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The animals featured here are some of the hundreds who have treatable but costly illnesses and injuries that Homeward Trails rescues every year. We have limited resources and must make life and death decisions weekly. Too often, these animals are left behind in shelters simply due to cost. We need extra help to take in animals whose care will cost more and for animals who may be with us longer as they recover.

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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Poor sweet Diddy was left at a scary shelter when his owner lost his job and could no longer care for him. The shelter scared the HECK out of this little guy who had only known the safety of one home his entire life. Imagine being without your human and in a loud, scary place and not having anyone to tell why or what was coming next.

We HAD to help this guy out. But he needs an immediate dental visit for some rotten, painful teeth and xrays for a swollen jaw. These little fellows can get sick fast from bad teeth and we don’t want anything more to happen to this guy this year. He already lost his person and his home. Help!

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UPDATE 11.30 – Rascal’s dreams have come true, and he made it all the way to the big city! He’s hanging with the Homeward Trails team for now, but we really need to get him that dental ASAP to relieve some of that terrible pain.

Rascal is a 5 year old beagle mix who is tired of his life in the country. He came to the shelter as a stray; a lone dog, lost and wandering in rural Virginia. He’s been at the shelter but no one has come to claim him. He has been alone. Unwanted. But no more!

Rascal is ready to leave that life behind and find something better in the big city. That’s where we come in. We know we could introduce him to all the right people who will want him and love him for the rest of his days! If only he can get into our care.

Rascal is also having difficulty eating and will be needing a dental STAT! He must be in so much pain, so much discomfort from trying to enjoy even the simplest things–eating, grooming, playing. Luckily, we can do our part to relieve that pain and get this rascal ready for his exciting new chapter.

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UPDATE 11.30 – Little Leonardo is (thankfully!) in Homeward Trails care, but he’s not out of danger yet. We still need to treat his heartworm! Help!

Leo is a handsome shepherd mix that is approximately 1-3 years old, and we are unsure of his backstory. Although he is a super sweet boy and great with kids and on a leash, he is currently at a high-risk rural Virginia shelter with limited options for transferring and surrender cases.

To make matters worse, Leonardo just tested positive for heartworm. Although heartworm is a TREATABLE disease, it is extremely expensive and often makes it even more difficult for sweet boys like Leonardo to find rescue placement or adoption. Please, help us raise the funds to get him healthy so we give this easy-going boy the second chance he deserves.

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UPDATE 11.30 – Donatella is STILL in critical condition! Thankfully, her ultrasound was clear and did not find any tumors. She is on a feeding tube, and we are hoping this may help her to stabilize.

Hospitalization. Feeding tubes. Ultrasounds. Bloodwork. The unfortunate reality is that these lifesaving interventions cost money. A lot of money. And we just can’t foot the bill on our own. We will continue to support Donatella and do whatever we can to get her back on her feet. But we can’t do it alone!

URGENT!!! Donatella is crashing and we need to act fast! She is in critical condition and desperately needs an ultrasound to diagnose her condition BEFORE THE CLINICS CLOSE for the holiday weekend!!! Time is not on her side.

The reality is that Donatella may not make it. She seemed to be feeling poorly last week, but took a devastating turn for the worse of the weekend. We rushed her to the vet first thing this morning. Her bloodwork is terrible. Her liver function does not look good.

Before we can even try to help, we need to know what’s really going on. We need to get Donatella that ultrasound ASAP! But we can’t do that without the money to pay for the procedure.

With an ultrasound, we will know more about what is happening inside Donatella’s little body. We will know what steps to take and what supportive care she may need. In all likelihood, she will need a feeding tube. But even that won’t be a guarantee.

Donatella came to us from a rural shelter in Virginia where there are few positive outcomes for cats. Let alone older cats–let alone a bonded pair! Donatella and her brother Giani are inseparable. They beat the odds and found her way into our care. We just can’t give up on Donatella now. We can’t stand to think what Giani will do if he loses his sister!

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UPDATE 11.30 – Elijah has made it into Homeward Trails care. Now we desperately need to get this pup the care and treatments he deserves.

Elijah was a stray. He just turned up on someone’s porch one day in terrible shape, dragging about two feet of chain with him everywhere he went. Who knows how long he had been on his own! His fur was dirty and matted and clumps of hair were missing. He looked like he had been struggling to survive for some time, and was desperate for a little compassion. He was exhausted.

At first, he growled. He was scared, unsure what to expect from strangers. But as those strangers set about helping him–finally freeing him from the dragging chain, shaving the dirty mats off his body–he began to open up. With just a little kindness, he seemed to become a whole new dog. Ready to play, and show off his favorite tennis ball.

We are still learning so much about Elijah. For instance, we’re learning that he loves big fluffy beds and toys. He loves playing tug-of-war and playing with his tennis ball. For all we know, this might be the first time in his life that he has ever enjoyed such simple luxuries. It’s hard not to spoil him!

Elijah has had a rough past. Homeward Trails wants to make sure his future is so much better.

But first, we have to get him checked out by a vet and get him feeling his best! Elijah appears to have some deafness. And he definitely has some problems in his rear legs. He is an old dog, and definitely in need of a dental to relieve what must be excruciating pain in his gums and teeth! Truth is, we won’t know for sure what is going on or how best to help him without bloodwork, x-rays, and the advice of a veterinarian.

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Allegra was rescued from a certain death, pulled from the back of a dog catcher’s truck in Guanica, Puerto Rico. We suspect the dog catcher beat the dogs, which would explain the injury poor Allegra has on her head.

Life as a stray in Puerto Rico is filled with cruelty and ignorance. People are unkind, even abusive. Dogs are frequently hit by cars and left to suffer on their own, without anyone to care for them.

Despite the odds, Allegra survived. She was rescued from the back of that truck, and now she has made it all the way to Virginia.

Sadly, after all she has overcome, we have just learned she is heartworm positive. Heartworm is a debilitating and deadly disease. It results in lung disease and heart failure, and causes irrevocable damage to other organs.

Allegra is a survivor who refuses to let heartworm win. But she needs your help to put up a fight.

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Alma gave birth in the back of a dog catcher’s truck! At only 1-year-old, she has experienced more trauma than any dog should.

Alma was rescued in Guanica, Puerto Rico in the nick of time. She was in the the back of a dog catcher’s truck, which means she was on her way to her death. Luckily for Alma, a good Samaritan stopped the truck and refused to let him go until all the dogs were surrendered to a compassionate volunteer.

Now, after all she has overcome, we have just learned she is heartworm positive. Heartworm is a debilitating and deadly disease. It results in lung disease and heart failure, and causes irrevocable damage to other organs.

Alma is facing down heartworm disease. We need your support to help her put up a fight.

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Poor Lilly was surrendered to a shelter because her owners could no longer care for her. She has had a long, lonely road but finally found her way to Homeward Trails. Now, we want to get her feeling her absolute best. To do that, she will need a dental ASAP!

Dental cleanings may sound rather simple but they are SO important to a pup’s overall health! Dental problems can lead to all sorts of nasty and painful conditions, including broken teeth, abscesses, and periodontal disease.

Will you help us get Lilly cleaned up and ready for the next chapter of her story?

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UPDATE 11.16.2020 – We’re relieved to share that Meatball’s bloodwork came back PERFECT and he does not have Cushing’s disease. However, his teeth are REALLY bad and he definitely needs a dental before things get any worse! We can’t schedule his dental though, until we have enough money raised to cover his procedure. Can you help?

Meatball is protective of his people, but sweet and affectionate once he gets to know you!

We’re worried this goofy pup may have Cushing’s Syndrome, a condition which results when a dog’s body makes too much of a hormone called cortisol. Cortisol is helpful in controlling weight and fighting infections, but too much and it can cause serious problems. Sometimes Cushing’s can be caused by an overactive gland or even a tumor! We know something is off, but we won’t know how to help poor Meatball without bloodwork and additional vet care.

Meatball’s teeth are also showing his age! This senior boy is years overdue for a good dental cleaning! Dental cleanings are critical to removing plaque buildup which alleviates pain and prevents other debilitating and crippling diseases.

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UPDATE 11.9.2020 – We are glad to share that Amelia’s bloodwork came back, and all is well. While we are beyond happy for Amelia and what this means for her health, we are still stuck with the bill. Can you help us cover our expenses?

The Homeward Trails team noticed something a little off in Amelia. She seemed to bleed too much after very minor things, like getting poked with a vaccine needle or a gentle scratch. To be sure that all is well, we took Amelia to the vet for bloodwork and a checkup.

Amelia came to Homeward Trails by way of Puerto Rico. She was found tied to a fence at a restaurant, abandoned without anyone to claim her. She is great with people and dogs. She is very energetic, and loves to jump and play. She is an amazing addition to the Homeward Trails roster and we just want to be sure she is in tip-top shape before she goes to her forever home.

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