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Homeward Trails Animal Rescue Animal rescue in Fairfax Station, VA

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

Contact
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11116 Fairfax Station Road
Fairfax Station, VA 22039
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11116 Fairfax Station Road

Fairfax Station, VA 22039

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Adoptable pets at Homeward Trails Animal Rescue

We'll also keep you updated on beagle pup 2 (orange collar)'s adoption status with email updates.
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beagle pup 2 (orange collar)

Beagle

Male, 1 mo
Fairfax Station, VA
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beagle pup 3 (yellow collar)

Beagle

Male, 1 mo
Fairfax Station, VA
We'll also keep you updated on beagle pup 4 (green collar)'s adoption status with email updates.
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beagle pup 4 (green collar)

Beagle

Male, 1 mo
Fairfax Station, VA
We'll also keep you updated on beagle pup 1 (red collar)'s adoption status with email updates.
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beagle pup 1 (red collar)

Beagle

Male, 1 mo
Fairfax Station, VA
We'll also keep you updated on Sasha's adoption status with email updates.
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Sasha

Labrador Retriever/Mixed Breed (Medium)

Female, 11 mos
Fairfax Station, VA
We'll also keep you updated on Kaleigh's adoption status with email updates.
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Kaleigh

Boxer/Mixed Breed (Medium)

Female, 4 yrs 8 mos
Fairfax Station, VA
We'll also keep you updated on Bob's adoption status with email updates.
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Bob

Labrador Retriever/Mixed Breed (Medium)

Male, 3 yrs 1 mo
Fairfax Station, VA
We'll also keep you updated on Rumple's adoption status with email updates.
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Rumple

Schnoodle/Mixed Breed (Medium)

Male, 4 mos
Fairfax Station, VA

Rescue FAQs

Homeward Trails in based in Fairfax Station, VA, but serves the greater Washington DC metro area. We rescue homeless dogs and cats from mostly rural, underserved shelters where euthanasia rates are high and adoptions are low.

Additional adoption info

You will first be required to complete our Adoption Questionnaire (http://www.homewardtrails.org/adopt-a-pet/adoption-forms/). 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.

Adoption application

http://www.homewardtrails.org/adopt-a-pet/adoption-forms/

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We'll also keep you updated on Gemma's adoption status with email updates.
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Gemma

Domestic Shorthair

Female, Adult
Millersville, MD
We'll also keep you updated on Richard's adoption status with email updates.
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Richard

Domestic Shorthair

Male, Kitten
Washington, DC
We'll also keep you updated on Ghost's adoption status with email updates.
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Ghost

Blue Heeler

Male, 3 yrs 7 mos
Frederick, MD
We'll also keep you updated on Julip's adoption status with email updates.
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Julip

Terrier (Unknown Type, Medium)/Labrador Retriever

Female, Young
Washington, DC
We'll also keep you updated on Stella's adoption status with email updates.
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Stella

Shepherd (Unknown Type)

Female, 1 yr 2 mos
Centerville, VA
We'll also keep you updated on Archie's adoption status with email updates.
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Archie

Domestic Shorthair

Male, 2 yrs 7 mos
Lake Frederick, VA

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