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cureOn March 10, Homeward Trails volunteers will join Critters for the Cure to honor and support people fighting cancer and the dogs in their lives!

Critters (and Couture) for the Cure is a fashion show held on March 10th, 6:30- 9 p.m. at the Bloomingdales in Chevy Chase, MD. Models and thier dogs will model fashions and raise money for cancer research. Homeward Trails is the official dog handler group for the event!

To learn more about Critters for the Cure and this event, visit


pizzaDine at Aria Pizzeria & Bar on Wednesday, February 23, and they will donate 10% of the proceeds to Homeward Trails Animal Rescue from 2 p.m. to close!

Aria Pizzeria & Bar serves an array of delicious handmade pizzas, panini, salads, wraps and baked penne pasta dishes. Enjoy a great meal and help homeless animals at the same time!

Aria Pizzeria & Bar

1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW

Washington, DC 20004


Our friends at Causes have joined Homeward Trails to help us help homeless animals in the name of LOVE! Simply go to to purchase so many lovely gifts, like flowers or chocolate-covered strawberries, and a $10 donation will automatically come to Homeward Trails. And it won’t cost you a penny extra!

What better way to say I LOVE YOU than with flowers AND the gift of life for a homeless animal?


I was saved from Parvo. Thanks!!

I was saved from Parvo. Thanks!!

With all the wonderfully, generous support we got from our loyal friends, HT has been able to save 10 puppies from Parvo in the last two weeks. These puppies came to us from a rural WV shelter – 4 different litters. All but one litter had multiple puppies each fall sick to this deadly disease. In so many cases, Parvo puppies are immediately euthanized because the cost to treat them is prohibitive. You all made it possible to avoid that and to give these pups a chance at life.

We now have just one puppy left still in the hospital….still needing financial support to allow us to keep treating her and get her as soon as possible!

Please consider a donation to help Felicity get well and to help HT have the ability to continue taking in dogs and cats in need. Each donation helps us better be able to financially take on such needs.  Sadly, we lost three pups to Parvo but not for a lack of giving them all that we had.

We thank our friends at Palisades Animal Hospital in DC and Burke Animal Clinic in Burke, VA who pulled out all stops to save these pups. They are now home, recovering and ready for homes. Check out Fiona, Frank, Flora, Felicia and Francesca; Beagle Boy 2; Retreiver pup 1 – all saved from Parvo and now looking for homes. And donate in the name of Felicity who is still fighting hard after two weeks of hospitalization.

Just click here:


pawcasso11Don’t miss this great dog-friendly event! Join us on Saturday, April 16th at the Washington Post for an evening of local art, music, food and fun.

Enjoy the art of more than 35 local artists, bid on dozens of donated items in our silent auction, enjoy live jazz, food and drink.

And get Fido and Fifi a bath – they are welcome at this year’s extravaganza!

Buy your ticket at

Get Fido in the bathtub because this year he’s invited! That’s right! PawCasso 2011 is dog friendly!

We are currently seeking business sponsors, art donations and silent auction items for PawCasso. If you know someone who might be interested in donating, please pass the info along to them!


You all have been so wonderfully supportive in helping us give the Parvo pups the very best treatment! To date, we have been able to raise 75% of the expenses….so we still need to raise an additional $1,500 to help us get to 90%. We are so appreciative of all the support!!

To date, two of the Retriever pups are finally going home from the vet after a full week of treatment! We are thrilled as it was truly not looking good even 48 hours ago. Thanks to our friends at Palisades Vet for their wonderful care!

Sadly, three more pups remain hospitalized at Burke Animal Hospital, one in grave condition and two others in serious shape. We hold out hope that they will pull through! With your tremendous help, we have been able to keep treating them and did not have to stop treatment prematurely due to cost!


In addition to the traditional treatment our parvo puppies have been receiving at Burke Animal Clinic, Dr. Herrity has recommended two alternative and holistic therapies to help these puppies fight this virus — Cold Laser Therapy and Bicom will help their bodies heal themselves and maximize the benefits of the treatment they’re already receiving.

Cold Laser Therapy uses light frequencies to promote healing by stimulating normal cells, especially intestinal cells, to replicate. Bicom is a therapy based on a science called Bioresonance and the principle that all the cells in our body communicate with each other via electromagnetic signals. Bicom helps fight the virus by stimulating the immune system and by inverting, or canceling out, the Parvo signal. These services are being offered at a substantial discount to make them affordable for the rescue and allow us to take advantage of all options for care to help these puppies get better.

We are thrilled that Dr. Herrity is offering our pups this amazing opportunity at a much discounted cost! Please consider a tax-deductible donation to help us push these last three pups to health and allow us to continue taking in more pups! We need your help to do so!

*****Learn more about these and other alternative therapies and how the doctors at Burke Animal Clinic integrate them with traditional medicine to provide more resources to keep pets healthy and heal pets when they become sick by coming to meet Dr. Herrity at PetMAC in Arlington, on Thursday, 1/27, 7:15 p.m. Learn about alternative therapies such as Stem Cell Therapy for osteoarthritis cases (see news coverage at News Channel 4 Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation; Cold Laser Therapy; and Bicom 2000. These therapies also can provide alternatives to more expensive and invasive treatments.

Bring your pet and a food sample and Dr. Herrity will do a free nutritional test to determine if that food meets your pet’s nutritional needs. RSVP to Cindy at


parvoHT ended 2010 with a spectacular effort to empty the shelter in Fayette County, WV. We did so by partnering with two other local rescues to take in 34 puppies, 6 dogs and 6 cats!

Sadly, just two weeks later, the shelter was full again with puppies and they faced euthanizing 40 puppies to make space. HT once again stepped up, taking in 18 puppies. However, an unprecedented number of these rescued puppies have been stricken by Parvo, a deadly puppy virus.There has never been a time where so many puppies from different litters have been hit by this deadly virus at once. It is devastating!

This week, we lost three puppies. Here are the faces of two we lost:

Just today, 3 more went to the hospital in grave condition. We now face losing more if we cannot find a way to hospitalize them for up to five days each at a cost of $500-$800 per puppy.  We are lucky to have vet partners who are willing to treat our puppies at up to 50% less than emergency vets, but the cost still runs quite high. By plunging $5,000 in debt to save these puppies it will hamper our efforts to afford to rescue more in the near future.

Below are some of the 13 other puppies that are either currently sick or part of sick litters who face quickly succumbing to Parvo if we are not prepared to hospitalize them right away.

Please help us during this difficult time so that we can give these puppies the chance that they have never had before. They’ve come this far – help us take them all the way!

To make a donation of any size go to


yourstoryThe Animal Rescue Site is hosting a contest seeking great pet adoption stories. If you submit your story of adopting a pet from Homeward Trails and it wins, you could land Homeward Trails a grant of $3,000. The four runners ups will receive $1,000 grants.

Please make sure you read the rules carefully and don’t forget to mention Homeward Trails by its exact name and address:

Homeward Trails Animal Rescue
PO Box 100968
Arlington, VA 22210

Submissions are due by Feb 28. They will then pick 5 finalists to be featured on their site for everyone to vote on. That voting will begin March 2nd and end on March 20th.

Please show your support for Homeward Trails and submit your story today!


burstThis week 9 years ago Homeward Trails started (by accident). You can read here about our humble beginnings:

We take time to celebrate the more than 10,000 animals we have rescued!  We could not do what we do without the help of our wonderful volunteers and partners!


yearPlease DONATE NOW! There are so many animals in our partner shelters, tied to chains, losing their homes and on the streets. We simply need more resources to save them. Imagine keeping warm all day and night in this cold!

Homeward Trails rescues over 1,500 animals a year and we can’t do it without all our wonderful supporters. Please make a year-end donation to help us save more animals in 2011!

A gift to Homeward Trails is a wonderful way to say Happy Holidays to the pet-lover in your life. Include your loved one’s name and address and a personalized card will be mailed to them about your thoughtful gift!

Donate today. Save a life.