August 28, 2014: Renny has been gelded! He is doing wonderfully! He has also had the mass from his eye removed and his teeth done. He is the sweetest boy! He is so smart and a joy to be around. He may be blind, but he is extremely trusting and willing! He has quickly become a favorite around the sanctuary!
July 1, 2014: Renny has had his feet trimmed and has been vetted. He will recover fully from his neglect however, he will always endure his blindness. He continues to love rolling in any fresh bedding or the sand of our new arena. He is sweet and loving. Trusting of every human that walks toward him despite his years of neglect. Renaisance will be gelded and his teeth floated to correct the severe points of his canines. Please consider adopting this lovely and proud horse for your own. Watch Renny do his thing!…
Five horses, nine sheep. From a dilapidated barn in Ashtabula County, Happy Trails assisted the local humane officer in rescuing these animals from one of the most horrific sites in recent history. All of the horses were locked in stalls, knee deep in manure with no hope of being able to reach the lush grass just beyond their barred windows to the outside.
Renaisance was the last horse to be pulled from his stall. Standing quietly although all of his family had been taken, I coaxed him out of his stall. Stepping down out of his mounded manure was difficult as Renny is completely blind. He trusted me and he led easily out into the warm sun. Dipping his head down as he walked, he grabbed mouthfuls of grass as he walked and when he reached what he sensed to be a clearing he went down – down and rolling over and over and over, grabbing ever more grass as he rolled. He got up, shook off and continued his walk with me straight up and onto the trailer for his ride to Happy Trails.
Happy Trails will be attending this great event being hosted by the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter. Grab your leashes and save the date! What a great location to enjoy a beautiful September day with your family pet. Don’t have one yet? Bring your heart strings and wait for the tug from one of the many adoptable pets waiting to meet you! For more information visit our Event Page – Mutt, Strut & Mingle.
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!
Ginny came from Indiana with 3 other mini horses, a donkey, a goat, a potbelly pig and 2 alpacas. Ginny is a gorgeous little girl! She is very nervous of people and will take some work to get her to come out of her shell. Ginny is pregnant. She is pretty far along. Casino is the father, she was bred long before her arrival to Happy Trails. She is currently in a foster home with Solitaire and they are getting a lot of attention and work. We will be sure to update when she foals! For now, she is still looking for the perfect adoptive home!
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!
Casino is ready to be adopted! He was recently gelded and is healing wonderfully! Casino was from the rescue in Indiana. He came in with 3 other mini horses, 2 alpacas, a goat, a potbelly pig and a mini donkey. He is still a little underweight, but is bouncing back quickly! Casino is a sweet heart! He is very gentle and quiet. He is waiting for his perfect home!
Our featured horse this week is Sueno! Sueno is Spanish for “dream”. He came from Mahoning County with two other horses and was emaciated and had a terrible coat. His weight is now back where it should be and he is a gorgeous liver chestnut color. Sueno is 22 and is 14.3 hands. He has some health issues that will make him a pasture pal only. He has heaves, a respiratory disease- similar to asthma in people, and a luxating patella. This means that his knee cap pops out of place on occasion. It does not hurt him and he has learned how to pop it back in himself. He would do best on 24 hour turn out because of his heaves. He is an amazingly gentle and quiet guy!
Sueno’s adoption fee is $150. If you are interested in him, give us a call or send a message to [email protected]!
This week, our featured animal is Adam! Adam is one of our cock fight roosters that were rescued last year. He is a gorgeous boy. The belief is that cock fight roosters are mean, but most of them are sweet as can be- just like Adam! Adam suffers from some brain damage so he holds his head sideways or upside down at times, but he does not let that stop him from loving life and being happy! He loves hens and showing off for people! Like our other cock fighters, he cannot be housed around other roosters. Will you be the special person to give Adam a home?
Adam’s adoption fee is $10. If you are interested in him, give us a call or send us a message! Check out our other gorgeous roosters looking for homes!
Paul Shapiro Vice President, Farm Animal Protection, The Humane Society of the United States…
This organization has wonderful up-to-date information on the issues met while working to reduce the suffering of animals raised for meat, eggs, and milk. Check out Mr. Shapiro’s latest correspondence from August 22nd.
Graciano came from Summit County with Maka, an overweight potbelly pig and a group of dogs. Both horses had very bad hooves. Graciano’s hoof walls began growing underneath his foot, making it painful to walk. He got his feet trimmed and feels much better! From working with him on the ground, he seems to be well-trained. We will get our horse trainer up on him soon to see how much he knows!
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.
Ellen came from Columbiana County– a hideous abuse/neglect situation. Happy Trails removed approximately 29 brown hens, 7 goats (which went to another sanctuary) and three roosters. The rest of the animals were dead. Be spared the remaining details but know the conditions were horrific and the animals met a terrible death from starvation.
Ellen is the sweetest of the bunch! She loves attention and treats. She will jump for a bite of something good. Her favorite treat is bread and will defend it from any other animal that comes to take any. Even though her beak was cut very short, she still manages to eat and preen her feathers. Ellen is now a permanent resident, she accompanies us at events and to schools and nursing homes. She is definitely a favorite around Happy Trails! Ellen is still looking for a sponsor!
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George & Joyce, owners of DraftTack.com have been keeping our horses safely haltered for nearly 3 years…
They donate matching lead lines for every halter we order…..
They are proud owners of rescued draft horses…
And they supply an amazing online store which is a great source of draft horse supplies, in addition to customizable high-quality halters in all sizes. Thank you to George and Joyce and a huge thank you to our amazing volunteer and supporter, Barb, who orders a new halter through DraftTack.com for each and every rescued horse Happy Trails brings in.
Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary, Inc. is seeking to hire just such an individual to fill the full-time position of Sanctuary Manager.
Qualified candidates must possess the following:
• Prior supervisory/managerial experience
• Associate degree or higher
• Strong leadership and problem solving skills
• Ability to organize, prioritize and/or triage
• Strong communication with staff, volunteers and donors
• Current computer skills
Marketing and/or rescue experience a plus
Cover letter, resume, and references can be submitted to [email protected] or mailed to the office at:
5623 New Milford Rd Ravenna, OH 44266
Click for a detailed job description. No phone calls or drop-ins will be accepted.
Mercy For Animals is dedicated to preventing cruelty to farmed animals and promoting compassionate food choices and policies. We hope you find their August 6th enewsletter – The Voice to be informative and inspiring. Kudos to this great organization for their tireless efforts.
You don’t have to be a pro golfer to help raise funds for the animal rescue programs at Happy Trails! Get your golfing guys and gals together and team up for a fun brunch, lunch and relaxing day of golf at the Fairways at Twin Lakes. Great prizes. Great course. Great food. Alcohol available for purchase on the green! Click for event details. Ready to tee off?
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In the midst of this deplorable situation, we can’t help but feel a pride in the combined efforts it took to facilitate this rescue. Representatives from the Portage County APL, Bird Nerds from Canton and Happy Trails worked together seamlessly to save these animals from their situation of severe neglect. If only we could give the details….
Please help by donating toward the care of the nine horses we rescued from this situation. The court case could take months and we must provide care until such time as the horses as well as the hens and roosters are release for adoption.
This is the biggest edition of the Happy Trails newsletter that we’ve ever created! Discover some great animal rescue stories, find ways to get involved, get sanctuary updates, learn about upcoming events and seminars, and keep in the loop! Get your summer reading underway!
You don’t have to be a pro golfer to help raise funds for the animal rescue programs at Happy Trails! Get your golfing guys and gals together and team up for a fun brunch, lunch and relaxing day of golf at the Fairways at Twin Lakes. Great prizes. Great course. Great food. Click for details .
Do you have an awesome vegan entree, snack, dessert or smoothie (or anything else, even dog treats!) recipe worthy of sharing? What about a non-vegan one? If you do, let me know! Of course, this book is going to have strictly animal friendly (vegan) recipes, but our editor is a pro at substituting animal products if you need any assistance what so ever.
This is completely optional, but with a donation of a recipe, Happy Trails is asking if you would be able to donate $2.00 to cover the cost of printing. Also, we would love for donors to send in quotes with their recipes, about your love for animals, passion for plant based living, or how Happy Trails has changed your life – And we will put these quotes on your recipe page!
This year’s Thanksgiving is going to be a unique event, offering a great way to kick-start your holiday season with kindness and compassion. Check out the details here…
Happy Trails Hopes to Approve Homes Immediately for Mini-horses, a Mini-donkey, and More, Arriving from Indiana
The Humane Society of Elkhart County, Indiana, has requested Happy Trails assistance with a recent farm animal rescue. Though we have little room available at the sanctuary, we have agreed to pre-approve homes for the following rescued animals and have their new families waiting for their arrival. Please help us place four mini-horses, a mini-donkey, a young pygmy goat, a young pot belly pig, and two alpacas asap! Click here for more details on how you can help and photos of the animals.
Taz is a cute little rooster. He loves living with his huge flock of hens. He is very skittish around people but not the least bit aggressive. He must be adopted with Gracie, his girlfriend.
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.
Gershwin is a sweet old rooster that has been with Happy trails for quite a while now. He used to even go with us to events to promote the sanctuary and show everyone just how nice roosters can be. He deserves somewhere nice to live out his retirement.
Dwight is a goofy guy. He loves to dance for our caregivers when they go to feed him. He makes the cutest little chirping noises when he gets excited.
Charlie is a gorgeous barred rock rooster. He arrived as a stray. He is a big beautiful guy! He enjoys blazing his own trails and finding new places to explore, even if it means trying to leave his yard! He will need a close eye or a large enclosure to ensure he stays close to home, but he is a wonderful guy and is great with hens. He’s looking for his forever home!
About Alvin and Marvin
Alvin and Marvin are a pair of stunning roosters. These boys came from a terrible neglect case in Columbiana county along with 29 brown hens (5 still looking for forever homes!), goats and Taz, another rooster (also looking for his home!) They get along with each other as well as roosters could and are quite the gentlemen to their hens. They will usher them inside if it starts to rain and take good care of them. We would like to see them go together since they do get along so well.
Adam is one of the cock fight roosters that were rescued last year. His comb and waddle were cut off so they would be out of the way for fighting. He is such a sweet heart, even though he was bred for terrible reasons. You would never know it! He has brain damage which causes him to hold his head sideways and sleep awkwardly, but it does not stop him from having a good quality of life! He loves his hens and doesn’t let his disabilities get him down!
July 28, 2014: Esperanza has come a very long way since her arrival at Happy Trails. She is now in good weight and is gaining muscle! She is far less anxious than she was when she came. She has calmed down and is figuring out how to be a horse. She will still require a patient, experienced adoptive home as she can still be a handful. She is a very gorgeous girl, she will make a great addition to the right home!
April 1, 2014: Esperanza (hope) is a beautiful 14yo Paint mare. She was rescued along with her longtime buddies, Sueno and Milagro from yet another severe neglect case in Mahoning County, Berlin Center. To read their bio, check out our Mahoning County/Berlin Center Rescue (pdf) We have a grand dream that her and her two friends, who supported each other through years of neglect, could be adopted out together. We do understand our dream is just that and if the right family comes along, she will be adopted out with best wishes. Esperanza came to us very nervous, anxious and un-trusting. She is in need of a weight gain of 300 pounds! It has been a sweet pleasure for our animal caregivers to work with her gently each day as she blossoms into a bright-eyed, less anxious friend at the sanctuary. Although it will take time, she will learn to trust and will be able to be ridden but most importantly, she may actually trust again. Please contact us if you think Esperanza might find hope in your family.
July 28, 2014: Sueno is now on 24 hour turnout. He is dealing with heaves, a respiratory disease. To make him more comfortable, he is on a supplement and gets to spend all of his time in the fresh air. He has really become a gorgeous and sweet horse!
July 6, 2014: It is all but amazing how a few months of proper care, love and attention can allow a horse to flourish. A horse you would once turn away from in despair, you now star at in awe. Sueno is a beautiful equine inside and out. He is still looking for his forever home. Please help spread the word!
April 1, 2014: Sueno (dream) is a senior gentleman who was rescued along with his longtime buddies, Esperanza and Milagro from yet another severe neglect case in Mahoning County, Berlin Center. To read their bio, check out our Mahoning County/Berlin Center Rescue (pdf). We have a grand dream that he and his two friends, who supported each other through years of neglect, could be adopted out together. We do understand that is a dream and our main concern is finding a loving home for Sueno. This lovable guy has mild cataracts and is in need of some serious weight gain. He may be suitable for a light rider for backyard rides but will be most happy as a companion animal for a loving home. Please contact us if you can help Sueno understand that humans are indeed trustworthy. He has a lot of love to give! Please consider becoming his forever family.
July 28, 2014: Galaxy resides in a wonderful foster home with her great pal Zagato. As you can see in our updated pic of miss Galaxy, she is spoiled with amazing care. This mare is going to make someone an amazing friend and mount. She is smart and willing and will take a minimal amount of training to get her down the trail. Call us to adopt this beautiful appy!
March 4, 2014: Galaxy has been moved to a foster home to keep Zagato company. She is still waiting to be grabbed up as she is an awesome and healthy mare. Start off the riding season with this gal!
December 10, 2013: Galaxy was diagnosed as having thin soles. She is somewhat ouchy now but the vet has recommended shoes and pads which should help with her comfort.
November 23, 2013: Galaxy has returned to Happy Trails until she is able to find her new home. She is settling in well and is loved by all of the animal caregivers!
November 4, 2013: Galaxy is a small appaloosa mare originally rescued from a neglect case in Deerfield. She was adopted out to a family who recently made the hard decision to return her. Happy Trails is looking to find a forever home for this great mare! She is respectful and courteous and seems to be a quick learner. She is green and needs an experienced handler. Once she has some training she will be a wonderful addition to any family. She is currently being fostered at Moxie Stables where a few of the girls have been working with her. She has only been ridden a handful of times, however, she now lunges with a saddle on, has been bridled, and has been schooled on ground manners. The best thing about her is her personality. She calls out to anyone who approaches the field in greeting. If you have the ability, give us a call!
July 28, 2014: A big hello from Zagato. He sure does enjoy his time at his loving foster home. We owe Deb a huge thanks for the great care she takes of Zagato as well as Galaxy whey they await the perfect person to walk into their lives. Please consider Zagato for adoption.
October 28, 2013: An updated picture from Zagato’s foster home shows that although he has a way to go, he is holding his own. With a new shine to his coat and a slow but steady weight gain, we hope he will be the most comfortable for the winter than he has been in quite some time.
July 11, 2013: Zagato started to gain weight and then stopped. We were concerned about underlying health issues and took Zagato to see Dr. Cindy Jackson at the Equine Specialty Hospital in Burton. Zagato has severe muscle wasting which may be too far progressed to reverse. This sweet, handsome boy was diagnosed as an “orthopedic train wreck”. His previous owner ran him too long, too hard, and the physical damage done to his now frail body may be permanent. We are going to work with him in a realistic manner to keep him comfortable, and are about to place him with a wonderful foster family who has large, lush pastures for him (just what the doctor ordered). We will see how he does throughout the rest of the summer.
April 22, 2013: Since having his teeth floated, Zagato seems to be flourishing. He is spending time slowly gaining his weight back and has already regained a brighter look about him. He is waiting for his home and the love he deserves.
This noble guy is about 200 lbs. underweight and has some type of issue going on with his hind quarters. He needs his teeth ‘floated’ (a term used to describe necessary equine dental procedure of filing a horse’s teeth), he needed to be de-wormed, he will need vaccinated, and he will have his hooves trimmed this next week. Dr. Holly Troche, our equine chiropractor, will be visiting Zagato soon to see what types of issues are going on with this spine and hind quarters. He is now on a re-feeding/rehabilitation program, where he is fed small amounts of grain at multiple intervals throughout the day to get his stomach used to receiving grain regularly. This sweet boy will be available for adoption as a Pasture Pal (non-ridable) pet after he is on the road to recovery.
About These Hens
July 28, 2014: Most of these girls have been adopted! We have about 5 of these beautiful girls still waiting for their forever homes. One of them, Ellen, is now a permanent resident. She is very sweet and personable. She will now be joining us for events, nursing home visits and classes. Although Ellen is not adoptable, she is still in need of a sponsor!
October 25, 2013: Now available for adoption! These beautiful girls have regained strength and pride after being severely neglected. Please consider adopting a few of them to provide the love of a forever home.
These beautiful brown hens came from Columbiana County – a hideous abuse/neglect situation. Happy Trails removed approximately 29 brown hens, 7 goats (which went to another sanctuary) and three roosters. The rest of the animals were dead. Be spared the remaining details but know the conditions were horrific and the animals met a terrible death from starvation.
July 28,2014: Austin has a new foster home! He is living with Crecencia. He loves to entertain a new audience. He is getting some great one on one attention. Austin would make an amazing addition to any home. This goofball will brighten anyone’s day!
December 25, 2013: Austin and Kate have been accepted into the final stages of clinical trials at OSUVTH (Ohio State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital) in Columbus with regards to a new medication that may help horses with lameness and arthritis issues. They will be residents at the vet hospital for several weeks while the medication is administered and documented. What a great opportunity to possibly help these horses with their lameness issues and to help pave the way for this pain relief to be available to other horses as well. I can’t say it will help with Austin’s antics.
August 19, 2013: Austin has come back into our adoption program and needs to find his forever home. He is a beautiful horse and is extremely playful – LOVES jolly balls, other horses, and to play halter tag. Austin is quite the comedian. This guy can do light riding, however, he may come up lame occasionally; he has ringbone in his right front and right hind pastern joints. His comfort level should improve greatly once the joint space closes. If you are willing to give a little extra care for his issues he may just surprise you as the best horse you have ever owned. He sure is a looker! The far right pic is Austin’s original arrival at Happy Trails.
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