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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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After being with her foster for a few weeks, young Jazz suddenly stopped putting weight on one of her back legs. After a visit to the vet, we had the unfortunate answer:  Jazz has luxating patellas in both her back legs. When the patella is out of place it’s painful, and Jazz is unable to put weight on that leg. At her foster’s house Jazz is getting showered with love and TLC, but she needs more than that. She’ll need surgery first on one leg, and then the other. It’ll be a long road, but Jazz’s foster and the HT team are ready to help her in every way we can. But first, we need to fund these two surgeries. We know the extended HT family will pitch in to help this dog, who’s only one and a half, to run and play again!

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Poor little Zeus and Midnight are only a few months old, but have already had to fend for themselves on the streets of Puerto Rico. Now with our shelter partner down there, they cling to each other for comfort all day. While they’re at least getting food now, they have virtually no shot at adoption. We’d sure like to get them up here as soon as possible, and show them what it feels like to be safe and loved in their own home.

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He’s just a little puppy — about four months! — but gorgeous Apollo was found on the streets of Puerto Rico with his pals Zeus and Midnight. This little guy looks to be a chocolate lab mix. He has virtually no shot at finding a home at the shelter in PR, but if we can get him up here we know he’ll be getting snuggled and adored in a week or two!

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Charlie and her pal Willy are stuck in a crazily over-crowded Texas shelter. The people there say that Charlie is an “AMAZING” shiba inu mix who is totally engaged with people, loves to be petted, and will be a great best friend for somebody. Little Willy, a 3-year-old 10-lb chihuahua mix, has a reputation for being hilarious and sweet. This San Antonio shelter — a long-term partner of ours — had another rescue drop out at the last minute, and they quickly need to move out those 10 dogs. We’d love to step in and take Charlie and Willy, with your help.

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It’s raining puppies in Texas! One of our long-term shelter partners in San Antonio is crazily over-crowded right now. Another rescue had pledged to take in these puppies, but had to back out at the last minute. We’d love to step up and take them all in! At $150 average cost per dog, that’s a big chunk for us. But we think you’d like to see us bring them to safety. Pictured, clockwise, from upper left, are: 6-month-old lab mix Miki, 3-month-old border collie mix Coco, 3-month-old beagle Atlas, and three 3-month-old Shepherd princesses named Mulan, Sahara and Ariel! You can pitch in to help cover the cost of their rescue here. Thank you!

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Sometimes a photo is all you need! Look at this big lug! “Big Charlie” is a 105-pound Great Pyrenees mix who is obviously stunning and also happens to be a sweetheart. Let’s get him out of the shelter and into a loving home.

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Fantastic Cody is somebody’s dream dog, for sure! He’s a 30-pound Border Collie/Heeler mix, and only a year old. If we just get him out of the rural shelter, there’s going to be a line forming to adopt this boy!

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It is crazy to think a stunning girl like Maci could ever actually be stuck for long in a shelter, but that’s what has happened. This two-year-old, 30-pound husky needs to get up to our area where she’ll easily be able to get matched up with a wonderful home!

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Still very young at around two years old, April is a little 15-pound Feist mix who would to be able to fit so easily into some nice adopter’s home! But she’s stuck in the shelter where very few people come by.

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Meet Glover, and you have a friend for life. At his shelter, he can often be found climbing on visitors’ shoulders, “making biscuits.” He has a champion purr, which is on display early and often. He’s just as popular with felines as he is with humans. He’s making the most of his time as mayor of the shelter, but will certainly add an incredible ray of sunshine to any family that adopts him.

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She’s beautiful and she knows it, this kitty! The staff at her rural shelter say you can usually find her curled up in a tight space enjoying some quiet time — but the moment she realizes you want her attention, she becomes a complete show-off! Gentle, sweet-tempered Joan would be a wonderful addition to any family.

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As you can tell from her expression, Suri does not let her clouded eye keep her down! She lives a perfectly full life that includes continual climbing to the top of her favorite cat tree in the shelter. While she’s happy to perch on high, she’s also very fond of a long lap cuddle on the couch with shelter visitors. While she’s coping with her surroundings, but she would thrive in her own home.

 

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Super-affectionate Peri will chirp to greet you, and then mesmerize you with his big golden eyes. At his rural shelter, this playful attention-hog is happy to take all of the head scratches his visitors will give. We know he’d be an amazingly rewarding pet for some lucky adopter.

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Squirtle has spent almost his whole life in a shelter! He arrived when he was just a month old, and that was 10 long months ago. Still … you’d think he thought he was the luckiest cat in the world. He’s easily the staff favorite. He makes friends — human or feline — wherever he goes. (He’s currently BFF’s with fellow shelter-mate Glover.) If he’s this happy and engaged now, imagine what a delight he’ll be when he finally has his own people!

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Need to catch up on The Americans? Game of Thrones? This Is Us? You need this cat. Methuselah has that kind of amazing extra love to give that will make any Netflix binge enormously rewarding! While the visitors at her shelter certainly are enjoying her cuddling, it would be so much nicer for her to have a real lap of her own to love.

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These two kittens and their doggy brother had people at one point. But those people moved, and they left the animals behind. All alone. Thankfully, somebody noticed in time. All three were rescued from that abandoned house and taken into a shelter. Now we’d very much like to bring these 8-month-old cuties up here where we can find them a real forever home with great people who’ll stick by them. Will you help us cover the cost of getting these girls here and vetted? Thank you!

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Beautiful, soft Dandelion is a wonderfully friendly five-year-old girl who’d be a sweet addition to a household.

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This tiny dog was abandoned by his family in the desert in Kuwait. He survived out there for 10 days. We don’t know how! But now his rescuers know him to be an incredibly sweet old man. He’s partially blind, but so very dear. He would be a wonderful companion, and he deserves to know what it’s like to be a cherished part of a family. And yet, because animal adoption is not a common practice in Kuwait, his odds are slim to none. His only hope is international rescue, which is where we come in. Because of our partnership with PAWS Kuwait, it costs us virtually no more to rescue this dog than it does to take one from a rural U.S. shelter. Won’t you pitch in to help us get him here?

P.S. Our overall mission is to alleviate animal suffering and find good homes, and 98% of our work is with animals from the U.S. However, sometimes the suffering in other countries is so much more extreme than what we see here we are compelled to respond when international rescuers reach out for help. Such is the case with PAWS Kuwait. Funds raised through this link go directly to support our Kuwaiti effort. If you’d like to donate to our U.S. effort, you can do so through many other links on this page. Thank you so very much.

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Hastings had been left for dead in a construction area on the streets of Kuwait. He was paralyzed. It’s common for dogs and cats there to be abandoned, poisoned, beaten, dragged, buried alive, and more, so Hastings likely suffered horribly before his rescuers took him in. Now, after two surgeries, he appears even more than 100% — “He runs like a cheetah!” At this point, he is oh so ready for a family. But because animal adoption is not common practice in Kuwait, his odds there are miserable. Please help us bring him here where he’ll be scooped up in a heartbeat! Thanks to our partnership with PAWS Kuwait, it costs us virtually no more to take in this dog than one from a rural U.S. shelter.

P.S. Our overall mission is to alleviate animal suffering and find good homes, and 98% of our work is with animals from the U.S. However, sometimes the suffering in other countries is so much more extreme than what we see here we are compelled to respond when international rescuers reach out for help. Such is the case with PAWS Kuwait. Funds raised through this link go directly to support our Kuwaiti effort. If you’d like to donate to our U.S. effort, you can do so through many other links on this page. Thank you so very much.

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O’Brien was being sold by his family at the Friday public market in Kuwait. A local rescuer all too familiar with the scene there knew the odds were high he’d end up in the hands of kids who’d torture him. (The Kuwaiti society does not value the lives of animals, and many end up being poisoned, beaten, dragged, buried alive and more.) In O’Brien’s case, the rescuer was able to convince his family not to sell him, so he’s now at the PAWS Kuwait shelter. However, since animal adoption is not a common practice, essentially his only hope for a family is international rescue. Please help us pull together the funds to get him here! Because of our partnership with PAWS Kuwait, it costs us virtually no more to take in one of these dogs than it does to take one of our typical rescues from a rural U.S. shelter.

P.S. Our overall mission is to alleviate animal suffering and find good homes, and 98% of our work is with animals from the U.S. However, sometimes the suffering in other countries is so much more extreme than what we see here we are compelled to respond when international rescuers reach out for help. Such is the case with PAWS Kuwait. Funds raised through this link go directly to support our Kuwaiti effort. If you’d like to donate to our U.S. effort, you can do so through many other links on this page. Thank you so very much.

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Humphrey has lots of reasons to be cranky — but he’s the happiest, sweetest guy anyway! This darling bull terrier and his family were evicted from their home, which is how he ended up at a Baltimore shelter. The upside? Now the skin issues that have obviously plagued him for a long time will finally get the medical attention they need. His feet are swollen and uncomfortable. His chin and muzzle are clearly itchy and painful. He’s got infected ears, to boot. We’ve got him now, and we’re starting him on antibiotics and anti-itching medication, which should give some immediate relief. Down the road, we may need to experiment with special hypoallergenic diets. In any case, there is no reason this poor guy should live like this! We can’t wait to get him fixed up. Thank you for any amount you can give to help us manage his skin issues.

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Jermaine (the tan puppy) is a three month old puppy who suffered terrible abuse. A Kuwaiti woman found her being dragged down a street by some children, her legs tied up with wire. Their plan was to torture her and then discard her in the trash dumpster. This is a fate many puppies suffer at the hands of children who have not been taught that animals are beings who experience suffer like we do.

Her friend Jackson, a black lab puppy of the same age, was found abandoned near a trash dumpster, begging for food and following anyone who would look his way. He was seen for days begging when finally, someone called a local rescuer who picked him up. He was starving for both food and attention.

Jacline, like Jackson was also found as a two month old puppy. She had been dumped near a trash bin. She was starving and almost hit by a car. Luckily, someone saw her and brought her the same rescuer who took in Jackson and Jermaine.

Without these puppies going to a local rescuer, they would face torture by humans and most likely being hit by cars or poisoned. But being rescued from the streets in just the a temporary step. It is very difficult to find homes for abandoned dogs in Kuwait so without the help of organizations like Homeward Trails who work with local rescuers and shelters in Kuwait, the dogs will simply be housed at the shelter forever. We think they deserve better. Please consider a donation of any size to help us raise the $200-$400 to bring each dog to the U.S.

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Shana, one of our Homeward Trails adoptions counselors, was on a work trip to Thailand, and she took a side trip to tour the Soi Dog rescue facility. (That’s the group we partner with to provide homes for the dogs saved from the illegal meat trade.) It turns out they rescue cats, too. In fact, there are 120 cats there, with 20 more on the waiting list to get in. Very few adoptions ever take place. We are sure you can guess what happened next. After meeting them, Shana just couldn’t turn her back on them knowing they’d likely live out their lives at the facility. We’re working to get them here.

Jaborah and her brother Jacobe are now 8 months old, but were just babies when they were left in a cardboard box at a shopping mall. “The second I sad on a stool in the cat room, Jacobe jumped in my lap,” says Shana. “So sweet.” Jaborah is apparently just as engaging, but was stuck in a cage because of conjunctivitis when Shana visited. Jacobe was adopted a while back, but the local Thai woman brought him back three days later because all he’d done was cry. Once back with his sister, he was completely content. Clearly it would be ideal to home them together.

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