Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal

Not long ago, I thought oatmeal could only be eaten after cooked on the stove top or in the microwave.  But oatmeal is just like other packaged cereals that can be eaten right out of the box- without artificial ingredients and added sugars.  This breakfast takes just a few minutes to throw together, is perfect for an on-the go breakfast and really does taste like cinnamon rolls!

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3/4 cup steel cut or old fashioned oats

1/3 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

6 pitted dates, sliced thinly

1/2 cup non-dairy milk

2 teaspoons ground flax seeds

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon pure maple syrup (to sweeten, if you are using unsweetened milk)

 

Combine all ingredients and allow to sit for a few minutes before indulging in this whole foods breakfast bowl.

 

By Melissa DelSignore

Mona Lisa

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Status: Adoptable – Outdoor
Age:  Born 2008
Breed: Farm Pig
Gender: female
Color: pink
Adoption Fee: $75
Sponsor Fee: $40 each/month
Ready to Adopt?

About Mona Lisa


July 28, 2015:  Sadly this past season, we lost Garfunkle.  Mona Lisa is now part of a trio, residing with Celita and Cisco at the sanctuary.  She still hopes to find her forever home and as you can see, it would not be hard to fall in love with her!

July 6, 2014:  Got some new photos of this pair.  These big farm pigs sure know how to do what they do.  Wallowing around in the mud and burrowing in the soft straw fill their days.  Hoping to find a home, they can’t help but enjoy the sanctuary grounds while they wait!

Mona Lisa and Garfunkle became friends once they met at Happy Trails. It was a love match, so how do you separate them? The answer — you don’t!  Mona Lisa was purchased during an undercover investigation into hideous animal cruelty at a livestock farm in Medina County in 2009. As a small pig, she had been thrown over a fence by her owner. Picked up by her back leg, she was heaved over the rail and landed on the hard concrete. This happened three more times. The last time she hit her head on a post and developed a hematoma behind her ear. The rescue worker bought her to use as evidence in the cruelty case. Little Mona Lisa’s life was worth $5.  Garfunkle came from a different rescue. He was the runt of the litter. A man was raising two pigs to be used for meat. However, he kept the pigs in horrific conditions. The humane officer began an investigation and left a note for the owner to contact her. When she returned the following week, Garfunkle’s friend was gone — butchered right in front of him to be used for a barbeque.  After a great deal of discussion about how thin Garfunkle was and how there was no meat on his bones, the owner agreed to surrender the pig to the humane officer.  Luckily Garfunkle ended up at Happy Trails, and now he gets to live happily ever after.

Eyes, Lips, Face

How much does it typically cost for makeup that does not include any animal ingredients and does not test their products on animals? $15? $20? $40 or more?  Try $1, and I’m not kidding.  Eyes, Lips, Face (or E.L.F.) cosmetics is one brand you have probably seen in the makeup isle and walked right past, thinking that you need to spend top dollar in order to have animal friendly makeup.

E.L.F does not test any of their products on animals, and most** are 100% animal product free.  In store, their prices rage from $1.00-6.00 and they have everything from makeup remover cloths and nail polish remover to mascara, eyeliner and blush.  To make things even better, these products are sold at Wal-Mart, Kmart and Target, making them easy on your wallet and gas tank.  Online, they offer free shipping and a much larger selection than what you can find in stores.

Directly from the E.L.F. FAQ page, “We do NOT test on animals or endorse such practices. Our products do not contain animal derived ingredients. Beeswax has been replaced by synthetic beeswax and lanolin has been replaced by Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladinpale-2. We currently support HSUS and are partners with PETA in the Caring Consumer Project.”

 

**E.L.F’s Studio Line brushes are animal friendly, however their brushes from the Essential Line do contain animal hair.

 

Ginger Grapefruit Zinger

Need a quick, caffeine-free pick me up?  With only three ingredients and a blender needed, something so delicious couldn’t be more simple.    In addition to a natural energy boost, this drink is perfect for detoxifying, improving circulation and the immune system.  Makes 1/2 cup of juice.20150627_144436

1 grapefruit, peeled and seeded (approximately 1 1/2 cups)

2 tablespoons fresh ginger, peeled (or less, to your taste)

1 teaspoon fresh turmeric, peeled

Combine all ingredients into a blender and blend on high for 1 minute 30 seconds.  If you don’t have fresh turmeric, use ground turmeric, or you may leave out completely.

Juno

 

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Status: In Foster Care
Year Born: 1998
Breed: Thoroughbred
Gender: Mare
Color: Bay
Height: 15.3
Adoption Fee: $500
Sponsor Fee: $50/month
Ready to Adopt?

About Juno


juno-h July 21, 2015:  Juno is suitable for an advanced beginner to advanced rider.  She is flourishing in her foster home, being ridden, loved and building muscle and trust.

January 11, 2015: This summer, Happy Trails assisted in the removal of 9 horses and 24 chickens from a hoarding case that also involved 30 dogs, a few cats and 80 parrots. The horses were starved and getting eaten up by flies, the chickens were locked in coops with the cats, the dogs were in small cages in the basement and the parrots were in a shed in cages that had not been cleaned in a long time. After months of fighting in court, these animals have finally been signed over and the horses and chickens are now available for adoption!

Juno is a sweet girl! Juno was thin when she was rescued, but is otherwise healthy and sound. She is trained but still needs evaluated under saddle. She is doing very well with her weight gain!

Pandora

 

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Status: At Sanctuary
Year Born: 2005
Breed: Thoroughbred
Gender: Mare
Color: Bay
Height: 16.0
Adoption Fee: $500
Sponsor Fee: $50/month
Ready to Adopt?

About Pandora


dsc_8196pandoraJuly 21, 2015:  Pandora is broke to ride and is suitable for at least an Intermediate rider.  She has no apparent lameness issues and is in good health.  Can go in any direction, from trail to the show ring.  She is ready for that special someone to take her there.

January 11, 2015: This summer, Happy Trails assisted in the removal of 9 horses and 24 chickens from a hoarding case that also involved 30 dogs, a few cats and 80 parrots. The horses were starved and getting eaten up by flies, the chickens were locked in coops with the cats, the dogs were in small cages in the basement and the parrots were in a shed in cages that had not been cleaned in a long time. After months of fighting in court, these animals have finally been signed over and the horses and chickens are now available for adoption!

Pandora is a cute solid bay. She was pretty thin when she was rescued. She has no other health issues. Pandora is trained but has not yet been evaluated under saddle. She is quiet and very sweet.

Ranger

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Status: In Foster Care
Year Born: 1994
Breed: Appaloosa
Gender: Gelding
Color: Bay
Height: 15.2
Adoption Fee: $150
Sponsor Fee: $50/month
Ready to Adopt?

About Ranger

RangerJuly 21, 2015:  Ranger is friendly, loves attention and affection.  He will make a lifelong partner and pasture buddy.

May 1, 2015:   Ranger along with Austin has been moved to a wonderful foster home where they will be able to enjoy pasture life 24/7 !  What a change from the hospital setting of the sanctuary.  Ranger is still awaiting his forever home.

January 11, 2015: This summer, Happy Trails assisted in the removal of 9 horses and 24 chickens from a hoarding case that also involved 30 dogs, a few cats and 80 parrots. The horses were starved and getting eaten up by flies, the chickens were locked in coops with the cats, the dogs were in small cages in the basement and the parrots were in a shed in cages that had not been cleaned in a long time. After months of fighting in court, these animals have finally been signed over and the horses and chickens are now available for adoption!

Ranger is quite the handsome boy! He was a little thin when he arrived, but he has no other health issues. He has not been evaluated under saddle.  Ranger is solidly built and quiet.

Dharma

 

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Status: In Foster Care
Year Born: 2010
Breed: Thoroughbred
Gender: Mare
Color: Chestnut
Height: 15.0
Adoption Fee: $500
Sponsor Fee: $50/month
Ready to Adopt?

About Dharma


dharma (1)July 21, 2015:  Dharma is in a wonderful foster home where she has been able to continue her training.  She is green broke but has been very willing and quiet under saddle.

April 1, 2015:  Dharma was evaluated today under saddle.  Although she is green, she was very willing and quiet.  She is going to make someone a very special life-long companion.  Are you ready for the love of your life?  Give this gal a change and new beginning.  You will never regret it.

Dharma is a super cute mare. She was rescued from a severe neglect situation along with Metta and Hercules. She is young and a blank slate ready to learn, please and be loved!

Esperanza

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Status: In Foster Care
Year Born: 2000
Breed: National Show Horse
Gender: Mare
Color: Chestnut/White
Height: 16.0hh
Adoption Fee: $500
Sponsor Fee: $50/month
Ready to Adopt?

About Esperanza


espiJuly 21, 2015:  This past Friday, Espi had a riding evaluation and while she did very well, she will need continued training at a slow and patient pace.

July 11, 2015:  A special treat…this update is straight from Esperanza’s foster home and trainer…The once nervous, anxious and un-trusting horse is in the past. Esperanza has blossomed over the last ten months in her foster home, she has gained a little more weight and has tons of muscle on her. She seeks attention, is incredibly gentle with little kids and comes happily when you call her in from the field. She most certainly has figured out how to be a horse again. She has gotten along with every horse that we have introduced her to. This is in part because she has no desire to be the head of the herd, shes happy just being with the other horses. She has been in training and handled daily since her arrival at her foster home. She is working on her level two Parelli Natural Horsemanship and has recently been restarted under saddle and ground ties better than any horse in the barn and loves to be groomed. We felt it was best to take her back to the very basics. She is what would be termed in the natural horsemanship world as a right
brained extrovert. Knowing the horsenality of a horse helps immensely in setting them up for success. It’s taking the time to understand how they process and learn and this girl is incredibly smart, a fast learner and very eager to please.  We have introduced her to scary things like tarps and big blue balls. None of which phase her. She is very nosy and tries to be helpful. A quick story: We were putting up additional fence in our field and had equipment everywhere, making noise, banging and Esperanza was right there. She was taking things out of the four wheeler, nudging us while we worked trying very hard to be part of  things. Our goal with Esperanza was to try and help her forget all the bad that she has experienced in her life and instead show her that humans can in fact be a safe part of her world. I believe we are there!  Her favorite treats are watermelon and bananas.

July 28, 2014: Esperanza has come a very long way since her arrival at Happy Trails. She is now in good weight and is gaining muscle! She is far less anxious than she was when she came. She has calmed down and is figuring out how to be a horse. She will still require a patient, experienced adoptive home as she can still be a handful. She is a very gorgeous girl, she will make a great addition to the right home!

April 1, 2014: Esperanza (hope) is a beautiful 14yo Paint mare.  She was rescued along with her longtime buddies, Sueno and Milagro from yet another severe neglect case in Mahoning County, Berlin Center.  To read their bio, check out our Mahoning County/Berlin Center Rescue (pdf) We have a grand dream that her and her two friends, who supported each other through years of neglect, could be adopted out together.  We do understand our dream is just that and if the right family comes along, she will be adopted out with best wishes.  Esperanza came to us very nervous, anxious and un-trusting. She is in need of a weight gain of 300 pounds!  It has been a sweet pleasure for our animal caregivers to work with her gently each day as she blossoms into a bright-eyed, less anxious friend at the sanctuary.  Although it will take time, she will learn to trust and will be able to be ridden but most importantly, she may actually trust again.  Please contact us if you think Esperanza might find hope in your family.

Violet Gray

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Status:  At Sanctuary
Year Born:  2006
Breed:  Grade
Gender:  Mare
Color:  Sorrel Varnish
Height:  14.2
Adoption Fee:  $250
Sponsor Fee: $50

About Violet Gray


dsc_8168violetJuly 21, 2015: Violet will stand all day long to be groomed and scratched.  Needs a gentle and patient handler to get her over some of her residual fears.  She is not broke to ride but sky is the limit with the right person.

April 26, 2015: It’s been a long, hard year. What a way to celebrate the 1-year anniversary of the Columbiana County rescue than with plea bargain closing the case and finally freeing up these wonderful animals for adoption! Read the full story-update of the Columbiana County abuse case.

Violet is a sassy mare ready to settle in to a forever home.  Violet is sweet, sound and so overdue for love, attention and a purpose.  Please consider a visit with Violet.  You will not be sorry!

Tyee

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Status:  At Sanctuary
Year Born:  2006
Breed:  Thoroughbred
Gender:  Gelding
Color:  Grey
Height:  16.1
Adoption Fee: $250
Sponsor Fee: $50

About Tyee


dsc_8207tyeeJuly 21, 2015: Tyee is broke to ride and would be suitable for an Intermediate to Advanced rider.  Due to previous racing injury to his right front ankle, Ty can be ridden but will be best for flat work and light trail; absolutely no jumping.

April 26, 2015: It’s been a long, hard year. What a way to celebrate the 1-year anniversary of the Columbiana County rescue than with plea bargain closing the case and finally freeing up these wonderful animals for adoption! Read the full story-update of the Columbiana County abuse case.

Tyee is a beautiful Thoroughbred gelding ready for your love.  He has limitations due to a fused right front ankle.  This does not limit his personality!  With a loving home, some occasional bute for comfort, and some patience, Tyee can make the perfect companion for light trail riding.

Iris

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Status:  At Sanctuary
Year Born:  mid 20s
Breed:  QH
Gender:  Mare
Color:  Dark Bay
Height:  15.1
Adoption Fee:  $250
Sponsor Fee: $50

About Iris


dsc_8216irisJuly 21, 2015: Iris is broke, broke, broke! Would be a great lead line horse for kids, an excellent teacher for beginners.  Iris is the perfect, perfect kids horse for light riding and lots of love!

April 26, 2015: It’s been a long, hard year. What a way to celebrate the 1-year anniversary of the Columbiana County rescue than with plea bargain closing the case and finally freeing up these wonderful animals for adoption! Read the full story-update of the Columbiana County abuse case.

Belle

 

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Status: At Sanctuary
Year Born:  2013
Breed:  Morgan
Gender:  Mare
Color:  Dark Bay
Height:  14
Adoption Fee:  $250
Sponsor Fee: $50

About Belle


dsc_8185belleJuly 21, 2015:  Belle was taken to OSU on the 10th of this month.  Surgery for Belle would give her a new lease on life.  Fundraising efforts are currently underway to make this happen!  Belle needs an experienced handler and with surgery can be put into training to make a great riding companion.  No jumping.

April 26, 2015: It’s been a long, hard year. What a way to celebrate the 1-year anniversary of the Columbiana County rescue than with plea bargain closing the case and finally freeing up these wonderful animals for adoption! Read the full story-update of the Columbiana County abuse case.

Belle is a wonder to behold.  Her beautiful face and shiny coat show her inner beauty cannot be contained.  Belle has a hernia that prevents her from being turned out with aggressive companions.  This hernia may be repairable with an elective surgery at OSU.  We can work with a potential home to make this happen.  First we must find the right person to take Belle as their own.  With this surgery, Belle at age 3 will live a long, happy life as a riding companion for some lucky person.

Pumpkin

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Status:  In Foster Care
Year Born:
Breed:  Mini Horse
Gender:  Gelding
Color:  Chestnut
Height:  9
Adoption Fee:  $100
Sponsor Fee:  $50

About Pumpkin


Pumpkin 3July 20, 2015:  Pumpkin is shy and sweet and ready to find a forever home.  He was rescued alongside Buster and Lilly and they are fast friends.  They are all together in a foster home until each finds his place to be in the world.  Could you find this little guy his person?

April 26, 2015: It’s been a long, hard year. What a way to celebrate the 1-year anniversary of the Columbiana County rescue than with plea bargain closing the case and finally freeing up these wonderful animals for adoption! Read the full story-update of the Columbiana County abuse case.

Pumpkin and Buster are in foster care awaiting their forever home.  We will bring more details to you as they become available.

Lilly

 

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Status: In Foster Care
Year Born:
Breed:  Welsh Pony
Gender:  Mare
Color:  White
Height: 10.5
Adoption Fee:  $100
Sponsor Fee: $50

About Lilly


lily4July 20, 2015:  a beautiful while large mini/small pony, is blind in one eye. She is gentle and sweet, a little shy, but will make a great family pet or companion for another horse.  She was rescued alongside Pumpkin and Buster and they are close friends.  Lilly will need a companion to help her with sight and an ideal companion would be her current seeing eye mini, Pumpkin!

April 26, 2015: It’s been a long, hard year. What a way to celebrate the 1-year anniversary of the Columbiana County rescue than with plea bargain closing the case and finally freeing up these wonderful animals for adoption! Read the full story-update of the Columbiana County abuse case.

Buster

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Status: In Foster Care
Year Born:
Breed: Mini Horse
Gender: Gelding
Color:  Black/White
Height:  9.5
Adoption Fee:  $100
Sponsor Fee: $50

About Buster


buster2July 20, 2015:  Buster is very vocal, smart, brash, super curious, outgoing, bossy and fearless.  Rescued alongside Pumpkin and Lilly, they are great friends.  Buster needs a companion kid to have adventures with!  Do you know the perfect little cowboy or cowgirl to match up with Buster’s great personality?  Give us a call!

April 26, 2015: It’s been a long, hard year. What a way to celebrate the 1-year anniversary of the Columbiana County rescue than with plea bargain closing the case and finally freeing up these wonderful animals for adoption! Read the full story-update of the Columbiana County abuse case.

Pumpkin and Buster are in foster care awaiting their forever home.  We will bring more details to you as they become available.

4 Rhode Island Red Roosters

 

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Status: Adoptable
Age: Unknown
Breed: Rhode Island Red
Gender: Male
Color: Red
Adoption Fee: $10 each
Sponsor Fee: $20/month
Ready to Adopt?

About the Rhode Island Reds


July 9, 2015:  Ronald has been adopted with his girlfriend Georgia!!  We wish these two lovebirds the best.  They are going to an amazing home with many other farm animals and lots and lots of green grass to peck the day away!

These 4 boys came in a hoarding rescue along with an abundance of roosters, ducks, 2 goats and a calf. There are 4 Rhode Island Red boys up for adoption now!

Parker is a little feisty and would love to have some girls all his own!
Clark is is sweet and a bit boisterous.
Chad is very sweet and has super soft feathers!
Adopted-Ronald is quiet and lower on the pecking order.

 

Watermelon Sunshine Smoothie

Need to cool off on a hot summer’s day?  Here is a smoothie that will surely refresh and energize you!

The watermelon in this smoothie is a perfect base, being comprised of nearly 92% water, you really do not need to add additional liquid.  And, did you know watermelon contains more lycopene than almost any other fruit or vegetable?  This smoothie, loaded with nutrients, will make you feel like you are holding the summertime sun in your glass.watermelon sunshinee

Makes 2 cups of smoothie.

 

1 cup of apple, chopped (I used 1 organic pink lady apple)

2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice

1/2 cup frozen strawberries

2 cups watermelon, deseeded and chopped

 

Combine watermelon, strawberries and lemon juice and blend for 30 seconds.  Add apple and blend for another minute or until all fruit is completely blended to a juice-like consistency.

 

Recipe by Melissa DelSignore

Mahoning Valley Vegan

Hi Annette:

     ….I wanted to let you know how much our group-Mahoning Valley Vegan-enjoyed our tours this past Sunday.  Let me start with Hope.  I’d never set up a group tour before and she was a massive help from the very first phone call.  I wanted to be certain we did everything right and she was very, very helpful in answering all (and I do mean all) my many questions.  Our tour guide, Ilona was exceptional.  She took time to share stories and her experiences; she answered questions and allowed us to have experiences with your residents that none of us expected.  Who thinks they could hold a mature rooster and have no claw marks after!  Or pet a chicken.  We never felt rushed or that we asked a dumb question.  She allowed everyone to explore and learn and understand all at our own pace.  To say that it was an exceptional experience is probably downplaying the day!  We have roughly 200 photos circulating and if you’d give me an email address I’ll be happy to forward our album.
I’ve been to quite a few MeetUps and I’ve also been to a few Happy Trails events.  This one was so fantastic people are still commenting about it and sharing memories 2 days later.  I’ve never seen this level of event bliss before!
Again, please give your staff our great big thanks for making our Sunday glorious.  They helped make lots of new friends for Happy Trails.  Folks came from parts of PA, Youngstown, Ashtabula and Painesville to tour Happy Trails and every single one left feeling energized, engaged and satisfied.  Here’s hoping for a few more events in the YO part of the world!
Warmest regards,
Ellen Z

Dark Brahma Roosters

 

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Status: Adoptable
Age: Unknown
Breed: Dark Brahma
Gender: Male
Color: Black/Grey
Adoption Fee: $10 each
Sponsor Fee: $20/month
Ready to Adopt?

Dark Brahma Roosters


July 13, 2015:  Hey Happy Trails friends, this is a unique opportunity to adopt more than one lovable rooster!  These guys are from a rescue in Portage County and were all raised together.  They get along in pairs and would love to find a home.  They are able to be held and cuddles and are used to contact.  We have 7 of these beautiful boys who are in desperate need of homes! They are very passive, very friendly and affectionate, would make great yard buddies to keep the bug and ticks population down in your yard.

 

Falcon

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Status: In Foster Care
Year Born:  2010
Breed: Spotted Saddle Horse
Gender:  Gelding
Color:  Black/White
Height:  15
Adoption Fee:  $500
Sponsor Fee: $50

About Falcon


falconhJuly 21, 2015:  Falcon has followed in Esperanza’s footsteps to the same foster mom. There they will be working on his foundation training and their hope is that he will blossom in the same way as Espi.  Falcon is green, but with this important training will most certainly be able to be a great riding companion.

April 26, 2015: It’s been a long, hard year. What a way to celebrate the 1-year anniversary of the Columbiana County rescue than with plea bargain closing the case and finally freeing up these wonderful animals for adoption! Read the full story-update of the Columbiana County abuse case.

This guy.  He is quite a character.  Recently gelded, his mouthy behavior has calmed but he will need an experienced handler to teach him the ropes.  Falcon is ready to find a home and provide 24/7 entertainment!  He loves to play, engages with everyone and has a great life ahead.  Will you share it with him?  He should go fast as he has the looks to land him a loving adoptive parent for sure!

Blissful Banana Smoothie

Bananas are loaded with fiber, B vitamins and potassium.  Being inexpensive and filling, they are a great base for smoothies.  This smoothie will surely leave you feeling satisfied and free from sugar cravings.  It’s great as an on-the-go breakfast or a post workout snack.  This recipe makes approximately 4 cups of smoothie, but if that is too many bananas, cut the recipe in half.

Blissful Banana

1 ½ cups ripe, fresh banana

1 ½ cups frozen, sliced banana (slice banana before freezing)

1 ½ cups organic, unsweetened soymilk (or other dairy free milk)

1 teaspoon cinnamon

2 tablespoons ground flax and chia seed blend

Dash sea salt

Dash nutmeg

Cinnamon and sea salt, for garnish (optional)

Peel and slice bananas into 1½ inch segments .  In a blender, combine soymilk and frozen bananas and blend for about 20 seconds.  Add fresh bananas and remaining ingredients and blend for about one minute or until all bananas are blended well.

If desired, combine cinnamon and sea salt into a small bowl and dip the rim of your glass in water.  Press the rim of the glass into garnish mixture prior to filling with your smoothie.

 

 

Maka

Status: In Foster Care
Year Born: 1986
Breed: Tennessee Walking Horse
Gender: Mare
Color: Chestnut
Height:  14.2
Adoption Fee: $150
Sponsor Fee: $50/month
Ready to Adopt?

About Maka


maka-fosterJuly 21, 2015:  Maka is settled in as a pasture mate at her wonderful foster home.  What a special service this home provided, to allow Maka happiness in her senior years.

December 18, 2014:  Maka has found a wonderful foster home! She is now with a gorgeous Arabian gelding named Whisper. Her new foster family is very excited to welcome her! Whisper had not had another horse friend in quite some time and was very excited to meet Maka. We know they will become best friends!

Maka came from a hoarding case in Summit County. She was rescued with her friend, Graciano, a potbelly pig that was overweight, and a large group of dogs. Maka’s feet were in very poor condition. They were rotting underneath. She got some much-needed farrier care and is doing much better! This old girl will be best suited as a pasture pal. She is a sweet mare who deserves a nice relaxing retirement.

Fury

About Fury


furyJune 16, 2015:  We lost our Fury.  He will be missed by all who knew him.  Who will stomp in frustration?  Who will strike the door at feeding time?  He was ownry and he was big and he was our Fury.  We will miss him and know we will see him again.

In Defense of Animals Weekly Informative E-Newsletter

idaIDA works to protect the rights, welfare and habitats of animals.  Read their Animal News Weekly – June 11th e-letter for the latest reports from this wonderful organization.

 

Kachina

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Status: Permanent Resident
Year Born:  2009
Breed: Miniature
Gender: Mare
Color: White
Adoption Fee: n/a
Sponsor Fee: $50/Month
Contact Us About Sponsorship

About Kachina

kachina and friend Kachina is a mini-horse who arrived at Happy Trails through our Amish Horse Retirement program at only 10-weeks-old. She suffers from dwarfism, a condition identified by a large forehead and a protruding pot bellied appearance.  There are areas where the bones in her ankles and spine did not close quite properly. She was crippled and walking on her back ankles when she arrived.

Kachina is under the special care of Ed Cigany, an equine hoof injury specialist, to have special shoes put on her back hooves to help her walk and trot normally. She is a diva and loves attention. Kachina can now not only walk, but can run, jump and kick!  Kachina is our star mini-horse, participating in our Farm Animal Visitation Program. She is quite the perfect ambassador for Happy Trails!

 

Mercy For Animals Does a Great Job Keeping Us Informed. . .

mercy for animalsHot off the presses a new Mercy For Animals The Voice E-Newsletter-June 3rd is available.  Check it out!

Captain Jack

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Status:  Adopted!
Year Born:
Breed:
Gender:  Male
Color:  Black/White
Height:
Adoption Fee:  $75
Sponsor Fee: $40

About Captain Jack


May 30, 2015:  Captain Jack has found his home!  A special set of adoptive parents looking to find a companion for another of their adopted goats, came to meet Jack.  It was love at first sight.  So much so that they loaded Jack up in their brand new Honda and took him home.

April 26, 2015: It’s been a long, hard year. What a way to celebrate the 1-year anniversary of the Columbiana County rescue than with plea bargain closing the case and finally freeing up these wonderful animals for adoption! Read the full story-update of the Columbiana County abuse case.

Captain Jack is a favorite of every single person who has met him.  He is filled with personality and will greet you anytime, day or night.  He loves to be scratched, is very photogenic and can make you laugh on your bleakest day.  We will miss Jack immensely but know that the best thing for him is a loving family and a permanent home.  Please contact us to adopt!

Butch Whitefeather

Status: Adopted!
Year Born:  1996
Breed: Percheron
Gender: Gelding
Color: Grey
Adoption Fee: $150
Sponsor Fee: $75

About Butch Whitefeather


2014May 20, 2015:  Great, GREAT news to report!  Butch’s foster mom has decided she cannot part with Butch and has finalized the adoption.  Butch is now safely in his forever home.  And a wonderful home it is.  :)  Congratulations, Eileen and Butch!

March 30, 2014: Butch is now completely blind in one eye and half blind in the other. He is a very sweet horse that deserves a great home where he can retire and spend the rest of his days. He is physically sound, so he may be ridable once he trusts his owner. He likely would not do well on trails due to his poor eyesight, but could possibly be ridden in a pasture or arena. Butch is such a beautiful horse that has been through a lot. Are you able to provide him a loving home where he can be spoiled for the rest of his life?

Butch Whitefeather is a handsome grey Percheron gelding. He came to Happy Trails through the Amish Horse Retirement Program because he was losing his eye sight in his one eye and not doing great with the team in the field. Happy Trails sent Butch Whitefeather to OSU for eye surgery in 2010 to stop the deterioration of his one eye. The surgery was successful, and he has adjusted quite well at his foster home. He is very loving and gentle and will be great to ride in an arena. In addition, he knows how to drive and ride under saddle. Butch is an exceptional horse and will require understanding, patience and love regarding his sight restrictions.

Hattrick & Jacqueline

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Status: Adoptable
Age: Unspecified
Breed: Unspecified
Gender: Male/Female
Color: White
Adoption Fee: $30 for pair
Sponsor Fee: $30/month

About Hattrick & Jacqueline


hatrick-hopeHattrick and Jacqueline come from two separate abuse cases in Portage county.  Each having their own baggage, they found each other at Happy Trails and are quite the pair!  Jacqueline was dubbed Jacques by a staff member but it was soon evident by the big goose egg that Jacques was female!  Hattrick is addicted to Lays potato chips and seems to have an opinion on most everything.  He can be found any weekday morning enamored by our wonderful volunteer, Mike, who is in charge of the courtyard.  Hattrick follows Mike around like they were long lost brothers.  It is quite the sight.  Please consider providing a loving forever home for this pair in order to give them the fairytale ending they deserve.

Valerie and Rosco

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Status:  Adoptable
Year Born:
Breed:
Gender: Male/Female
Color:
Height:
Adoption Fee:  $75
Sponsor Fee: $50

About Valerie and Rosco


April 26, 2015: It’s been a long, hard year. What a way to celebrate the 1-year anniversary of the Columbiana County rescue than with plea bargain closing the case and finally freeing up these wonderful animals for adoption! Read the full story-update of the Columbiana County abuse case.

Valerie and Rosco came in from this case with Captain Jack.  These two sheep are available for adoption as a pair or a group along with our other sheep available.  Very pleasant and friendly, these two would make a wonderful addition to your home.

Equine Spring Education Classes

Equine Health Classes – Thursday Nights

Anyone who registers for the class and shows up at 6:00pm will receive a free mini-tour of the facilities, gets to meet the rescued horses as well as the other animals, and shares a sneak-peek of our new mini-vet clinic which is 97% complete. Who knows – you just might meet and fall in love with your next furry family member!

All Happy Trails horse-health classes will be held on Thursday nights from 7pm to 8:30pm.
Cost for each horse health class is $7 per person, or sign up for the entire Spring series of six classes for $36 and get one class free!
Pre-registration is recommended, however, tickets can be purchased at the door for $10.

Click on the Class Date to Register – Class Size is Limited
Classes will be held at Happy Trails new Education Center located at 5661 New Milford Rd, two doors North of Happy Trails Sanctuary.

**Ticket purchase is non-refundable/non-transferable.  Ticket price will be considered a donation if unable to attend.

GUEST SPEAKER & TOPIC    $7 per person or Six Class Series $36 REGISTER
Dr. Mike Geiger, DVM – Horizon Equine Clinic in Wayne County
Basic Horse Health and Care of the Senior Horse

April 23rd

Dr. Holly Troche, DVM
Parasites and Colic – Prevention, Signs and Treatment

May 7

Ed Cigany, Blacksmith – Hoof Injury Specialist
“No Hoof, No Horse” Intro to Hoof Health, Anatomy of the Hoof,
The Importance of Proper Hoof Care
May 21
Ed Cigany, Blacksmith – Hoof Injury Specialist
Advanced Hoof Health Pathology, Injuries, Founder/Laminitis

June 4
Dr. Averi Sauder, DVM – Buckeye Veterinary Service
Equine Dentistry – The Link Between Dentistry and Overall Horse Health

June 18

Dr. Sasha Hill, DVM – Cleveland Equine Clinic
Eye Health – Uveitis – Diagnosis and Treatment

July 2

Dr. Sara Jerman, DC – Animals in Motion Chiropractic, LLC
“The 5 W’s of Chiropractic Care” Introduction to Equine Chiropractics

July 16th

The Rest of the Group!

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Status:  Adoptable
Age:  various
Breed:  Sheep
Gender:  various
Color: various
Adoption Fee: $150 each pair
Sponsor Fee: $80/month
Ready to Adopt?

About The Rest of the Group


May 1, 2015:  The rest of the group…  Kyle and Ronaldo subtracted from this group along with Blanche and Dorothy being adopted leaves this group of five sheep available for adoption.  All have been freshly sheared.  Counting six?  Rosco is picture here as well.  Take your pick.  They are all loving and fun and friendly and endearing.  Adopt all of our sheep together or pick pairs of 2.  No matter we can assure you they will add fun and love to your life.

Five horses, nine sheep. From a dilapidated barn in Ashtabula County, Happy Trails assisted the local humane officer in rescuing these animals from one of the most horrific sites in recent history. All of the horses were locked in stalls, knee deep in manure with no hope of being able to reach the lush grass just beyond their barred windows to the outside.

Kyle is one of two recognizable rams that were rescued on the two day operation in Ashtabula.  He was the easier of the two to ‘guide’ to the trailer considering his horns!  He was three times his size with years of unsheared wool and his hooves were an inexcusable length.  He spent the first few nights cowering with his buddy in a small paddock with a private tent and has become more trusting as the volunteers work on his recovery.  Ronaldo is the second.  His wool was peeling back from his body; an indication of severe illness and fever at some point during his two year imprisonment.   He put up some resistance but made his way to the trailer and rode with Kyle and the seven other sheep to the sanctuary for his new start.

Human Society of the United States

Paul_Shapiro_Headshot_2010Paul Shapiro Vice President, Farm Animal Protection, The Humane Society of the United States…

This organization has wonderful up-to-date information on the issues met while working to reduce the suffering of animals raised for meat, eggs, and milk.  Check out Mr. Shapiro’s latest correspondence from May 1st.

 

Primavera

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Status: Adopted!
Year Born: 2011
Breed: Paso Fino
Gender: Mare
Color: Dark Bay
Adoption Fee: $250
Sponsor Fee: $50/month

About Primavera


May 1 2015:  Primavera has found a new home!  This owner took the time to work with her and a trainer and make extra sure Prima would be the right horse for her.  Now they have everything to look forward to!  Thank you for being a great adoptive mom!  And congrats to Primavera for winning the forever home lottery!

November 1, 2014:  Primaver is now 3 and is ready to be trained! She is sound and healthy. Prima is a gorgeous Paso Fino that moves beautifully. She is sweet and fairly quiet. She is not tall, but she is solidly built. This gal is going to give years of joy to one lucky owner.  Step up to reap the rewards of adopting today!

December 21, 2013: Primavera was originally brought to Happy Trails from a situation of neglect. She was in foster care and has recently returned to us. This gal has a sweet disposition and is a quick learner. Her skills to date include ground manners and lunging on the circle. She is built to handle a light rider and will make someone a great mount and companion for years to come. Please consider meeting her to see if she might be the right horse for you!

Beauty

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Status: Adopted!
Year Born: 2001
Breed: Morgan/Arabian
Gender: Mare
Color: Bay
Height: 14.3
Adoption Fee: Inquire
Sponsor Fee: $50

About Beauty


May 1, 2015:  Beauty has found her best friend in a little boy who will be loving her and riding her and with his mom’s help, providing her a wonderful forever home.  Congrats!

April 1, 2015:  Recently evaluated under saddle, this gal proved to be everything we know she was!  A quiet, wonderful, willing mare.  She was put to the test by quite a cute little cowboy and has won herself a new home and a wonderful new life!  We wish Beauty the best!!

December 17, 2014: Welcome Beauty back into our program! Beauty was originally brought to us a few years ago as an Amish retirement horse. She was turned out on grass too much too early in the season and foundered. She has since made a full recovery and has had no issues. She was adopted a few years ago and returned this summer due to her family moving and not being able to take her along. Beauty is trained and ridable. She is very solidly built, so even though she is short, she is easily able to carry a taller rider. She is also a gorgeous and smooth mover. Beauty may have dealt with some abuse in the past as she gets scared when ropes are swung around her that she thinks will hurt her, but she is fine when they are swung in a manner of just playing around or desensitizing her. Beauty just loves kids! She is very gentle around them and listens very well. She would be a safe beginner mount for a younger child. Is there a place for Beauty in your family?

 

 

Austin

 

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Status: Ridable – In Foster Care
Year Born: 2006
Breed: Unknown
Gender: Gelding
Color: Chestnut
Height: 15.1
Adoption Fee: $150
Sponsor Fee: $50/month
Ready to Adopt?

About Austin


AustinJuly 21, 2015:  Ohhhh, Austin.  Austin would be best suited for his own TV show.  You absolutely cannot be in a bad mood around him; his antics will brighten any day.  Austin is unable to be ridden consistently due to lameness issues caused by ring bone.  He is broke to ride however, and with conditioning, can be ridden lightly.

May 1, 2015:   Austin along with Ranger has been moved to a wonderful foster home where they will be able to enjoy pasture life 24/7 !  What a change from the hospital setting of the sanctuary.  Austin is still awaiting his forever home.

July 28,2014: Austin has a new foster home! He is living with Crecencia. He loves to entertain a new audience. He is getting some great one on one attention. Austin would make an amazing addition to any home. This goofball will brighten anyone’s day!

December 25, 2013:  Austin and Kate have been accepted into the final stages of clinical trials at OSUVTH (Ohio State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital) in Columbus with regards to a new medication that may help horses with lameness and arthritis issues. They will be residents at the vet hospital for several weeks while the medication is administered and documented. What a great opportunity to possibly help these horses with their lameness issues and to help pave the way for this pain relief to be available to other horses as well. I can’t say it will help with Austin’s antics.  :)

August 19, 2013:  Austin has come back into our adoption program and needs to find his forever home.  He is a beautiful horse and is extremely playful – LOVES jolly balls, other horses, and to play halter tag. Austin is quite the comedian. This guy can do light riding, however, he may come up lame occasionally; he has ringbone in his right front and right hind pastern joints.  His comfort level should improve greatly once the joint space closes. If you are willing to give a little extra care for his issues he may just surprise you as the best horse you have ever owned.  He sure is a looker!  The far right pic is Austin’s original arrival at Happy Trails.

Ginny

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Status: Adopted!
Year Born:
Breed: Mini Horse
Gender: Mare
Color: Gray pinto
Adoption Fee: $100
Sponsor Fee: $50/month

About Ginny


ginny2April 25, 2015:  Ginny was loaded up and is well on her way to her new home. Looks like she is well on her way to being a new mom as well!  Thanks to her adoptive mommy for giving her a new life for her and her new filly or colt.  Good luck, Ginny!

Ginny came from Indiana with 3 other mini horses, a donkey, a goat, a potbelly pig and 2 alpacas. Ginny is a gorgeous little girl! She is very nervous of people and will take some work to get her to come out of her shell. Ginny is pregnant. She is pretty far along. Casino is the father, she was bred long before her arrival to Happy Trails. She is currently in a foster home with Solitaire and they are getting a lot of attention and work. We will be sure to update when she foals! For now, she is still looking for the perfect adoptive home!

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Solitaire

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Status: Adopted!
Year Born: 2011
Breed: Mini Horse
Gender: Mare
Color: Bay/White
Adoption Fee: $100
Sponsor Fee: $50/month

About Solitaire


solitaireApril 25, 2015:  Solitaire was loaded up and is well on her way to her new home!! Good luck Solitaire!

Solitaire came from Indiana with 3 other minis, a donkey, a potbelly pig, a goat and 2 alpacas. She was named for her unique markings. She has spots that look like a diamond, a club, a spade and a heart! Solitaire is a sweet little girl. She is a little nervous of people and will take a calm person to get her out of her shell. She is currently in foster care with Ginny. They are getting tons of attention and work from their foster family!

Laverne & Shirley

 

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Shirley

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Status: Adoptable – Outdoor
Age: Unknown
Breed: Pot Bellied Pig
Gender: Females
Color: White with Black Spots/Pink
Adoption Fee: $100 adopted together
Sponsor Fee: $35 each/month
Ready to Adopt?

About Laverne and Shirley


Shirley calaverneme from a neglect situation in Medina county along with Laverne. They were severely overweight and could barely walk. They now receive proper nutrition and have lost most of their excess weight and are active young ladies. Shirley can be shy at times but is very nice. Laverne is very outgoing. She always likes to see what is going on.  Our hope for Laverne and Shirley to be adopted together since they have been with each other for most of their lives.

 

Lily

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Status: In Foster Care
Year Born: 1990
Breed: Draft Cross
Gender: Mare
Color:  Grey
Height:  15
Adoption Fee:  $150
Sponsor Fee: $50

About Lily


lily-draftJuly 21, 2015: Lily is suitable for Advanced Beginner to Intermediate rider and will do best on trail as a walk-behind.  She is beautiful, sturdy and ready to have that special partner to hit the trail!

April 26, 2015: It’s been a long, hard year. What a way to celebrate the 1-year anniversary of the Columbiana County rescue than with plea bargain closing the case and finally freeing up these wonderful animals for adoption! Read the full story-update of the Columbiana County abuse case.

Lily is a senior draft cross – a compact, sturdy gal with a lot left to give.  She seems happiest eating and giving love, will walk/trot/canter on line and may be best suited for lazy  trail rides.  She has some arthritis and has chronic eye infections but those are held at bay by sinus rinses and meds.  All-in-all she is a content, easy to handle senior waiting to find the home she deserves for her next chapter.  In the meantime, she is in a wonderful foster home brushing up on manners and handling and is doing great!

Jack and Diane

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Status:  Adopted!
Year Born:
Breed: Mini Horses
Gender: Gelding/Mare
Color:
Height:
Adoption Fee:  Inquire
Sponsor Fee: $50 each

About Jack and Diane


April 26, 2015: It’s been a long, hard year. What a way to celebrate the 1-year anniversary of the Columbiana County rescue than with plea bargain closing the case and finally freeing up these wonderful animals for adoption! Read the full story-update of the Columbiana County abuse case.

Jack is quite the rave at his foster home!  Grabbing up the ribbons and having a ball.  Both Jack and Diane are available for adoption now!  It will be a task for Happy Trails to find the perfect home from all of the wonderful applications we expect to get on these two.

Suvali

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Status: Permanent Resident
Year Born: 1994
Breed: Mini-Horse
Gender: Mare
Color: Grey
Adoption Fee: n/a
Sponsor Fee: $50/month
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About Suvali


Suvali is a 15-year-old mini mare. She came to Happy Trails when she was discovered as one of three stray horses in Copley Township here in Ohio. Suvali has a neurologic disease which causes her gait to be uneven and her walk to be slow and unsteady.  Nonetheless, she does have a best friend, Kachina, another mini-horse. Taking into consideration Suvali’s health issues, we are unable to place her as available for adoption. She will, however, be eager to meet and greet you when you take a tour of Happy Trails!

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Metta

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April 23, 2015:  Goodbye, Metta. You taught us teamwork. You taught us selflessness. You showed us love and perseverance. We showed you kindness. We proved to you care and concern. You have endured enough. We vow to take care of your son, Hercules, and to watch over your friend, Dharma. I hope your tears at the end were that of relief. No more suffering. Goodbye, Metta.

~ Laurie and the rest of the Happy Trails Team

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Does the start of the work week leave you with a serious case of the Mondays? Then join us Monday after work for a stress-busting, rejuvenating yoga session! Get those endorphins going while helping to support the animals of Happy Trails. Throw your mat and yoga clothes in your car now, and we'll see you at 6pm Monday evening at the Happy Trails Ed Center!
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Here it is! Just click on the link to read away on your Kindle, laptop or PC... How can you resist that face?? Please share with your friends, family, co-workers and social media. Together we are making a great difference in the lives of rescued farm animals.

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Roksanna StephensAndersonJust had to comment...yesterday attended (vendor) at Adopt a Thon, Canine Fun Day!! .... and saw your beautiful and generous gift basket.

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Ready for a quick, inexpensive and healthy breakfast that tastes like a bowl of cinnamon rolls? Try this Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal:

3/4 cup steel cut or old fashioned oats
1/3 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
6-7 pitted dates, thinly sliced
2 teaspoons ground flax seeds
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
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Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary, Inc. added 2 new photos.

Our caregivers take special care to apply pink (in order to see when it has worn off) SWAT to all of the pigs ears. This ensures that they are free from the pesky bugs during this hot muggy weather. We are in need of a new order of SWAT. 2 years ago we asked for sponsorships and got enough to purchase an entire case! It's finally time to order more. Each tub is $9.39. If you love the HT piggies and want to help provide for their comfort, click here to donate and mark SWAT in the memo. happytrailsfarm.z2systems.com/donation.jsp?campaign=18&
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If you've ever met our farm pigs on a tour, you probably think they never do anything but lie around, snoozing the day away and soaking in the mud. But, stop by around dinnertime and you'll see a very different (and deafening) side to them! Check out Animal Caregiver Amy bravely tackling the evening feed! ... See MoreSee Less

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Loretta Samaniegoi LOVE the sound of happy pigs!!

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Happy Trails Farm on Instagram: “Natasha telling the sheep next door to pipe down! 😂🐐🐏...
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Cindy DauphinHi Annette ~ I finally found the pic of Natasha as a tiny baby standing next to our little dog Frankie !! I will PM it to you

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Miles has the right idea! Find your zen. We have moved the Happy Trails Yoga on the Lawn to each Monday night at 6pm. Make your plans now to join us for only $7 suggested donation at the door. Bring your mats and your Monday blues and work em out! For more information, visit happytrailsfarm.org/event/yoga-on-the-lawn/ ... See MoreSee Less

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Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary, Inc. shared their event.

Exciting news! On Saturday, August 22, at 7:00 PM, African Adventurer-- Elephant Conservationist-- Movie Preservationist Dick Houston will be joining us at Happy Trails for an exciting film & anecdotal program highlighting over four decades of his African adventures in the tracks of elephants across Africa. This unique and inspiring program will highlight what Dick and his colleagues of Cleveland-based Elefence International are doing to help save elephants from rampant ivory poachers, a dangerous and explosive trade.
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It is so important to us that we are able to find forever homes for the horses at Happy Trails. We have been working hard to update our adoption posts with new pictures and updates on riding levels, health and personality. Please take the time to share this post, to visit our adoptable horses, ponies and minis and to join our Equine Adoption Network to help spread that word that there are wonderful horses to be welcomed into a loving home.
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Tatiana Hathor Nica-LopezFingers crossed I get approved tomorrow!😊😇

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Ilona UrbanAll of these horses are just beautiful inside and out. Please consider providing a forever home to one or maybe two of them.

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Anne Votruba-KeresThere s an adoption form and place check for safety reasons very great place they have grown so much

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Krystle BucciBonnie Majercik...do you see my future horses? Pandora ♡

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Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary, Inc. added 3 new photos.

A heartfelt thank you to those who donated toward the cost of this time-saving piece of equipment. It doesn't always appear animal related at first glance, but these types of purchases are just as important to the animals! Jason, our facilities manager, is wiping out weeds near our goat and sheep barn to lessen the pesky bug population. This is so important to the health and comfort of the animals. $220 is left to sponsor in this purchase. If you understand the importance and are able to help, click here happytrailsfarm.z2systems.com/np/clients/happytrailsfarm/donation.jsp?campaign=18 to donate. Be sure to note the purpose in the memo. And thanks again!
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Boy, it was a hot one today! Our animals know how to stay cool when temperatures soar! How did you beat the heat?
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Jenna CarlaI would love to do a tour!!! I was considering maybe tomorrow. What time are the tours on Tuesdays?

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Mary VaralliThank you for the tour of the Happy Trails Santuary. It was one of the best things I've experienced ever. Love all of you .

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Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary, Inc.Give us a call! Tours available Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through October!

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Raia M PrestoHey guys, I called about a month ago and left a message with no response. We'd love to bring our moms group kids one day.

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Cynthia WatsonI definitely need to schedule a date!

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Exciting news to start off the weekend! After a successful 30 days, Benny and Grant have officially been adopted. We wish them and their new people a wonderful riding season and a happily ever after. It takes a special type of person to adopt a rescued equine friend. Patience, bonding, trust and more patience will reap the reward of a beautiful lifelong companion. Does this describe you or someone you know. Then Happy Trails wants you as an adoptive parent. Fill out an application located at this link happytrailsfarm.org/forms/ and contact our Placement Coordinator at rebeccas@happytrailsfarm.org with an attached application and for more information. ... See MoreSee Less

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Connie PhillipsMy son had such a great experience with the staff.. And he is so very happy with Conn..

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Connie PhillipsConn is doing great

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Pam PropstSo wonderful!

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Tiffany Barker RadosAwesome

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Ellen MislanWonderful news. Blessings to all.

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Lynn FrancekSo glad for the new home but hope no one ever really wears flip flops around horses. Just thinking safety.....

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Ilona UrbanThey look so happy. Look at those ears!

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Have we mentioned how much we just love Corrie, our Saturday morning yoga instructor? In addition to donating her time to lead amazing weekly sessions at the Happy Trails Ed Center, she also instructs yoga for Streetsboro Parks and Recreation and Fit for Hope in Rocky River! Fit for Hope donates a percentage of its profits to help people with Multiple Sclerosis. Click the link to learn more about our favorite yogi and how she came to be involved with Happy Trails: happytrailsfarm.org/yoga-at-happy-trails/
Join us tomorrow morning at 11:30 and experience the awesome benefits of yoga for yourself!
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Corrie MalkowskiThank you guys! I love doing it, especially for such a great organization!

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A little Friday humor with a proactive message for our supporters...

Please be sure to check sources when information such as the "52 thoroughbreds need a home by Saturday" is presented. A great place to check is Snopes.com. We understand and appreciate the public concern for the welfare of these 52 thoroughbreds. However, this story, although it was true, is 4+ years old. Check out the article pertaining to this www.snopes.com/critters/crusader/horses.asp

We again appreciate your concern and have used this story to educate our supporters on the fact that there are horses in Ohio and across the nation who are at risk of going to slaughter daily. We as an organization try our best to be a part of the solution and appreciate the help by way of passing along this education as well as donations to our cause.

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Texture Studio and Salon staff of Stow and their children braved the mud and bugs to paint the horse run in back in the woods. Amazing workers and we are so grateful for their help. A huge messy job was done in an hour! Want to help with a day project at Happy Trails? Gather your group and contact us for more information!
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Hammer

 

Status: Adopted!
Year Born: 2011
Breed: Potbelly
Gender: Male
Color: Black
Adoption Fee: Contact the Humane Society of Seneca County
Sponsor Fee: Contact the Humane Society of Seneca County
Ready to Adopt?

About Hammer


April 23, 2015:  A quick call to Seneca County let us know that Hammer made his way to another sanctuary and was then adopted!  He has found his forever home.

January 19, 2015: From the Humane Society of Seneca County- “On December 9, 2014 we had a three year old intact boar surrendered to the shelter.  He was surrendered because he was purchased to be a breeding boar for the former owner’s sow, but he failed to do his job. Hammer, as he is called, then proceeded to continuously escape from his chicken wire enclosure and wander the countryside, leading to tickets for his former owner.  Hammer is a good pig, but since at the shelter, he is spending most of his time in an isolated dog kennel.  Thus he has started exhibiting bad behavior, such as charging our staff members and biting legs.  Unfortunately in our area, there is no market for pot bellied pigs (earlier this year we had three pigs who took months and months to place).  This noted lack of interest in our area, as well as his negative behaviors, is putting him at a very high risk of euthanasia. It is not that we want to, but we are just not equipped to handle a boar who is showing aggressive tendencies.”

Hammer will be neutered and will be ready to go to his new home! Please contact the Humane Society of Seneca County at 419-447-5704 or visit their website at humanesocietyofsenecacounty.org

 

Aurora

auroraAbout Aurora


April 20, 2015:  My friend Aurora, she has been having issues for the past several weeks.  Each time she was turned out she went down and could not get back up on her own again. This has been getting progressively getting worse and at 32 years old she had considerable arthritis and pain all over her body along with other health issues. Today it happened again.  As a team we decided it was time to set her free, to help her cross the rainbow bridge while she had people surrounding her with light and love. Her daughter Luna has been adopted and has a good home and a new wonderful life…I’m sure Aurora knows this and is  pleased. She was my favorite horse here and it wont be the same without her. Thank you to everyone who helped rescue… care for… or just loved her. She is now a spirit horse and is running fierce and free with Delilah and Durango… and all the others so special to us all.  Aurora I love you now and forever and I will see you when its my turn. Then I get to ride bareback across the rainbow bridge with my friend.  Lots and lots of tears….. Steph

Raff and his girls

 

Status: Adopted!
Age: Unknown
Breed: Barred Rock, Brown, White Leghorn
Gender: Male, 4 female
Color: Black, white, brown
Adoption Fee: $25 for the group
Sponsor Fee: $20/month each

About Raff and his girls


Aprinl 16, 2015:  Great news!! Raff and his group of gals are well on their way to their forever home.  They were adopted by a gentleman along with two other hens.  We wish them the best in their new coop!

Raff and his ladies are up for adoption! They came in from a hoarding case involving an abundance of chickens, ducks, 2 goats and a calf. Riff and Raff are both gorgeous barred rock roosters. Riff found a home with one of our caregivers, but Raff is still available! We would love for him to get adopted with his 4 girls! They are 3 brown hens and a white leghorn. They are all inseparable even with other roosters running around the sanctuary.

 

 

Halley

Status: Adopted!
Year Born: 2002
Breed: Appaloosa
Gender: Mare
Color: Dun Blanket App
Height: 16.0
Adoption Fee: $350
Sponsor Fee: $50/month

About Halley


April 3, 2015:  Halley has found a new home and has been settled in!  We wish her and her new owners many years of happiness!

January 11, 2015: This summer, Happy Trails assisted in the removal of 9 horses and 24 chickens from a hoarding case that also involved 30 dogs, a few cats and 80 parrots. The horses were starved and getting eaten up by flies, the chickens were locked in coops with the cats, the dogs were in small cages in the basement and the parrots were in a shed in cages that had not been cleaned in a long time. After months of fighting in court, these animals have finally been signed over and the horses and chickens are now available for adoption!

Halley is stunning! This girl was a little on the thin side when she was rescued. She is sound and has no health issues. Halley is trained but still needs evaluated under saddle. We believe she would make a great show horse! She is responsive on the ground and is very sweet. She likes to be the boss and is usually in charge of the herd. Halley was named for Halley’s comet, the only one visible from Earth with the naked eye and it only appears once in a lifetime. Halley really is a once in a lifetime horse!

Luna

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Status: Ridable – In Foster Care – Adoption Pending!
Year Born: 2003
Breed: Thoroughbred/Appaloosa
Gender: Mare
Color: Palomino
Height: 16.0
Adoption Fee: Inquire
Sponsor Fee: $50/month

About Luna


luna (3)April 3, 2015:  This is the month for new beginnings!  Luna has just landed at a wonderful foster home and if all goes well, her new forever home!  She was recently evaluated under saddle with no issues!  Keep your fingers crossed that Luna is a lady and shows what a wonderful horse she is.  We wish her the best!

January 11, 2015: This summer, Happy Trails assisted in the removal of 9 horses and 24 chickens from a hoarding case that also involved 30 dogs, a few cats and 80 parrots. The horses were starved and getting eaten up by flies, the chickens were locked in coops with the cats, the dogs were in small cages in the basement and the parrots were in a shed in cages that had not been cleaned in a long time. After months of fighting in court, these animals have finally been signed over and the horses and chickens are now available for adoption!

Luna is a gorgeous girl! She was thin when she arrived at Happy Trails, but otherwise has no health issues. She is sound and rideable. She would make a cute show horse! Luna still needs evaluated under saddle, but from the ground it appears that she would make a good mount for an intermediate rider. She can be pretty full of energy but she is not bad to handle. We would love for Luna to get adopted with her mom, Aurora, if possible. These two have not been separated in over 11 years.

Misery for a Meal – Inside a Poultry Slaughterhouse

mercy for animalsDisturbing but accurate information about MFA’s continued behind-the-scenes investigations, and good info for people who purchase meat from factory farms.  Please know our intention is not to shock, but to educate.  Education on the practices of factory farming allows you to make a more informed decision concerning you and your family.

Dear Friends…

One of the types of abuse that Happy Trails addresses is cruelty in the food production industry. I personally have investigated countless cases of farm animal abuse, and I often closely follow the intensive work of my (our) friends at Mercy for Animals and applaud them for giving consumers the opportunity to become aware of the severe cruelty hidden in our meat production companies.

While hearing about these abuses is difficult, it does give all of us a very important opportunity to make more compassionate decisions as consumers.

Please take a moment and review the results of the latest investigation of our friends at Mercy for Animals. This is not an isolated incident. It happens daily in animal products plants all over the United States, and right here in Ohio.

The famous Edmunde Burke quote that comes to mind is, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

If we are made aware of these extreme acts of cruelty in the food production system, we also have the power to stop it and the ability to make choices to not support it as consumers.

Thank you for sharing this important update from Mercy for Animals.
Annette

Jasmine

Status: Adopted!
Year Born: 1998
Breed: Thoroughbred
Gender: Mare
Color: Chestnut
Height: 17.0
Adoption Fee: $350
Sponsor Fee: $50/month

About Jasmine


March 15, 2015:  Happy to report Jasmine is on her way to a new life.  She has been adopted!

January 11, 2015: This summer, Happy Trails assisted in the removal of 9 horses and 24 chickens from a hoarding case that also involved 30 dogs, a few cats and 80 parrots. The horses were starved and getting eaten up by flies, the chickens were locked in coops with the cats, the dogs were in small cages in the basement and the parrots were in a shed in cages that had not been cleaned in a long time. After months of fighting in court, these animals have finally been signed over and the horses and chickens are now available for adoption!

Jasmine is a favorite around the sanctuary! She was very thin and is still dealing with some cracks in her hooves, but is otherwise healthy. She has been gaining weight well, but still has a little ways to go. Jasmine is very sweet and quiet. She is calm, responsive and never “mareish”. She moves beautifully. She has not yet been evaluated under saddle. She needs a little more weight on first, but if she is anything like she is on the ground when she is under saddle, she will be a dream! She is very tall and has a solid build. She is not tattooed, so she was never raced. Jasmine is a great horse and will make someone a wonderful mount!

Norma

 

Status: Adopted!
Year Born: Unknown
Breed: Swedish Blue
Gender: Female
Color: Black and White
Adoption Fee: $15
Sponsor Fee: $30

About Norma


March 10, 2015:  Norma has a new home!  She was so loved that her adoptive family drove all the way from NY to grab her up and take her to her landing spot.  She is sure to enjoy the rest of her days and we wish them all the best!

January 11, 2015: Norma was the only duck rescued from the Portage hoarding case. She was rescued along with the 9 horses, 23 chickens, 30 dogs and 80 parrots. She was locked up with the chickens. She is an adorable little girl that is nervous of people. She was run over by a lawn mower and did not heal properly. She walks with a limp and holds her wing at a funny angle since it was broken and healed in the wrong position. She would love a quiet home with another small breed of duck to be her friend! Will you give this girl a special new home?

Dorothy & Blanche

Status: Adopted!
Age: Dorothy 10/ Blanche 12
Breed: Sheep
Gender: Does
Color: White and black
Adoption Fee: $150 together
Sponsor Fee: $80/month

About Dorothy & Blanche


Five horses, nine sheep. From a dilapidated barn in Ashtabula County, Happy Trails assisted the local humane officer in rescuing these animals from one of the most horrific sites in recent history. All of the horses were locked in stalls, knee deep in manure with no hope of being able to reach the lush grass just beyond their barred windows to the outside.

Dorothy and Blanche are the two old girls from this group of sheep. They arrived looking like puffy clouds due to them not being sheared in at least two years. They got their hair cut and hooves trimmed and feel like brand new sheep! These girls are doing very well for their age. Blanche is nervous of people and will take a while to get her to trust again. Dorothy is very smart and you can see in her eyes just how much she thinks about things before she makes a move. She is friendly when she wants to be, and it has to be her decision to get attention. These girls are looking for a nice home to retire to!

Something to Celebrate

Check out the recent blog post on Humane Nation reporting this recent victory.  That’s how the elephants see it.

Crecencia

Status: Adopted!
Year Born:  1994
Breed: Quarter Horse
Gender: Mare
Color: Bay
Height: 14.1hh
Adoption Fee: $350
Sponsor Fee: $50/month

About Crecencia


crecencia1March 9, 2015:  Crecencia has found a loving home. All of us at Happy Trails cannot tell you how grateful we are to say this.  Ashley K worked tirelessly and would not give up to find a special place for Crecencia to call her own.  She is finally there and reports are she has never been happier.  Good luck Crecencia!

August 28, 2014: Crecencia is loving having a job! She has been being ridden by kids and is doing great with it! She would be perfect for a child in 4-H looking for a horse to show. She really is a sweet heart!

July 28, 2014: Crecencia has a foster home! She is loving her new place and is being ridden again! She really thrives with a job and people to love her. We can’t figure out why this amazing girl has not been adopted yet! Will you be Crecencia’s forever home?

November 15, 2013:  Crecencia is waiting on her forever home.  She is a sassy, wonderful mare ready to be someone’s equine companion.  If you are looking for a trail buddy or a fun show team mate, give us a call to visit her.  She may be the perfect match for you.

June 27, 2012:  Crecencia is a twenty-year-old Quarter Horse mare. She came to Happy Trails when she was removed from a severe neglect situation in Trumbull County in August, 2009. Crecencia was locked in a stall with no turnout or light of day.  Her poor condition showed through her long untended hooves and her ribs showing through. She has since been rehabilitated and has regained her weight.  Her feet have recovered fully.  Crecencia was evaluated by our trainer, Ken Aberegg, and is ridable although best suited for an intermediate rider. She is a pleasure to work with and still has a lot of energy for her age!

 

 

 

Aluminum Cans Raise $114 for the Rescued Animals!

Thank you to all of those who drop off aluminum cans for our recycling program! I am on truckload number 3 taking advantage of the halfway decent day. For those who didn’t know we accept donations of aluminum. You can drop off your bagged cans to the left of the gift shop at any time. We take them to B & B recycling and turn them into cash for the rescued animals. Please do not leave loose cans or open bags in our recycle cans. They must be bad in order for us to take them.

Garfunkle

About Garfunkle


garfunkelMarch 3, 2015:  We made the hard decision to assist our friend in passing from this life over the Rainbow bridge based on his constant pain. Garfunkle was the sweetest and most tender-hearted farm pig out there…. and we all love him very, very much. Now he is rooting through fields of flowers with all the green grass and mud he could ever wish for….he will forever be a part of Happy Trails Family.

New Staff Opportunities at Happy Trails

logoAs Happy Trails continues to grow and expand, we have several staff positions available. If you know of someone who might be a good fit, please share.

    RVT (Registered Veterinary Technician) – Full Time — We are seeking a RVT with extensive equine experience who is also able to work with all the farm animals dispensing medications, handling leg wraps and wound care, addressing lameness issues, organizing vet examines and transportation, and caring for the rescued animals. The ideal candidate will be comfortable working with a variety of veterinarians and a wide variety of injured, neglected or abused farm animals, and have excellent communication and leadership skills. Send your cover letter, resume and three professional references to humanresources@happytrailsfarm.org. No phone call inquiries please.
    Animal Care Giver – Part Time and Full Time — The Animal Care Giver staff positions available include a part time position as well as a full-time position. Animal Care Givers are responsible for providing grain, hay and water to all rescued animals and making sure their shelters and bedding are clean and dry. The ideal candidate will possess prior/extensive horse experience and understand that the care of all the rescued animals takes place outdoors on a daily basis. Happy Trails Animal Care Givers provide daily care to the animals whether there’s a wind chill of ten below or it’s 95 degrees and hot and humid – we’re very honest about this. Again, send your cover letter, resume and three professional references to humanresources@happytrailsfarm.org. No phone call inquiries please.

New Goat and Sheep Barn Dedication Ceremony

barn_dedicationIt’s been a hectic month, but we cannot let it fly by without sharing the photos of our recent building dedication. A plaque was hung on the new goat & sheep barn in remembrance and dedication in a recent ceremony attended by the Board of Directors, volunteers and staff. It has been a year since our tragic fire in which we lost four beloved animals. It was a sad day to remember but we are proud of the many accomplishments of the past year.

The Push is On!

Don’t forget your ACME receipts! Earn up to 5% of collect receipts for the animals at Happy Trails, simply by submitting your receipts to 5623 New Milford Rd, Ravenna, OH in time for the submission deadline of March , 2015.

2015 Night of Hope and Inspiration – VIP Tickets are Available!

night_of_hope_2015_buttonFor an additional $30 you will receive a private invitation to mingle with our guest speakers, Board of Directors and key staff.  The VIP reception will be from 4pm to 5pm.

What you have all been waiting for! Check out our amazing roster of guest speakers for our upcoming event!  They are sure to keep you entertained and inspired at the Night of Hope and Inspiration.

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Join us for an inspiring evening.  If you missed it the first year, you will not want to make that same mistake!   Gear up for a wonderful evening with amazing guest speakers, fun games and prizes and mouth-watering creations by Todaro’s professional catering staff.  Visit our Event Page for details and please help spread the word with our Event Flier.  We want to be sure everyone has the opportunity to join us!  Read to purchase tickets?  Click here or on the icon at the top of our page.
There are expenses involved with any event and sponsorships help offset the costs while promoting a sponsor in a big way.  Interested in becoming a sponsor?  check out our Sponsorship Letter/Form.  Have items that will help make our raffle, mystery grab bags, wine pull or lottery forrest a success?  Donate now with this easy Donation Letter/Form.

 

Valentine


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Status: Adoptable – Indoor/Outdoor
Age: Unspecified
Breed: Pot Belly
Gender: Male
Color: Pink
Adoption Fee: Contact Cleveland APL
Cleveland APL 216-771-4616

About Valentine


February 23, 2015:  We found out that this little piggie found a wonderful sanctuary to reside for the rest of his days.  Good luck Val!

February 21, 2015:  Happy Trails is helping to spread the word for this little pig rescued on Valentine’s Day earlier this month by the Cleveland APL’s Humane Investigations Department.
It seemed only fitting to name this pig “Valentine.” He was outside in a blizzard and did not have adequate shelter, The owner agreed to surrender him to the Cleveland Animal Protective League, and now he is available to re-home. He appears to be between 60 to 80 pounds, and he is very sweet!

Anyone interested in him can contact 216-771-4616 and press 0 for the operator. The Cleveland Animal Protective League is located at 1729 Willey Avenue, Cleveland, OH, 44113.

Successful Earning from AmazonSmiles!

From October to December, Happy Trails received a donation of $128 from your use of AmazonSmiles. Thank you!!

When you shop at AmazonSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary Inc. Bookmark the link http://smile.amazon.com/ch/34-1968434 and support us every time you shop.

Can You Help?

We have a need for sponsorship of 12 ceramic heat emitter bulbs! During these arctic temps, we do our best to ensure the animals have enough heat to supplement their conditions. This can be quite an expense. Each commercial grade ceramic bulb costs $20. Please consider sponsoring the purchase of one or all of these bulbs to keep our rescued animals toasty!

Zinger

zingerAbout Zinger


February 17, 2015:  We say goodbye to Zinger, one of the iconic pot belly pigs st Happy Trails. Old and arthritic it was time to let him go. We will miss you, Zinger.

Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary Staff Opportunities for RVT in Animal Care

JOB DESCRIPTION
    Happy Trails is accepting resumes for part-time animal care staff at approximately 20 to 25 hours per week. Our Animal Care Staff handles the rehabilitation and recovery of approximately 200 to 250 rescued farm animals at any given time, with care including providing grain, hay and proper nutrition, clean water, fresh bedding, turning out and bringing in horses, and attending to ill or injured animals by providing medication, wound care, and addressing lameness issues as directed by our field service veterinarians.
WORK ENVIRONMENT
    The rescued farm animals live outdoors in barns and shelters, so our work is all outside 24/7. Ideal candidates understand that we work outside in all conditions, from the heat of summer to the cold of winter, providing the very best care we possibly can to abused, neglected and abandoned farm animals. In the Spring ground conditions can be muddy, and in the winter ground conditions can be icy.
JOB REQUIREMENTS
    The ideal candidate will possess an RVT certification with prior experience handling and working around horses, and experience working around other farm animals is a plus. Candidates must be physically fit and able to work outdoors and lift bales of hay, straw and 50 lb. bags of grain.
    All staff must understand and respect the mission of Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary (see mission statement below). Animal Care Givers must be reliable, pay attention to detail, have excellent communication skills, be able to think quickly when handing the animals, keep safety as a top priority, be able to follow directions safely and accurately, be able to work as a team, have the ability to use commons sense, and want to work toward a full-time position within the organization.
    Care shifts include weekdays and weekends, with morning shifts from 7am to 12:00 noon, and evening shifts from 6pm to 9pm. The ability to work both shifts in the same day is often helpful.
RESUMES
    Send cover letter, resume and three professional references to humanresources@happytrailsfarm.org.  Resumes received via other avenues will not be acknowledged.
MISSION
    Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary Inc. is a non-profit (501c3) organization that rescues, rehabilitates, and provides an adoption program for abused, abandoned, and neglected farm animals such as horses, ponies, pot belly pigs, farm pigs, chickens, ducks, turkeys, sheep, goats, and cattle. Happy Trails serves the entire state of Ohio and any other state requesting our help, and works in cooperation with county humane societies, animal protective leagues, and local and state law enforcement officers. Animals in our program must have been removed from a situation of abuse, neglect or abandonment by law officials, and cruelty charges must be filed against the person(s) responsible for the crime.

An Iconic Resident of Happy Trails Passes

zingerWe say goodbye to Zinger, one of the iconic pot belly pigs st Happy Trails. Old and arthritic it was time to let him go. We will miss you, Zinger.  Stay tuned for a worthy tribute in our upcoming newsletter.  For now we grieve the loss and celebrate his new peace.

Crecencia is Still Looking for a Home!

Our horse of the week is Crecencia! Crecencia has been featured a few times before, but unfortunately has not yet had any luck. She is a 21 year old 14.3 hand Quarter Horse who is trained and healthy. She will take an intermediate to experienced rider as she can be a little hot, but she loves working and gets better the more that is done with her. She also loves kids!
Some of the animals at the sanctuary do not have much luck, and Crecencia is one of them. In 2009 she was rescued from a neglect situation and has been looking for a home ever since, but has been bounced around too much. She was adopted and returned once and has been to a couple different foster homes. You will not find a more loyal and loving companion than Crecencia. She tends to get overlooked at the sanctuary as she does not do well in this environment. There is a lot going on at Happy Trails with people and horses coming and going. She gets attached very easily and it breaks her heart every time one of her friends leaves. Because of this, she is grumpy here and many people do not look past that at the amazing horse that she really is. She would absolutely thrive in a home with a horse and a human friend to love and ideally give her a job to do. She is an entirely different horse under the surface of her discontent. She just needs someone to help bring it out of her.
Can you find it in your heart to give this great girl a chance? She is so deserving of a loving home and she will be appreciative to her new home for the rest of her days.
Crecencia’s adoption fee is $350. If you are interested in her, give us a call at 330-296-5914 or send a message to ashleyk@happytrailsfarm.org

Taz and Clarabelle Wish You a Happy Valentine’s Day!

In honor of this holiday, I would like to share with you my favorite love story from the Sanctuary.
Taz is a little rooster that was removed from a neglect case a few years ago and Clarabelle is a hen that was removed from a cruelty case last year. They lived in separate barns. Every morning Taz would leave his barn and go to Clarabelle’s yard to pick her up and they would spend the day together in the horse barn eating any dropped grain from the horses. They would then return to their separate barns each night. One day, they finally decided to move in together and slept in the horse barn, though on opposite ends of the hay loft. Each day they got closer until they were sleeping next to each other. Every night you can find them cuddled up!
Taz takes wonderful care of his lady, making sure to tell her whenever he finds something yummy and lets her eat it first. He has been seen bringing her food; once even handing it to her from his beak to hers. They are such a wonderful couple!  They are adorable and it has been a pleasure to see them “dating” and finally moving in together. Here’s hoping that all of you have a happy Valentine’s Day!

Asdrubal is Looking for a Home!

Today’s featured animal is Asdrubal. Asdrubal was removed from a cock fighting ring in 2013. He is one of our more feisty roosters, but he still deserves a home! He even knows how to put himself in timeout when he is being fed or getting his shelter cleaned. He will jump up onto his perch so he is not tempted to be mean. Will you give this special guy a home?

Asdrubal’s adoption fee is $10. If you are interested in him, please give us a call or send an email to ashleyk@happytrailsfarm.org

Great Conjunction Expo and Psychic Fair

Looking for something interesting to do this Valentine’s weekend? Come visit us at the Psychic Fair this weekend. Tickets are only $5 at the door and a representative from Happy Trails will be there both days. See you there!

Night of Hope Speakers Announced

Guest Speakers for the Night of Hope and Inspiration have just been announced. We promise this event will inspire you beyond your expectations! Check out the roster and don’t forget to reserve your seats now for this amazing event, before its sold out!

Animal Sponsorship Program

Make a difference in the life of a rescued farm animal!

Has a special someone at Happy Trails captured your heart? Can’t adopt, but still want to do something meaningful to show your support?

Become an Animal Sponsor Today!

 Animal Sponsors play a critical role at Happy Trails. Many of the animals have special needs that require extensive care and rehabilitation. The Sponsorship Program allows supporters to contribute to the cost of food, shelter, and veterinary care for farm animals and horses rescued from situations of abuse, neglect, and abandonment on a one-time or ongoing monthly basis. These contributions directly support our mission, and we could not continue this vital work without you!

Sponsors receive a welcome packet with a color portrait of their sponsored animal, information about the animal’s rescue and personality, and a fact sheet about the animal’s care. Happy Trails also offers many opportunities throughout the year for Sponsors to meet their special animals in person!

Sponsorship fees vary, based on the type of animal:hen

Hen or Rooster – $20
Goose, Duck, or Turkey – $30
Pot Belly Pig – $35
Farm Pig – $40
Sheep or Goat – $40
Horse or Mini – $50
Draft Horse – $75
Sanctuary Sponsorship – $300

 

Animal Sponsorship FAQs

How long is the sponsorship commitment?
This is really up to you. Sponsorships can be one-time payments to support an animal’s care for one month, or ongoing monthly payments. You can also choose to purchase a gift sponsorship for the holidays, or to commemorate a loved one’s birthday, wedding, or other special event!

Can I choose the animal?
Absolutely! Any animal available for adoption is also available for sponsorship. Our permanent residents need Sponsors, too! If you don’t have a preference for a specific animal, don’t worry. We can choose one for you!

What’s the difference between one-time and ongoing sponsorships?

One-time and ongoing Sponsors will receive the same welcome packet. In addition:

One-time Sponsors will have opportunities to meet their special animals on designated Sponsor Days held throughout the year!

Ongoing Sponsors will receive monthly updates and photos of their animals. They also have the opportunity to schedule a private sanctuary tour to meet their sponsored animals in person, with up to four guests. That’s a savings of up to $100!

What happens when the animal is adopted?
You can choose to cancel your ongoing sponsorship, or simply transfer it to another animal in need.

How do I make the payments?
Payments can be made online with a Visa or MasterCard. For your convenience, there is an option to set up recurring payments so your card is automatically charged every month. You can also choose to download our sponsorship form and mail it in with a check.

Have more questions? Contact our Animal Sponsorship Coordinator, Holly Butterfield, at hollyb@happytrailsfarm.org.

Stop the “Sportsmen’s Act”

hsuslogoThe dreaded so-called “Sportsmen’s Act” is back.  Read about it and what you can do to help.

We Love to Share…

superhero“For…all of you…who may remember Super Hero,
I adopted Super about a year ago. He had an eyelid (right/lower) which did not work properly, evidence of abuse many years old.
The weekend before Christmas the small star shaped lesion on his left cornea (in-line with the healed injuries to his upper and lower eyelid) suddenly began to collapse, looking like a hole developing into the eye.
Dr. Keckler from Buckeye Veterinary saw him Monday, we took him to OSU Tuesday morning, his eye was operated on around noon. A patch was placed to repair the cornea and the surgeon also tightened his lower lid to create a better functioning margin.
My husband and I visited him on Christmas day and brought him back home…the Monday after Christmas.
He is recovering well.
The staff at OSU loved him.
So do we.

Thank you for your part in bringing this horse into my life.
Virginia D”

We love our adoption families!

Valentine’s Day is Almost Here…

IMG_1330bSpread your love a little further this year. Give a gift sponsorship to your Valentine and support animal rescue at the same time. For the price of donation, your loved one will not only receive a picture of their sponsored animal, they will receive an invite to our next sponsor day! Check out the details…

Kyle & Ronaldo

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Status: Adoptable
Age: Kyle 3/Ronaldo 4
Breed: Sheep
Gender: Rams
Color: Kyle (top-left) White w/ Brown Points Ronaldo (bottom-right) White
Adoption Fee: $150 together
Sponsor Fee: $80/month
Ready to Adopt?

About Kyle & Ronaldo


kyle ronaldo1July 5 2014: Kyle has received a haircut and his hoovers are trimmed up nicely. Underneath all that wool was a wonderful ram personality. More playful and trusting, Kyle is on his way to forgetting his situation of neglect and looking more toward a pleasing future. Ronaldo has been sheared and has gained his confidence. These two spend time head butting and exploring their paddock in wonderment at the fresh grass and breeze that moves across their skin. Hard to think of them cooped up in such conditions for so long. Kyle and Ronaldo are inseparable and Happy Trails would like to see these guys adopted together. Please help us to find them a wonderful home.

Five horses, nine sheep. From a dilapidated barn in Ashtabula County, Happy Trails assisted the local humane officer in rescuing these animals from one of the most horrific sites in recent history. All of the horses were locked in stalls, knee deep in manure with no hope of being able to reach the lush grass just beyond their barred windows to the outside.

Kyle is one of two recognizable rams that were rescued on the two day operation in Ashtabula. He was the easier of the two to ‘guide’ to the trailer considering his horns! He was three times his size with years of unsheared wool and his hooves were an inexcusable length. He spent the first few nights cowering with his buddy in a small paddock with a private tent and has become more trusting as the volunteers work on his recovery. Ronaldo is the second. His wool was peeling back from his body; an indication of severe illness and fever at some point during his two year imprisonment. He put up some resistance but made his way to the trailer and rode with Kyle and the seven other sheep to the sanctuary for his new start.

Valentine’s Day Not for You?

hatrick-hopePut real meaning to what some may call a Hallmark holiday. Valentine’s Day can be celebrated with a gift sponsorship of your Valentine’s favorite farm animal. 100% of Sponsorship monies go toward the care and rehabilitation of the farm animals at Happy Trails. Get yours today!

Let’s Fins Petunia and Pandy a Home!

Our featured animals this week are Petunia (pink) and Pandy (black)! These girls came in from Medina County from a rescue organization that was not legitimate, and was shutting down. They had very overgrown hooves and were very overweight when they came in.

These girls have settled in to life at Happy Trails but are still looking for their forever home. They can be a little shy, Petunia especially, and will need a patient adoptive family for them to come around.

Petunia and Pandy’s adoption fee is $100 together. If you are interested in them, give us a call or send a message to ashleyk@happytrailsfarm.org

Weather Got You Wanting to Snuggle?

image1Help it happen by gifting an animal sponsorship to your favorite Valentine today.  For the price of donation, your loved one will not only receive a picture of their sponsored animal, they will receive an invite to our next sponsor day! Check out the details….

Charlie is Keeping Warm in His Adoptive Home…

His mom sent a picture of how Charlie and his girls warm up in this weather- warm oatmeal with oregano, crushed red pepper, grapes and blueberries. We just love to see our adopted animals getting the love they deserve.

Sandy

 

Status: Adopted!
Age: Unknown
Breed: Cock Fighter
Gender: Male
Color: White with spots
Adoption Fee: $10
Sponsor Fee: $20/month

About Sandy


February 2, 2015: Good News! Sandy the rooster got a new home! Sandy is an ex cock fight rooster and he now he gets to spend the rest of his days being spoiled. Here he is with Leland, his new buddy, and his four gorgeous hens. We wish Sandy and his new family all the best!

Sandy is the sweetest rooster on the sanctuary! Despite the troubled past and bad reputation of cock fighters, Sandy shows everyone just how sweet a rooster can be! He joins us on visits to nursing homes and other events and is the star of tours of the sanctuary.

Sandy Found a Home!

Sandy is an ex cock fight rooster and he now he gets to spend the rest of his days being spoiled. Here he is with Leland, his new buddy, and his four gorgeous hens. We wish Sandy and his new family all the best!

Mystery Grab Bags – Time to Re-Gift!

falcon-toyHere is your opportunity to re-gift your recent holiday presents or do some early Spring cleaning! The mystery grab bags gives guests surprise presents in their gift bags, so donated items for this part of the fundraiser leaves it open to your imagination! Fun or interesting items might include home decorations, jewelry, books, games, gift cards, or any items that might be silly, cute or functional. Almost anything goes!  Looks like Falcon is willing to help!
If you would like to help in this way, drop off your items or send smaller items to:
Happy Trails at 5623 New Milford Rd, Ravenna, OH  44266
Have questions or need help getting your donated items to our facility?  Call us at 330-296-5914.

Ready for your tickets?  Click to Register!

February is here!

Screenshot_3Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. Spread some love and honor your valentine with a gift sponsorship. For the price of donation, your loved one will not only receive a picture of their sponsored animal, they will receive an invite to our next sponsor day! Check out the details….

Hens

Status: Adopted!
Year Born: Spring 2014
Breed: White Leghorn/Rhode Island Red
Gender: Female
Color: White/brown
Adoption Fee: $5 each
Sponsor Fee: $20

About These Hens


January, 25 2015: There are about 20 hens from the Portage cruelty rescue- Rhode Island Red, White Leghorn and a few mixed breed- including a very fluffy white hen and a few beautiful brown laced hens. The Rhode Island red and white leghorns are less than a year old. We are unsure of the ages of the rest. Do you have room in your coop and your heart for a few more?

New Items on Our Wishlist

Check out our wish list at Amazon.com. We are in need of some heated buckets and waterers for the sanctuary. With these below freezing temps, these items will help to keep the animals with fresh water all day long!
Don’t forget to sign up for AmazonSmiles so 5% of all purchases is donated to Happy Trails.

A Picture Worth 1,000 Words…

turclock henHappy Trails recently received this update from Tiffany E…  “I wanted to share this photo with you. This is Aster. On November 1st we adopted her, along with another Leghorn (that we named Avens), that were part of the Turlock, CA hen rescue. We love them so much and couldn’t be happier that they are part of our lives. This photo ironically shows Aster standing on the DVD documentary of their rescue.  Thank you for giving us the opportunity to adopt these precious girls!” And thank you Tiffany, for sharing this awesome update with us! This picture is definitely worth 1,000 words.

HSUS Ohio Update – January 2015

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Legislative Update

  • B. 177 Pet Protection Orders (includes pets in restraining orders in cases of domestic violence) was signed into law before the end of the last session in 2014.
  • The 131st General Assembly began on January 5, 2015 with the swearing in of the legislators.
  • Ohio has a two-year legislative session cycle, 2015-2016. Ohio Senate page; Ohio House page
  • Goddard’s Law (formerly HB 274) is already gaining momentum and is expected to be re-introduced early in this new session

Getting to Know Your Legislator  Get to know your state legislators to build relationships with them. By introducing yourself as a constituent early in the new session, it will be easier to contact them down the road when you are asking for their support on an animal protection bill. You can call or email their office to make a brief and polite introduction. Make sure to let them know that you live in their district. Look up your state legislators HERE.

Live Tiger Mascot – Massillon Action Alert  Each year, the Massillon Washington High School leases a live tiger usually from Stump Hill Farm to serve as their high school football team mascot. The cub is named “Obie” each year in the tradition of the team and is kept in a 2-stall garage near the stadium. After each season, the tiger is returned to Stump Hill Farm. According to a USDA inspection report, in early December the school’s most recent “Obie” (a tiger named Lilly) suffered a gash on her left front leg, requiring stitches, and the loss of a digit on her paw, which could result in chronic pain and other health issues. During the inspection, Stump Hill Farm initially denied that Obie was even on the premises, resulting in a serious citation for interfering with federal officials. Read more about the incident HERE.

Help all future Obies – Reach out to the Massillon Tigers Booster Club and it’s club President Bill Brown and politely urge them to permanently replace the live tiger cub mascot with kinder options. And if you live or have friends or family that live within the Massillon school district, your voice is needed more than ever. (Massillon, Ohio is about 50 miles south of Cleveland.)

Justice for Starved Dogs  Thanks to the Medina County SPCA and Holland & Muirden Attorneys At Law for successfully prosecuting a couple who were each found guilty of companion animal cruelty for starving their two dogs. The defendants will spend a brief time in jail. And although the judge in this case took animal abuse seriously and sent a strong message, it is not always the case. This is an example of why a stronger law is needed to give prosecutor’s discretion to pursue felony penalties for first-time egregious acts of animal cruelty such as the previously introduced bill known as “Goddard’s Law,” read more HERE.

SAVE THE DATE  Ohio’s Humane Lobby Day will be held on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 in Columbus. This is an annual event sponsored by The Humane Society of the United States to bring like-minded advocates together to support much needed animal protection bills. Look for registration to open soon!

Summit County Case Closes with a Guilty Plea…

Update:  This case has been closed! The defendant pled guilty to one count of animal cruelty. Terms are as follows:  He is not permitted to possess animals of any kind for 5 years and is subject to random inspections to ensure compliance.  He must pay a $100 fine and court costs.  He faces 90 days in jail and the reinstatement of the remaining $400 in fines if he fails to comply with the terms of probation.  While this is good news, Happy Trails is once again left to cover the cost of rehabilitation for these horses.  Your support ensures these three horses will recover and find a forever home.  Read the original story here…

Norma Needs a Home!

Also from the Portage cruelty case is Norma! Norma was the only duck that was removed with this large group of animals. She was locked up with the chickens. She is an adorable little girl that is nervous of people. She was run over by a lawn mower and did not heal properly. She walks with a limp and holds her wing at a funny angle since it was broken and healed in the wrong position. She would love a quiet home with another small breed of duck to be her friend! Will you give this girl a special new home?

Norma’s adoption fee is $15. If you are interested, give us a call or send a message to ashleyk@happytrailsfarm.org

 

Help Us Place Our Friends

This group is the remaining from the Portage County case that recently closed. We have three roosters- a white leghorn, a Rhode Island Red, and a red rooster with white tail feathers. There are also about 20 hens- Rhode Island Red, White Leghorn and a few mixed breed- including a very fluffy white hen and a few beautiful brown laced hens. The Rhode Island red and white leghorns are less than a year old. We are unsure of the ages of the rest. Do you have room in your coop and your heart for a few more?

The roosters adoption fee is $10 each and the hens are $5 each. If you are interested, please give us a call or send a message to ashleyk@happytrailsfarm.org.

Kokomo

Status: Adopted!
Age: 1 yr
Breed: Pot Belly
Gender: Male (neutered)
Color: black
Adoption Fee: $50
Sponsor Fee: $35

About Kokomo


January 19, 2015: Kokomo was adopted along with her best friend Jackie O to a home in New York! They made the 8 hour journey very well! Kokomo has journeyed though 4 states, and has finally found a home! They have a new friend named Tommy and they are all getting along very well! Their adoptive dad is very excited to bring them into his family. We wish them all the best of luck!
All the way from Indiana, let’s welcome….  Kokomo was a house pig, however, when he got ‘too big’ at 90 pounds, he was dumped outside. He had a very small fenced-in area with just a tarp for shelter. When the polar vortex hit in January, Kokomo was surrounded by snow sleeping on the cold ground, in the dark, alone. Pals for Paws in Kokomo, Indiana, stepped in to rescue him.   At only 10 months old, this little guy found himself without an owner but safe in the hands of Pals for Paws.  They cared for him and neutered him but after a few months and without any luck finding him a home, they called to Happy Trails for our assistance.  Kokomo is very friendly and social.  He loves attention belly rubs!

Kokomo and Jackie Found a Home!

Last week, they made the journey to New York, a 16 hour round trip, to their new home! Their adoptive dad was very excited for them and his pig was happy to have new friends! Kokomo and Jackie settled right in and are doing well. It is always heart warming to see an animal get adopted to a forever home by loving people. Good luck Kokomo and Jackie!

Jackie O

Status: Adopted!
Age: Unknown
Breed: Pot Belly
Gender: Female
Color: black
Adoption Fee: $50
Sponsor Fee: $35

About Jackie O


January 19, 2015: Jackie was adopted along with her best friend Kokomo to a home in New York! They made the 8 hour journey very well! They have a new friend named Tommy and they are all getting along very well! Their adoptive dad is very excited to bring them into his family. We wish them all the best of luck!
Jackie is a very sweet pot belly pig that came to us from a hoarding case. She was removed along with two horses, Graciano and Maka, as well as an abundance of dogs. She was living in a small dog cage that she could not even turn around in. She was overweight due to being fed dog food. Jackie had to endure the constant barking of dogs day and night until she was finally removed from her terrible situation. It took her a little while to be trusting of people again. She came in very nervous and not wanting to let anyone touch her. After settling in, she was added to Piggerton to live with our senior pot bellies along with Kokomo, our boy from Indiana. Jackie O and Kokomo became great friends and Jackie is now extremely social with people. She is always coming up to say hi to any visitors! She would make an excellent companion!

Introducing Juno

Juno, rescued from Portage County, was thin when she was rescued, but is otherwise healthy and sound. She is trained but still needs evaluated under saddle. She is doing very well with her weight gain! She is a 17-year-old Quarter horse mare.  Very easy to work around and will make a great friend!

Juno’s adoption fee is $350. If you are interested in her, give us a call or send a message to ashleyk@happytrailsfarm.org.

Meet Pandora

Pandora is a cute 10-year-old solid bay mare.  Upon first arriving at Happy Trails she was pretty thin but luckily has  no other health issues. This little gal is reportedly trained but has yet to be evaluated under saddle. Quiet and sweet and full of potential she may just be the horse for you!

Pandora’s adoption fee is $350. If you are interested in her, give us a call or send a message to ashleyk@happytrailsfarm.org.