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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

Clean up your pup and raise money for Homeward Trails at the Fur-Get Me Not Dog Wash on Saturday, July 19 from 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM.  Just bring your stinky pooches and Homeward Trails volunteers will get them all fresh and clean for you.  Baths are $20 and all proceeds benefit Homeward Trails.

Saturday, July 19 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Fur-Get Me Not Dog Wash

1722 Florida Ave.

Washington, DC 20009

On May 31, 2014 we held our first annual Volunteer Appreciation Pancake Breakfast to celebrate our out of this world volunteers.  Many thanks to all who attended and all our volunteers who do so much for Homeward Trails and our animals!

On May 31, 2014 we held our first annual Volunteer Appreciation Pancake Breakfast to celebrate our out of this world volunteers. Many thanks to all who attended and all our volunteers who do so much for Homeward Trails and our animals!

PawCasso 2014 will be held on Saturday, October 4th, 5-11pm, at The Washington Post Conference Center, 1150 15th St. NW Washington, DC 20071. 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. (If you can’t do the whole time, just let us know what times you can do.)

The event is cocktail attire so we ask all volunteers who will help DURING the event to dress appropriately.

Email or fill out the form below this list of duties.

Thank you so much!!!


Set Up – WE ARE IN PRETTY GOOD SHAPE HEREPaw-Casso-Logo-Final-2014

9am-4:30pm (or any part of that time)
Volunteers are needed to set up all aspects of event. This will require carrying items from cars (rolling carts available), unpacking & setting up tablecloths, wine glasses, art, various event supplies, wine & beer, catering supplies, guest goodie bags, silent auction items, etc.

Event Supply Transporters

Volunteers with spacious vehicles needed to transport some of the event supplies. Pick up Thursday 10/2 or Friday 10/3 from the Homeward Trails office in Falls Church or the Adoption Center in Fairfax Station and get to the event site Saturday morning (10/4) around 9am.

Registration Table – COVERED

4-9pm (4-7pm shift also available)
Volunteers are needed to staff the registration table. This includes taking tickets, collecting money for those paying at the door, handing out bidding paddles, having guests complete the bidder registration sheet, handing out programs, etc.  Some volunteers will need iPhone, Android or iPad to take credit cards. We will provide “square” card readers.

Food Overseers/Runners

2-5pm or 5pm-Midnight (or any part of that time)
Volunteers are needed to keep an eye on food supply, replenish food, assist the caterer, etc.


Must be 21 or older. Volunteers are needed to serve wine and beer. This will require standing behind bar, taking cash for drinks, pouring beer & wine, potentially running glasses to kitchen, etc. Possibly at least one bartender volunteer should have an iPhone, Android or iPad for credit cards. We will provide “Square” card reader.

Art Runners – COVERED

Volunteers are needed to bring art, in order, from display area to the live auction room 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 – COVERED

4:45-7:30pm &/or 9-11:30pm
Volunteers are needed to oversee various tables where items will be for sale. This will require a volunteer to sit/stand at table, provide info about items for sale and take money for items purchased. iPhone, Android or iPad needed for credit cards. We will provide “square” card readers.

General Event Help

4:15-11pm (especially need 4:15-6:30pm & 9-11pm)
Volunteers are needed to mingle with guests, answer questions, pick up empty glasses/dishes, light clean-up, 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 – COVERED

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 (10pm), circle the winners’ names & assist them with retrieving their items.

Purchase Check Out – COVERED

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. Some volunteers will need iPhone, Android or iPad for credit cards. We will provide “square” card readers.

Event Break Down – PLEASE HELP!

11pm 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.

Event Photographers – COVERED

Volunteers with good cameras and some photography skills needed to take pictures of all aspects of the event.


Volunteers needed to assist with coat check, security, and packaging of art for purchasers.


If you can help with any prep work at the office any day this week, or follow-up work next week, please contact Rebecca at with your availability.

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?


Donating to Homeward Trails is easy when you make a purchase through Amazon Smile.  Just log in through, select Homeward Trails Animal Rescue as your charity and purchase your favorite products.  Every time you make an eligible purchase we receive a percentage of the sale – it’s that easy!

Thanks to the wonderful folks at Treat Me Right for donating  a portion of every sale between January 10th and 22nd  to Homeward Trails.  We raised over $300 and received many delicious, gourmet treats donated for the dogs at the Adoption Center.