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Happy Trails Photo Gallery

We have made a commitment to bring you more of what you love most, compassionate, inspirational, revealing and compelling photos of our lovable rescued animals at the sanctuary.  Check back often for new photos!  Just click on ‘Photos from the Farm‘ under the about us section on our homepage.  Thanks for supporting us!

‘American Mustang’ Special Screening

Do you hold a special place in your heart for horses?  If so, check out this special one-night screening of an amazing and vivid documentary.  It’s important to reserve your spot as this will only show if seats are sold out.  76 seats…let’s fill the theater!  Details at Tugg.com

Human Society of the United States

paul_shapiroPaul 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 July 18th.

 

The Akron Yoga Project

akronyogaprojectAYP is holding the 2nd class in a three class series to benefit Happy Trails.  This one will be held at Lock 3 in Akron! Please consider joining them as all class donations will benefit Happy Trails. What a great way to show your support, relieve some stress and focus on you!

Chrissy

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Status:  Adoptable – In Recovery
Age:  17
Breed:  Appaloosa
Gender:  Mare
Color:  Sorrel Varnish Appy
Adoption Fee: $200
Sponsor Fee: $50/month
Ready to Adopt?

About Chrissy


chrissy2July 5, 2014:  Gaining weight and confidence at the same time, Chrissy is a sight to behold.  She is 17 years young and has a lot she has been waiting to give some lucky owner.  She is sweet and quiet and with her newly trimmed feet, she can romp and play with her stablemates whom for two years, she could only gaze upon through the bars of her stalled prison. She is thankful and she is ready to live a full and happy 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.

Chrissy was the very first to be walked away from the horrific conditions of the dark, dismal barn in Ashtabula County.  She led the way calmly to the trailer and stood as stoic as she could despite the commotion outside the trailer while attempting to load first Virtue and then Bowie before she had a trailer mate for the ride to Happy Trails.

Mona Lisa & Garfunkle

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Status: Adoptable – Outdoor
Age:  Born 2008
Breed: Farm Pigs
Gender: Sow and Barrow
Color: Mona Lisa pictured left, Garfunkle pictured right
Adoption Fee: $150 adopted together
Sponsor Fee: $40 each/month
Ready to Adopt?

About Mona Lisa & Garfunkle


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.

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.

Bowie

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Status:  Adoptable
Age:  14
Breed:  Appaloosa
Gender:  Gelding
Color:  Roan Appy
Adoption Fee: $250
Sponsor Fee: $50/month
Ready to Adopt?

About Bowie


bowie1July 6, 2o14:  Bowie has proven to be the most loving, sincere and gentle horse of the bunch!  Spend two minutes outside his stall and you will understand.  He seeks out human touch and ‘cuddles’ with anyone who will approach.  This horse has plenty of years left to share.  Please consider Bowie to adopt as your very own.

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.

Bowie was the second to be loaded during this Ashtabula rescue.  He fooled us when he walked toward the trailer, went straight up and ran off around the tall grasses of the property.  He just could not wait to be free to feel the soft grass on his flanks.  Once satisfied, he went calmly to the trailer and loaded up for his ride to Happy Trails.  This guy has such a thin coat, what appeared to be a very unique coloring was actually his pink skin showing through his roan coloring.

Esperanza

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Status: Adoptable – Rideable
Age: 14
Breed: National Show Horse
Gender: Mare
Color: Chestnut/White
Adoption Fee: $250
Sponsor Fee: $50/month
Ready to Adopt?

About Esperanza


esperanza_smallApril 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.

Sueno

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Status: Adoptable
Age: 21+
Breed: QH
Gender: Gelding
Color: Sorrel
Adoption Fee: $150
Sponsor Fee: $50
Ready to Adopt?

About Sueno


sueno2July 6, 2014:  It is all but amazing how a few months of proper care, love and attention can allow a horse to flourish.  A horse you would once turn away from in despair, you now star at in awe.  Sueno is a beautiful equine inside and out.  He is still looking for his forever home.  Please help spread the word!

April 1, 2014: Sueno (dream) is a senior gentleman who was rescued along with his longtime buddies, Esperanza 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 he and his two friends, who supported each other through years of neglect, could be adopted out together. We do understand that is a dream and our main concern is finding a loving home for Sueno. This lovable guy has mild cataracts and is in need of some serious weight gain. He may be suitable for a light rider for backyard rides but will be most happy as a companion animal for a loving home. Please contact us if you can help Sueno understand that humans are indeed trustworthy. He has a lot of love to give! Please consider becoming his forever family.

Johnny Crawford


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Status: Adoptable – Indoor/Outdoor
Age: Unspecified
Breed: Pot Belly
Gender: Male
Color: Black
Adoption Fee: $35
Sponsor Fee: $50/month
Ready to Adopt?

About Johnny Crawford


April 25, 2014: Another pig! We love to welcome a cuddly pot belly. Johnny Crawford was picked up as a stray and rescued by Crawford County humane society. This little guy is friendly and loves attention. He will be making a trip to OSU to be neutered and at that time will be ready for adoption into a loving forever home. If you are unable to have him in your home but would love a piggy of your own, consider a monthly sponsorship!

Celita & Cisco

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Status: Adoptable – Outdoor
Age: Born in 2008
Breed: Farm Pigs
Gender: Sow and Barrow
Color: Celita pictured left, Cisco pictured right
Adoption Fee: $150 adopted together
$40 each/month
Ready to Adopt?

About Celita & Cisco


July 6, 2014:  Brand new pictures of this lovely pair.  You can’t help but want to jump in with them and roll around in the mud, smell the buttercups and lounge in the sun.  Far removed from the severe neglect they endured, Celita and Cisco are content to enjoy the sanctuary until the day their forever family takes them home.

Cisco (male) and his friend Celita (female) are pretty pink farm pigs. They came from a situation of severe neglect in Portage County. This pair was seized from their owner when they were approximately 4 months old. They had been nailed shut in a makeshift pen, left to wallow in their own waste. Deprived of water for so long and they were dehydrated, filthy and scared.  We whisked them away to Happy Trails and supplied them with their first fresh water in ages.  A terrible thing happened to Cisco. His brain swelled and he went into convulsions for a large part of his first day. We were afraid we would lose him. The vet stayed to help Cisco and we all saw him through his trauma.  Amazingly, he has not one side effect or disability. Cisco and Celita are two of the friendliest and sweetest pigs you will ever meet. If you simply want a few new 1,000 lb family members, then consider adopting Cisco and Celita!

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Temple Grandin

 

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Status: Adoptable – Outdoor
 Age: Unknown
Breed: Farm Pig
Gender: Sow
Color: Pink
Adoption Fee: $75
Sponsor Fee: $40/month
Ready to Adopt?

About Temple Grandin


July 5, 2014:  Temple pictured here with Amelia waits for his new home.  But rest assured he is happy to be with friends and will wait as long as it takes to find the perfect and happy ending she deserves.

Temple came from a neglect situation with three other farm pigs up for adoption. Temple, Practical, Fifer and Fiddler are all like family and we would prefer that each of them leaves with at least one of their friends. If they all went to a good home together, that would be even better. When Temple came to Happy Trails she had to have surgery to repair an umbilical hernia. She also required ear tag removal. She is a very sweet pig and gets along well with the others.

Butch Whitefeather

Status: Pasture Pal – In Foster Care
Age:  18
Breed: Percheron
Gender: Gelding
Color: Grey
Adoption Fee: $150
Sponsor Fee: $75
Ready to Adopt?

About Butch Whitefeather


2014March 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 rideable 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.

Paco & Priscilla

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Status: Adoptable – Outdoor
 Age: 4
Breed: Farm Pigs
Gender: Barrow (Castrated Male) & Sow (Intact)
Color: Paco is pictured left, Priscilla is pictured right
Adoption Fee: $150 adopted together
Sponsor Fee: $40/month
Ready to Adopt?

About Paco & Priscilla


July 6, 2014:  My how they have grown.  Paco and Priscilla sure do love their own little pig pen in the sanctuary of Happy Trails.  We would love to adopt these two out but know and understand the difficulty of finding the right home for two enormous farm pigs!  Until that time I think they vote Happy Trails volunteers as the best at keeping them content during their search.

Two farm pigs who are best friends. Paco (boy) and Priscilla (girl) originally arrived from a situation of neglect in Medina County and were placed in foster care. When space opened up at Happy Trails, they became residents of the sanctuary. Both pigs are approximately 4-years-old. They are very affectionate and loving, and will make great family pets for someone who adores the funny antics of pigs.

Munna

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Status: Adoptable – Outdoor
Age:  Unknown
Breed: Pot Bellied Pig
Gender: Female
Color: Black and White
Adoption Fee: $50
Sponsor Fee: $35/month
Ready to Adopt?

About Munna


July 6, 2014:  Lovely little Munna found herself famous after appearing with this new picture in the local newspaper.  She hopes this will be her ticket to a forever home.

Munna came from a neglect situation in Portage county along with Yamka. After arriving at Happy Trails they made other friends and grew apart. Munna is fairly independent. She isn’t aggressive, however, she isn’t overly friendly. She is an adorable girl that is patiently waiting for her forever home.

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All of our Cows are Adopted!

nelson (3)Having no animals of this type is a good thing!  It means we have successfully adopted all of them to loving homes and have the room to rescue and rehabilitate others.

Please check back soon or browse our other wonderful animals in need of a forever family.

 

Practi’cal’ & Willow

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Status: Adoptable – Outdoor
Age: Unspecified
Breed: Farm Pigs
Gender: Male/Female
Color: Pink/Pink with some Black
Adoption Fee: $150 adopted together
Sponsor Fee: $40 each/month
Ready to Adopt?

About Practical & Willow


cal-willowJuly 1, 2014:  New pics of these awesome characters!  Can’t help but smile and maybe let out a little laugh at the cuteness these two exude!

December 8, 2013:  Cal has become great friends with Willow.  Willow is a wonderful resident at Happy Trails.  She can leap tall fences and was the reason for some recent updates!  We would love for Willow and Cal to be adopted together.  This lovely pair can be your charge and will offer many special moments to cherish.

Practical came from a neglect situation with three of our other farm pigs up for adoption. Temple, Practical, Fifer and Fiddler are all like family and ideally we would prefer that each of them leaves with at least one of their friends.  When Practical came to Happy Trails, he had to be treated for an upper respiratory infection and also had to have ear tags removed. He is the baby of the four and a very nice little pig.

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Jolie & Dulce

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Status: Adoptable – Outdoor
Age: Unspecified
Breed: Pot Bellied Pigs
Gender: Females
Color: Pink (Jolie -left) Black (Dulce – right)
Adoption Fee: $100 adopted together
Sponsor Fee: $35 each/month
Ready to Adopt?

About Jolie & Dulce


July 1, 2014:  Gotta love this pair.  These two, residing in the cabin within our courtyard, bring wonderful greetings to all who visit Happy Trails.  Be sure to give them a belly rub when you make it to the sanctuary!

September 13, 2013:  We got the report from the vets at OSU…Jolie’s surgery went well! It is believed that the entire mass was removed and it has been sent to the lab to determine the type of cancer she is dealing with. A large amount of small pin-head size lumps were also removed that were believed to also be the beginning of cancer cells.

After surgery Jolie stood up and began eating, which is a really good sign. Of course Dulce is there with her and being supportive throughout her ordeal.

Jolie and Dulce will have a mini-extended stay at OSU for as long as we can afford to allow her incision to heal and stay free from infection. The bandage and the surgery area must be kept clean and out of the mud for at least two weeks. This stay will also protect her from any flies. We’ll keep everyone posted as to how her recovery is progressing.

We’ve had a few people make donations toward her surgery – thanks for your support! We still are nowhere near covering her surgery expenses, but every little bit helps.

Thanks to everyone for sending her prayers and good energy.

September 11, 2013:  Many of you have come to know and love Jolie, the affectionate pink pot belly pig.  Yesterday, Ashley and I took an assortment of animals to OSU in Columbus to assess some health issues for them. We often take animals to the vet hospital there because it is cheaper in many cases and they get more expert veterinarians examining them – many times they get a group of vets involved in their case. Jolie was one of the animals who went to Columbus.

We had discovered a lump on her stomach. After aspirating and identifying the mass, the hospital determined that is was indeed cancer. They are hoping we found it at the early stages and that it can be removed with surgery. A good prognosis and successful outcome is hoped for.

Dulce, Jolie’s best pig friend who she has been with forever, went to the hospital also for an exam. Dulce stayed at the hospital yesterday with Jolie for moral support and companionship.

In addition to yesterdays vet bill (the total was nearly $900 for Jolie, Dulce, Angelina the pig and Kachina the mini-horse), Jolie’s surgery will cost approximately another $400.

We decided to approve surgery for her, hoping that the folks who enjoy being greeted by Jolie’s friendly yet crooked smile when you arrive at the sanctuary would be willing to chip in something toward her surgery cost. If we could get maybe 20 people to pitch in $20, that would actually cover her surgery bill.

In addition to the vet bills, it costs us $100 in gas with each trip to Ohio State.

Anyone who had a chance to get to give Jolie a belly rub or feed her a snack or just hang out with her and enjoy her company, and is willing to help out with a few bucks toward her  surgery, that would be very much appreciated.  Please send her prayers and good energy for a safe and successful surgery today.  And I’m sure that Jolie would thank you for your support.

Jolie and Dulce came in together from a neglect situation. Both were severely overweight and had overgrown hooves. Jolie is a social butterfly and loves to greet people in the hopes of getting a belly rub or a treat. Dulce is a little more reserved. We aren’t sure of her exact age, but she seems to be a senior. She suffers from arthritis and will need to be on medication for the rest of her life. These ladies have been best friends and have spent their lives together so they will need to be adopted together.

Renaissance

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Status:  Adoptable – In Recovery
Age:  24
Breed:  Appaloosa
Gender:  Stallion
Color:  Grey Appy
Adoption Fee: $150
Sponsor Fee: $50/month
Ready to Adopt?

About ‘Renny’


renny2July 1, 2014:  Renny has had his feet trimmed and has been vetted.  He will recover fully from his neglect however, he will always endure his blindness.  He continues to love rolling in any fresh bedding or the sand of our new arena.  He is sweet and loving.  Trusting of every human that walks toward him despite his years of neglect.  Renaisance will be gelded and his teeth floated to correct the severe points of his canines.  Please consider adopting this lovely and proud horse for your own.  Watch Renny do his thing!…

 

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.

Renaisance was the last horse to be pulled from his stall.  Standing quietly although all of his family had been taken, I coaxed him out of his stall.  Stepping down out of his mounded manure was difficult as Renny is completely blind.  He trusted me and he led easily out into the warm sun.  Dipping his head down as he walked, he grabbed mouthfuls of grass as he walked and when he reached what he sensed to be a clearing he went down – down and rolling over and over and over, grabbing ever more grass as he rolled.  He got up, shook off and continued his walk with me straight up and onto the trailer for his ride to Happy Trails.

Virtue

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Status:  Adoptable – In Recovery
Age:  10
Breed:  Appaloosa
Gender:  Mare
Color:   Brown Blanket Appy
Adoption Fee: $250
Sponsor Fee: $50/month
Ready to Adopt?

About Virtue


virtueJuly 1, 2014:  Virtue is coming along nicely.  The farrier has given a great prognosis that despite the worst feet of the bunch, she will recover completely.  This mare has a willing spirit, a bright personality and great potential.

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.

Virtue received her name after learning patience as she stood outside her old barn awaiting rescue.  While others were loaded, she paced and pawed despite her horrific hooves.  After waiting over an hour, she had to be kept still overnight until light of day gave the Happy Trails rescue crew the opportunity to pull out the rest of the horses.

Delilah

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Status:  Adoptable – In Recovery
Age:  12
Breed:  Appaloosa
Gender:  Mare
Color:  Brown Blanket Appy
Adoption Fee: $250
Sponsor Fee: $50/month
Ready to Adopt?

About Delilah


delilahJuly 1, 2014:  This update in the words of Ashley K – Two weeks ago today we got this gorgeous mare, her 2 sisters, brother and father at Happy Trails. Her feet were so overgrown and twisted that she could hardly stand. Her muscles, tendons and ligaments were strained. Everyone was crossing their fingers that she would be able to even get on the trailer and make it here. She spent considerably more time laying down than standing. Last week, she got her first hoof trim in years and has a long road of recovery ahead. Today, after getting used to her new feet, she got to get out of her stall and stretch for the first time in who knows how long. Delilah is an inspiration. I just love this girl! ♥  View the heartwarming video of Delilah’s first proud trot.


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.

Delilah, named in honor of one of our tireless caregivers, is the gal that tugged at everyone’s heart.  She took coaxing to come out from her 10×10 chamber.  To step down from the mountain of manure in which her legs dug an awkward trench in which to stand took some huge courage.  Delilah had severely neglected hooves and was barely able to walk but Happy Trails got her safely to the sanctuary to start her recovery.

Many thanks…

lemonade002Many thanks to Cory (16) and Alex (12), and Jeff (12) and Chase (16) who chose Happy Trails as the recipients of their earnings from National Lemonade day.  They were able to raise $165 to benefit the rescued animals of Happy Trails.  Great job boys!

Queenie

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Status: Permanent Resident
Age:  Unspecified
Breed: Pot Bellied Pig
Gender: Female
Color: Pink
Adoption Fee: n/a
Sponsor Fee: $35/month
Contact Us About Sponsorship

About Queenie


July 1, 2014: Queenie has lost her pal George and is learning to move on with his memory by her side.  She resides in the original cabin of Janice, our founding pig, in the courtyard of the sanctuary.  She is a beautiful and mellow gal living out her days at our wonderful facility.

Queenie was rescued from a pet store in Northeast Ohio where she had lived much of her life in an aquarium-type confined area. Her rescue was facilitated by concerned citizens, and she was brought to Happy Trails. Unfortunately, from having been kept in confinement for much of her life, damage had already been done. Radiographs show that she has severe arthritits in her shoulders and she has some difficulty getting around. She is on an anti-inflammatory regularly to aid with arthritis discomfort. Queenie is best friends with George, one of the founding pigs. She helped him through the loss of his companion, Janice. They love to take naps together and cuddle up under blankets at night. Queenie is a very sweet pig that loves attention. She is a loving, friendly pig. Because she is one of our senior animals and because of her severe arthritis, Queenie is not available for adoption. Consider sponsoring this sweet girl to help cover the costs of her care and medical treatments.

Unique Concrete Statuary Still Available at Happy Trails

concrete-rearing horse_smallHappy Trails summer fundraiser, selling concrete yard decor such as planters, bird baths, welcome signs, memorial stones and statuary, is going great!  Thanks to everyone who purchased a concrete item to help support the animals. Though we have sold a ton (probably a very accurate statement) so far, we do still have a nice selection of concrete items to choose from.  Feel free to stop by and browse through the concrete statuary display — it’s pretty impressive. Store hours are Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri and Sat from 9am to 5pm and on Sundays 11am to 4pm.  Closed on Wednesdays.  View a sampling of our selection!

Grant

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Status: Adoptable – Pature Pal
Age:  21
Breed: QH
Gender: Gelding
Color: Red Roan
Adoption Fee: $150
Sponsor Fee: $50/month
Ready to Adopt?

About Grant


grantJune 30, 2014:  Benny and Grant, two wonderful Quarter horses who we would love to adopt out together,  came from a situation where they were not only abused by an owner, they were then placed in the care of a second family who in turn neglected them a second time! They would make wonderful family pets. Grant would be a handsome companion horse as he currently cannot be ridden due to navicular disease.  Our farrier has high hopes that this can be worked with and eventually he will be ridable.  Benny should be available for some light backyard riding. These are the two perfect gentleman if you want horses you can hug and love. They are friendly, easy to work with, and the sweetest guys ever.

March 19, 2014: Grant is doing very well. After being checked out by a vet, it was determined that he has navicular disease. He now has corrective shoes on his front feet and is on medication to prevent it from getting worse. He hasn’t been sore and is no longer lame, however he is not able to be ridden. Grant is very bonded to his friend Benny. If possible, we would love to see these guys find a home together. After all Grant has been through, he deserves a loving home where he can retire and live out the rest of his days comfortably. Despite all he has been through, Grant is quite the sweetheart. He absolutely loves carrots and likes kisses on his nose. He also seems to get along well with all the other horses and would make a great companion for a horse.

December 1, 2013:  Grant and Benny both came to Happy Trails just a few weeks ago. These guys are both geldings from Guernsey County.  They have now been rescued from a situation of neglect for the second time in their life.  Grant is very sweet and quiet.  He has soreness in his front legs and will need some time to recover from his lonely days of neglect.  Imagine standing in a stall by your buddy.  Every day a person comes in bringing grain to each and every other in the barn….except for you.  That is what happened to these guys.
In order to bring a horse back to decent body condition, it takes rigorous around the clock care.  They are on their way back!   Stay posted for updates on these guys who will be available for adoption.  If you are interested in being the owner who can assure that Grant will never again have to worry about a meal, please don’t hesitate to start the adoption process.

Benjamin Button – “Benny”

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Status: Adoptable – Rideable
Age:  Late Teens
Breed: QH
Gender: Gelding
Color: Chestnut
Adoption Fee: $150
Sponsor Fee: $50/month
Ready to Adopt?

About Benny


bennyJune 30, 2014:   Benny and Grant, two wonderful Quarter horses who we would love to adopt out together,  came from a situation where they were not only abused by an owner, they were then placed in the care of a second family who in turn neglected them a second time! They would make wonderful family pets. Grant would be a handsome companion horse as he currently cannot be ridden due to navicular disease.  Our farrier has high hopes that this can be worked with and eventually he will be ridable.  Benny should be available for some light backyard riding. These are the two perfect gentleman if you want horses you can hug and love. They are friendly, easy to work with, and the sweetest guys ever.

March 19, 2014: Benny is doing very well. He has gained back quite a bit of weight. We still aren’t sure if Benny will be able to be ridden once he fully recovers, however at this point it seems like it would be best if he were just a pasture pal. Benny is very bonded to Grant, so we would love if it were possible for them to be adopted together, however we realize that it might be difficult. Benny is a sweet guy that deserves a chance. At first impression, he seems like a crabby old man that pins his ears at everything. Well…that is partly true, however he hasn’t shown aggression towards the caregivers or volunteers. He just needs a chance to earn your trust after all he has been through. He tends to enjoy standing in the back and watching everybody instead of being the center of attention. He would make a great companion for another horse. He like to be the protector of everybody, and he looks after his friend Grant out in the pasture.

December 1, 2013:  Benny and Grant both came to Happy Trails just a few weeks ago. These guys are both geldings from Guernsey County.  They have now been rescued from a situation of neglect for the second time in their life.  Benny seems to have something to say and often pins his ears when approached.  In time he will soften, but who can blame him for being upset enough to express his discomfort and anger stemming from his treatment.  Imagine standing in a stall by your buddy.  Every day a person comes in bringing grain to each and every other in the barn….except for you.  That is what happened to these guys.
In order to bring a horse back to decent body condition, it takes rigorous around the clock care.  They are on their way back!   Stay posted for updates on these guys who will be available for adoption.  If you are interested in being the owner who can assure that Benny will never again have to worry about a meal, please don’t hesitate to start the adoption process.

The Voice Enewsletter by Mercy for Animals

mercy for animalsMercy For Animals is dedicated to preventing cruelty to farmed animals and promoting compassionate food choices and policies.  We hope you find their enewsletter – The Voice to be informative and inspiring.  Kudos to this great organization for their tireless efforts.

Hey there Delilah!

Two weeks ago today we got this gorgeous mare, her 2 sisters, brother and father at Happy Trails. Her feet were so overgrown and twisted that she could hardly stand. Her muscles, tendons and ligaments were strained. Everyone was crossing their fingers that she would be able to even get on the trailer and make it here. She spent considerably more time laying down than standing. Last week, she got her first hoof trim in years and has a long road of recovery ahead. Today, after getting used to her new feet, she got to get out of her stall and stretch for the first time in who knows how long. Delilah is an inspiration.

Join Us Today! – Noon to 5pm, for our ‘Moving Forward’ Open House!

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Fox 8 weatherman and animal-lover, Dick Goddard, has been a long-time fan of Happy Trails from way back when. He plans to make an appearance at Sunday’s Moving Forward Open House to visit his furry and feathered friends and to be part of the festivities, so be sure to meet Dick Goddard when you visit Happy Trails this Sunday!

  • Parking :  All guests must park at Ravenna High School 6589 N Chestnut St, Ravenna, OH 44266.
  • Transportation:  shuttle service is available from the parking at Ravenna High School to the front gate of Happy Trails
  • Itinerary: Check out the fun-filled and informative schedule ahead of time to plan your day by reviewing our itinerary.
  • Tickets:  Tickets are $25 day of the event.  17 and under at $10.

Milagro

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Status: Adopted!
Age: 31
Breed: Arabian
Gender: Gelding
Color: Sorrel
Adoption Fee: $150
Sponsor Fee: $50

About Milagro


milagro0pete milagro0pete2June 12, 2014: Milagro has indeed been reunited with his owner from long ago and has arrived safely. Doing much better since we rescued him from his situation of neglect and armed with the love he has been provided, Milagro (Pete) will live out his remaining years with the comfort and love of his forever family. This is truly a happy beginning for all. We wish you the best!

April 1, 2014: Milagro (miracle) is a senior gentleman who was rescued along with his longtime buddies, Esperanza and Sueno 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 he and his two friends, who supported each other through years of neglect, could be adopted out together. We do understand that is a dream and our main concern is finding a loving home for Milagro where he can enjoy his remaining years learning that love and caring can come from human hands.  Milagro is severely swayback.  While this can be genetic, it can also come from training at too early of an age or from hard riding from a too heavy rider.  He also has stringhalt and cataracts and will need to gain quite a bit of weight.  We know this guy can only offer love, but won’t we all be that way some day?  Are you the one to take on the commendable job of accepting this little guy as he is with all the love he has to give?

Happy Beginning for Milagro

milagro0pete2Milagro has indeed been reunited with his owner from long ago and has arrived safely. Doing much better since we rescued him from his situation of neglect and armed with the love he has been provided, Milagro (Pete) will live out his remaining years with the comfort and love of his forever family. This is truly a happy beginning for all. We wish you the best!

 

Heaven’s Trail Memorial Ceremony

cemeteryIt was a solemn day yesterday, as we laid to rest George, a founding pig and 15-year resident, as well as those we lost in the fire along with other animals we have helped cross over. Heaven’s trail, our cemetery, is another of the areas of the sanctuary you will be able to visit next weekend. It truly is a place of tranquility and peace and offers healing to all who visit.

YuLin’s Festival of Terror

idaIDA works to protect the rights, welfare and habitats of animals.  Read their Animal News Weekly – June 12th e-letter for the latest reports from this wonderful organization.

 

Avis

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Status: Adopted!
Age:  5+
Breed: Sheep
Gender: Wether (Castrated Male)
Color: White with Black Face
Adoption Fee: $75
Sponsor Fee: $40

About Avis


June 13, 2014:  Avis, Pecora, Cordero, and Samantha went to their new home in Pennsylvania yesterday. They are so happy in their little paradise. They have tons of space to run with little hills, lots of trees, and a crystal clear creek running through. It is like a beautiful secret garden. They also have 4 new little goat friends to share their new adventures.

July 11, 2013:  Avis is now in a foster home. He is old and sometimes limps and would need a permanent home where no one else will pick on him. If there are other animals, they would HAVE to be calm and peaceful and friendly toward him. He is now in an area at his foster home where he can see the other animals but he has his own space to be safe.

Cordero, Pecora and Avis arrived at Happy Trails as a family of sheep. A fourth sheep named Skaap was elderly and suffered with arthritis. Sadly we lost their older friend this past winter. These three sheep are very bonded, and we would love for them to be adopted together as a family. Avis and Skaap were best friends, and he misses his older sheep friend terribly.  Avis is probably over five years old and is the quietest out of the three sheep. All three are up to date on de-worming, hoof trims, vaccinations, and are sheared in the Spring.

Pecora

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Status: Adopted!
 Age: Unspecified
Breed: Unspecified
Gender: Ewe
Color: White with Black Face
Adoption Fee: $225 for the whole family
Sponsor Fee: $40/month

About Pecora


June 13, 2014:  Avis, Pecora, Cordero, and Samantha went to their new home in Pennsylvania yesterday. They are so happy in their little paradise. They have tons of space to run with little hills, lots of trees, and a crystal clear creek running through. It is like a beautiful secret garden. They also have 4 new little goat friends to share their new adventures.

July 11, 2013:  Cordero and Pecora have been adopted together.  We wish them and their new family much happiness!

Cordero, Pecora and Avis arrived at Happy Trails as a family of sheep. A fourth sheep named Skaap was elderly and suffered with arthritis. Sadly we lost their older friend this past winter. These three sheep are very bonded, and we would love for them to be adopted together as a family. Pecora is jokingly referred to as “the mother of all sheep” because of her size. She doesn’t eat more than the other sheep, she’s just a big girl and can’t help it.  Though her size is rather impressive, she is not mean spirited in any way nor is she aggressive.  Pecora is probably between four and five years old. All three are up to date on de-worming, hoof trims, vaccinations, and are sheared in the Spring.

Cordero

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Status: Adoptable
Age:  Unspecified
Breed: Unspecified
Gender: Wether (Castrated Male)
Color: White with White face
Adoption Fee: $75
Sponsor Fee: $40/month

About Cordero


June 13, 2014:  Avis, Pecora, Cordero, and Samantha went to their new home in Pennsylvania yesterday. They are so happy in their little paradise. They have tons of space to run with little hills, lots of trees, and a crystal clear creek running through. It is like a beautiful secret garden. They also have 4 new little goat friends to share their new adventures.

February 26, 2014:  Cordero has found his way back to Happy Trails, returned by his adoptive home.  He is looking for a home where he can be the center of attention!  Call today for a visit to see if he would be right for your farm family.

July 11, 2013:  Cordero and Pecora have been adopted together.  We wish them and their new family much happiness!

Cordero, Pecora and Avis arrived at Happy Trails as a family of sheep. A fourth sheep named Skaap was elderly and suffered with arthritis. Sadly we lost their older friend this past winter. These three sheep are very bonded, and we would love for them to be adopted together as a family. Cordero is the youngest. He arrived as a baby lamb, and grew up to be the handsome two year old creature that he is today. All three are up to date on de-worming, hoof trims, vaccinations, and are sheared in the Spring.

Samantha

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Status: Adopted!
Age: Unspecified
Breed: Unspecifed
Gender: Ewe
Color: White w/ Black Face
Adoption Fee: $75
Sponsor Fee: $40/month

About Samantha


June 13, 2014:  Avis, Pecora, Cordero, and Samantha went to their new home in Pennsylvania yesterday. They are so happy in their little paradise. They have tons of space to run with little hills, lots of trees, and a crystal clear creek running through. It is like a beautiful secret garden. They also have 4 new little goat friends to share their new aventures.

October 31, 2013:   I am able to report not only a new adoption but an update of our previously adopted animals all in one!!  Samantha the sheep was recently adopted into the same home as Avis, Pecora and Cordero.  They are now one big happy sheep family!!  I love happy endings.

It took the animal control officer working the City of Akron and eight police officers to catch this frightened gal.  Luckily she still had her tie out around her neck.  The officer was told this lost sheep had been seen in the Archwood Ave area for a couple days.  Their efforts covered a couple of city blocks and before it was over.  Luckily with the Akron officers’ help, animal control was able to confine her safely in the control truck and drive her to Metro Animal Hospital.   Many thanks to Tim and the Akron officers for saving Samantha!
Samantha has come a long way already. She is recuperating from her trauma in a horse stall where she doesn’t have to feel frightened by noises and sudden movements and distractions.  Samantha allowed Ashley to quietly sit in her stall tonight and watch her eat hay. Why would anyone keep a sheep (or any other farm animal for that matter) in a city neighborhood in Akron?  Usually there are two possibilities:  Often farm animals are used as bait animals, and are used to train dogs to fight. The second reason is that some communities will keep and butcher these animals illegally in the city to use for food, and will keep them confined to their basements, garages or back yards.

Yoga Class to Benefit Happy Trails June 19th at Gorge Metropark

akronyogaprojectAYP is holding class in the wonderful Gorge Metro Park in Cuyahoga Falls. Please consider joining them as all class donations will benefit Happy Trails. Be one of the first to attend and receive complimentary tickets to our Moving Forward Open House only a little over a week away.

Ashtabula County Rescue

Five horses, 9 sheep. As it often goes that old barn on an overgrown property, looking abandoned and unkempt is the home for beloved animals for years. It started less than 2 months ago with a rescue of our three amigos and has not stopped since then. We have taken in ten horses and a pig. Three different rescue situations. And now this. Another rescue hours away spanning two days to save the lives of innocent animals . I want so badly to fill in the details and yet we have to be off again to pick up the remaining horses. Please help us with donations. It’s crunch time. 15 horses and a pig in less than 2 months with vet bills, transportation expenses, farrier and the time and attention of our staff and volunteers. You are our partners. You make it happen. Please donate now and send your prayers and good energy to our rescued animals. Thank you.

Arena Progress – June 8th

It’s been a minute and you won’t believe the difference in the blink of an eye.  Our arena is now a complete structure with sides and interior walls.  The doors are being hung and come Monday, the spouting will be installed.  This will be the last update as the only thing left is to hang the doors and complete the arena footing.  We will leave the unveiling for our Moving Forward Open House on June 22nd.  We can’t wait!

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Charity in Motion a Success!

IMG_8138A huge thank you to those who participated in the Charity in Motion motorcycle run yesterday. The route brought you right past the animals you were riding for and we all appreciated the visit and the waves!

Sad News to Report

We have lost a beloved friend and founder.  Read the details and pay tribute to George, one of Happy Trails founding piggies.

George

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About George


May 29, 2014:  Sad news to report.  We have lost our wonderful friend and founding pig, George.  Recently his tumors were biopsied and George was found to have cancer.  During his examination it was found that he had a severe infection possibly caused by a sharp tooth way back in the interior of his mouth.  The hard decision was made to save him from long and ongoing cancer treatment.  Happy Trails founder, Annette, spent the day with George, feeding him his favorite treats and giving him the special love and attention he deserves.  We will miss George but know that he has moved on to a better place and will be reunited with Janice to oink of the sanctuary they founded, the work that has been done and the continued healing their sanctuary will provide.  Thank you friend.

George is one of two founding pigs, along with Janice. He came in as a baby. A man was walking his dog in a park near Pittsburgh, PA, and came across some boys beating what he thought was a puppy with sticks. He went to rescue the puppy and discovered it was a baby pig. The man took the pig to a local farm sanctuary, who then called Happy Trails. George was brought in to be a friend to Janice, the founding pig. Due to her medical issues from the neglectful situation where she came from, Janice had difficulty getting around. George would often wander around the sanctuary gathering stories of what all the other animals were doing, and he would go back to the log cabin and update Janice on all the happenings on the farm. George has developed fatty tumors which the vet does not want to remove at this time. They don’t affect his well-being so it isn’t worth the risk of putting him through a difficult surgery and a long recovery. George is still very vocal and friendly after his despair at losing his best friend in the whole world, Janice the pig, in September 2007. He now has a new love in his life named Queenie. He snuggles with her every day and she is his new best friend. As a founding animal, George is not available for adoption. However he is available for sponsorship. He will get to live the rest of his life at the sanctuary that he helped found. Please consider sponsoring George!

Arena Progress – Monday, May 26th

Less than a week later and even through the holiday weekend work continued on the amazing structure we know to be our new arena!  It’s unbelievable how quickly things are progressing and we cannot wait for you all to see it in person.

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Ella

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Status: Adopted!
Age: < 1 year
Breed: Unspecified
Gender: Feale
Color: White/Brown
Adoption Fee: $75
Sponsor Fee: $40/month

About Ella


May 28, 2014: Ella has been adopted and was taken to her new home, a Secret Garden.  This enchanting place is home to 3 other goats and a special needs sheep as well as an assortment of dogs, cat, hens and a big beautiful rooster adopted from Happy Trails a couple of years ago. Happy Day!!!!! :)

April 25, 2014: Welcome this little fighter, Ella. She is 2 months old and has just arrived here at Happy Trails. Completely blind, this little gal will need a special adoptive home with at least one companionship animal and a low- stress environment. In the meantime, she is being treated for possible neurological and selenium deficiency issues. During this time she will also be weaned as she is now bottle fed. Ella is in need of a monthly sponsor to help offset her veterinary and care costs. Please consider a sponsorship and. . . If you want to apply for adoption and get the chance to meet this dainty miracle, give the office a call.Welcome this little fighter, Ella. She is 2 months old and has just arrived here at Happy Trails. Completely blind, this little gal will need a special adoptive home with at least one companionship animal and a low- stress environment. In the meantime, she is being treated for possible neurological and selenium deficiency issues. During this time she will also be weaned as she is now bottle fed. Ella is in need of a monthly sponsor to help offset her veterinary and care costs. Please consider a sponsorship and. . . If you want to apply for adoption and get the chance to meet this dainty miracle, give the office a call and submit an application. Happy Easter.

Lynn Ishay of Cleveland.com Shares Her Visit

piggy-plain dealerOnce again we are blessed with a beautiful array of photographs from a recent visit to the sanctuary by Lynn Ishay from Cleveland.com

Open House Itinerary for June 22nd Just Released!

Today the itinerary for our Moving Forward Open House is available.  Sunday, June 22nd will be full of informative demonstrations and exciting activities.  Be sure to schedule your day ahead of time by printing the Open House Itinerary.

The Loss is Two-Fold – Help Petition to Stop this Waste

It’s no secret that America’s food waste is an astronomical problem. From overstocking supermarkets to food left on plates in our own homes, more than 25 billion fish, 15 billion shellfish, 1 billion chickens and hundreds of millions of other land animals are being killed every year to serve the U.S. food supply to simply end up dumped in the trash. In other words, an estimated 26.2% of all meat that enters the US retail market ends up thrown away.  Read more at Care2 Petitions to learn how you can help.

Asking for Prayers and Donations for our Piggy Friend George

georgeToday I took Queenie and George to Ohio State. Queenie needed a hoof trim, and George needed a hoof trim as well as a health check-up. He has been losing weight recently, despite having his food increased and getting treats. He also developed a strange odor.

First the easy part, Queenie – She did great and had her hooves trimmed back. Because she doesn’t walk very well due to joint issues, her hooves grow rather quickly. She will need to have hers trimmed every 3 to 6 months. If anyone is willing to donate their time and/or their gas to drive her down for one of her appointments in the future, let me know. It would be greatly appreciated!!

Now for George – I pointed out his two bumps that we have found on his right side. While he was under anesthesia having his hooves trimmed, the vet and vet students biopsied these bumps, along with about four other small ones that they discovered while checking him over. Because of his old age and the concern of possible cancerous lumps, they wanted to do a chest X-Ray on him. Unfortunately, they discovered a small lump/mass on one of his lungs. They sent the material from his biopsy out for histopathology. If these come back cancerous, then the mass on his lung is likely also cancer that has spread.
While trimming his tusks they checked out his teeth. They palpated a strange bony area along his jawline, so they investigated further back in his mouth. They discovered what appears to be either an abscess/bad infection, or a cancerous growth. They did some radiographs to find out what it might be. Infection/abscess would appear more clear and more of a pocket. A growth would be darker white and look more like bone. So far, it appears to be a deep infection. Unfortunately, based on where it is and the extent of it, treatment could be very extensive and possibly cause damage. They are concerned that digging out the infection could end up fracturing his jaw and creating other problems.
In addition to everything going on, George had a slightly difficult time recovering from the anesthesia. His body temperature dropped quite a bit so they put him under a blanket with a hose that blows warm air. Well then he was so comfy that he didn’t want to get up. He kept trying to lay back down and go to sleep. We eventually got him settled in a stall and his temp was normal again. (Also the vet students got to spoil him a little with some strawberries and a bite of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich)

For now, they recommend waiting about a week for the results of the biopsy to come back. If it comes back that it isn’t cancerous, then we can decide what to do about his jaw. If it is cancerous, there may not be much that they can do.
Instead of transporting him back and forth for appointments, they recommended leaving George at the hospital so that they could monitor him, and also the sites from his biopsies can heal (they have staples in them).
Because we didn’t want poor old George to be lonely and scared in a strange place, I decided to leave Queenie with him as a companion. (So don’t panic that Queenie is in the hospital. She is alright, she is just keeping her buddy company)

Please send tons of prayers and good energy and healing for George.

Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary Inc