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My name is Austin!

I'm being cared for by
Homeward Trails Animal Rescue
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Domestic Shorthair
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My story

Breed - Domestic Short Hair
Neutered male
Weight - about 7 pounds
Estimated Age - 2.5 years

If you are interested in adopting this cat, please fill out our cat adoption questionnaire at For questions, email

HOW TO MEET THIS CAT: This cat is in a foster home. To meet him, please complete the adoption questionnaire.

LOCATION: Foster home


ADOPTION FEE: $170. This fee INCLUDES neuter, vaccines, and microchip. Ask us about our many adoption benefits that include free exams, pet insurance, and other discounts!


CATS: Austin is great with other cats and enjoys actively playing with them. He can be a bit of a drama queen so doesn't look too much rough physical play.

DOGS: We haven't seen Austin with dogs, but they may be a little intimidating for him so it would need to be a dog who gives him space.

KIDS: Austin prefers a quiet home so older children who can give him space when he wants it would be best.

KNOWN LIKES: Food, treats like Churus, comfy beds, lots and lots of snuggle time with people he trusts, laser pointer and toys

KNOWN DISLIKES: Loud noises, rough play, touching anywhere near his butt.


Austin is quite the cuddler and sweetest cat around! He is over the top affectionate with his foster mom, but he is a nervous cat who will run from strangers. He was born with a rare medical issue and required anoplasty surgery as a young kitten. While his colon and anus are working better, it's not 100% and likely never will be. Austin requires medication twice a day to keep his stool moving through his body and him feeling well, which he'll always need. Through all the meds and the surgery and recovery, Austin has been an angel. He's growing up in a foster home, and while he's loved and well cared for, we'd much rather see him in a forever home.

Austin is full of energy and loves playing with his kitty friends. He will need a special adopter who understands and is able to support his ongoing medical needs. He needs a welcoming kitty friend and will not be considered as a single cat. He can be adopted with one of his foster friends as well. While he does require added care, Austin is worth every minute of the added attention. He really is quite a wonderful, affectionate, little guy!

A series of FVRCP vaccines, rabies vaccine (if old enough), and deworming
Microchip - lifetime registration with no fees

Free physical exam with Caring Hands Animal Hospital, Palisades Veterinary Clinic, Jermantown Animal Hospital and Clarendon Animal Care within 30 days of adoption and all VCA Animal Hospitals (VCA offers $250 coverage - details provided) within 14 days of adoption.

A portion of EVERY ADOPTION fee supports spay/neuter for animals in under-resourced communities.

BE A FOSTER: Save a life:


Homeward Trails Animal Rescue

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11116 Fairfax Station Road, Fairfax Station, VA 22039

Their adoption process

Additional adoption info

You will first be required to complete our Adoption Questionnaire ( Once received, a Homeward Trails rep will contact you via phone or e-mail. Please allow 72 hours for a response. If it seems you are a good fit for each other based on the info you provided, a phone interview will follow. If you are renting, we require proof that you are allowed to have a pet as well as any breed or size restrictions that may exist. If you have pets or did previously, we require your vet information and we will call them to verify that your pets are in good health, current on vaccines and spayed/neutered. We require that all pets in the home be spayed/neutered unless there are health reasons that can be verified with the vet.

Homeward Trails' adoption fees range depending on type of animal, the originating shelter and the vetting the animal has received. Our adoption fees are set to allow us to cover our expenses as well as to help other animals in our program that require additional care. Our fees cover vetting costs, shelter fees, fuel for transport, copying and printing of contracts and paperwork, our website presence, food, boarding, behavioral training and additional medical care. It is important to note that while the animal you adopt may not require all of these things, many other animals in our system do. Thus, any "extra" money from adoption fees goes to help those animals who may require additional care. By adopting from Homeward Trails, you are not saving just one life, you are helping to save others as well.

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Go meet their pets

Meet Adoptable Dogs at the Adoption Center Every Saturday and Sunday from 10 AM – 4 PM - No appointment necessary!
Come see us at 11116 Fairfax Station Rd, Fairfax Station, VA 22039.

Homeward Trails has dog and cat adoption events throughout the DC area. For a list of our upcoming events, go to:

More about this rescue

Homeward Trails seeks to find permanent adoptive homes in the Mid-Atlantic Region for dogs and cats from under resourced shelters or whose owners can no longer care for them. In so doing, we seek to reduce the rate of euthanasia of adoptable animals through the rescue and placement of homeless animals; to support proactive spay/neuter practices; to promote positive and ongoing behavioral training; and to educate the public about how to care for their animals in a humane way. Homeward Trails not only facilitates adoptions from local shelters, but also supports a large network of foster care providers who take homeless dogs and cats into their homes, care for them, rehabilitate them when needed, and prepare them for their permanent adoptive homes.

Sadly, without our help, all of these adoptable animals would face almost certain euthanasia - usually within days or hours of our rescuing them. Each year we take in hundreds of wonderful animals who were left at shelters through no fault of their own.

Many are puppies and kittens – innocent victims of irresponsible pet owners who don’t spay/neuter. Some are abandoned hunting dogs who served their owners well and were dumped in woods or left at shelters when they were no longer wanted. Others are house pets whose owners simply grew tired of caring for them or moved and did not take them along. And even more are animals that have been injured, abused and neglected. Whatever the reasons, these animals all deserve better. And once with Homeward Trails, they get better!

Our Principles:
1. To always operate in the best interest of the animals we take into our program and to advocate for the proper care of those in shelters and in private homes;
2. To provide quality care for the animals we take in for as long as they are in our program and to provide ongoing support to our adopters;
3. To always maintain a manageable number of animals in our system whereby we can ensure proper medical care, behavioral training and housing for the animals;
4. To rescue the widest array of dogs and cats by avoiding general discrimination based on breed, age, and health;
5. To provide our shelter partners and their communities with resources that will result in the highest level of care for their animals, an increase in spay/neuter surgeries and a decrease in the abuse, neglect and abandonment of dogs and cats;
6. To treat our volunteers, adopters and partners with understanding, patience and support