It’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.
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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.
Paul 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 February 20th.
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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!
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 email@example.com
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 couple 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 wold 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 in the hay loft.
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 and even once handing it to her from his beak to hers. They are such a wonderful couple! These two must now be adopted together as they are so bonded. 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 as good of a Valentine’s Day as Taz and Clarabelle!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Hot off the presses a new Mercy For Animals The Voice E-Newsletter-February 7th is available. Check it out!
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?
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!
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 email@example.com.
“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.
We love our adoption families!
Spread 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…
Put 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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Here 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.
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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?
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!
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Happy 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.
- 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!
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…
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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?
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!
About Jackie O
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
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, but he is trained. We believe he would make a great show horse! Ranger is solidly built and quiet. He is a 25 year old Quarter horse.
Ranger’s adoption fee is $350. If you are interested in him, give us a call or send a message to email@example.com.
Fury is 25-years-old and was quite skinny when he was rescued. He is gaining weight well and has no other health issues. He can be a little stubborn, but he is a good horse and gets quite attached to his friends – able to get along with any horse. This cute and cuddly guy likes attention and will be your friend for life if you give him a good scratch!
Fury’s adoption fee is $350. If you are interested in him, give us a call or send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aurora is Luna’s mother. She was thin when she was rescued, but is otherwise sound and healthy. We believe Aurora to be suitable for light backyard rides, but nothing too strenuous due to her age. Aurora is an adorable old girl and looks like a teddy bear with her think winter coat. She is sweet and loves a good scratch! Aurora would make a great companion horse and a good babysitter for younger horses or kids. We would love Aurora to get adopted with her daughter if possible. These girls have not been apart in 12 years!
Aurora’s adoption fee is $150. If you are interested in her, give us a call or send a message to email@example.com.
Luna is a gorgeous girl! She was thin when she arrived at Happy Trails, but otherwise has no health issues. She is sound and ridable. Luna is 12 years old. 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 her whole life.
Luna’s adoption fee is $350. If you are interested in her, give us a call or send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Athena was the worst of the group of horses rescued from the Portage County neglect case. She was very thin, had terrible rainrot and has cushings (a pituitary disease) which was left untreated. Her teeth were worn completely smooth, so even if she did get fed, she could not get much nutrients from it. Athena’s recovery is going very well. Her cushings is getting under control with medication and she is gaining weight at a good pace. Athena was named after the Greek Goddess of wisdom, courage and war. She is a fighter and never gave up. Despite being 26, thin and having cushings, she is the boss of the heard and no one questions it. Athena is stoic and agile, she surprises us every day with what she is able to do. She is very protective and loves kids. We believe her to still be rideable as she is sound, but she will not be able to do tough rides. Athena is strong and would make a fiercely loyal companion to a little girl looking for a friend.
Athena’s adoption fee is $150. If you are interested in her, give us a call or send a message to email@example.com.
Here is an amazing update and video from Renny’s adoptive mom! We are so happy for these two! Thanks to everyone who helped make his rescue and recovery possible!- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzBG_2iky1Y
“From the first day I met Ren he has been a huge inspiration to me and it has been a privilege to be a part of this amazing horse’s new life. From the beginning I bonded with him and him with me. I never expected him to do anything for me other than live out the rest of his new life happy and healthy. But time and time again this horse has surprised me at every turn.
He had never been in a herd before since he was a stallion up until he came to Happy Trails, he and my thoroughbred gelding are inseparable now. He will watch over Ren from a distance and make sure he is always taken care of and will lead him in when it’s time to come back in for the day. They are best friends and brothers and have a connection that goes beyond my understanding.
No matter what I put in front of Ren, that would seem a challenge for a seeing horse, let alone one with limited vision he has not only overcome each obstacle but thrived in his environment. This ability to thrive was proven once again when I asked his permission to ride him this past weekend. Never would I have expected him to give me such a gift and honor as to be his partner and his mom but we have a bond that is beyond sight and one where he can forget the past and do what he loves once again. He graciously accepted the new endeavor after many years of neglect and mistreatment it didn’t matter to him, He let out a big sigh as if to say “ finally!” he didn’t flinch or spook or panic in the least. What an amazing feeling to be bareback and feel him become a whole other horse underneath me. Due to his lack of vision he usually tilts his head to the side so he can see out of the top corner, which I believe is the only area of vision he has left, but when I swung my leg over he didn’t tilt his head at all just walked off in perfect cadence never taking a misstep or hesitating he knew exactly what to do and trusted me completely never tilting his head to see what was around him but perfectly in sync with me. He was so proud of himself, all puffed up and showing off with every movement. He performed Renver and Traver, leg yields and shoulder-in and even a half-pass or two he didn’t trip or get tangled up and I barely had to cue the aids to him at all, he was spot on never missing a beat. He felt so proud of himself and I could barely get him to walk he just wanted to show off and passage down the rail.
What an amazing animal to overcome everything he went through, much of it we are not sure of, and despite all that he can love and trust people and be the biggest cuddler there is. The ladies at my barn cannot get enough of his snuggles and everyone treats him like their own and were elated to witness him excel in the ring! We know from his background that he used to be quite the Dressage horse and competed at 4th level before falling into the wrong hands from which he was saved and given a new life thanks to Happy Trails and its supporters. It is my honor and with great pleasure to share this update with all of you and hope it warms your hearts as it did mine! What an opportunity I have been given to be able to give this horse’s a new life where he can be the center of attention as he deserves! Enjoy these photos and videos of him and more to come this Spring with some new adventures as we share our journey together.”
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 at 17 hands and has a solid build. She is not tattooed, so she was never raced. She is a 17 year old Thoroughbred. Jasmine is a great horse and will make someone a wonderful mount!
Jasmine’s adoption fee is $350. If you are interested in her, give us a call or send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sometimes we need to feel as if we are connected to the organization we support. Consider an animal sponsorship at Happy Trails. We recently received this great communication from a long time supporter and animal sponsor, Anna R, after attending a sponsor day to spend time with her sponsored rooster, Sandy.
“Dave and I went out to meet Sandy, the rescued rooster we are
sponsoring. It was a great experience to be able to hold him and hear his story. He was very friendly and cuddly. Sponsoring, with a
monthly donation, is a great way to help the animals when you can’t
foster or adopt. You can select which species you’d like to sponsor,
then you are matched with an animal at the sanctuary.
We also were given a tour – it had been a couple of years since we’d
been there, and we were amazed at all the new projects, both on-going and completed. We remembered animals we’d met in the past, and met new residents. What an amazing, happy place and its rewarding knowing that you are helping by your sponsorship!”
If interested visit our Animal Sponsorship page for more information.
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!