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Stacey’s Dilemma

Solitaire

solitaire
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

 

Laverne

Laverne

Shirley

Shirley

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
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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.

 

Beauty

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

About Beauty


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?

 

 

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

About Metta


metta (2)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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Happy Monday!!! Mondays can be a drag, especially if you aren't wearing your dancing shoes! Soooo, we want to be sure each of our horse friends at Happy Trails have their dancing shoes in tip-top shape! If you are able, please sponsor one of our horses for their farrier care. Each horse costs $30 to be trimmed and ready to go. Here is the list, pick your favorite, respond in the comments and donate $30 via this link happytrailsfarm.z2systems.com/donation.jsp?campaign=18&
Together we can be sure each horse has their money ready when the bill comes due!
1) Beauty 2) Juno 3) Pandora 4) Dharma 5) Luna 6) Ranger 7) Iris 8) Fury 9) Athena 10) Violet 11) Austin 12) Virtue 13) Tyee 14) Sueno 15) Pan 16) Suvali 17) Grant 18) Falcon 19) Benny 20) Belle
Thank you! Together we can get this done. :)
(pictured is Pandora, standing nicely for our farrier, Craig Dennis, and Suvali receiving support from Jack the goat and Kachina as she gets her feeties done) (2 photos)
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Great two weeks hosting Holly Troche's class from Tri-C each Wednesday! Great group of up and coming professionals. We hope you loved learning as much as Annette loved teaching and we welcome you back anytime! Thanks for entrusting your farm animal experience to us. ;) (3 photos) ... See MoreSee Less

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Guess what!? So Ginny and Solitaire, our cuties that have been fostered at Hinckley Equestrian Center, were both adopted today. Our adoption counselor, Rebecca, did an amazing job orchestrating these two separate adoptions ensuring neither Ginny or Solitaire would be left behind and alone. Way to go, Rebecca! And congratulations to our new adoptive parents. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! (2 photos) ... See MoreSee Less

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Linda Knittel Zastawny🙏🙏🙏 happy forever loving homes!!!!2 days ago
Sarah Koch WhitfordAmazing work. Thank you!♡1 day ago
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Shout out to the Copley Emergency Response team who learned rescue response taught by Annette Fisher, our Director and Founder. Way to be prepared! Knowledge is powerful when rushing to help injured, neglected animals in need. Kudos to you all. (5 photos) ... See MoreSee Less

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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.

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Lynne WoehlkeThank you for being kind in letting her cross the bridge. Heartbreaking nonetheless. You are such good folks. Too many losses but they sure were given the best of lives in the end.3 days ago   ·  5
Karen BowesRest easy sweet baby Metta--you are free now--renewed & restored--your son Hercules & friend Dharma are in good hands-- run with the other Angels & patiently await the arrival of your friends & selfless, loving caregivers 😒😇🐴🙏🏻❤️✨🐎3 days ago   ·  2
Teresa KirklandThat brought me tears3 days ago   ·  1
Ellen MislanI'm very sorry. Thank you for helping this girl to end her suffering.3 days ago
Elaine Jennings ClarkTears3 days ago
Dara HannersSo sad.3 days ago
Tammy BudykaAww so sorry. And thanks for your work3 days ago
Victoria Geneva CooleySo sad, I'm so sorry for your loss 💔 RIP sweet Metta2 days ago
E Sam BrownGOD BLESS ❤️3 days ago
Raia M PrestoHeartbreaking:(3 days ago
Vickie Rucinski TakacsTears for Metta...3 days ago
Carolyn McCabeSo sad3 days ago
Lisa MulloyRun free, dear one.3 days ago
Dottie FinkelmanTears for Metta! RIP ,Metta! You now crossed over the Rainbow Bridge to heaven, Love You.3 days ago
Della Moyers:'(3 days ago
Kim Fenton💔😢3 days ago
Annie Kubek HollandUgh😓3 days ago
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We are so excited to host our very first education class in our brand new Education Center located at 5661 New Milford Rd, Ravenna. In less than an hour we will great our guests for a mini-tour and then settle in for a great talk by Dr. Geiger of Horizons Equine Clinic in Wayne County. If you have registered, see you there! If you missed this first class sign-up, please don't hesitate to reserve your seat for the next class on May 7th. Visit our website for details! happytrailsfarm.org/?p=9009 ... See MoreSee Less

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Emma RothCONGRATULATIONS! AMAZING! Thank you for spreading the beautiful message of animal compassion4 days ago

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First class of our Spring Equine education series tomorrow night and last chance to take advantage of the Spring series 6-class special price of $36! Attend at 6pm to take a free mini-tour of the sanctuary. We hope to see you all there in support of learning, our new Education Center and the rescued animals of Happy Trails! ... See MoreSee Less

A special thank you to our dear supporter, Barb B, who purchased ice boots to make Metta more comfortable. These boots will be used over and over for the horses with laminitic issues and deep tissue injuries. Thank you! (2 photos) ... See MoreSee Less

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JoAnn FrancisHow wonderful!5 days ago
Rachel Snowden KrillThanks Barb, they really have made a big difference for her.5 days ago
Emma RothThanks Barb! So generous of you : )5 days ago

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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. Saturday 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 ... See MoreSee Less

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Sandra ConleyThank you for not letting her die alone.1 week ago   ·  6
Ellen MislanGod bless your kindness. Run free Aurora.1 week ago   ·  7
Liz KirbyAwe. Sometimes the kindest thing to do is to let them go to Rainbow Bridge. RIP beautiful girl.1 week ago   ·  5
Nancy DusSault WinrodRIP sweet girl1 week ago   ·  2
Damien MikeLove you baby girl : (1 week ago   ·  2
Lori PrementineI'm so sorry for your loss. :( She was blessed to be surrounded by so much love.1 week ago   ·  2
Tawnya GuinnRIP sweet lady1 week ago   ·  2
Elizabeth Hitman-AshbyThank you for all you do for the animals at your farm.1 week ago   ·  2
Karen BowesRIP Aurora--what a beautiful girl!! You are now free to run with all those who've gone before you--& patiently wait for your beloved caregivers to arrive. Blessing & prayers to you Steph, you are a true earthly angel, & to all of your helpers at Happy Trails Farm Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary, Inc.1 week ago   ·  2
Kelley SayreHugs. They tell you when they're ready. You just have to listen & have the strength to let them go.1 week ago   ·  2
Flo HuffRIP Aurora1 week ago   ·  1
Karen J MalloyBlessings1 week ago   ·  1
Dan PongalloSo very sorry.1 week ago   ·  1
Vickie SmithRIP and run free1 week ago   ·  1
Vickie Rucinski TakacsRIP beautiful Aurora.1 week ago   ·  1
Rex Paulette Johnston Jr.such a wonderful organization....1 week ago   ·  1
Joni Galka SanchezSo so sorry...1 week ago   ·  1
Jules RussellRun free beautiful girl1 week ago   ·  1
Stacey VukmanicRip mamma!1 week ago   ·  1
Nancy HorvathSo sorry1 week ago   ·  1
Craig DennisVery sorry to hear this! Thoughts and prayers to the happy trails folks.1 week ago   ·  1
Darlene Poling BrownAWE! so sorry for your loss!!6 days ago
Lynn HuebnerOh I am so sorry. She is now with the herd and free.....6 days ago
Adrian D'AlessioOr we could fund ibuprofen in any future instances.7 days ago
Cathy Bryant BoydWe recently had to do the same for a 34 year old (rescued) thoroughbred here. So hard, but you know you did the right thing. Bless you for your work <36 days ago

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This week marks another historical moment for the sanctuary, when on Thursday night we roll out our very first in a series of educational classes being held at the new Education Center located next to Happy Trails! The series of equine health classes is new, exciting and they come with a free mini-tour of the sanctuary! I hope you will plan to join us!

Click here to register happytrailsfarm.z2systems.com/np/clients/happytrailsfarm/eventRegistration.jsp?event=4&

This Thursday, April 23rd, from 7:00pm to 8:30pm, Happy Trails welcomes Dr. Mike Geiger, owner of Horizon Equine Clinic located in Wayne County. His presentation will talk about the important basics of horse care, what can't be overlooked and what's crucial to your horse's care; the aging/senior horse - how to care for them and when do we finally admit our horse became a senior and needs different care protocol; and as an avid draft enthusiast, he will be happy to answer questions about the draft horse breeds (with Percherons as his favorite!). Doc Geiger is a long-time friend of Happy Trails, an amazing vet, and has also been an instructor for Happy Trails Amish Horse Health classes which were held for the Amish Community in Holmes County.
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We have a beautiful guy named Tyee who needs a little help with his cribbing habit. This will help him in his recovery as it is hard to put weight on a horse that cribbs! Please consider purchasing this for Tyee from our AmazonSmiles wishlist. Tyee will sure be thankful!
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Shhhhh...we want to surprise our hard workers with a little something. Our caregivers are so dedicated and tireless. Anyone want to say thank you too? Donate $10 with thank you in the memo and we will pay it forward! I know there are a lot of you who will respond so anything over $60 will go toward the supplies needed to do their job efficiently. Brooms, shut off valves and a new electric blower! Click the Donate tab above or visit our website and click donate. Finally you can mail checks to: 5623 New Milford Rd Ravenna, OH 44266. ... See MoreSee Less

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We are so happy to announce that Raff and his ladies were adopted today. They are joining 4 other hens in their beautiful home where they will have a lovely coop for roosting and a spacious area to scratch during the day. If you or anyone you know would be interested in adopting hens and/or roosters, please view the large selection of each listed on our website. happytrailsfarm.org/category/adopt-sponsor/feathered-friends/ ... See MoreSee Less

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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

YuLin’s Festival of Terror

idaIDA works to protect the rights, welfare and habitats of animals.  Read their Animal News Weekly – April 16th e-letter for the latest reports from this wonderful organization.

 

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.

 

 

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-April 16th is available.  Check it out!

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.

Dharma

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Status: Ridable – 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 (2)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!

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.

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 March 27th.

 

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 – Cleveland Equine Clinic
Eye Health – Uveitis – Diagnosis and Treatment

July 2

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?

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!

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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.

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

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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 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!

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…

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: Adoptable
Year Born: Spring 2014
Breed: White Leghorn/Rhode Island Red
Gender: Female
Color: White/brown
Adoption Fee: $5 each
Sponsor Fee: $20
Ready to Adopt?

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!

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

 

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.

A Special Horse Available

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 ashleyk@happytrailsfarm.org.

Fury – Another Horse from Portage County

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 ashleyk@happytrailsfarm.org.

Meet Aurora!

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 ashleyk@happytrailsfarm.org.

Today’s Horse is Luna!

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 ashleyk@happytrailsfarm.org.

Introducing Athena

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 ashleyk@happytrailsfarm.org.

An Update from Renny!

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.”

Today’s Featured Horse is Jasmine!

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 ashleyk@happytrailsfarm.org.

Happy Trails Animal Sponsorships

20141227_135544Sometimes 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.

Juno

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

About Juno


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

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

About Pandora


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

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

About Ranger


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, but he is trained. We believe he would make a great show horse! Ranger is solidly built and quiet.

Halley is our featured horse plus some great news!

Some good news! The horses and chickens involved in the Portage hoarding rescue from this summer that also involved dogs, cats and parrots have now been signed over and are available for adoption! We now have 9 horses and 24 chickens to introduce to you! We will be taking the next 10 days to feature each of these guys, so stay tuned!

Our first featured horse is Halley. She 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!

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

Fury

Status: Rideable
Year Born: 1990
Breed: Grade
Gender: Gelding
Color: Chestnut
Height: 16.1
Adoption Fee: $350
Sponsor Fee: $50/month
Ready to Adopt?

About Fury


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!

Fury was quite skinny when he was rescued. He is gaining weight well and has no other health issues. He is rideable and trained. He can be a little stubborn, but he is a good horse. He gets quite attached to his friends and gets along with any horse. He is very cuddly and loves attention. He will be your friend for life if you give him a good scratch!

Athena

Status: Rideable
Year Born: 1989
Breed: Unknown
Gender: Mare
Color: Chestnut
Height:  14.3
Adoption Fee: $150
Sponsor Fee: $50/month
Ready to Adopt?

About Athena


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!

Athena was the worst of the group of horses. 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 older, 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.

Alvin and Marvin are our featured animals!

Our featured animals of the week are Alvin and Marvin! These two handsome boys came in from a severe neglect case 2 years ago. They came with some other hens that have all since found homes. We think these two are brothers and they get along with each other very well. These guys are quite stunning! They are also very good to their hens, they take great care of them! Do you have room in your flock for these boys?

Alvin and Marvin’s adoption fee is $10 each. If you are interested in them, give us a call or send a message to ashleyk@happytrailsfarm.org

Do you or does someone you know use Nutrena feed?

Help our horses simply by sending us the feed tags clipped from each bag. Nutrena will donate money to the Happy Trails for each feed tag submitted! Included in the program are the following Nutrena products:

Life Design * Vitality * Legacy * Safe Choice * LiteBalance *
XTN * High Fat Performance Pellet * Empower * Triumph Horse Feeds * Stock & Stable * NW Stretch Hay Extender * Naturewise Farmstore Feeds * Cargill Milk Plus * Dairyway/Dairy Focus Feeds * All Other Nutrena Grain Products

Drop clipped codes off at the Happy Trails office or mail to:

Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary
5623 New Milford Rd
Ravenna, OH 44266
Attention: Nutrena Program

Happy Trails featured in the Akronist

Love the multitude of pictures in this!
What an amazing article in support of our recent land acquisition. If you have not already, would you help the animals of Happy Trails by making a donation toward this purchase? Every donation helps! Thanks for the great article, Craig Erskine III!

Goodbye to Vin Diesel

vinnieOn a more somber note Vinnie Diesel passed across the rainbow bridge at the passing of 2014. He had a multiple list of things wrong with him and he was just too weak to fight anymore. But he asked that I share his story to everyone before he passed. So Vinnie… I’m keeping my promise to you…

His home was not much of a good home. There wasn’t any heat lamps or straw for warmth. The chickens that were there were sick and full of lice. He was always getting picked on for being weak and not able to fight back. Christmas Eve he said a prayer that he could know what it is like to be warm. To not be hungry and afraid. He had heard of love but knew not what it felt like. Even if it was only for a moment… he wished for this. A few days later the human that sometimes fed them grabbed him by his neck and tossed him into a dark box saying something about him being “old and useless”. After a short ride he was thrown over a fence into a cold and scary place…. into an old construction site. There wasn’t any food but he found a puddle of water to wet his beak. He was tired..and weak… and he was sure he was going to die right there in the dark… alone and cold. Then suddenly he heard a voice! A woman was coming to him! She talked in calm voice with no anger at him….she was saving him! After his rescue she took him to a warm house where there was food and water! The woman held him and he felt relief… he was not alone. The next few days other females came and took care of him… holding him and speaking kind words. He said to tell all of us “Thank you”. For showing him what it felt like to be held by another with love and comfort… even though he was covered with bugs! He crossed over feeling love…and he was not afraid anymore. I was with him when he crossed. He was happy and no longer in pain. So here is to you Vinnie….He received his Christmas wish… Steph

Butch is our featured horse!

Our horse of the week is Butch Whitefeather! Butch is a 19 year old Percheron gelding. He arrived at Happy Trails as a retired Amish horse. He is blind and would not make a great riding horse. Once he trusts his new adoptive family and his surroundings, he may be able to do some light riding in an arena or pasture. Butch has no other health or soundness issues. Butch is gentle and loving and deserves a great retirement. Would you consider adding Butch to your family?

Butch’s adoption fee is $150. If you are interested in Butch, give us a call or send a message to ashleyk@happytrailsfarm.org

Special food for Lola

Though Happy Trails does not take in cats or dogs, we do have 2 resident cats that live at the sanctuary. When we got them, we were told they were feral and would not be touched. Lola and her brother Miles have proven them wrong and are very sweet! We love these guys! Recently, we noticed Lola was having trouble going to the bathroom. After a vet visit it was determined that she had bladder stones. She has gotten much better after some medication, but is now only allowed to eat a special food to prevent any future problems. She can now only have urinary SO Feline from Royal Canin. Lola is asking for some as a late Christmas gift! And to make it even easier, we have added it to our brand new Amazon wish list!- http://amzn.com/w/3A1HHVMS4L5R7

Happy Trails now has an Amazon Wish List!

Happy Trails now has an Amazon Wish List! This is a great new way to donate and show your support by sending things that you know we need! This list will be kept updated with necessities and wants for the rescued animals. You can find things like breakaway halters and extra straps for the horses to be safe when they are wearing them, special waterers for the chickens that they cannot get dirty or tip over and even hand warmers for our hard-working staff and volunteers who come out on even the coldest days to care for the rescued animals. Together, we can help make the world better for everyone!
http://amzn.com/w/3A1HHVMS4L5R7

And remember to shop at AmazonSmile, where 0.5% of many purchases made through Amazon is donated to Happy Trails! This requires no effort and it will even remind you to hop on over to AmazonSmile while doing your normal shopping on Amazon! Just click this link, and search for Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary and hit “select”!
http://smile.amazon.com/ch/34-1968434

Happy New Year from Hershey, our featured animal!

All of us at Happy Trails hope that you had a safe and happy new year! Hershey’s goal for 2015 is to find a family to love him and a nice new home! Hershey is 4 and is house trained! He is currently keeping everyone company as our office pig, but he would still love to find a family all his own! He would also like to know if you have any New Year’s resolutions.

Hershey’s adoption fee is $100. If you are interested in Hershey, give us a call or send a message to ashleyk@happytrailsfarm.org!

Ellen

About Ellen


December 31, 2014:  Ellen passed over the Rainbow Bridge and is eating, eating, eating and pecking and happy.  Ellen came from Columbiana County– a hideous abuse/neglect situation. She was the sweetest most gentle soul.  Her beak cut way to short did not stop her from her favorite treat of bread and often times she was invited to our picnic table for a shared meal.  Ellen will be missed.

An update on Galaxy-

She was moved to a different foster home that is willing to give her some training. Galaxy is such a good girl with a lot of potential. She will be able to use some of that now. She is in a foster home with Buster, a mini that was adopted from Happy Trails last month. Good luck at your new foster home Galaxy! We will be sure to share her progress with you all!

Princeton is our featured horse!

Our horse of the week is Princeton! Princeton is an 18 year old Standardbred gelding. He came to Happy Trails as an Amish retirement horse. He is trained and rideable. He stands about 16 hands high and is solidly built. Princeton is currently in a foster home getting spoiled. He is a quiet calm horse who can do just about anything. He was adopted and returned this year due to special circumstances, none of which were Princeton’s fault. He was actually in training to be a mounted Police horse! Princeton would make a wonderful addition to any family!

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

Roy and Cabrio found a home (again)!

Sometimes things happen so quick at the sanctuary that we don’t even have time to get them out there! Roy and Cabrio are a pair of amazing Standardbred geldings. They were retired from an Amish farm and were adopted 2 years ago. Recently, they have come back to Happy Trails due to some unforeseen circumstances. They were here for only a week before finding another great home! The boys are now getting spoiled by a great family. They have a bunch of kids to love on them and ride. They are great teachers are are fitting right in with their new family! Their new owners say they are perfect gentlemen and they just love them! Good luck to you all!

Jacqueline and Hattrick are our Featured Animals!

Jacqueline and Hattrick are a pair of geese that came from two different rescue situations. Jacqueline (pictured here) came from a neglect situation with a hen and some mini horses that were taken by another rescue. She cannot see very well, but gets around just fine! Jacqueline is very sweet and has a nice loud honk! Hattrick is a white goose as well. He is still part of a court case. He is part of a neglect/abandonment situation. He can be pretty protective of his lady and treats her very well. Since he is a court case, he can only be fostered until he is officially signed over, but in the mean time he is looking for a home with his girlfriend who doesn’t mind fostering him until he can officially be adopted.

Jacqueline and Hattrick’s adoption fee is $25 for the pair (only half needed until Hattrick is signed over). If you are interested in these guys, give us a call or send a message to ashleyk@happytrailsfarm.org

Jacqueline and Hattrick

 

Status: Adoptable/foster
Age: Unknown
Breed: Unknown
Gender: Female/male
Color: White
Adoption Fee: $25
Sponsor Fee: $40/month
Ready to Adopt?

About Jacqueline and Hattrick


December 23, 2014: Jacqueline and Hattrick are a pair of geese that came from two different rescue situations. Jacqueline (pictured here) came from a neglect situation with a hen and some mini horses that were taken by another rescue. She cannot see very well, but gets around just fine! Jacqueline is very sweet and has a nice loud honk! Her name was originally Jacques, as we thought she was a he because of this as well as her pretty blue eyes that are usually seen on the boys. After one of our caregivers found a nice big egg in her enclosure, we paired her up with Hattrick, and it has been love ever since.

Hattrick is a white goose as well. He is still part of a court case. He is part of a neglect/abandonment situation. He can be pretty protective of his lady and treats her very well. Since he is a court case, he can only be fostered until he is officially signed over, but in the mean time he is looking for a home with his girlfriend who doesn’t mind fostering him until he can officially be adopted.

Beauty is our Featured Horse of the Week!

Beauty2Are you or someone you know looking for a beginner safe horse that is small enough for the kids but still able to carry mom or dad around? Take a look at our featured horse this week! Beauty is a 14-year-old, 14.3 hand high Morgan/Arabian cross mare. She was brought to Happy Trails through our Amish retirement program a few years ago when she had foundered. She was adopted and returned this year due to her family moving and not being able to take her. She has since made a full recovery from her founder and has had no other health issues. She is trained and ridable and just loves kids! She is very gentle with them. Though she is shorter, she is very solidly built, so she can easily support a taller rider. She is also very smooth to ride and moves gorgeously. Do you have a place in your family for Beauty?

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

Maka Has Found a Wonderful New Foster Home!

src="http://happytrailsfarm.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/maka-foster-150x150.png" alt="maka-foster" width="105" height="105" />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! Here are some pictures that Maka’s new foster mom sent! Good luck to you all!

A Great Opportunity to Further Your Support

mercy for animalsWe at Happy Trails feel a donation to this great organization is money well spent.  Read this great opportunity for your donation to be doubled until December 31, 2014.

Maka

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

About Maka


maka-fosterDecember 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.

Pan

pan
Status: Pasture Pal
Year Born:  1999
Breed: Standardbred
Gender: Gelding
Color: Bay
Adoption Fee: $150
Sponsor Fee: $50
Ready to Adopt?

About Pan


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December 18, 2014: Pan is recovering beautifully! His surgery went well and his bandage is off. He is now allowed to go on short walks with our caregivers a couple of times a day. In another month, he will have a follow up xray to see how his bones are doing. Soon he will be able to run and play again! Until then, he is still looking for a home to call his own!

December  1, 2014:  Pan is a 16-year-old Standardbred gelding who came to Happy Trails in November of 2013 through our Amish Horse Retirement Program. He could no longer go the distance, no longer pull carts day in and day out, and his family was forced to retire him. Pangaia recently began to come up lame. He had always had some issues but this was different – he would not put any weight on his left front leg. The vet was called and after a radiograph was taken of his leg, it was found that he had a very large bone cyst in his ankle as well as a small stress fracture. This means that inside the bone, there is a hole instead of the normal bone structure. Our Pan is remarkable in every way and to prove it, the vets declared this bone cyst was the largest they had ever seen!  View the Radiograph!

The cyst has existed for years and yet Pan was smart enough to protect it with his movement, unfortunately making it hard for us to have detected. Over 2 1/2 months, Pangaia has endured a regimen of supplements, hand walking and stall rest to help strengthen the bone and heal the fracture. Against all odds, the fracture has healed!  This means we have received the all clear to schedule a very important surgery.  This surgery will entail placing two screws in his bone to help stabilize it.  The cyst is something that will never grow back, progression can be stopped, and it will not get worse.  With this surgery expense of $2500, the vets are extremely optimistic. Pangaia will be live up to his name meaning (perfect living) leading a long, comfortable life as a pasture pal and doing all he has dreamed of without the pain or lameness he has endured silently for so long.  Recovery time for this surgery is next to none, he has a bright future ahead, and we need you!

December 6, 2013:  Pan went to OSU to have his teeth floated, his eyes checked, and a lameness evaluation. His teeth were surprisingly very good, so they just had to file a little bit down. His eye seems to have healed. He may have recurrent uveitis, but the only way to know that is if it reoccurs. It may have been an isolated incident of uveitis due to some type of damage or irritation to his eye. His vision appears to be great and he isn’t in any pain. During Pan’s lameness evaluation, they discovered he was slightly lame on his left hind. They did an ultrasound on his stifle and found some fluid. They think that he should be adopted out as a pasture pal. They don’t expect him to come up very lame anytime soon, but if there is a lot of weight on him or if he is forced to do rigorous work, he will be very lame and it will become painful. He also has the beginnings of arthritis in his hocks, but it shouldn’t become a problem for a long time.
Just a sidenote, Pan did amazing at OSU and was so gentle and mellow. The vets and vet students fell in love with him and used him for teaching because he was so calm. They didn’t even have to sedate him for the ultrasound, so the vet students were able to practice on him since he loved the attention and stood still.

November 8, 2013;  On Friday we picked up a buggy horse in Mt. Hope, Ohio, when his Amish family decided to place him into the Happy Trails Amish Horse Retirement Program. His is such a sweetheart and he is very well mannered. Sadly he has a health issue with his right eye, and has some arthritis going on in his hips. A trip to OSU in Columbus will give him the best overall and most cost-effective health exam to help us provide him with an accurate diagnosis, proper treatment, lameness evaluation, and comprehensive rehabilitation program, so that he can begin to heal and become healthier.
He came in with the name Pan, and we always try to provide the animals with a new name to help them start their new life. We decided to add to his name, and he is now Pangaia (pronounced Pan-Jay-Uh), after a village in Hawaii where the inhabitants are almost all vegans. The translation roughly is “perfect living”, and that’s what we want to now give Pangaia, a perfect life!

Charlie Has a Home!

charlie-adoptedThis handsome rooster got adopted last week! Charlie was abandoned and brought to Happy Trails in the spring. He now has a flock of hens, a large yard and a great family! He even gets to come into the kitchen in colder weather to warm up! Here are some pictures sent from his new home. He just loves sharing hugs with his new mom, Kaitlyn! Good luck to you and your new family!

An unexpected Opportunity for Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary Creates our New Educational Facility — 60 Days to Raise Funding!

2014LandAcquisitionCampaign-1What do you get when you combine a Sheriff’s auction, a 5-acre property with a very nice home and a barn, and pastures that connect to the back of Happy Trails current property?   Happy Trails new educational facility and an extended sanctuary!  Read the full details in our Land Acquisition Campaign.

Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase. ~Martin Luther King Jr.

Happy Trails has indeed taken that first step.  We are hoping that you will now walk together with us up that staircase, networking, reaching out to others and asking for their support to help Happy Trails acquire this property which will open doors, provide more educational programs, and allow us to serve you and the rescued animals better than ever….

Winter is Here

kachina-winterOur permanent residents at Happy Trails have geared up for the season! Kachina and Suvali, our mini horses are fluffy and oblivious to the cold temps. Natasha the goat is comfy in her new digs at the goat and sheep barn. And Jolie? Well, she knows its best for a piggy to be cuddled up warm inside her home-sweet-home.
Thank you to our supporters – together we make it possible for them to be so happy!

Happy Trails Assists in Yet Another Neglect Case in Summit County

summit cty rescue (6)While shoppers bustled in the streets the day after Thanksgiving, Happy Trails was hard at work assisting Summit County in the starvation case of three Thoroughbred horses. We will need your help! Please consider a donation toward the care and rehabilitation of these horses in our care and help us figure out a name for these deserving gals. Read the story here.