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fundWhen cat-loving DC resident Kathleen Franzen passed away earlier this year, her good friend Anne struggled to come up with a way to properly honor Kathleen. Having received Kathleen’s money at the time of her death without strict instructions, Anne had an overwhelming number of potential places to give this money.

Kathleen was married to a (literal) rocket scientist named Bill. Together they had rescued several cats from allies, horse farms and even their own front yard on Capitol Hill! Anne chose Homeward Trails to honor Kathleen and her love of cats and to work with a group like Homeward Trails who prides itself on its commitment to stray and special needs kitties.

In Kathleen’s honor, a fund has been created in her name to help Homeward Trails do more to help stray and homeless kitties. From providing needed vet care, spay/neuter, trapping, colony feeding and other needs that our homeless kitty friends need, this fund will help us to do much more! We are honored to be a part of this effort!

The $25,000 gift will be used over five years and requires a matching donation! We will look to you to help us match the $5,000 each year by 25%, 50%, 75% and 100% over the next five years in order to ensure this fund grows.

More info will come soon about how you can go to to make your donation today this exciting fund. You can play a role in helping homeless kitties in your own city and all around!


Penny is safe! Here’s the message from her adopters:

At 8:40 last night, our other dog Buddy barked and started whining at the front door. I opened the door and there Penny was, waiting for an invitation to come in!!! After 5 days on the run, she looks well and happy, is eating and drinking. THANK YOU so much for the prayers and assistance!!!

Marianne and family


pennyPenny, a dog adopted from Homeward Trails, was lost from her home in McLean on Tuesday, April 12, but she was running and dogs can run over 10 miles a day so she could be very far from there by now. If you live anywhere in Northern Virginia, please use this flyer to post on intersections in your neighboorhood. Please also post at your vet, pet supply shop and any other business that will let you put up the poster. Mailmen, FedEx drivers,etc are great because they travel. Please hand them a poster.

If you can come help us put up posters in and around McLean and look for her any time this weekend, please let HT volunteer Lois know at 703-749-7949 or

Please post information on neighborhood listserves, Facebook, Twitter etc. Please use this link where folks will find all of the posts about the search for Penny, including the most recent information:

The more people looking for Penny, the sooner we will find her. Thank you for anything you can do.


pc11These wonderfully talented artists have donated artwork for PawCasso 2011. You will have the opportunity to be the lucky owner of one or more of their pieces when you join us this Saturday evening! Tickets are still avaiable at:

Info about all of the artists is available at





Gail Vandervort







Barbara Aigen


Donna Childs

Jennifer S.

Francine D’

Scott Bush

Lisa Neher



Bill Owen Photography

Jacqueline Saunders

pennyHomeward Trails dog Penny slipped away from her adopters this morning, Tuesday, 4/12, at 1553 Forest Villa Lane in McLean, VA. We need your help to bring this sweet girl home!

Pimmit Run Creek is close and Penny ran down to the creek. This creek runs west and east to the Potomac – though it’s several miles until it hits the Potomac.

Penny is shy and unlikely to come to strangers. Homeward Trails volunteer Lois will be out putting up signs and looking for Penny today. She is very eager for help! Please call Lois at 703-749-7949 if you can help.

UPDATE at 2:15- Penny is still lost. We need your help flyering TONIGHT- please call Lois if you can help. 


Thanks to Bill Owen, photographer for a great weekend of pooch pics!

photog2Bill’s efforts for this weekend-long photo fundraiser generated more than $700 for Homeward Trails Animal Rescue.

Check out the Washington Post article on Bill’s great adventures in doggy photography:

And check out his site at

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