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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.


Join as along with our friends at La Tagliatella Clarendon for a fun and festive Santa photo fundraiser this Saturday.  For $10 you get a photo of your pup with Santa and delicious food samples.  There will also sangria available on the patio for $1.  All proceeds benefit Homeward Trails.

 Saturday, December 14

2-4 PM

La Tagliatella

2950 Clarendon Blvd.

Arlington, VA 22210


BarkBox fundraiser – this weekend only! From Thanksgiving until Monday, get a double discount when you use our code HOMNBBX1 on Our code is good for $10 off any subscription of monthly goodies – the perfect holiday gift for your dog! For every subscription ordered, Homeward Trails will score a $15 donation. AND if we get the most redemptions, we’ll get an extra $500. Grab your pup a great deal on all the coolest toys, treats and goodies, while supporting Homeward Trails!

BarkBox is a New York City based dog-lovin’ company that sends high quality dog products to your pup every month. Each box is full of 4-6 goodies like bones, bully sticks, toys, treats, gadgets, shampoos, hygiene products, and more.

Our newest monthly adoption event will take place on the first Sunday of each month from noon-2 PM at the recently opened Petco Unleashed in Pentagon City.  Come out and see us at this great new venue.


Springfield United Methodist Church Helping Hands Ministry hosts 4th through 6th graders from all over Northern Virginia to participate in a two day mission event. Several of the children chose to help out at Homeward Trails Kitty City.  They thought it would be a wonderful opportunity for them to learn about serving others while using their gifts and talents.

The children learned about animal rescue, the importance of spaying/neutering pets and what they could do in their own communities to help.  They made catnip toys, cozy cat beds and beautiful note cards as well as helped assemble folders for adoptions. They enjoyed meeting all the Kitty City cats and gave them loads of love and attention (which was greatly appreciated!).  They got an extra surprise — they were able to socialize a group of puppies, too!


Homeward Trails would like to recognize the very special efforts of Darrell Reynard.  Following the success of the Do More 24 campaign, Darrell challenged Homeward Trails to take the momentum into the weekend.  Darrell was kind enough to match any donations that came in during that weekend up to $5,000.  Thanks to all of you, Darrell was able to match your assorted donations of $4,500 making a grand total of $9,000 for the animals!

Darrell has been a friend of  Homeward Trails since he adopted his best friend Jack in 2007.


Homeward Trails would like to extend a special thank you to Your Dog’s Best Friends Positive Play Care.  They hosted last Thursday’s “First Thursday” event in Del Ray.  They created a lovely “Rescue Row” for all of the rescue groups in attendance with tables, chairs, water bowls and a wonderful banner.  The owner, Paul Haire, was generous enough to make a donation to Homeward Trails of $100.

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