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Sponsor These Shelter Animals & Bring Them to Safety

The animals featured here are some of the hundreds Homeward Trails is asked to rescue each week. Space and money are the greatest barriers to us saying yes to each request. As a supporter of HT, you can help a great deal by making a donation to offset the costs to rescue one of these animals. On average, it costs approximately $150 to rescue each dog and $100 to rescue each cat. This includes basic vet care provided by the shelters, fuel for transport, staff time, additional vaccines and housing once they arrive at HT.

We are now offering our wonderful family of HT supporters the opportunity to donate to a specific animal and help us bring him/her to safety before time runs out. Every donation will save the life of a specific animal…and any donations over the amount needed will be applied to others in need.

Please, consider a tax-deductible donation today to help these animals. They deserve a 2nd chance at life. And together, we can give them that.

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“We know we’re old, but we just never thought our person would dump us. When they loaded us up in the car we figured we were maybe going to the vet to deal with our aches and pains. But suddenly they stopped in front of some nice house in a pretty neighborhood we’d never seen before. They took us out of the car, left us on the lawn, and drove away. We watched that car for a long time…” Atlas, Arrow and Arnold were taken by the surprised lady in that house to her local shelter, and they’re now with us. They have flea dermatitis, two of them need dentals, and one has a mass that needs to be removed. If you’d like to help these poor pups in what should be their golden years, please donate. We want to fix them up and get them immediately into sweet foster homes.

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Hope and her son Forest have come so very far. When they were found months ago they were starving, disease-ridden, and parasite-infested. Worse yet, Hope had a new litter of pups tucked under a car in that abandoned lot. She was so sad, and Forest was terrified. Flash forward to today: those youngest pups are all healthy and adopted, and between them Hope and Forest have conquered  fleas, ticks, mange, ehrlichiosis, and anaplasmosis. They’ve gained weight,  they’re happily playing together, and Forest has learned to trust. The last medical hurdle is to complete their heartworm treatment. Once that’s done, they can follow the path of the earlier pups, and fly from our rescue partners in Puerto Rico here to Virginia where they’ll finally find homes. When we come across dogs in need, we help them. We don’t ask first if they have medical issues. The result is that some rescues put us in the hole, financially, which makes it harder to say yes the next time. That’s why we count on the Homeward Trails team. Can you pitch in to cover the costs of helping Hope and Forest? Thank you.

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Hello there! Please know I am not usually so bedraggled! It’s just that I got lost, was out on my own, then ended up at Fayette County shelter as a stray.  I promise I’m normally a soft, fluffy labradoodle, but I’ve lost a lot of weight, and I’ve had a reaction to those nasty fleas that’s made my fur fall out. Thank goodness there are now  nice people taking care of me who say they can fix up my coat, and while they’re at it they can remove that unsightly tumor on my front leg. I guess they need a little help, though, because medicine and surgery cost money.

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Hi! I’m Buddy! I got that name because I like absolutely everyone I meet. I even get a kick out of those little people called “kids” and those soft things called “cats.” What I would really love, though, is to be a true, forever buddy to my own people. I’m still just a young guy — about a year old — and I’ve got a feeling I have a huge life in front of me. Just need to get there.

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Wow. Looking at this photo, I can’t believe this is what I’ve come to. I’m only 3, and honestly my coat can be really soft and pretty! Shelter life is rough on your looks.  And the real me is a lot more serene than the dog you see in this shot. But it’s been a little unsettling, this stage. Gosh I’d love to get into a nice home, with good food and a comfy bed, and maybe a person to pet me …

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Hello, nice people! I’m Apple. I wish we could meet in person so that I could show you how I like to wriggle around new people. I make sure to wag a lot and stay low so that everybody knows I mean no harm! Just in case you’re interested, I’m just a little over a year old, which — hint, hint — I hear is a wonderful age to join a new family and learn what it’s like to be beloved!

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Oh dear. I am just not at all okay with any of this. Except this nice man. This nice helper man I’m okay with. But the shelter thing is just hard. I haven’t been around long — I’m only a year old — but I have to believe that it can be better than this.

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Handsome and super social Sushi was recently returned to Homeward Trails due to some health issues.  Del Ray Animal Hospital has been great to foster this sweet boy and has offered to give him a dental cleaning he really needs if we can raise the discounted $200 cost for the cleaning and meds.  Please help us get him in tip top shape and ready for a home to call his own!  His handsome smile will thank you for your support!

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Token is a friendly and over-the-top cuddly 4-5 month old kitten who charms anyone he meets!  He went to the vet for a routine neuter surgery and they discovered this active boy needs a hernia repair surgery.  Please help us get him the surgery he needs to continue to romp and play and be the awesome, active kitty that he is!  Thank you!

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Shiloh is a friendly plott hound/lab mix who is down on his luck.  This young dog was surrendered to a rural shelter when his owner developed health issues.   Turns out poor Shiloh has issues too.  His owner didn’t keep him on heartworm preventative so Shiloh got heartworms.  He can be cured of this horrible parasite and live a long happy life but its expensive to treat.  So Shiloh needs your help.  Once we raise the funds to treat Shiloh, he can start his new life and find a new home.  Please help this sweet dog.

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“I’m so tired. Tired and lonely. I can’t even remember what it’s like to have a safe place to live.  I’ve been on my own for awhile now, and I’m always hungry. I lost lots of my fur, and now I have open sores everywhere. I guess it’s called mange, but all I know is I hurt all over.”  (We’re going to take Smokey in this week, and get him happy as soon as we possibly can. If you’d like to help cover the cost of his rescue and skin treatment, click here.)

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This poor little guy we’re calling Roscoe was found as a stray. He’s scared and confused and has no idea what he’s doing at a loud, busy shelter. He has no chip, and nobody has come for him. It’s time to get this young boy out of that unsettling environment and into a fresh start in a caring home.

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Exterior beauty isn’t everything, right? These two dudes inspire from the inside, with their friendship, which complete and total. They came into the shelter in rough shape a month ago, but they’ve been so happy to have each other, fresh food and water, and attention that they’ve won over every heart in the place. Fluffy-headed Woodrow is a six-year-old Shih Tzu mix, and Bentley is a four-year-old terrier mix. We’d like to take them in, fix up their skin/coat issues, and find them a home where they can continue their bromance forever.

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There was a time when it seemed these puppies would not make it. Two months ago, our rescue partners in Puerto Rico noticed a terribly thin dog in an abandoned yard, with no food or water. Mange had left her with barely a speck of fur, and open sores. She was covered in fleas and ticks. But that wasn’t the worst of it. The saddest part was that this poor dog was doing her very best to care for a newborn litter of puppies. She had tucked them away in the rubble, underneath a broken-down car. A neighbor explained that the owner was “living on the other side of the island now” and no longer wanted the dog. Clearly. So our partners sprang into action, and took in the whole family. Mama Hope and her puppies have absolutely thrived under good care, and the happy, wriggly, adorable pups are now ready for adoption! Can you help us cover the cost of their rescue? (Mama Hope, unfortunately but unsurprisingly, has Heartworm so must stay behind in Puerto Rico. She is getting treated, and ideally will come to the U.S. for adoption in a few weeks.)

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“Finally, I can exhale. My babies made it — even though we were living in dicey conditions — and they are now ready to leave the nest. I could see right away when we got here yesterday that they’re in good hands with Homeward Trails. But now that I have a chance to worry about myself, I’m realizing that I don’t feel so good. My skin itches. I think having those kids at middle age like I did took more out of me than I thought! I hope these nice people can help me out.”

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“Okay. This didn’t go as planned. I had an idea that life could be better, so I escaped. At first it was kind of cool to be out on my own, exploring wherever I wanted! But then I got hungry, and actually a little scared.  Then I wound up at the shelter. I don’t know what’s next, but I sure hope it’s better than this. I’ve heard the people talking and they they said something really nice: ‘She is such a beautiful, sweet girl, I know lots of people would want her if only she could get out of here.’ I do hope I get out of here. “

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Remi has just come back to us under very sad circumstances. A caring family adopted her last year, but over time she and the other dogs in the home began to squabble. The family tried various  techniques, but last week things came to a head. A terrible fight resulted in major, life-saving surgery for Remi, and a very tough decision by her family to give her up: “We are heartbroken. We love Remi so much, but don’t want her to have to live locked away and separated for the rest of her life.” We agree this is the only option, and Remi is now in one of our foster homes, where she’s getting extra TLC as she moves through this tricky recovery phase. Her foster mom says, “She’s very cuddly, and has to be touching me at all times.” In addition to providing that emotional support, we’re now, of course, providing her post-op medical care. Remi has a “de-gloving” injury, which means she has absolutely no skin on a segment of her leg. We are currently $400 in in terms of medical costs, and expect that bill to rise as we continue to try to bring her back to 100%.  Please help us care for this sweet dog.

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Sweet Easter did an incredible job with her baby kittens, giving them loving care until they were all adopted this spring. But then this beautiful calico somehow got injured, and wound up with a giant gash on her back by her tail. We rushed her to the vet, where she got all patched up. She’s healing beautifully at this point, and ready for adoption … but we’re now looking at an unanticipated vet bill. We’re hoping that our HT team of supporters can help us cover this so that we can keep on treating animals in need. You can click on the link to make a tax-deductible contribution. Any little bit helps!

 

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Dandelion is a lovely 3- 4 year old cat who somehow found herself homeless.  This lovely sweet cat was clearly on her own for a bit of time without good care.  She is desperately in need of a dental with gingivitis.  Not only must her mouth feel bad but she’s more at risk of developing infections.  Please help Dandelion by making a tax deductible donation to help us get her a much needed dental.  Thank you!

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