Harry Pawter thank you item, adoptable kittens in their Hogwarts best, your own “Have you Seen This Wizard” selfie, and entry to our Crumbs and Whiskers SWAG bag giveaway!

10% of profits are being donated to Homeward Trails

Reservations are available at  5:00 PM, 6:15 PM, and 7:30 PM.  Tickets are $50.

(Please arrive 10 minutes early)

Book your spot today!

Harry Pawter Kitten Parties at Crumbs & Whiskers
Saturday, June 24
3211 O Street NW


We are very excited to announce the launch of a new donation-based promotion at The Black Dog store at National Harbor!

New to this year’s product line is the “Best Friend” tee.  This slub cotton unisex long sleeve tee features a silhouette of the Black Dog on the back filled with all the words that describe why we love dogs. The shirt also features a small front print, as well as a dated logo on the cuff.

The best part is that Homeward Trails will receive a donation of 100% of the net proceeds from the sales of the tee. We are thrilled to be the charity of choice of The Black Dog’s National Harbor store!

Pick yours up today!

The Black Dog
141 Waterfront St.
National Harbor, Maryland 20745



THANK YOU to every single person who donated during Do More 24.
THANK YOU to our business partners who helped promote our participation.
 THANK YOU to everyone who spread the word and encouraged family and friends to donate.
It was an exciting day, especially in the Top 5 category. Thanks to your efforts we won the following additional prizes:
$1,000 for Lunch Time Power Hour
$1,000 for Afternoon Delight Power Hour

$1,500 for Fourth Place Fundraiser for Small Organizations

That’s $3,500 extra dollars on top of the $34,129 we raised! In just one day we raised $37,629 for our animals! Hundreds of lives will be saved by your generosity. We could not have done it without each and every one of you!

Thank you to our Do More 24 Sponsors:













On June 4 bring your pups and join us to support and celebrate that James Hunter Dog Park in Clarendon.  Will live music, barbeque and adoptable Homeward Trails pups this event is sure to be fun for all our two and four-legged friends.

June 4, 2017
3:00 – 6:00 PM
James Hunter Dog Park
1299 N. Herndon St.
Arlington, VA 2201