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catPlease remember Homeward Trails this holiday season with a tax-deductible, year-end gift to help the animals.

A donation of any size will allow us to help more animals this winter season and throughout the year.

Visit to make an online donatoin today.

Happy Holidays!!!


holidatcatsPlease check out our special Holiday cats if you are looking for a fabulous feline to add to your family.

Holiday Mandy, Holiday DC, Holiday Candy and Holiday Mike are all special cats waiting patiently for their forever homes.


In the next 24 hours, is giving away $5,000 to organizations who get supporters to join through special links.

If you aren’t already shopping and searching on iGive for HT, go to before noon on Thursday, join and do one search and iGive will donate $1 to Homeward Trails. One dollar may not sound like much but if 50 people do it, that’s $50 raised for Homeward Trails! And if you buy anything from an iGive online merchant within 45 days of joining, you’ll generate a $5 bonus donation to HT on top of the regular percentage of your purchase.

Searching or shopping through iGive means a donation. It’s free and easy. A penny or more per search, a $5 bonus for your first purchase and up to 26% of your purchases at over 730 stores like Amazon, eBay, Travelocity, Home Depot, Staples, and many, many more. Plus you SAVE money with exclusive coupon codes, free shipping deals, and sale alerts.

After you join, the easiest way to use iGive is to install their browser toolbar- it automatically recognizes if you’re shopping at an iGive online store to help you generate a donation for every purchase!


Homeward Trails recently learned about 4 young kittens living outside in Haymarket, VA. To our astonishment, in addition to the 4 kittens, the rescue who went down to pick them up found approximately 30 adult cats in the same place, living outdoors in the cold. None of these cats are spayed or neutered or vaccinated, and most, if not all, are sick with fever and living off of bread and dry food. While they technically have “shelter” in a couple of small wooden shacks and under a house, this is hardly sufficient given the bitter cold nights of recent (and for 30 cats!). Surprisingly, all of these sweet animals are friendly, reaching out to humans for help from their heart-breaking ordeal.

The two cats that Homeward Trails was able to take in with the help of the primary rescue had terribly high fevers and messy eye infections. Bentley, a gorgeous Tuxedo, and Skye, a lovely long haired black cat, are currently being boarded at a kind veterinarian’s clinic who graciously offered to help Homeward Trails with these guys. Please consider helping these poor cats. A donation of $100 will help get a kitty spayed/neutered, any necessary medications, and fully vaccinated. When contributing a donation, please be sure to specify “Outdoor Kitties” in the notes section before submitting. Even if we don’t have enough foster homes to go around immediately, let’s all join in the effort to have zero population growth in this friendly colony while we work to rescue each of them.


totalHT strives to rescue as many homeless animals each year as possible. But beyond quantity, our biggest focus is on quality. HT believes strongly in providing the best care for each and every animal in our system. So, while quantity is nice….we take the most pride in the quality of care and quality of adoptive homes we provide to our rescued friends!

Cats Adopted Recently

Sassy Tortie
Snickers the 3 legged kitten!

Dogs Adopted Recently

Holly Berry
Mikey, a senior lab who will live out his years 4 doors from Arlington Petmac!

givingIn a wonderful, collective effort by our many, many friends and supporters, Homeward Trails has been awarded a ten thousand dollar cash grant through the America’s Giving Challenge competition!

Beating out more than 8,500 national and international nonprofit organizations, HT is the only animal-focused group to win this prize.

How did we do this?

You made it possible. HT generated enough individual donations to secure a spot in the top eleven. With 1,674 donations and more than twenty eight thousand dollars raised, HT received an additional $10,000 award. Having entered the contest two weeks late, HT supporters wasted no time helping HT to move quickly up the list and remain in the top twenty almost daily.

“This amazing win will help us help so many homeless animals, ” says Sue Bell, HT Founder and Executive Director. “We are so incredibly grateful to each and every one of you wh donated and got others to. This was truly a collective effort. We thank you. “

Check out the article in the Richmond Times Dispatch about this exciting win:

To read more about the contest and the other winners, visit

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