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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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At first glance, you’ll think it’s too late. One look at this smashed face, the emaciated body, those blind eyes, and it just seems too late. Too late for us, as humans, to make up for the fact somebody just left this dog tied inside a blue Ikea bag in the middle of the road in Baltimore. That facial injury? The vets say it is older than the bag situation, and likely came from a hard kick. The skin-and-bones body? Pure neglect. So at first glance, this is just a sad, mean story with only helpless anger as an outcome. And yet. The vets took another look. This dog has great teeth, and appears to be only around 4. With medical intervention, that face can heal. “Palmier” is eating like a champ, even through the pain, so there’s that all-important will to live. Today, we drove up to Baltimore to get him. He’s now in foster care on antibiotics and pain meds, and he’s in experienced, loving hands. Once he’s relatively stabilized: it’s back to the vet. From what we’ve seen so far of this little poodle/shih tzu,  he’s going to come out of this and wag that little tail. We know we’re not the only ones who just can’t wait for this little guy’s “after” picture. Somebody was horrible to this dog, but there are more of us than there are of that person. When good people come together, we can afford to make this right. Will you help us cover his medical expenses?

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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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We brace ourselves for sad stories in this work. We try to move through that part and get to the part where we get to balance that equation with outstanding love and care. Like Mr. Rogers’ used to tell his preschool viewers, “When you see something really scary on the news, look for the helpers. There are always helpers.” Well. The story of  Huggles is a very disturbing one, and we are sorry to have to tell it to you. But we need to be the helpers.

This nothing-but-sweet beagle/basset mix came into a shelter as a stray in terrible shape. By the time she got to us she was in enormous pain, and appeared to have a uterine infection. We spayed her, and got her on antibiotics. Things improved a bit, but then worsened. She was bleeding heavily from her vulva, and she was becoming lethargic. The x-rays looked very strange.  We had to opt for exploratory surgery, suspecting a foreign body.

What that surgery revealed was the worst case of abuse the vets had ever seen. This dog had been sexually assaulted with a broom handle, the plastic end of which broke off inside her and caused horrific infection.  There is no other explanation for the internal damage the vets saw, and the handle inside this dog.

It is hard to live in a world where people do this kind of thing. And we can all just crumple to the floor and give up. Or we can give into rage. Or we can make the only sustaining choice, the only choice that makes it possible to keep going: We can be the helpers.

Sweet, loving Huggles is currently snuggling and wagging her tail, knowing she is safe in foster care. She is going to recover. We now have $4200 in unexpected veterinary bills for her care. If you are glad we are here to do this work, and you’d like to help prove that the hopeful side of the equation is stronger, please donate to Huggles.

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Kuwait Kitty Gilberto survived the streets of Kuwait and made it to us at Homeward Trails, but we discovered he has a painful eyelid problem that causes them to fold inward against his eyeballs (entropion). Surgery can take care of this and leave him better than new, we just need you help raising the funds. He’s come so far, he just has one more step before he’s ready to find his forever home.

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This boy is sad, confused, in pain. He has no idea what he’s doing in the shelter. His owner of 7 years just dropped him off. He’s used to discomfort — that skin condition didn’t develop overnight — but the frightening surroundings are new. We need to raise the money to take him in and treat whatever is happening with that skin. And then the search begins for people who will stand by him forever. Won’t you help us?

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This awesome little dude — estimated to be less than a year old — was a stray down in Russell County, but nobody ever came looking. Our longtime shelter partners say he is a wonderful pup, and fantastic with other dogs — super friendly and fun. Just’s about 20 pounds, and seems like a lab/border collie mix. He’s such a perfect example of the kind of dog that languishes in a rural shelter, but once up here will be on the market all of 2 seconds before finding his people. We just need to get him here, and that just takes donations.

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Fern had a lovely litter of puppies this spring. Last week, they were old enough to leave the nest, and  we were able to squeeze them onto the transport up here. Now Fern’s had a week to rest without the kids all over her, and it’s her turn to join us and find her forever home.  Who knows … maybe they can have family reunions up here in Northern Virginia!

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The story about these two is like a game of telephone: The seem to have been left at the house of a friend of a guy who often drives the transport between the shelter and Homeward Trails. Who gave them up? Why? Are they siblings? We’ll never know any of that. But we actually know what we NEED to know: they’re incredibly nice, and they’ll make wonderful pets for some lucky folks. Let’s get them up here so they can start the part of their life that won’t be a mystery!

 

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This darling young girl isn’t letting her shelter life bring her down! She manages to be a happy, engaging sweetheart even in this difficult, seemingly hopeless setting. We’d like to bring this 30-lb, one-year-old lab mix up where we’re sure she’ll be able to find a loving home. Can you help fund her escape?

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Miles O’Brien has had a rough life so far. He came from a rural Virginia shelter and has tested positive for both FeLV and FIV. That would be bad enough luck, but now the poor guy needs a dental. While we can’t cure his FeLV and FIV, we can definitely help him feel better by getting his mouth in tip top shape. He’s currently bleeding from his gums, so we need to get him a dental ASAP! Please contribute what you can and share his story. He’s also available for adoption.

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Beatrix is as sweet as a dog can be — but her mouth is anything but.   She’s been neglected and desperately needs a dental so that she feels better and has good dental health.  Please help us help Beatrix by making a contribution in any amount.  It’s tax deductible and will help this lovely dog so very much.

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Sweet little Dorado. He was a stray trying to make his own way in the streets of Puerto Rico. Our partners down there took him in, so for now he’s safe. But it is so sad to see this gentle soul missing out on the chance to be a beloved part of somebody’s life, just because he’s in a place where nobody adopts.

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Poor  Daisy has likely been neglected all of her life, but we’d like to turn the page and start over.  It was sad enough that she wound up at a shelter at age 10, but she’s battling horrible dental problems and stubborn skin issues as well.  We’ve taken her in, and we want to do right by her. She needs a dental to deal with her loose and black teeth, plus some meds to help resolve her painful skin issues. Once we get her on the right path physically, we can find her a caring home where she can live out her golden years. Can you help us?

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Fantastic Feebie is in a very bad spot: she’s stuck in an overcrowded rural shelter and she has tested positive for heartworm. We’d like to take this wonderful young dog (Husky and Great Pyrenees) and turn her life around. With your help we can bring her up here, treat her for those deadly parasites, and find this charming girl the home she deserves.

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Tough little Cleo has been fighting for her health for two months, and tonight finds herself back in the hospital — with her trademark purring winning the hearts of the emergency staff.

In March, after her rescue from a high kill shelter in WV, we saw that she was suffering with a badly infected mouth. Untreated, the infection had traveled up into Cleo’s sinus cavity. Homeward Trails raised funds to help cover the cost of her very expensive dental surgery, and Cleo began to recover.

Unfortunately, her congestion just returned, and now her white blood cell count is through the roof. She is fighting off a severe infection with 24 hour IV antibiotics and the vet is recommending further diagnostic tests.

We are committed to providing Cleo the medical care she requires but we need help with the funding. Cleo only weighs 4 pounds but she has such spirit!!! Throughout this entire ordeal, Cleo has been nothing but sweet and loving. Please, please help us cover our costs so that not only can we continue to give Cleo the care she needs, but other kitties and dogs who will need us in the coming days and weeks.

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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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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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