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We salute and congratulate our amazing partner and supporter Fur-Get Me Not, who is celebrating a remarkable 16 years of business.

They opened as a part-time, one person, home based business in Arlington. Sixteen years later, the business has grown to include 140 employees in the Washington DC and Northern VA area with 3 physical locations. Fur-Get Me Not is also a regular supporter of many animal organizations in the DC area, including Homeward Trails Animal Rescue. We are so grateful for their support over their years and truly congratulate them on their many accomplishments.

In honor of their anniversary Fur-Get Me Not is celebrating customers in a variety of ways through December 16th!

– Fur-Get Me Not VIP and Premier dog walking and pet sitting clients receive a special treat (from Fur-Get Me Not’s boutique shop) within these two weeks.

– 50% off all standard dog washes

-Save 16% on all retail purchases

– Customer Appreciation Reception on Tuesday, December 13. Sweets for customers and a special treat for daycare dogs during our celebration party.

Not a Fur-Get Me Not client? You should be. Check them out at

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Great news cat lovers!  We have a new weekly cat and kitten adoption event every Saturday at the Petco Unleashed in Ballston.  Every Saturday from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM you can meet fabulous felines looking for loving homes!

Cat and Kitten Adoption Event

Every Saturday!
noon – 2:00 PM
Unleashed by Petco Ballston
3902 Wilson Blvd,
Arlington, VA 22203




Love Tex Mex, margaritas, and helping animals?  Eat and drink at Chuy’s in Fairfax on June 14, mention Homeward Trails, and a portion of the sales from your meal will be donated to Homeward Trails.  It’s that easy!

Profit sharing day at Chuy’s Fairfax
June 14, 2016
11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
11219 Lee Hwy
Fairfax, VA 22030

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Spring and summer months bring so many fun community events. Stop by and see us at one of these upcoming events and meet some our our great adoptable dogs!

Vienna Arts Society Pet Expo and Adoption Fair
Saturday, June 11
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
115 Pleasant Street NW.
Vienna, VA. 22180

Columbia Pike Blues Fest
Saturday, June 20
1:00 PM – 8:30 PM
900 S. Walter Reed Drive
Arlington, VA 22204

THANK YOU to every single person who donated during Spring2Action, our business partners who helped promote our participation, and everyone who spread the word and encouraged family and friends to donate. We are so grateful and we could not have done it without each and every one of you!

We raised almost $45,000 for our animals in one day. Hundreds of lives will be saved by your generosity.

Here’s a quick run down of prizes we won:

2nd Place Most Donors -$2,500
1st Place Free Agent Fundraiser – $5,000
8 AM Power Hour (Donors) – $500
8 AM Power Hour (Dollars) – $500
12 PM Power Hour (Donors) – $500
4 PM Power Hour (Donors) – $500
8 PM Power Hour (Donors) – $500

That’s $10,000 in prizes on top of the $33,633 we raised – truly amazing!

We will do it all again on June 2nd for our 2nd online fundraiser of the year, Do More 24…so please mark your calendars and put aside just $24 to donate on that day.

We could not do what we do without your amazing and ongoing support. The animals and humans of HT thank you!!

Thank you to our Spring2Action Partners!

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Have fun and help homeless animals at the same time!

Drink and dine lakeside with (or without) your dog at Kalypso‘s Sports Tavern at Lake Anne Plaza with Homeward Trails Animal Rescue.  Yes, dogs are welcome on the outdoor patio area so grab your pooch and join the fun!

Kalypso‘s offers fantastic traditional Greek and American fare, and the best mojitos north of little Havana!  There will be drink specials all day until 7pm and food specials from 4-7pm.  Full menu is also available, and we highly recommend you try the delicious, flambeed Saganaki – Greek fried cheese.  You will LOVE it!
Tell your server you’re with Homeward Trails and 15% of your total bill will be donated to help animals in need.
Stay later for Team Trivia starting at 8pm (sorry, dogs need to go home since they’re not allowed inside.)
Come show homeless animals some love…We’ll see you there!
Kalypso’s Sports Tavern
1617 Washington Plaza N.
Reston VA 20190
Park in the Lake Anne Parking lot and walk towards the lake

Make a difference in the lives of animals this year as Homeward Trails celebrates its 14th birthday and over 20,000 lives saved to date. For as little as $10/month you can make a huge difference.

C’mon…the New Year is only days old. Why not kick it off feeling great about something that costs very little but makes a huge impact? Become a monthly donor to Homeward Trails. You can do so for as little as $10, $20, $30, $50 a month. That’s a cup of coffee or two a week….to save a life. And you can automate it so the donation comes right out of your account…you’ll never miss it. And neither will we. We won’t miss the opportunity to use your donation to save more lives.  Together we can make 2016 our best year yet! Click here and get started, and why not challenge others to do so too?

As we start the new year and gear up to bring in many new dogs looking to start their new lives, we are hoping to fill our food pantries and stock up on much needed supplies to prepare for this influx of new dogs.  We have an especially critical need right now for high quality wet and dry dog food and and flea preventive.  Can you help us get ready to welcome these new pups.

At any given time HT has more than 30-40 dogs at our Adoption Center patiently waiting for their forever homes.  As you can imagine, it takes a lot of supplies to take care of this many animals! An easy way to help animals is need is to donate the supplies necessary for us to keep these dogs happy and healthy.  We accepts donations of many different kinds of items including food, flea medication and de-wormers, martingale style collars, leashes, all sorts of cleaning supplies, often overlooked items like office supplies and ink cartridges, and gift cards for pet stores, Costco and Amazon.

Check out our always up-to-date wishlists linked below.  Amazon make it so easy for you to help our animals just click, purchase, and you can have much needed supplies shipped directly to us where so we can put them to immediate use helping so many deserving dogs.  Thank you!

Adoption Center Wishlist

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Time is ticking to make your holiday and year-end donation to Homeward Trails…a great way to say Happy Holidays to the animal lover in your life. Make a donation of any size! For a donation of $50 or more, you can sponsor a kitten or a puppy and a personalized card will be sent to the recipient…a perfect gift for that special person who already has too many gadgets in his/her life and would appreciate saving a life instead of that new pair of socks!

C’mon…save a life and make someone’s year by sponsoring a puppy or kitten. It’s so easy. Donate Here.

Be sure to include the name, address and any special note you’d like included in the card we’ll send.