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needsAs summertime fades slowly into our memories (noooooo!) and fall comes along, we are busy at Homeward Trails getting ready for what will be a busy time. We have many, many events we hope to see you at this fall…..adoption events, jazz festivals, community festivals, fundraisers and more.

Right now though, we need your help. The summer brought us a large number of injured and sick dogs and cats that need expensive, ongoing support. Please read about them here and consider a tax-deductible donation to help today. We really need the help!

Daphne – this poor 2 year-old Beagle has ruptured a disc in her back that will require surgery right away if she is to avoid being euthanized. This happened after the poor girl came to us with heartworm..she cannot catch a break. We need to raise $2,500 for this surgery right away. Meet Daffy here andplease consider making a donation:

Ringworm Kittens – we have had a number of kittens come to us recently with ringworm, a fungus that is a real pain to treat. Sadly,  many shelters euthanize any animal that comes in with ringworm, even though it is fully treatable. HT is treating more than 5 kitties for this at a cost of almost $1,000. See these kitties here and consider making a donation. The link to donate to these kitties is in thier descriptions:
Butterball & Bop:

Bree – this sweet girl loves people despite being neglected. She craves the care and love she was denied when she lived with a hoarder. She is a good mom and her healthy puppy has found a forever home. Bree needs our help to get healthy from heartworm and a mouth in fection she contracted without preventative care. Meet  Bree here:  Donate for her here

Cowboy – is a gentle, friendly black lab rescued from a rural area. To know this sweet boy is to love him. His owner dumped him at a crowded shelter because of what he thought was bad behavior – he is a bird dog who followed his instinct to kill a chicken when left to his own devices.  Cowboy got heartworm when his bad owner left him outside all the time without preventative. Meet Cowboy here: Donate to Cowboy here:

Finally, we have three dogs who need time with our trainers to work through their fears. They have been through a lot of stress and need help. Please consider donating to their boarding and training costs. Learn more about them:
Rocky is lost and confused. He has had trouble adjusting to his string of new situations after he lost his home due to his human’s illness. Help us help him work through it. Meet Rocky:
Fred is a sensitive little guy who found himself completely overwhelmed by his chaotic home environment. He needs help trusting people and letting go of his fear. Meet Fred:
Conor has some fairly serious anxieties. He desperately needs our help to find relief so he can work toward a normal life. Meet Conor:


Thanks to Fur-Get Me Not Dog Wash and the HT volunteers who made today’s charity dog wash a wonderful success!


We raised over $500 for our homeless animals…and lots of dogs are looking squeaky clean!


causesAre you an animal lover? Do you have a birthday or anniversary coming up? Or maybe you just want to help an animal in need? It’s this simple: go to and create a Causes campaign. Ask friends, family, colleagues to donate to your CAUSE for Homeward Trails.

To date, we have raised more than $75,000 for our homeless animals through this simple, great program. But summer is here and we need funds to rescue and care for more animals. Please help. You can make a huge difference by creating a CAUSE for Homeward Trails and helping us help more animals this summer.

Go now to and get started.


fostersOur shelters are full. The streets are also full. Homeless cats and kittens, dogs and puppies need us. Can you foster an animal? Saving a life is that easy. If you have two weeks to give to a homeless animal, please contact us. WE NEED YOU.

Fostering is a rewarding way to help an animal in need. Please contact for more info on our Foster Program and how you can get started TODAY. Don’t wait….



Happy Hour at the Front Page in Arlington

$5 cover charge gets you extended happy hours specials til 9 p.m. All for HT’s homeless animals!

Front Page:


Leaky Faucet Bartender Night – Adams Morgan

Come drink the night away and part of all tips that night will support HT’s homeless animals!

Support HT adopter Nelson as he pours the cocktails for HT!

Leaky Faucet:  2450 18th St, NW


Dine at Masala Art on Monday, June 13 and they will donate 10% of the day’s proceeds to Homeward Trails Animal Rescue.

Masala Art serves delicious, authentic Indian cuisine, and has won acclaim from food critics at The Washington Post and Washington City Paper. Make a reservation today to secure your spot!

Where:       Masala Art

4441 Wisconsin Avenue, NW (Tenleytown Metro)


When:        Monday, June 13, 2011

Lunch 11:30 am to 2:30 pm
Dinner 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm


Come out with Fido & Frieda and support Homeward Trails!

Canines & Cocktails for a Cause

Event time: 5:30-7:30 PM
Loews Annapolis Hotel, 126 West Street, Historic Annapolis
Loews Hotel Weather Rail Restaurant patio, where this series takes place, is mostly covered.

Come to the Reston Town Center this Saturday, May 7th and look for the HT booth. Once there you can meet many great adoptable dogs, purchase HT items (hats, t-shirts, totes and bottles), and your pooch can take a dip in our splash pool.

Learn more about the Reston Pet Fiesta at:



grantHomeward Trails is excited to announce that we are the recipient of a $5,000 grant from the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia Margery Barkdull Memorial Fund for Animals.

This generous grant was given to assist our efforts with special needs animals, including those with heartworm, Feline Leukemia, FIV, broken limbs,other injuries and animals with behavioral issues.

“We could not be more thrilled to receieve this grant and are looking forward to putting the funds to good use right away,” says Sue Bell, Homeward Trails Executive Director. “As a group who takes in such a high number of special needs animals, every dollar helps us to keep going.”

Dogs like Rudolph (pictured above) who have heartworm, and dozens of other animals who are lucky enough to make their way to Homeward Trails will benefit!


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!