Top Dog & Cat Rescue Organizations

As I’m sure you’ve realized by now, dogs and animals mean a lot to me and are a huge part of my world. If you haven’t already, click here to meet my personal herd!  Because of that, I’m often asked about the groups or organizations that I recommend, so I’ve compiled a list for easy reference. This is a living post, meaning that I’ll continue to add and update, as often as I need to. This list includes local, national, and global organizations. And, without further ado, here are my top rescue organizations to support!

Rescue + Freedom Project (R+FP)

The R+FP is a US based non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing survivors of unique captivity and cruelty and telling their emotionally compelling stories to prompt social change and celebrate a #RescueLifestyle.

Since 2010 the charity has been freeing survivors from laboratory experiments, senior and special needs animals from shelters, and victims of horrific abuse from around the world.

No matter what the condition, the location, or the expense, the Rescue and Freedom Project stands at the ready to rescue, rehabilitate, and repeat.

My Thoughts on rescue + freedom project

Several years ago, my best friend brought this organization to my radar. We had our first beagle, and I was learning about the horrors associated with beagles and testing laboratories. Since learning about Rescue + Freedom Project, I have made it a mission to educate my friends and family, and make choices every day to support cruelty free products and companies. Much of my education has come from this organization, and I applaud their efforts and am proud to watch them grow on a global scale.

Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation (LDCRF)

The LDCRF helps homeless pets find their way into loving homes through rescue and adoption.

We offer same-day adoptions and two-week trial periods.

ALL pets are spayed or neutered prior to adoption.

Over 30,000 lives saved since 2001.

Pebbles was adopted from LDCRF in July 2012!
My Thoughts on LDCRF

This organization has a huge place in my heart because two of our herd came from them. The first adoption was Pebbles, July 2012. And then a few years later, Maggie 2. They have a huge following in the area, too, and it’s obvious why. Our family highly recommends this organization!

Fun fact, before I adopted Pebbles, I purchased a tee shirt as a fundraiser for this group. I didn’t even realize it had been for LDCRF until several years later when I was cleaning out my closet. That shirt is still proudly hanging in my closet today!

Maggie 2 was also an alumnus of LDCRF!
Dog World Rescue (DWR)

We are a “dog-centric” all volunteer rescue organization that provides pet adoption in VA, MD & DC.

My Thoughts on DWR

While none of our pups came from this organization, we strongly feel that Pebbles brought DWR into our life for good reason. During late spring, they had a beagle that looked and acted so much like Pebbles. We met her and unfortunately she wasn’t a good fit for the house or herd, but by the end of the summer she did find her forever home with her foster family. When DWR says they care about their animals, they truly mean it. We met the organization’s leader during that meet up, and I was beyond impressed by her. I’ve stayed following her and the rescue ever since then, and I can see how much she loves and cares for every single dog and family she brings together. I’m definitely glad Pebbles brought DWR to our attention!

Final Thoughts

Make sure to check in on this blog post occasionally to see if we’ve added any additional organizations! And if you’ve got a dog and/or cat rescue or organization you’d like us to be aware of, let us know in the comments!

xoxo,

Kayla

I'm often asked about the groups or organizations that I recommend, so I've compiled a list for easy reference. This is a living post, meaning that I'll continue to add and update, as often as I need to. This list includes local, national, and global organizations. Here are my top dog and cat rescue organizations that I support and highly recommend!
This is a living list, meaning that I’ll continue to update with additional groups and organizations, as I find them.

Home Selling Tips from an Interior Designer

Interior designer gives 5 tips to get your home ready to sell.

If you’re looking to sell your home or if your home is on the market, check out these home selling tips below. From the eyes of an interior designer!

I’m one of those people who loves to see what’s on the market regularly. Partly to get exposure to new neighborhoods and housing developments in the area. But, also to stay up to date on trends in the area, especially among buyers and sellers.

It may seem like an odd thing for an interior designer to care about, but what I’m looking at is what attracts buyers and what motivates sellers. Because at the end of the day, if you’re updating your home at any point of home ownership, you want to be sure you’re spending money wisely. Not just for your benefit right now, but for resale in the future. I value my clients’ time and money, and I want to make sure anything I suggest will benefit them right now and when they are ready to sell.

Here are a few of my top tips when listing your house. Things that I regularly see and can often pinpoint why a home isn’t selling. Price plays a factor, of course, but ensuring that you have buyers actually wanting to tour your home is another piece of the puzzle.

Let in natural light

I get it. We all want privacy. We all like to keep our nosey dogs from yelling at the neighborhood dogs walking near(ish) to the house. (Maybe just me?). But one of the biggest turn offs for buyers is seeing a dark and depressing space. If you do nothing else during picture day and showing appointments, make sure your windows are open and letting the light and view in! Humans naturally crave to see nature, as mentioned here. Open windows with a view are an easy way to showcase this in your home.

Get professional pictures taken

We all know that first impression is a huge deal when selling yourself for a job, meeting new people, etc. And it is just as critical for your home, too! Think about it from the buyers side. If or when you’re looking at homes, which ones do you gravitate toward and which ones stand out? It’s usually the ones with better photography. Make sure your realtor understands the importance of good photography. It doesn’t matter if your home is magazine ready, if your pictures aren’t a good first impression, it’ll just get skipped over and forgotten.

Selling your home? Make sure it's giving buyers a good first impression!
5 Tips to get your home market ready
Decor and personalization

I am absolutely not telling you to hide who you are in your own home. But, I will tell you to bring it down a level or two. Too much personalization is overwhelming for buyers. And they often can’t overlook it. I don’t think you need to completely neutralize your home, just to sell it. But, I do believe simplifying is key. Your goal is to get a buyer to come in and envision living in the home. With their things. That doesn’t mean get rid of everything, and in fact I highly do not suggest you do that either. The key is to find the right balance of you still living there and allowing the buyer to feel right at home. Need assistance with this? I offer home selling consultations just for this type of thing!

Hire the right person or team

The absolute best thing you can do when selling your home is finding the right person or team dedicated to selling your home. Meet with them. Make sure they have similar belief systems as you and that they see you as a client and person, and not dollar signs. Will they maintain a relationship with you outside of this sale? Do they truly care about you and your family? It makes a huge difference to know someone has YOUR back on a professional level.

If you’re in the Northern Virginia area, I highly recommend the Ron & Kelli Team. And while I should add that Kelli is my mom, I strongly believe in the dedication and passion that this team has for real estate and their clients. It’s not just a job or career, it’s their life. They eat, breathe, and sleep real estate. I have watched them build friendships and strong bonds with their clients over the years. They’ve been invited to numerous parties, weddings, and so much more. To work with them, you become family.

it’s ok to ask for outside help

Getting ready to sell your home can be overwhelming. And it’s absolutely ok to look for professional help outside your real estate professional(s). Remember, you want your home to set the best first impression it can to those who are house hunting. Sometimes, it helps to have a neutral 3rd party come in and offer guidance. If your budget doesn’t have room for you to complete the renovation(s), you still have options. Technology today provides ways to show updates, without the hefty expense or extended timeline to complete the project. Instead, ideas can be shown to potential buyers digitally, and can show potential of what your home can become. Other options include virtual staging to show empty homes with ideal furniture and/or various suggestions on color schemes. Just make sure to clearly note that these are not actual images, but professional suggestions.

Final Thoughts for selling your home

Feeling stuck or want a neutral party to help get your home in top selling shape? Contact me for a home seller’s consultation. I promise, I won’t tell you to toss everything and start new. But, I will walk space to space, room to room with you, while discussing your budget and timeline. And then, I’ll figure out the best plan of action just for you!

xoxo,

Kayla

5 tips from an interior designer to get your home market ready.
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All NEW Homeward Hound Interiors!!

Hello and welcome to the NEW Homeward Hound Interiors!!! This website and blog has been about 6 months in the making. I’m thrilled to be launching officially today!

Homeward Hound Interiors was just the start of an idea last year. It came about after taking a year plus off for mental health struggles, and to rediscover who I was and what I wanted out of life. But the overall journey didn’t really start last year.

The Beginning…

In 2010, when I graduated college, I was asked where I wanted to be 5 years. To be honest, I wasn’t really sure at that point in my life, having just spent from age 13 until then working toward my design degree and starting my design career. And even though I tend to prefer longer term goals, thinking 5 years out was huge to me at that time in my life. I remember saying that I’d love to own my own design business after 5 years, but I didn’t really feel that timeline then, and as I look back, I see why.

Fast forward to 2015, I had accomplished so much already in my career at that 5 year mark. But, I knew I wasn’t ready to do my own thing right then. I was still learning so much day to day! After 2015, my mental health started to go downhill, and my health became my priority and focus. I still had planted that seed in 2010 and I could feel the roots getting stronger.  The idea was blooming, but it just wasn’t time yet.

Last year, I felt the design bug bite. I started to crave design projects again. Almost overnight, I finally felt like my calling was found again. I wanted to make that idea blossom completely.

INTRODUCING the All New Homeward Hound Interiors

When 2018 began, I was feeling a little lost.  But, after starting to meet with a group mastermind, I knew I was on the right journey. I had just slipped off the correct path for a bit. With their help, I’ve been working on taking my business to the next level. This site and blog is just one of those steps to get me back on the right track.

I look forward to sharing a variety of topics with you here.  The NEW Homeward Hound Interiors is all about creating sophisticated and pet-friendly spaces for my clients. Other key features will include the dog mom life, growth of my business, continuing to discover myself, and much more!! Thank you for joining my journey and helping to make the forest of my dreams grow!! The NEW Homeward Hound Interiors welcomes you.

Want to stay in touch? Follow me on social media: Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook.

Looking to start a new project? Contact me for a FREE virtual coffee chat!

xoxo,

Kayla