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Throughout the month of August adoption fees for select cats are just $9!  Homeward Trails is thrilled to join Best Friends Animal Society for this nationwide $9 Lives for $9 adoption promotion from August 1-31. With so many kitties in shelters facing uncertain futures set’s make August a record month for cat adoptions so we can help more fabulous felines get safely into rescue.

Like us on Facebook and check our page throughout the month for featured cats.

9 Lives for $9 Flyer Final

Midway rides, games, exhibits, funnel cakes and adoptable pups await you at the Arlington County Fair  August 5th-9th.  Be sure to stop by the Homeward Trails booth on Saturday, August 8 from 10 AM – 1 PM and Sunday, August 9 from 11 AM – 2 PM to learn about HT, volunteering, fostering and to meet some wonderful dogs for adoption.  We will be located outside off of 2nd Street.  We hope to see you there!

Hound Dog Day is a free community event hosted by McCandlish Lillard to raise awareness and funds for local dog charitable organizations. The event originated as an annual celebration occurring around August 2 that was devised by a former principal of McCandlish Lillard, Jesse B. Wilson, as a summertime counterpart to Groundhog Day. The “legend” involves a Hound Dog’s decision to walk across the front porch with or without stopping for a drink of his water bowl. If the dog stops, summer will continue for six weeks. If not, fall will come early.

This is the first year that McCandlish Lillard is celebrating the “firm holiday” by hosting a free community event benefiting dog rescue leagues. Our team has planned a day full of family and furry fun at Lake Fairfax Park. We invite you to share the day with us at our FREE community event in support of local dog rescue leagues! Bring your pup and play for the day!

Proceeds from the event will benefit Homeward Trails, The Shiloh Project, Friends of Homeless Animals and Mutt Love Rescue. We hope to see you there!

Hound Dog Day
Saturday, August 1 1:30-5:30 PM
Lake Fairfax Park
1400 Lake Fairfax Rd.
Reston, VA 20190

Our wonderful friends at Fur-get Me Not are hosting a charity dog wash to help raise money for Homeward Trails.  Just bring your stinky pup and our volunteers will get him all cleaned up a smelling great.  Doggy Style Bakery will also have treat bags for the first 30 people who support the charity wash.

Saturday, June 20, from 9am-Noon

Fur-Get Me Not Dog Wash
1722 Florida Ave, NW
Wasington DC 20009

Cost: $20

The ‪‎Do More‬ 24 results are in and it was once again a great day for the animals of Homeward Trails! We raised $28,275 and won a number of prizes. Here’s how we did:

we won the Most Donors grand prize of $7,500
we won the 6 AM prize of $1,500
we won the 8 AM prize of $1,000
we won the Lunch Break prize of $1,000
we won the 4-6 PM prize of $1,500 and
we won the Prime Time prize of $1,000
That is a total $13,500 in additional prize money for a total of $41,775 raised. That is a lot of lives saved!

This is truly an amazing accomplishment in just 24 hours and we cannot thank you all enough for your always generous support. We could not have done it without each of you – whether you donated, asked family and friends to donate, posted a selfie, or cheered us on throughout the day we are so grateful for your help. We love our HT family!

And a huge thank you to our Do More 24 Sponsors! Segue Technologies, Inc. , Urban Pace, Fur-Get Me Not, PetMAC – Lake Anne, PetMAC DC and Jamie Nicholas Printing & Graphics!

Thank you to our Do More 24 Sponsors!
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You can now meet great cats for adoption at our very own Kitty City every Saturday from 11-3 PM. These new weekend hours will allow the public to see many cats for adoption and will help us place more cats in more homes more quickly.

Come see us!

Saturdays 12-3 PM
Kitty City (located inside Dog Paws ‘n Cat Claws)
5818 Seminary Rd., Suite C
Falls Church, VA 22041

Valentine’s Day is only a few weeks away and we are thrilled to offer you this opportunity to say I LOVE YOU to the animal lover in your life! With a donation of $50 or more, your Valentine will receive a pair of custom made kitty or doggy earrings and a hand written card with a personalized note from you.

Donate now to receive this gift by February 14th….we can mail it directly to your Valentine or to you! What better way to say I LOVE YOU than saving a life…and the gift of custom made jewelry?

Get yours today!

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 We are so honored to have been selected by the Washington Capitals as the beneficiaries of the Caps Canine Calendar for the second year in a row.  Our staff, volunteers and pups had a blast at the calendar photo shoot on October 17.  Here are some links to some of the media coverage of that day.  The calendar will be available for purchase in early December.

See the video on NBC 4 Washington

USA Today

Sports Illustrated


Monumental Network



Join the Washington Wine Academy, Homeward Trails Animal Rescue, and the Crystal City BID for DC’s only dog-friendly, outdoor beer festival this Sunday, September 21 from 2:00-6:00 PM.

Dog lovers and beer lovers alike come join us for our third annual Pups & Pilsners!  As every loving dog owner knows, our pets need to be active and sniff the fresh air (and every bush within a three-mile radius). Our pups love it, we love it, so why not make a celebration out of our mutual desire to get out of the house? Come to Crystal City on Sunday September 21, 2014 from 2 PM to 6 PM to sample craft beers (humans only!) and other delicious refreshments for both you and your pup companions.

Sponsored by the Washington Wine Academy and Homeward Trails, our pup-friendly beer garden will also have local food offerings selling tasty snacks for you to pair with your beers. The event will feature local animal rescue groups with many great dogs available for adoption as well as local pet-related businesses offering unique wares and services for your pampered pets! So if life has been a bit ruff lately, join us for a relaxing, playful, doggone good time!

Register online and get guaranteed admission.  Walk up sales for $20 cash or credit based on availability.  We have limited space so we suggest you buy in advance to ensure you are able to attend.

Each attendee will get six tasting tickets to sample (2 oz samples) of beers.  Additional tickets ($1.50)  and full beer tokens ($5.00) will be available for sale at the event as well.

Beer List for 2014: *

  • Devil’s Backbone Pumpkin Hunter
  • Devil’s Backbone Vienna Lager
  • Devil’s Backbone 8 Point IPA
  • Dominion Oktoberfest
  • Dominion Oak Barrel Stout
  • Flying Dog Dead Rise
  • Flying Dog Old Scratch Amber Lager
  • Fort Collins Chocolate Stout
  • Goose Island 312
  • Goose Island Honker’s Ale
  • Laughing Dog Huckleberry Cream
  • Laughing Dog IPA
  • Port City Oktoberfest

And, the Crystal City Wine Shops will have a tent serving Staff Favorites such as:

  • Bold Rock Cider
  • Stella Artois
  • and a selection of Belgian Beers

We will also have a selection of wines available at the Crystal City Wine Shop Tent as well.

*Note: Subject to change based on availability. And, supply may be limited later in the event due to demand.

Located  at 1405 Crystal Drive on the Crystal Drive Northern Green, located just south of Long Bridge Park in Crystal City. We’ll be out there rain or shine!

Purchase Tickets HERE.  Please note there is a $2.50 per person ticket processing charge for credit card use.


Dine at Malek’s Pizza Palace in Springfield, VA between 4-9 PM on Wednesday, August 27, bring this flyer and mention that you are there to support Homeward Trails and we will receive a portion of the sales.  Just dine in, carry out, order delivery or catering on August 27 and help animals in need – it’s a easy as pizza pie!Malek's pizza