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The animals featured here are some of the hundreds Homeward Trails is asked to rescue each week. We have limited time to get them  safely to rescue. Space and money are the greatest barriers to us saying yes to each request. It costs approximately $150 to rescue each dog and $100 to rescue each cat. This includes basic vet care, fuel for transport, and housing once they arrive at HT.

Please note that we make every effort to rescue all animals that are fully sponsored. Rare exceptions occur if the shelter secures a home locally with short notice or an unexpected serious medical or behavioral issue arises preventing the transport of the animal. In these cases, your sponsorship funds will be applied immediately to another animal in need if the animal you sponsored is no longer available for transfer to Homeward Trails.

Your sponsorship of an animal will save a life in real time. Every donation helps save a life.

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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This beautiful hound with big brown eyes was found wandering the streets of southern Virginia. Leonard was lost without food or clean water and seeking shelter from the cold winds. Without his rescuers, Leonard would still be struggling to survive on his own, risking the elements, starvation, or getting hit by a car. He clearly had not been around kindness or compassion and is learning how to trust.

He was not used to people or even recognized a leash but with the hard work of his rescuers he has learned to love his walks. Leonard has been alone for his first two years of life and he deserves to know he won’t be alone again. We know his best shot at a forever home is to bring him to Homeward Trails where he can continue to thrive and be placed with a loving person to care for him. Please help Leonard and donate today.

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The very good boy looking up at you is a sweetheart named Clint. Clint is a joyful dog, always ready for a good time and lots of pets. He was found a stray, and at 4 years old Clint is full of love and hope and ready to give it to whoever offers him love. A good boy like this doesn’t belong behind a cage in a crowded shelter, being looked over time and time again. Clint belongs somewhere he can race and run around, and feel free to be his happy-go-lucky self. We want to make sure Clint has his absolute best shot at finding a forever home, and we can’t do it alone.

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This sweet girl currently stuck in the cone of shame is Sweet Pea. She’s a beagle, 4 years old and a hefty 34 pounds. Sweet Pea was found as a stray, which is so hard to believe considering how gorgeous and loving she is. Her history is mostly unknown, but she clearly harbors no contempt for humans, and just seems like she wants to rest and find affection from anyone who will offer it to her. Right now she’s stuck in a sea of dogs at a shelter, completely terrified and wanting nothing more than to just feel safe. If we can get her to homeward trails, she will be well on her way to finding a family that will love and cherish her for the rest of her days, which she desperately deserves.

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Few things are cuter than a beagle, and that is especially true in the case of Eli. Eli here was found wandering the roads, looking for food and shelter. Even though he’s spent most of his 3 years on this earth alone and trying to survive, Eli has maintained a wonderful spirit and sweet personality, constantly looking for love from anyone who approaches him. After a lifetime of not knowing where his next meal will come from, Eli now spends his days in a cold cage completely unaware of where he is and what is happening. We want to get him out of the shelter and over to Homeward trails where we can showcase what an awesome dog he is, and find him the perfect forever home.

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Like many dogs, George here was found on the streets in Southern Virginia. George is 6 years old, and has spent his entire life just struggling to stay alive. He’s spent his days looking for food and water, trying desperately to avoid cars and potential threats. Even though his life has been difficult, George wants nothing more than to cuddle and play with everyone he meets. He hasn’t let his hardships keep him from being the sweet and adorable boy that he is, and he deserves love and to find a home where he doesn’t have to worry where his next meal comes from, or that anyone will hurt him. We need to help George, and show him the best things humanity has to offer.

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This is Henry. Henry is a 9 year old beagle – he was found wandering on the side of the road in Southern Virginia. Henry has had a rough life, made worse by his worsening dental issues. He’s in a lot of pain, and is currently behind held at a shelter surrounded by younger dogs who tend to catch the eye of potential adopters much faster than a senior. Despite his age Henry is so joyful and loving, and still wants nothing more than to be pet and spoiled. Henry needs major dental work before we can work on finding him a good home, and it gets expensive. If he stays in the shelter he’s not likely to get it, and his worsening health will make it even harder to be adopted – so we need to do everything we can to get Henry to Homeward trails, get him the proper dental care and then find him the perfect home where he can spend the rest of his days feeling loved and safe.

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Dean isn’t sure how he ended up in a shelter. At just 12 weeks old, this puppy had just started to get used to his owner and explore his world. But before he could really settle in, he was abruptly dropped off at a shelter in West Virginia. It’s not safe for an energetic and growing puppy to spend his days in a shelter. We need to get Dean into a home, where he can learn and thrive.

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Big Huck was found wandering the streets in southern Virginia. He ended up in the shelter, and the staff was sure someone would come to claim this loving guy. But the weeks have passed and Big Huck seems to have been abandoned. We know this friendly, sweet four-year-old will thrive in a home. We need to get him out of the shelter and ready for a fresh start. Can you help us?

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Living in filth, no guaranteed meals, hungry dogs and awful smells – that is how Penny’s life has been summed up this far. She has spent the last 3 years living in a hoarder’s home. Often times, dogs with no structure will develop a pack mentality and occasionally turn against each other. We are so relieved that no one tried to hurt Penny, but until she was turned over to the rural WV shelter, she was living her worst life. Penny’s luck is about to turn around though. Homeward Trails has great plans to get this girl to start trusting humans and loving life. Sponsoring her transition to HT would be invaluable to her and she deserves to have a great family. Donate to Penny today!

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Tiny Emme is so lucky to be alive! She has spent the last 5 years of her life living in a hoarder’s home. At only 8 lbs, she is so tiny and fragile. It is a miracle that she wasn’t killed by a bigger dog for the very limited food she had access too. Living in a hoarding environment is scary and unstable. Emme never knew if she’d be getting another meal or if the humans would be cruel or kind to her. After spending her life in filth, she was dropped at the shelter by the hoarder themself. This was Emme’s new chance at life! But not so fast – she has one obstacle before coming to Homeward Trails. Her trip must be sponsored so she can make her way to the area and get some much needed veterinary care. Donate to Emme’s life saving journey today!

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Jaye is so scared. Her whole life has been pretty awful. A year or so ago, Jaye was born into an animal hoarder’s home. From the very beginning, Jaye has had to learn to do whatever it takes to survive. Food and water were not guaranteed and there were no humans looking out for her best interest or care. She struggled to survive and certainly did not thrive. Much to everyone’s surprise, the hoarder decided one day to surrender several animals. Jaye was lucky to be one of the dogs that now has an opportunity to start a new life. Homeward Trails has their work cut out for them. Jaye needs transportation to get from the rural WV shelter to the DC area. She then needs to see a vet (probably for the first time ever) and lastly will need to spend a lot of time getting the socialization she was neglected as a puppy. We know Jaye will shine bright once she is given the chance. Please donate to this little girl’s new life!

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Mick is a super handsome 10 month old lab mix who has found himself at a rural WV shelter. He was wandering around as a stray and was brought in, thinking someone would come for him quickly. The day turned into night and the night turned into weeks with no owner coming back to rescue Mick. This poor boy is so happy to meet everyone, people and dogs alike, which makes it even more sad that he lives his days locked in a cement cage. Mick sees other dogs walk past his cage but he doesn’t know if they are getting adopted or meeting a sad fate. Homeward Trails cannot bear to let this fun pup risk euthanasia and want to rescue him as soon as possible. All that is standing between Mick getting a new life and getting left behind is someone sponsoring his journey to the DC area! Transportation and a much needed vet visit is in order for Mick to start his new life!

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A litter of five cute, 3 to 4-week-old puppies were found in rural West Virginia – no mom in sight. Upon later search, the mother was found killed – by what is unknown – meaning that these pups have been without food, protection, or shelter for an unknown amount of time. Can you help bring these puppies to our shelter, where they will receive the round-the-clock care – that they will not be able to provide at a rural WV shelter – that they need in order to survive?

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Alphie is a handsome, black and white, 3-year-old mixed breed weighing in at about 50 pounds. This precious boy was part of a group of dogs cruelly left without food and water by his previous owner. He is currently stuck at a high risk rural West Virginia shelter that has minimal resources, low foot traffic, and a high euthanasia rate. Although underweight and severely neglected, Alphie is very friendly and sweet. Can you help sponsor Alphie’s jailbreak and get him the proper care he needs so he can find his forever home?

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Roxy is a beautiful, 1-year-old Shepherd mix weighing in at about 46 pounds. This cream, black, and white-pawed cutie was surrendered to a minimal-resource, low-traffic, high-euthanaisia shelter in West Virginia by her owner – reason unknown, as Roxy is an absolute sweetheart. She just wants to be with her people! Can you help bring Roxy to safety and into the forever home this poor girl deserves?

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Six cute-as-a-button 6-week-old puppies (Charlie, Bowie, Rita, Faye, Julie, Tiny) barely weighing in at 2 pounds were found covered in fleas, filled with intestinal worms, and struggling to survive in Guánica, PR after their pregnant mother was discarded like trash by her previous owner. Kind-hearted residents living nearby fed her, but even with their help, she developed mastitis and could not feed her litter, so the residents took her to a local animal clinic. The mom was given antibiotics, but the babies still need bottle fed and introduced to solid food. The local clinic does not have the resources – medicine, food, or staff – to care for such young pups, which leaves them at high risk. Transport from Puerto Rico to the States is extremely expensive, and bringing them to our shelter is the only way they will get out of harm’s way. Can you help sponsor the desperately-needed transport and care of these six sick puppies?

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Sweet Margie was abandoned at an airport in Puerto Rico! She was terrified, lost amid the noise, the traffic and the confusion. She nearly ran into the road and got herself seriously hurt! Thankfully, a Good Samaritan intervened just in time.

Puerto Rico can be a terrifying place for sweet pups like Margie. There are so many stray dogs vying for the same food and shelter to survive. Sweet dogs like Margie rarely survive for long. People are cruel, and dogs have to scrounge and scavenge just to live.

We think Margie deserves something different. She has endured enough trauma in her life. We can’t imagine letting her run wild on the streets again. She’s so loving and gentle, and belongs with a family that will cherish her, and never let her feel that scared and alone ever again.

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Piru LOVES to be loved! He is is delighted to be cuddled and carried, and wants to be with his people all the time. Unfortunately, Piru doesn’t have people right now! He was dumped. Abandoned on the streets by a breeder, along with 2 other dogs when they were no longer wanted. Piru is already 3.5 years old, and already he is all used up.

Puerto Rico can be an unforgiving place. So many dogs roam the streets unwanted, that people think of them as little more than disposable. They are treated like garbage, or pests. They’re hit and abused, and left to suffer whatever cruel fate the word has in store.

We want something better for Piru. He deserved to be loved as much as he loves. We just know there is someone out there longing for a little cuddle bug, and Piru is their perfect match. But first, we need to get him from Puerto Rico to Homeward Trails. Can you help?

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Lonzo is a bundle of cuteness! Believe it or not, this little 3 month old maltese mix was a stray in Puerto Rico. Lonzo’s mom was owned by a local woman who kept her outside where she had to sleep and give birth on the hard dirt floor. After Lonzo was born, because the owner did not care about the dogs, she let them loose to roam the neighborhood together. Mama dog did the best she could to keep her tiny puppy safe, but street life can be very cruel. The chances of getting hit by a car or attacked by an animal or person is extremely high. Mama and Lonzo finally got lucky though. The owner decided that in order to keep both dogs safe, the she would give up Lonzo to a local foster and rehome the mom to one of her neighbors. We can only hope the new owner will spay the sweet momma before she ends up with another litter. As for Lonzo – well this little guy is ready to put the past him! All that is standing between Lonzo and Homeward Trails is an unfortunately pricey plane ticket and necessary vet care. Please help Lonzo reach the final chapter in his stray dog tale and donate to his new chapter today!

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Ginger needs our help. This 8-month-old Chi mix was spotted living around a park in the Rio Grande Valley area of Texas. Luckily, a dog lover noticed her and was able to take Ginger to a friend’s house, where she is temporarily safe and well fed. But this puppy needs a forever home, and the shelters in the area are overcrowded. The kill rate for these shelters can be as high as 98%, and the rescues can’t keep up. We know we can find Ginger a loving home — but first we have to get her here. Can you help us raise the funds to get Ginger a ride to Northern Virginia?

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This litter of pups has had a rough time. As tiny pups they were found abandoned in a cardboard box, left alone to die in Puerto Rico. They were covered in mites, fleas and ticks and dangerously underweight. We do not know how long they waited there — hungry, thirsty and living in their own excrement. How long did they live IN A BOX that could have turned into their coffin?? These are questions we will never be able to answer, but we CAN ensure they never endure such torture again.

These pups deserve so much better than the life they were given and we are READY to do everything we can to provide that to them. But the flights from Puerto Rico are costly and difficult to arrange. We NEED your help to cover the costs of their flight and vetting so we can get these pups on a flight NOW so these pups can begin to leave their terrible past behind them.

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Help! These tiny pups were dropped off at a rural Georgia shelter at just 6 weeks old. Because their parents were unaltered, these pups were an unwanted and unplanned litter and were given up as soon as they could be removed from their mother. These pups are not only extremely scared, they are now at great risk of disease and illness while stuck at the shelter. The shelter has no foster network and extremely limited options on transfer partners. They are desperate to help these pups anyway they can but transport from Georgia is no easy task.

This poor litter has no control over their circumstances but WE DO. After spending a week terrified in their concrete kennel, these pups FINALLY have a chance to get these puppies on a transport and into foster homes but we need YOUR help to get them here. Please help us give these puppies a second chance!

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Jessie is an adorable hound mix who was found wandering the streets of Southern Virginia. Such a friendly dog would have had trouble out there all alone. At 1.5 years old Jessie is still figuring out how to survive. Homelessness means struggling to find food and clean water. With the recent weather it also means hiding from the elements and the potential abuse of people and animals who are not kind to strays. We are lucky she was able to be rescued before the storms, but living her life on a cold cement floor is not what she deserves. Jessie needs a forever home and we know that Homeward Trails can help her find it. Please help us bring Jessie to NOVA so we can ensure she is properly housed.

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Sugar and Spice are everything nice! These 6 month old girls were dumped at the shelter by their owner. They were a result of a irresponsible breeder whose female had puppies and then they couldn’t find homes for them. The owner decided he didn’t want to be bothered by them anymore. Sugar and Spice deserve to be with a family that loves them and wants them! They are lucky enough to have each other at the shelter, but as time goes by, they wonder if they will soon be separated and living alone in cold cement runs. Rescuing one puppy is a task itself but getting these two to Homeward Trails is a little more of a challenge. Neither have had vet care and we have to get transportation that they both can get a ride on to the DC area. These sweet sisters deserve a loving home and we need your sponsorship and donations to get them to it!

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Lulu was found in a bad situation. She, along with a few other dogs, was removed from a home because it was not a safe environment. We’re glad she’s out of there and safe, but now she’s stuck in a shelter. We have already seen this shy, two-year-old girl start to blossom, and we know she’d be her best self in a safe and loving home. She gets along with other dogs and is just a sweet girl. If we can raise the money, we can get her here and find her the perfect home. Can you chip in?

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Mino isn’t sure what went wrong. He was living with his family in West Virginia — and figured he’d live with them the rest of his days. But, for no apparent reason, his owners thought otherwise and surrendered him to a shelter. We see so much love left to give in this beautiful, four-year-old guy. He’s a sweet dog who will do great in a loving home. All that’s left to do is bust him out of the shelter and bring him to Northern Virginia. Can you help us raise the funds to get him here?

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These 4 cats were living in horrible conditions, no clean water, no fresh food, few litter boxes and those were overflowing. They were living with almost 20 cats in a home. And most had never been to the vet or hadn’t been in years.

They made it out alive, but the conditions took a toll on their bodies. We aren’t sure how old they are, but all of them have dental disease and had not been spayed and neutered. When the rescuers showed up, they all had upper respiratory infections. But despite all of this, they were happy to get help.

Fizzy, Patches, Tuck, and Winny deserve more. They deserve our help and we want to give it to them. But this kind of rescue effort comes at a steep price. While their previous humans and their bodies may have failed them, we won’t. Please help get them fixed up and bring them to Homeward Trails.

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Sammy is ready to leave Georgia NOW! Sammy was found as a stray in a rural part of Georgia and has been waiting in his shelter for his owners to come find him. Sammy sits in his small kennel every day begging for someone to take him home to no avail.

This rural shelter is overflowing with strays and owner surrenders and is getting desperate to make some space. Sammy is only 1.5 yrs old with so much love left to give and we’re thrilled to report he has finally caught a break. Sammy has a chance to get on a transport heading north TODAY but we need to raise the funds for his transport and vetting to make this happen. With your help, Sammy can take the first steps towards his new life NOW.

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Cole was found alone and scared on the streets of Southern Virginia. He has warm brown eyes and a beautiful black coat but that would not have been enough for him to survive the winter cold much longer. It is a miracle he was found before the storm. While homeless, Cole would have struggled to find proper food and warm places to protect himself from the elements. He was at risk for disease without access to medical care.

We have him warm and safe now but what he needs is someone to care for him throughout his life. He is a loving dog who loves to go on walks and is well leash trained. He has a lot of love to give and would make a great companion to any person or family. In order to get him into the perfect home we need your help. Homeward Trails can make sure he gets into the right home but we need the funds to transport him. Please donate to help Cole today.

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Zeus is only a year and has had a rough start in life. He was found on the streets and southern Virginia. Scrounging for whatever food he could has left him clearly underweight. Being homeless would have left him vulnerable to starvation, disease, and attacks from wild animals and cruel people. It is lucky his rescuers were able to find him when they did or he would still be out in the storm and there is a good chance he would not have survived the cold.

Homelessness could have broken Zeus’s spirit, but despite his struggles he is really sweet and great with people and other dogs. He loves pets and snuggles and just needs the right family he can depend on. We know that Zeus would thrive in the right home and we can make sure he gets there. His current shelter does not have the resources to get him ready for adoption but we know with your help we can get him healthy and adopted. Please help Zeus find a family. Donate today.

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Sweet 7 month old babies Lucy and Leela are quite the dynamic duo. By some miracle, after living as stray street dogs in Puerto Rico, they were found and rescued by Homeward Trail’s Puerto Rican animal rescue partner. Street life for adult dogs is hard enough, but two puppies – it is truly shocking they didn’t get hit by a car, poisoned by awful people or attacked by bigger animals. Every night they found whatever garbage or cardboard they could find, and cuddled up for warmth and safety. There were so many strange noises and scary scenes; Lucy and Leela were never sure if that would be their last night. They were more than ecstatic when a kind volunteer from the local dog rescue came to save them. So close to being home free – except they now don’t have a home! The rescue is so much better than living on the streets, but we don’t want to fail these baby girls. Please sponsor their big freedom rides to the DC area and we will do our best to not only provide them with vet care, but also help teach them that the world isn’t such a bad place. Without your donation, who knows what their fate will be!

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Harley, Suki, and Bianca are 1.5-month-old puppies found neglected and hanging on by a thread at a residential home. The owner decided to no longer care for the puppies, and left them outside with barely any food, fresh water, and no shelter – completely exposed to the elements and predatory danger. Upon being taken out of the abusive home and brought to a safer place, it was apparent that the cute-as-button pups were severely malnourished, very dirty, and in desperate need of the proper medical care. Despite their horrific treatment, these girls are sweet as can be and will make amazing companions once they are ready for adoption. Can you help bring these lovely young ones to safety by helping to sponsor their flight, much-needed medical care, and other rehabilitation?

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Just look at these fluffy babies. Nutmeg and Ginger and Ella are a whopping 7 weeks old. Aside from being the cutest balls of fluff you’ve ever seen, they’re also in deep need of our help! These puppies have been roaming the West Virginia wilderness with their Mom. Nutmeg and Ginger were trapped first and taken to a foster home and luckily, Ella was just caught late on Tuesday. Mom is still on her own while the shelter continues to work to catch her!

These pups ended up at a rural shelter in WV – but the shelter is already FULL of strays and owner surrenders and is struggling to keep up with the constant animal intakes.

Nutmeg, Ginger and Ella have nowhere to go to feel safe while finding their forever home. Luckily at Homeward Trails we can take them in and give them their best chance at happy ever afters – these sweet girls are waiting.

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Star is a gorgeous, 45-pound hound mix that was surrendered by her owner to a rural Virginia shelter due to no fault of her own, where she is extremely shy and scared. Because of her fear, she doesn’t interact with the few people who do come in, making it very hard for her to get adopted. The shelter has a high euthanasia rate, and if she isn’t adopted or pulled soon, she is at high risk for not making it out. When not in her shelter “cell”, she is extremely sweet with people and other dogs. Can you help give this petrified girl out of the shelter and to us, where we can place her in a foster home that will let her heal?

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This precious baby is Peanut. Peanut has had a very tragic life thus far. When she was a tiny puppy, she fell from a second story window. It is nothing short of a miracle that Peanut survived that fall, and without severe or permanent injury. After her terrifying incident, a local foster in Puerto Rico agreed to take her in and rehab her back to health. It is no surprise that the foster ended up falling in love with this amazingly sweet girl, but as much as she wanted to keep her, she knows that she can only continue to foster if she let’s her foster pets move on to new homes and get adopted. Adoption rates in Puerto Rico are very low and the foster wants only the best for little Peanut so she made the agonizing decision to surrender her to Homeward Trails. We are ready to help this cutie come to a local DC foster home, but her flight and vet fees have to be covered before we can make the commitment. Peanut’s future depends on us – please sponsor this adorable Peanut’s rescue!

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Tita was living with two other dogs in Puerto Rico when her owner suddenly died, leaving her homeless. Her housemates have found new homes, but poor Tita hasn’t been so lucky and is still lingering in a shelter in Puerto Rico. We hate to see Tita so scared and alone, especially since we know this super sweet and loving dog will easily find a new home here. She hasn’t adjusted well to a noisy, busy shelter so we need to get her out as soon as possible. But we need to raise enough money to cover both her flight and her vetting. Can you help us bring Tita to safety?

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Fred and Wilma have us shouting “Yabba-Dabba-Doo!” These adorable 10-week-old puppies were surrendered to shelter by their owner, though we can’t figure out why. These two are so sweet, and ready to love and kiss anyone who needs a good cuddle!

They are currently at a shelter in rural Virginia (probably not far from their town of Bedrock). But they sure would love to give northern Virginia a try. They may have been too much for their old owner to handle, but we have a feeling they will be exactly right for some lucky family in the Homeward Trails community!!!

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Mona is a scared. She isn’t her usual chipper self, what with all the loud sounds and strange smells! The shelter is a scary place, and she’s feeling overwhelmed.

Mona is only 2 years old, but she is in a rural shelter with very few resources. Adoption numbers are low, and there’s no telling how long she may have to wait to find a home if she stays. There’s no telling what the constant stress of life in a shelter may do to her.

One on one, Mona starts to come out of her shell. She is so sweet, and so friendly. We just know that in our care, and in the right home, she would truly thrive and would surely find her forever home in no time at all.

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This gorgeous Mama is Nova. Her and her 8 puppies have been at a shelter in South Georgia, just barely escaping the cold of the streets. The puppies are only four weeks old, and have multiple vet needs that could keep them from growing up strong and healthy. Nova has been a tough mom and sheltered her babies through the initial storm, but now she needs a break and we need to help her find a new home as well as homes for her 8 adorable puppies. These dogs have survived quite an ordeal to get this far, and now that they’re at the home stretch we just need your help to make sure they stay happy and healthy until they find their forever homes.

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Cash truly has a heart of gold. Unfortunately that has made him a target for attacks by other dogs in his native Puerto Rico. His sweet nature and gentleness would make him a perfect family dog but it has led to him being a stray that has struggled with starvation and abuse. Fortunately he was taken in by a local foster before sustaining any permanent injuries. This precious collie mix has had a harsh life but still has an incredible spirit and love for other animals and people. He needs to be in a place where that love is returned and we know we can ensure he has that, but we need your help.

His current foster does not have the resources to take care of Cash by themselves. He needs to be transported to our shelter so he can have proper veterinary care and the love and attention he has desperately been searching for. Cash’s life is full of potential. He deserves the chance to be happy and safe and find a family to love. You can help him get there. Please donate what you can so Cash can live his life to the fullest.

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Lemon and Lime, are siblings, only 3 months old, and were lucky to be part of a litter found by a tourist visiting Puerto Rico. She got to them just in time as they were struggling to survive on their own. These young pups were left to contend with homelessness, illness, and no way to know when they would get their next meal or clean water. At such a young age and with no one to help them survive, it is unlikely they would have lasted much longer without being rescued. Even if they had managed to make it through the next few months we know how dangerous it is for strays who cannot feed themselves or fend off predators or abusers.

They are with a local foster now but that is only half the battle. They do not have the resources to keep them cared for or to help place the puppies.We know if we can get these sweet puppies to us we can get them the medical care they need and resources so they can thrive. It is expensive to bring dogs all the way from Puerto Rico but it is necessary to ensure they have the proper veterinarian resources and help at this essential age. We will do everything we can to get them the help they need but they need your help too. You can contribute to their escape from a dangerous situation. You can make sure they get the care they need.

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These poor puppies are lucky to be alive. This litter of five was born to a feral dog who lives in a wooded area in Puerto Rico. It’s a dangerous environment for puppies — cold, unprotected and unsanitary. If they stayed there, it’s unlikely they would all survive, facing a high risk of infection or starvation. There are simply too many puppies in the area and not enough people able to help them. 

We knew we had to rescue these dogs while they’re still young and open to people. We’ve been able to trap them, but they’re not home free yet. We have to raise the funds to get them to the United States, and that’s a big bill. We need to fly Stacy, Belen, Beto, Cesar and Bella here, get them proper medical care and get their vaccines taken care of so they can find loving homes in the DC area. Can you help these five sweet pups catch their flight and start new lives here?

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Bandit is only one year old, but he’s already suffered too much. The poor guy was found as a stray in rural Virginia. He waited at the shelter for his family to come and claim him, but no one ever showed up. We think this 20-pound terrier mix is sure to find a loving home once we get him to Northern Virginia — but we need your help! The shelter he’s stuck in doesn’t get much foot traffic, and Bandit deserves better. Can you chip in to get him to safety?

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Kenzie’s owner had a baby, and there just wasn’t room for Kenzie anymore. Kenzie wasn’t getting the attention and exercise she deserved, and was getting more anxious being cooped up in the house with the new baby. Kenzie’s owner wanted something better for her, and she surrendered her to the shelter to give her a fresh start with a new family.

Kenzie is a sweet girl (just look at that smile!) who loves other dogs. She’s still young, only 4-5 years old, and certainly does enjoy her play time! She enjoys whatever attention she can get, and desperately wants to be that special pup in someone’s life. We’re positive we can help Kenzie find that someone! We can help Kenzie find her way so she’ll never feel anything less than special ever again.

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Daryl’s family just gave him away. They brought him and his brother to the shelter, and left them there. Why? We can’t be sure. They didn’t mention any particular reason for surrendering their dogs. What’s more, after surrendering their dogs, the family asked about adopting other dogs at the shelter–wondering if they might take someone else home with them instead! Like Daryl was just some used car and the lease was up. Time for a new model.

Poor Daryl is dealing with a lot. Between losing his family, and living in a scary shelter with strange sounds and new people, it’s no wonder that he can seem a bit shy! But in the right hands, with some time to adjust and lots of TLC, we know that Daryl will realize there is so much more to look forward to.

Daryl is just 3 years old. Homeward Trails would love to help him find the right family that will love and cherish him for the special pup he is the rest his days!

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Mia’s sweet eyes melt your heart. It is hard to believe her previous owner just threw her out on the street like garbage. Mia was found wandering the countryside in Puerto Rico with Mel, one of her siblings and several puppies. She was infested with fleas and in terrible condition overall. A kind man was feeding the stray dogs when he could, but he realized that the care he was giving them wasn’t enough. A wonderful local Puerto Rican woman that partners with a rescue took the dogs in. They have been nursed back to health but there have been no adoption applications. Mia is patiently waiting her turn to start a new life with a new family, but it is becoming crystal clear that isn’t going to happen if she stays in Puerto Rico. Homeward Trails knows that her best bet to a new life is coming to the DC area. Flights are pricey and continuing her veterinary care is an additional expense. Without your donation, her rescue hangs in the balance. Please let Mia be a bright spot in 2021 – sponsor her today!

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Mel’s before pictures are hard to look at. This sweet girl was found on the streets in Puerto Rico after being thrown out like garbage by her owner. Mel’s fur was almost completely gone and her skin was full of scabs, pink and raw. She was in a lot of discomfort and confused as to why her skin felt so awful. A good Samaritan was trying to feed her and her sister, Mia, whenever he could but it became clear that Mel needed more help. Luck was on her side for probably the first time in her 1.5 years of life and a local Puerto Rican rescue agreed to take her in. Finally Mel was safe, but still in need of a lot of TLC. The rescue worked a miracle and after Mel got some consistent care, she started to blossom! Her flea infestation was treated and her fur started to grow back. Mel went from mangy to a model! Now that Mel is healthy, she deserves to start a new life. Homeward Trails is ready to help this girl get on the right track but without getting her to the DC area, we won’t be able to do anything for her. Donate to her big trip to Homeward Trails and she will continue to bloom!

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Just look at the face on little Lucy here. Lucy is 1, and weighs in at a whomping 40 pounds. although shy, Lucy is nothing but sweet when she warms up to people. Considering how often humans have let her down, Lucy seems to remain excited and hopeful when meeting new people, and only wants to give them love (and lots of kisses). This sweet girl is currently at a crowded shelter, waiting among a sea of barking dogs, hoping to be noticed and taken away from the constant fear and isolation. Lucy needs us.

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Say hello to Duke. Duke is a heeler mix, which means he’s smart and quick and constantly waving his little stub tail around. Duke is only about a year old, but already he’s had to face some harsh realities of life without a home – searching for food and compassion anywhere he can find it. This sweet boy has such a good heart, and he needs to be given back some of that love now, while we search for the perfect family for him. Duke doesn’t belong in a cage, he belongs with people that will stop at nothing to find his match.

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Jolly won’t be jolly too much longer if she has to stay at the small, rural shelter she’s in. She’s a wonderful pup! Good with people. Good with other dogs! But she’s getting antsy in her cement kennel. She’s still a puppy, full of energy and she needs room to run! She’s desperate for a buddy to play with her during the day and to cuddle her at night. Jolly needs a friend, fast!

Jolly isn’t even a year old–only 11 months–and she’s already been abandoned at the shelter. She was found and brought to the shelter as a stray. For whatever reason, not a single person ever came or called to look for her. She’s been alone at the shelter all this time, just waiting for a new friend to come along.

We know a few folks who would love to play and hang with Jolly! With your help, we can bring her to Homeward Trails and make sure she has the puppy-hood she deserves!

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