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Best Friends and Zappos have joined Homeward Trails for the 2016 “Home for the Pawlidayz‘” event.

All adoption fees waived. Come adopt your best friend for FREE. All weekend long!

 

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dogfish Dogfish Head Alehouse in Falls Church, VA will be hosting a fundraiser for Homeward Trails Animal Rescue on July 14th where a percentage of their sales for the day will be donated to the Rescue.  There is no flyer to print or secret handshake to remember, just come and enjoy!

There will be a silent auction and live music so come join us for a great day of fun!

 

Dogfish Head Ale House
6220 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA, 22044
11:30 AM – 11:00 PM

http://www.dogfishalehouse.com/locations/dfha-falls-church

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Bring the whole family and join HT as we walk in the Clarendon Mardi Gras Parade on Tuesday, March 10, beginning around 6:00 PM.  People and pups alike always have a blast at this high energy annual event.  We’ll have costumes available for the dogs and a few accessories for their humans too. We’ll have beads with the HT logo to hand out to folks along the parade route.  Email volunteer@homewardtrails.org if you would like to participate.

Enjoy these photos from previous years

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HT is thrilled to announce that we raised $6,000 in just 5 hours on World Spay Day (February 26th) to match a generous $2,000 grant provided by the Frederick S. Upton Foundation to support an intensive spay/neuter campaign that will kick-off in April in Fayette County, WV.

“Fayette County is HT’s longest shelter partner and sadly, even after more than 10 years of our help and that of other rescues, their euthanasia numbers are still incredibly high. Almost weekly their shelter fills up with highly adoptable dogs, cats, puppies and kittens and so many are euthanized because we simply cannot get them out quickly enough. Many animals don’t even make it on their website because they are euthanized before they get the chance they deserve. “The answer must be an aggressive effort to spay the animals in the County and stop the flow of unwanted animals,” says Sue Bell, HT Founder and Executive Director. “We needed to match this grant with an additional $2,000 in donations from the public and we felt the best day to kick off this effort was World Spay Day! We are beyond thrilled with the generosity of our HT supporters and that we more than doubled our goal!”HT chose to do this program in Fayette County based on our long-standing partnership and in response to the overwhelming need for a lasting solution to the animal overpopulation in the county. “We are reaching out to elected state and local officials in Fayette County as well as businesses, residents and media partners to really bring attention to what we are doing in hopes it will generate an ongoing effort, ” says Bell. “True success will be that we can use this money quickly to spay a large number of animals, create a list of residents needing this service and then get out there and raise more money to keep doing it. We know our loyal supporters will make this possible. A $25 donation automatically becomes $50 through this initiative and that is enough to spay one cat. A $50 donation becomes $100 and that spays one dog. We are so grateful to the Frederick S. Upton Foundation for this wonderful opportunity. We know we can make a big difference.”

HT will partner with the Fayette County Animal Control and the New River Humane Society to launch this program. Stay tuned for details on this exciting new venture!

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scoobyTo celebrate the opening of the Scooby-Doo Live Musical Mysteries show at the Warner Theater on February 16th, HT is meeting up with Scooby and his buddy Shaggy at the Northwest One Library branch in DC on Wednesday, February 13th.  30 local DC children will meet lucky rescued dogs from HT, get to hang out with Scooby-Doo and participate in a book reading.

Representatives from the North Shore Animal League will also be joining the fun!

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kittylitterThank you to Pet Valu for collecting donated litter – 2,200 lbs of it – for Homeward Trails kitties!!!

The month-long February drive asked customers to purchase a 40 lb. bag of Kitty’s Best clumping litter for only $6.99 at ANY Pet Valu location to donate to Homeward Trails!! Visit HERE for locations of the many Pet Valu stores in the DC area.

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pjnyThank you to Manhattan-based PJNY dogwear who graciously selected Homeward Trails as the “Shelter of the Month” for February. PJNY donated 10% of their February sales to Homeward Trails!   Visit  www.pjnydogwear.com to get the most fashionable of wear for your pooch and support our work with homeless animals with your purchase!

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The recent school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT has left many of us feeling a sense helplessness; looking for a way make a difference and honor those who lives were taken much too soon. This is especially true for Debbie Gomes, owner of Little Rascals Doggie Day Care and Boarding.   Little Rascals has been a boarding partner with Homeward Trails for a number of years and they have graciously provided a boarding spot throughout the year free of charge to help Homeward Trails rescue more dogs.

26Yearning to do something positive in the wake of the tragedy, Little Rascals came up with a unique initiative to both honor the victims and save lives.  Starting immediately, Little Rascals will foster 26 homeless dogs and cats each of whom will be named after those who were killed. This act of kindness will save lives who would not have normally been saved due to the lack of foster space. We at Homeward Trails cannot thank Debbie and the staff at Little Rascals enough for this generous gift of life to our four-legged friends.

Debbie wants us to remember the victims, not the shooter which is why each of the saved animals will be named after a victim. Years from now, Homeward Trails volunteers and Little Rascals staff members will remember the victims as we remember each foster dog or cat named in their honor.

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cesarCesar Millan, Scooby-Doo, Homeward Trails and thousands of fellow dog lovers celebrated on Saturday, September 29, 2012 the largest pack walk ever—on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

This was a once-in-a-lifetime event for families and dogs to come together and share something very special with one another—walking in the same direction with a common purpose of helping dogs.

Cesar Milan sports an HT adoption vest and visits with HT volunteers at the National Family Pack Walk event

Cesar Milan sports an HT adoption vest and visits with HT volunteers at the National Family Pack Walk event

Homeward Trails is partnered with nationally recognized North Shore Animal League to have more than 35 adoptable cats and dogs on hand – and received more than 25 adoption applications!

Cesar Millan kicked-off the event with a 1.5 mile Pack Walk and then stopped by to meet HT’s adoptable animals, posing in pics with them and even donning an HT Adoption Vest!!!

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Pumpkin and her 8 pups arrived via plane to HT!

Pumpkin and her 8 pups arrived via plane to HT!

The weekend of September 28-29th Pilots N Paws held its fourth annual awareness event, the “Dog Is My Copilot” Flyway and Homeward Trails was one of three local DC animal rescue groups participating. HT took in 8 dogs and 8 adorable pups!!

See it here on Channel 9: Channel 9 Pilots n’ Paws

Approximately 200 homeless animals from North Carolina arrived in DC and headed to foster and adoptive homes. Homeward Trails volunteers were anxiously waiting to pick up our animals to whisk them away to the next chapter in their lives.

The event was one of the largest one-day annual event in the history of Pilots N Paws. In 2011, pilots transported 174 dogs and 1 kitten out of Florence, SC in memory of the Chesterfield 22. After the BP oil spill in 2010, they flew 171 animals out of New Orleans.

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