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Donna Miller, Plain Dealer Reports. . .

donna millerDonna Miller of the Plain Dealer once again reports the news we need to know.  She skillfully reports as Case Farms Chicken, a chicken slaughterhouse located in Canton, Ohio, is called to task on its inhumane treatment of animals destined to slaughter.  Read the article here. . .

We signed, Will You? Chick-fil-A Exposed

mercy for animalsMercy For Animals investigates the poultry suppliers of Chick-fil-A and uncovers some serious abuse.  Please take the time to review the Mercy For Animals findings and decide if you will help petition for an end to this cruelty!

Please Help “Remove the Welcome Mat’ – Ohio’s Laws Need You!

 

rhodeislandJoin the press by HSUS to strengthen Ohio’s lax laws against Cock fighting.  Last year alone, Happy Trails took in well over 100 cock fighting roosters.  Unfortunately it is very sad but very true that cockfighting is prevalent in Ohio.  The laws don’t change themselves, see how you can help.  Join the fight with HSUS

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 November 15th.

 

Join ‘Team Pan’ to Help this Horse Run Free

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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!

Please donate toward Pan’s surgery by clicking here

Does Pan’s story touch your heart? We are looking for a foster or adoptive home for him to complete this story. If you are that person, or know of someone, please share and email [email protected] or call the office today at 330-296-5914.

Willis

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Willis passed away very peacefully surrounded by friends. It was heartbreaking having to say goodbye to the old man, and it definitely won’t be the same without that grumpy little bow-legged dinosaur. The barn was already quieter and a little bit lonely tonight at feeding. At least he won’t have to feel any pain anymore or frustration at legs that don’t work quite the way he wants them to. He was such an opinionated, independent little guy, who didn’t like to accept help from people. He is now with Janice and George running around on strong legs biting people that get in his way. We all got a good chuckle this afternoon realizing that for many of us, our first pig bite came from Willis. It may have been his little initiation for us to get into Happy Trails. Willis was still a sweetheart deep down and loved his belly rubs and treats (even though he would yell at you if you didn’t give him those treats fast enough). We will all miss the big personality from the little pig.  ~ Ashley E

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Raff and his girls

 

Status: Adoptable
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
Ready to Adopt?

About Raff and his girls


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.

 

 

4 Rhode Island Red Roosters

 

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

About the Rhode Island Reds


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

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

 

3 Jersey Giant Roosters

 

Status: Adoptable
Age: Unknown
Breed: Jersey Giant
Gender: Male
Color: Black
Adoption Fee: $10
Sponsor Fee: $20/month
Ready to Adopt?

About the Jersey Giants


These three gorgeous boys came in from a hoarding case involving a lot of chickens, ducks, two goats and a calf. These boys are gentle giants! They are pretty submissive with the other roosters and never start fights. They really are some of the most handsome roosters at the sanctuary!

 

Silkie Roosters

 

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

About the Silkies


The silkies came in from a hoarding case involving an abundance of chickens, five ducks, two goats and a calf. They get along well with each other, so if it is possible, we would like them to go together. They are adorable little guys!

 

Tiki

 

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

About Tiki


Tiki came in from a hoarding case involving an abundance of chickens, five ducks, tow goats and a calf. He is super cute. He was named Tiki because of his unique spikey comb and his gorgeous sunset coloring

 

Spike

 

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

About Spike


Spike has recently come back into our adoption program. He is looking for his forever home!

 

It’s 4 Days Away!!

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Compassionate Thanksgiving this Saturday, November 8th!

Already have your tickets? Encourage your family, friends and co-workers to get their tickets. Don’t wait until the last minute. An amazing Thanksgiving buffet Todaro’s is creating just for Happy Trails awaits – it will appeal to meat eaters, vegetarians and vegans alike.
Enjoy beautiful holiday music from our violin and cello artists; mystery grabs bags – always lots of fun, great surprises in each bag; TONS of Happy Trails logo apparel – great for gift giving; door prizes being given out throughout the event; an inspirational presentation by yours truly, Annette Fisher – Founder and Executive Director, looking back on this year and looking ahead to next year – our progress, goals and what we are thankful for; the opportunity to enjoy a compassionate holiday dinner with friends and family….

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. View the event flier, purchase tickets or check out more details here…

Virtue

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Status:  Ridable
Year Born:  2004
Breed:  Appaloosa
Gender:  Mare
Color:   Brown Blanket Appy
Adoption Fee: $250
Sponsor Fee: $50/month
Ready to Adopt?

About Virtue


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November 5, 2014: Virtue is doing wonderfully! She has calmed down immensely from the horse that came to us this summer. She is learning how to stop and think about things before reacting. Before she would want to kick out if anything touched her farther back than her shoulder and would not let us get a halter on without a fight. Now she is learning to pick up her feet for the farrier and puts on her halter like a champ! She is actually turning into a fairly quiet horse. She will need an experienced owner though since she is untrained. She is willing to learn and is proving to have a good head on her shoulders!

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

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

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

Graciano

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Status: Adopted!
Year Born: 1993
Breed: National Show Horse
Gender: Gelding
Color: Bay
Adoption Fee: $250
Sponsor Fee: $50/month

About Graciano


gracianoOctober 30, 2014:  Graciano went to his new home yesterday! This guys gets a chance at a new beginning with an amazing family! He will be spoiled and loved with his new mom. They will become great partners, we’re sure! These two have lots to teach each other.

He will get to be best friends with Fluery, a sweet old pony that was adopted almost 2 years ago from Happy Trails and her daughter, Tabitha, that was born on the property. This pair is doing incredibly well and just love their family. We’re sure they will make Graciano feel welcome. Graciano and Tabitha even look alike! They are so adorable together! Best of luck to the new family!

August 31, 2014:  Graciano was ridden today! He did amazing and is fully trained! He is very willing, quiet, and responsive under saddle. We are pretty sure he has been shown before. He would make a good 4-H or local show mount and is beginner safe and would be suitable for a younger rider. He would make a great addition to any barn!

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!

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Watch Graciano’s first ride after being rescued!

A new beginning for Calypso!

Calypso has found a home! She now lives with 3 incredible friendly goats, 3 ducks and Francis the goose, who was also adopted from Happy Trails! Calypso’s new goat friends will definitely teach her that people are not all scary and there is nothing to be afraid of. Despite Calypso being a very nervous goat, she settled right in at her new home the instant she saw the other goats. Aren’t they just the cutest family? Good luck Calypso!

Calypso

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Status: Adopted!
Age: 2010
Breed: Pygmy Goat
Gender: Doe
Color: Gray and black
Adoption Fee: $75
Sponsor Fee: $40/month

About Calypso


calypsoOctober 29, 2014: Calypso has been adopted! She is in a wonderful home with 3 other friendly goats! They are teaching her how to love people! Best of luck to you Calypso!

Calypso was rescued from Indiana along with four mini horses, two alpacas, a mini donkey and a pot bellied pig. They were living on a property with no shelter, food or water. She is very nervous of people but is getting more friendly every day! She originally was living with the alpacas and then the mini horses when arriving at Happy Trails. She now lives in the courtyard with sheep, mini horses, potbelly pigs, chickens and ducks. She gets along with everyone! We would like her to go to a home that has a very friendly, outgoing goat that could help teach her that people are not that bad.

An update on Esperanza

Esperanza has been doing spectacularly in her foster home! The quiet environment and consistency have proven to be just what the doctor ordered! Since her arrival at her foster, she has made a complete transformation! While at the sanctuary, Esperanza was nervous and hard to handle, but from the minute she got off the trailer at her foster home, she turned into a different horse! She is quiet and responsive with her foster mom. She is getting some training and is responding very well to natural horsemanship. We have high hopes for this girl!

Jackie O

Status: Adoptable
Age: Unknown
Breed: Pot Belly
Gender: Female
Color: black
Adoption Fee: $50
Sponsor Fee: $35
Ready to Adopt?

About Jackie O


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!

Our featured animals are the California hens!

This week’s featured animals are the California hens! After rescuing 240 of these lovely girls from an egg farm in California last year, we are down to only 14! These girls were flown from California to Farm Sanctuary in New York where a crew from Happy Trails met them to pick some of them up and help find them homes. They are white leghorns. Let’s try and get all these girls home before the winter!

Their adoption fee is $5 a hen. If you are interested in these hens give us a call or send a message to [email protected]

Casino

Status: Adopted!
Year Born: 2008
Breed: Mini Horse
Gender: Gelding
Color: Bay and white pinto
Adoption Fee: $100
Sponsor Fee: $50/month

About Casino


casinoOctober 9, 2014: Casino has been adopted! He found a wonderful home with people to spoil him, a fluffy stall, grass and a couple horse-friends. Good luck Casino!

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- gentle and quiet.  He is waiting for his perfect home!

Casino found a home!

Casino has been adopted! This amazing little guy has a wonderful home and a people to spoil him rotten! He deserves it after his long journey from his terrible situation in Indiana. His new mom is very excited to add him to her family! He will be able to have his last bit of recovery and live out his life happy and healthy! Good luck Casino!

Renny has been adopted!

Need a boost for your week? How about the news that Renaissance, our 24-year-old blind, and recently gelded guy has been adopted!?!?

I can’t imagine the spirit it took for this wonderful equine friend to have endured his years of neglect. He came to us with his daughters (one of them Delilah) from a rescue in Ashtabula. From the very first moment of his rescue when I pulled him out of the dark, manure entrenched stall, he has rolled at every opportunity, almost like pinching yourself to be sure its not a dream. He is eternally grateful to have the ability to roll in the fresh grass and sawdust once again.

One of our amazing caregivers has a special bond with Renny. He will hear her voice and nothing else matters. He looks forward to her every visit and she can’t get enough of his nuzzles and affection. She has made the decision to adopt Renny and pair him with her current gelding. He is now turned out to roll and romp and graze in a 10 acre pasture with a friend as his guide….something he could only dream about for years.

Congratulations Ashley and Renaissance, we love you both and wish you a happy and loving relationship for the remainder of his days.

~Laurie J

Dorothy & Blanche

Status: Adoptable
Age: Dorothy 10/ Blanche 12
Breed: Sheep
Gender: Does
Color: White and black
Adoption Fee: $150 together
Sponsor Fee: $80/month
Ready to Adopt?

About Dorothy & Blanche


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

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

April

Status: Pasture Pal
Year Born: 2005
Breed: Appaloosa
Gender: Mare
Color: Red roan
Adoption Fee: $150
Sponsor Fee: $50
Ready to Adopt?

About April


April is a gorgeous little mare! She has recently come back into our adoption program after the extremely hard decision was made to return her. April is very sweet but is unrideable due to a neurological condition called wobbles. She deals with it very well, she just has a funny gait. April is very quiet once she gets used to her surroundings. She would make a wonderful pasture pal to keep other horses company, as well as people. She gets along very well with any horse that she is with! Will you be the person to give April her special home?

Renaissance

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Status: Adopted
Year Born:  1990
Breed:  Appaloosa
Gender:  Stallion
Color:  Grey
Adoption Fee: $150
Sponsor Fee: $50/month

About ‘Renny’


renny-ashleyOctober 1, 2o14:   Renaissance, our 24-year-old blind, and recently gelded guy has been adopted!

I can’t imagine the spirit it took for this wonderful equine friend to have endured his years of neglect. He came to us with his daughters (one of them Delilah) from a rescue in Ashtabula. From the very first moment of his rescue when I pulled him out of the dark, manure entrenched stall, he has rolled at every opportunity, almost like pinching yourself to be sure its not a dream. He is eternally grateful to have the ability to roll in the fresh grass and sawdust once again.

One of our amazing caregivers has a special bond with Renny. He will hear her voice and nothing else matters. He looks forward to her every visit and she can’t get enough of his nuzzles and affection. She has made the decision to adopt Renny and pair him with her current gelding. He is now turned out to roll and romp and graze in a 10 acre pasture with a friend as his guide….something he could only dream about for years.

Congratulations Ashley and Renaissance, we love you both and wish you a happy and loving relationship for the remainder of his days.

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.

Delilah

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September 23, 2014: It is with very heavy hearts that we say goodbye to Delilah, our beautiful Appaloosa mare removed with her three siblings, father and nine sheep from a severe neglect case just a few months ago. Yesterday, she crossed the Rainbow Bridge. The very tough decision was made to let her go after an x-ray taken by our vet revealed a much more serious problem than we had originally thought. Not only were her hooves in horrendous shape on the outside, her bones were even worse on the inside. Her coffin bone, a bone in the hoof that bears a horse’s weight and contains attachment points for ligaments and tendons, had demineralized into almost nothing as a result of her years of neglect. This is extremely painful and not at all fixable at the stage she was in.

There are certain animals that pass through the sanctuary that touch a special place in one of our staff’s, board member’s or volunteer’s hearts. Delilah was mine. In her time with us she learned that all people are not bad. She got to lie on a bed of fresh sawdust and eat proper meals and not have to worry about being hungry or how she was going to sleep on 4 feet of manure. She got to trot for the first time in many years and get turned out in a pasture with her sisters and brother. Delilah never gave up. Not even for a second. Even when you could tell she was in pain. She appreciated every moment. Every kind word, every pat, every peppermint. Though her movements were always slow and unsteady, she never lost the light in her eyes. She taught me so much in the short time that I had the privilege to know her.

Delilah passed with peace surrounded by those who love her. She is now without pain, running free. And I know that she will be among those waiting for me when it is my turn to cross the Rainbow Bridge. I love you Delilah. ~ Ashley K

Our featured horse of the week is Austin!

austin (2)Austin came from a neglect case. He was adopted, then returned through no fault of his own. He has THE biggest personality on the sanctuary! He is a goof ball! He loves playing with jolly balls and muck tubs. He is so sweet and gets along with every other horse, pony, goat, cow and human. He is a favorite around Happy Trails and is so easy to love!
Austin has ringbone. He wears special shoes to help him out. He is not bothered by it and has not come up lame since he has been back since last year. Because of the ringbone, he can only be ridden lightly and has a weight limit of around 120 pounds.

Austin’s adoption fee is $150. If you are interested in Austin, give us a call or send a message to [email protected]

Bowie

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Status:  Adopted!
Year Born:  2000
Breed:  Appaloosa
Gender:  Gelding
Color:  Roan Appy
Adoption Fee: $250
Sponsor Fee: $50/month

About Bowie


bowie1Sept 13, 2014: Our boy went to his new home today! We are so excited for this lovable guy! It is amazing to see the sad, skinny horse with terribly overgrown hooves and urine scalding turn into such a gorgeous, sweet guy and being able to let him start his life again. He has a new best horse friend, a huge clean stall and a grass pasture all his own! He was very much at home from the moment he backed off the trailer. We wish Bowie and his new owner the best of luck!

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

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

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

Our boy, Bowie, went to his new home today!

bowie1We are so excited for this lovable guy! It is amazing to see the sad, skinny horse with terribly overgrown hooves and urine scalding turn into such a gorgeous, sweet guy and being able to let him start his life again. He has a new best horse friend, a huge clean stall and a grass pasture all his own! He was very much at home from the moment he backed off the trailer. We wish Bowie and his new owner the best of luck!

Reserve Your Place at the Table for our 2014 Compassionate Thanksgiving

compassionate_thanksgiving2014_banner2What better way to celebrate the holiday season than with kindness, compassion, and a simply amazing animal-friendly (vegan) buffet created exclusively for Happy Trails from our good friends at Todaro’s Party Center in Akron! A limited number of tickets will be sold for a VIP reception to precede this event. Grab your seat and join us for some great food and holiday shopping all while supporting the animals at Happy Trails. We have a lot to be thankful for…

Temple is our Featured Animal of the Week!

temple-amelia_smallShe is one of our amazing farm pigs. She is one of our “small” farm pigs since she weighs about 400 pounds. Temple was rescued from a neglect situation with a few other farm pigs- Fiddler, Fifer and Cal. Temple had a surgery to fix an umbilical hernia when she arrived.
She is an extremely sweet pig that LOVES her belly rubs. Even when the caregivers go in to put swat (a fly repellent) on her ears, she flops right over for a mandatory belly rub. Temple would love to be adopted with one of her friends like Amelia, who she is pictured with below.

Temple’s adoption fee is $75. If you are interested in her and her friends, give us a call or send a message to [email protected]

Adam

 

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

About Adam


Sept 10, 2014: Adam was adopted! Our friends at Lasa Sanctuary added Adam to their flock! He has a shelter and a yard for just him and new new girlfriend! We are very excited for him! He deserves the best home! Good luck Adam!

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!

 

Animal Rescue 101 Seminar at Happy Trails September 19th & 20th

20140611_134005Sign up today to attend this first seminar of a three-part series on animal rescue taught by Happy Trails founder and director, Annette Fisher.  This is a great educational opportunity for law enforcement officers and humane agents, although anyone interested in learning more about farm animal rescue is welcome to attend.  More Details….

Mutt, Strut & Mingle – September 14th at Whiskey Island Marina in Cleveland

Pawject Runway FB versionHappy 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.

Crecencia

Status: Rideable
Year Born:  1994
Breed: Quarter Horse
Gender: Mare
Color: Bay
Height: 14.1hh
Adoption Fee: $350
Sponsor Fee: $50/month
Ready to Adopt?

About Crecencia


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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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Ginny

Status: Adoptable- in foster care
Year Born: 2006
Breed: Mini Horse
Gender: Mare
Color: Gray pinto
Adoption Fee: $100
Sponsor Fee: $50/month
Ready to Adopt?

About Ginny


ginny2Ginny 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

Status: Adoptable- In foster care
Year Born: 2011
Breed: Mini Horse
Gender: Mare
Color: Bay and white pinto
Adoption Fee: $100
Sponsor Fee: $50/month
Ready to Adopt?

About Solitaire


solitaireSolitaire 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!

Featured Horse of the Week: Sueno

Sueno 1992 Quarter horse gelding - RidableOur 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]!

Featured Animal of the Week: Adam

AdamThis 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!

Maka

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

About Maka


20140610_154549Maka 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

Status: Permanent Resident
Age: Unspecified
Breed: Unspecified
Gender: Hens
Color: Brown
Adoption Fee:
n/a
Sponsor Fee: $20/month

About Ellen


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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A Special Thanks to DraftTack.com

2014081295183110George & 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.

Our Happy Trails Golf Outing was a Big Success

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Why?  Because despite the weather, we had great participation from wonderful people and a great cause to celebrate!  Thank you to all who came out to share the day.  Be sure to click on the 2014 Golf Outing group photo to get a close look at our happy participants.  We love you all!

 

Are you passion-driven and searching to make a difference in the world?

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.

Get Into the Swing of Things! Golf for the Rescued Animals this August 17th

Photo_of_a_Golf_Ball_on_a_Tee_Wallpaper_mcse4You 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?

Click here to purchase your ticket for you or your foursome.

Happy Trails Assists Portage APL in Mass Rescue of More Than 120 Animals

apl resuceIn 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.

Related news stories NewsNet5.com, 19ActionNews, and Fox8.com.

The August Newsletter is 24 Pages of Sanctuary News!

jason-natashaThis 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!

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