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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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Imagine growing up, loving your family, having your needs met and not having a care in the world. Then one day, your owner decides they no longer want a dog, drive to a rural street and just kick you out of the car and drive away. Terrified and completely alone in the world, Titan now had to fully fend for himself as he watches his owner take off leaving him all by himself on a deserted street in Puerto Rico. This poor boy was so confused – why would someone do something like this to him? In a matter of minutes, he had to get his bearings and start living like a street dog immediately just to survive. Titan’s bad luck was about to change though because our Puerto Rico rescue partners found him and knew he was a special dog. They picked him up and brought him to the safety of their rescue. Surprisingly after all he had been through, the rescue says he is the friendliest, happy boy! In fact, he was so happy that someone came to rescue him that he jumped right into their truck when they pulled up. He has been stuck in a bad luck rut for long enough, and we need to raise a decent amount to get this big sweet boy to the DC area. We cannot stress enough how difficult life is for a Puerto Rico street dog, so help us sponsor this fantastic dog who is ready to give all his love to a new family!

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This is Buster. After the earthquakes in Puerto Rico, his family abandoned him on the streets. They didn’t feel like he was worth saving, and he was left to starve and die. How anyone could leave behind a member of their family during such a traumatic event is completely beyond me, but thankfully people found him and made us aware of his condition. Busters first family let him down, but I know that there’s a good match out there for him that will treat him as he deserves to be – one of their own – and he won’t get left behind again. We need to get him to VA to give him his best shot at finding his happy ever after.

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The earthquakes in Puerto Rico left many people without homes and suffering. What we sometimes forget is the animals that get left behind when the families flee, like Blue here. After the earthquakes, his family left him behind, in a crumbling house waiting to fall in on itself. Blue was scared and alone, and he had no one looking out for him, and if it wasn’t for being found he might have died in there. He deserves a second chance at life, after all he’s been through this gorgeous dog is still fighting to stay alive and find his forever home.

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Moon, the mother of four precious little stars!

Just eight weeks ago, Moon’s world seemed to grow just a little bit fuller when she gave birth to her very own litter of pups. She and her precious little stars: Nova, Astra, Comet, and Aurora were excited to spend their lives happily in Moon’s home as a family. However, their owner had other ideas and tried to give them away on Facebook. It seemed as though the little family’s entire galaxy had suddenly shattered. Now this mother and her innocent puppies are homeless and stranded in a rural shelter.

An old Latin proverb once stated, “Per Aspera ad astra” – Through adversity to the stars. Moon and her sweet babies have certainly overcome their share of adversity and are more than ready to find a safe comfortable place in this vast universe to call home. Won’t you help them overcome the last of their hardships and find their place amongst the stars?

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This is an extremely sad story and poor Patches has suffered a great deal. Patches is a 6-month-old dog who has had an unthinkable past in her short life living in Puerto Rico. We’re not even sure how she is still alive.

Sadly, her previous owner had mental health issues. One day, a bout two months ago, he decided to burn down his house with Patches still inside the house. 🙁 The man’s family took him to get help but they left Patches behind!!

Patches was found scared, badly burned and dehydrated in the burnt remains of the house in horrible condition. Luckily a rescue in Puerto Rico took her under their care and she’s been living with a foster ever since. Understandably, she was extremely wary of people at first, but has made leaps and bounds over time with her foster. She is extremely friendly and especially loves children! We plan on flying her here to Virginia where she can find her forever home but need your help to make sure that happens!

This is Patches now after a lot of care, and now she needs to find her forever home!! Can you please help make that happen?

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These two adorable and sweet chihuahuas (Cocopuff on the left and Peanut on the right) were happy in a home and all was well in their lives, then recently and suddenly, their owners no longer wanted them. They were dumped in a shelter and now they are terrified in the scary and big shelter.

These two sweethearts are very friendly with people but are skittish and scared with all the abrupt changes in their lives. They don’t understand what’s going on so we want to get them out ASAP and into foster homes where they can calm down and realize everything is going to be okay, well more than okay because we will find them their new loving, forever homes.

Please help sponsor Cocopuff and Peanut so they can start their new lives as soon as possible. Thank you.

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Poor Blanca was found cruelly tied to a pole with a collar so tight it had become embedded in her skin. Luckily, a good Samaritan was able to rescue miss Blanca, but she could not stay since dogs were not allowed on the property. Blanca needs your help to get her from Puerto Rico to Homeward Trails! It’s a long journey for this little two year old. Despite the cruelty Blanca has been through she is still an energetic and playful pup who desperately wants to spread her love to a family that will take excellent care of her!

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Pretty Precious is pretty darn perfect! This sweet girl was dumped at a rural WV shelter when her owner couldn’t care for her anymore. We know it wasn’t any fault of hers though because she is an amazing girl! Loves people, other dogs and doesn’t mind cats either. Talk about a diamond in the rough! At only a year old, she is very confused how her whole life got turned upside down and is trying to keep her spirits up at the cold lonely shelter. We just know that if we could get this loving pup to Homeward Trails, that she will make a future family so very happy. We can only do it with your help though – please sponsor Precious and let’s get her on her way to her new life!

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This poor little girl is Maria. Maria was dumped at a rural shelter in Virginia because her previous family said that they didn’t have time for a puppy. She’s almost 6 months old, and this baby wants to bring her love all the way to Homeward Trails! Maria is very good with other dogs, she absolutely loves to play! Please give her a paw in spreading her chocolate lab love to a new home that will have time for her and stay with her forever!

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Levi and Mel are two young cats seeking their fortune up North. These friendly felines will have greater adoption opportunities if they can hitch a ride on our transport to Northern Virginia. We can bring them here if their vetting costs are covered. Please help Levi and Mel on their big adventure.

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Baby showed up on someone’s doorstep and wants in the house. This sweet feline is looking for a home to call her own. She will make a welcome addition to most any family. We can bring her on transport to Northern Virginia if her vetting costs are covered. Help us help Baby find her forever home.

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Quigley and Quasimodo are two friendly 12 week old siblings born in a rural area with dismal prospects for adoption. We know these two brothers will be scooped up quickly if we can bring them to Northern Virginia. We can transport them if their vetting costs are covered. Please consider a donation today to help these kittens on their way to a forever home.

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Autumn was living in a home with Pooh, but her owners weren’t able to care for them. When her friend had kittens, that was the last straw and all of the cats and kittens ended up in the shelter.

Autumn is very confused, she’s used to being able to run and play, but now she’s in a cage getting limited attention. We know she’s got bigger and better planned for her life and we want to help make her dreams a reality. Please help sponsor Autumn.

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A shelter is no place for a sweet kitty like Pooh, and especially not when she’s raising kittens. Shelters can be dangerous places for neonatal kittens as their immune system is not yet developed and they’re so fragile. We have the opportunity to get this family out of the shelter and into a foster home to keep them safe. Please help!

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Domino was turned into a shelter when his owner no longer wanted him. One look at this chunky boy and we aren’t sure how that happened. Is he named after the game? Or maybe his hefty physique is an homage to the pizza chain. Either way, both are very popular during this time. So we know that if we can get him out of the cage and to DC, he’ll met his match in no time!

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Help! This poor little girl was stuck, chained up in a small enclosure in Tennessee. She was just surrendered to a rural shelter with no foster options and limited rescue partners and they are begging to get this sweet momma into a home before she gives birth. Based on her photos it’s clear that she could go into labor at any time! Please help us get her into an foster home ASAP so she can have her puppies SAFELY and give this family a new start.

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This picture looks like it belongs on a Sarah McLachlan music video for her song “Angel.” The lyrics “Spend all your time waiting for that second chance for a break that would make it okay” speaks so strongly into how the lives of these dogs living in neglect feel every day. In deplorable condition, there are 25, that’s right – 25!, puppies living outside in a giant pen in rural Georgia. Their elderly owner had a few unaltered dogs and that led to a serious puppy problem. There is absolutely no way that the dogs’ needs can be met in this situation. Thankfully the owner is surrendering the puppies and getting the adult dogs fixed, but now steps in the rescues having to figure out how to transport, care for and get all these puppies into safe, loving homes. They are all between 8 – 12 weeks old so we are hopeful that their sad lives will be a thing of the past and they will grow up to be confident happy family members! Homeward Trails is trying to lessen the burden of the Georgia rescue by offering to take on 8 puppies but we need your help! The rescue of 8 puppies is a big job but we know that with your help and sponsorship, these sweet babies will be thriving in the DC area in no time.

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This mama and her pups have lived outside in the extreme weather and we are excited to find them each their own loving home, but need your help to do that.

The mama dog lived with an elderly lady who originally had a couple of dogs that suddenly multiplied and turned into tons of puppies…and here we are.

We will be spaying the mom and finding the puppies homes instead of them going to the local high-kill shelter. We’re happy we could intervene before they were taken to the shelter, where things may not have turned out well for them.

The mama is described as extremely sweet and about 1.5 years old. She has 8, 5-week old puppies that are coming with her. We can’t wait to spoil them all! 🙂

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Look at sweet Sammy! He is confused as to why he lost his home because he’s a really sweet dog and makes the perfect addition to any home. Unfortunately his prior owner could no longer care for him, so we’ve agreed to help him find his new forever home. We don’t think that will be too hard to find because Sammy is the perfect dog in every regard! He is house-trained, great with other dogs and easy to love. He is extremely easy going and just wants to hang out with his people. His beautiful white coat and polka dot ears make him a unique and beautiful dog.

He’s almost a year old and weighs about 27 lbs. Please help us cover his care and get him into his next forever home. Sammy deserves it.

Watch a video of Sammy here

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Calm. Friendly. Loyal. Intelligent. Resilient… Perfect. If there were ever a set of adjectives to describe the good-est of boys, these are just a few that may come to mind. But Perkins, the three-year old Red Bone Mix is more than just a good boy; he is a perfect boy. This quintessential perfect boy does nearly everything right. He takes a cool, calm, and collected approach to life where nothing phases him. He walks confidently and flawlessly on a leash. He is outgoing and friendly and is always happy to meet other people and dogs. He might just be potty trained. However, this incredible boy’s life has been anything but perfect. Perkins had to struggle through the first few years of his life as a stray in the rugged terrain of rural Virginia, never knowing the source of his next meal, constantly having to look for shelter. It was not until he was recently found and brought to a local shelter that he ever thought he would have a chance at finding a home again. Now, stuck in rural Virginia, Perkins hopes that someone, somewhere will be able to help him find a forever home. The perfect boy clearly deserves the better than the best, and we know that with your help, we can help Perkins find his perfect home and a happier life than he ever could have dreamed.

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Hulk… has a secret. Not only is he a handsome boy, but he recently became the proud father of a litter of adorable puppies with a lovely lady named Snowflake… and he has no idea. The pair met when they were both adopted into the same home; sparks quickly ignited and they soon found themselves expecting. However, instead of being elated at the new family, Hulk and Snowflakes’ owner (as they’d done with other dogs), needlessly took the pair and dumped them at a local shelter. Now separated from both his mate and puppies, Hulk has not only lost his family, but his home as well. We were able to rescue Snowflake and help her find a safe location to be able to give birth, but Hulk is STILL alone at the shelter. This new dad has had clearly had a rough time, and we are desperately seeking ways to save him, just as we did for his family. Won’t you help us rescue Hulk and give him the life Snowflake and the puppies would want for the father?

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Gandolf hasn’t had the best month. A couple picked him up outside with a big gash in his coat, thinking he was their female gray cat. They tried to shave him down and caused injury in the process. They took him to the vet only for the vet to say this is a male cat. They couldn’t afford the bill so he was surrendered and now at the shelter. Now that is a very bad day and a very bad month. Good news is he’s healing and his hair will grow back. Gandolf is such a friendly, easy going guy, he’s not holding it against anyone. He just wants in a loving home, and with your sponsorship we can make that happen!

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Sam was brought into the shelter with an old arm wound and not much energy. He’s been listless but friendly. We think he’s in shock and is depressed. He’s not going to get better in the shelter, but we know how kitties like Sam blossom once in a stable, nurturing foster home. You can see on his face that he’s giving up. Please don’t give up on Sam. Sponsor his rescue today!

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Charlotte Marie and her three kittens found themselves in a VA shelter when a family could no longer care for the growing litter. Mom and kittens are as sweet as can be, and a shelter is no place for them to grow up. Please sponsor them and we can get them out and on to loving, forever homes!

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These three kittens are around six weeks old. They were found in a massive TNR effort so need socialization and individual attention they won’t get at the shelter. This is the critical age that will make a difference for their future and they need out of the shelter and into foster ASAP. We know they will need medical care as well. Please help us to make that possible.

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Meet these delicious pups: Starburst, Skittle, Snicker, Hershey, Reese, Heath, Twix, Baby Ruth and Tootsie!! Look at their sweet innocent faces. They deserve a better start to life than the ones they’ve received so far.

These amazingly cute puppies were dumped at a rural shelter in WV at just 5 weeks old. 🙁 The puppies are from two different litters in the same household but are the same breed (Feist/Airedale/hound mixes) according to the previous owners.

They are extremely sweet, just like their namesake! Let’s help get them to their forever homes!!

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The sweet face looking back at you is Rocky. Found in the woods at about 10 weeks old, a kind soul took him in and cared for him. Now at a little over a year, they were forced to look for a new home, due to landlord issues. Rocky is very smart, and knows many tricks and commands. Anyone would be so lucky to have this little one in their life, but he needs an opportunity to find them. With our help, he can matched with the perfect family, and can run around all day (which he loves) and spend each night going to bed knowing he’s loved and cared for. While there are many special pups out there looking for their forever home, if we have the opportunity to save even a single one a night of sadness – we should take it. With your help, we can make his dreams come true.

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This is Blaze. She was abandoned with his siblings in rural VA. At only 5 months old, she’s been doing her best to survive. No sweet little one should have to fight so hard so young, and to be left to her wits with no way to get by. Luckily she was found, and now has the chance to look for her happy ending with a loving family that will give her everything he needs and more. If we all come together we can help her find her forever home.

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This is Skye. At only 5 months old, this little baby was found abandoned in rural VA. This beautiful baby and her siblings were left for dead, but they survived and are as cute and loving as can be. There’s nothing quite as heartbreaking as leaving a baby to fend for itself, but with help we can make sure that this adorable, blue-eyed beauty not only survives, but is given a life filled with tennis balls and treats. help us get this sweet baby to a new home!

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These four boxer puppies need our help to make it out of a rural shelter in VA. It’s a loud, scary place for puppies and we’d love to get them into their new forever homes ASAP. They were dumped at the shelter by their owners and they are too cute and sweet to stay there any longer.

They are 3 months old and as you can see, extremely adorable!

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These 8 adorable fluffy puppies were part of an accidental pregnancy. The mother and father dog’s owner unfortunately did not spay or neuter either of them before they found out that mama was indeed expecting. The good news: the owner has decided to keep mama and daddy and have them fixed! The bad news: 8 puppies now find themselves homeless as they could not stay with the original owners. In steps Homeward Trails to get those pups out of a situation where they aren’t wanted, and into new families where they will be loved. We need your help though! Saving one puppy is hard enough, but saving and caring for 8 coming in at once is a whole different story!

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Mya was found wandering as a stray in rural West Virginia. It was clear that she had been used to breed several litters of puppies for years, before being abandoned when she no longer served that purpose.

One look at her face and we knew we had to help her. Please help us cover her medical and transportation costs.

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Chewy lost the only home she’d ever known when a new baby’s allergies meant she ended up at a shelter.

As you can see from her photo, she’s all ears when we told her we wanted her to come to Homeward Trails. Please help cover the cost of her medical and transportation-related fees.

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Meet Lola! She’s a terrier/chihuahua mix with big ears and an even bigger heart. Lola was surrendered by her owners to the shelter, and with no family of her own, she always tries her best to get the shelter staff to take her home with them! But Lola needs a permanent home, not a temporary solution. Can you please sponsor Lola so that we can get her OUT of the shelter and on the path towards adoption?
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The animals featured here have until March 22nd to be safely rescued. 𝙋𝙡𝙚𝙖𝙨𝙚 𝙠𝙣𝙤𝙬 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙀𝙑𝙀𝙍𝙔 𝙙𝙤𝙡𝙡𝙖𝙧 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙙𝙤𝙣𝙖𝙩𝙚 𝙜𝙤𝙚𝙨 𝙙𝙞𝙧𝙚𝙘𝙩𝙡𝙮 𝙩𝙤 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙘𝙤𝙨𝙩𝙨 𝙤𝙛 𝙚𝙖𝙘𝙝 𝙖𝙣𝙞𝙢𝙖𝙡𝙨’ 𝙢𝙚𝙙𝙞𝙘𝙖𝙡 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙩𝙧𝙖𝙣𝙨𝙥𝙤𝙧𝙩 𝙘𝙤𝙨𝙩𝙨, 𝙢𝙤𝙨𝙩 𝙤𝙛𝙩𝙚𝙣 𝙞𝙣 𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙡 𝙩𝙞𝙢𝙚. In some cases we must take a risk and rescue an animal before he/she is fully funded, however we still continue to try and reach the funding goal to put towards rescuing future animals. Therefore sponsoring an animal not only helps him/her, but paves the way for rescuing future animals.

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Cutie pie Amato was found at a trailer park with a pack of dogs running around. Although we are sure that it wasn’t an easy life Amato led, he is a super sweet cuddle bug despite it all. The rural shelter he is at says he loves attention – maybe making up for lost time while homeless! Amato’s great black and white coloring makes him quite the eye catcher, and we know a new owner is going to scoop him up in no time. He needs just one more rescue to the DC area with your help!

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Look at this little adorable 12-pound Chihuahua mix. Her name is April and she has a very sweet soul. Sadly she was surrendered to a rural shelter that is too noisy and scary for April.

According to her previous owners, she has an anxiety disorder. She is very scared but warms up quickly as soon as she realizes you aren’t going to be mean to her! April just wants someone to love her and she will love you back tenfold. Let’s get April out of the shelter and into a loving home!

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This story starts out pretty sad. A sweet mama dog and her 5 puppies are at a very overcrowded home in rural VA. Actually, the home has about 30 other dogs there – I’d say that definitely qualifies for a dog hoarder! She’s been doing her best to raise 5 healthy puppies, but it is time to get them out of that environment and into more caring homes. We were lucky to be called to help because if we had not gotten the opportunity to save them, who knows what kind of life they all would have had. The babies are 8 weeks old so just in time to bring some St. Patrick’s day luck into their new homes and mama will be eager to get adopted as well. But first, we have to get them out of the rural VA and to the DC area.

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These 8-week old cuties were abandoned by a dog-hoarding family – 15 dogs, including 13 puppies – were surrendered at a rural West Virginia shelter. The shelter they were left at does not have the space or medical ability to care for these unvaccinated puppies, which are at a high risk for parvo: a life-threatening disease that often kills young pups that are not vaccinated. Please help us save these puppies and give them the care they need to remain healthy!

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Young, pregnant Loretta was heartlessly dumped at the coal mines. Without the kindness of the miners there feeding and taking care of her whenever they could, it is unlikely that she would still be here. Unfortunately, at only one years old, she gave birth early to her five pups, and the miners enlisted animal control to rescue her, fearing that Loretta and her puppies would not be able to survive any longer on their own. Now, 30-pound Loretta and her five one-week-old puppies are stuck at a rural shelter and are in dire need of a healthier, cozier environment to rest, gain strength, and grow. Can you help rescue this extremely sweet, wonderful mother and her fragile newborns?

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