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Protect Seals Report from HSUS

hsuslogo The HSUS Protect Seals team works year-round to shut down the commercial sealing industry.  View their latest report.

A Travesty of Justice in Kentucky

idaIDA works to protect the rights, welfare and habitats of animals.  Read their Animal News Weekly – April 17th e-letter for the latest reports from this wonderful organization.


Save the Date for our ‘Moving Forward Open House’ on June 22nd!

welcome_smallHappy Trails is moving forward and we want to share our progress with you. Take advantage of the unique opportunity to wander the sanctuary and participate in the many workshops and demonstrations. You will be able to visit with the animals and the wonderful board members, staff and volunteers of Happy Trails. Check out our Open House Save-the-Date flier and feel free to distribute it to friends and community businesses. See you there!

April Newsletter Now Available!

Copy of GroupPhotoThis month there’s 20 pages of news, events, updates, stories and ways to show your support in the Happy Trails Newsletter (pdf). Hard copies go in the mail next week, but you, our on-line readers, always get the news first!

Attention Motorcycle Enthusiasts…

cycleEarn a chance to win a brand new red Vespa LX150 and enjoy a scenic ride in the country all while supporting animal rescue.  For details of this great Motorcycle Run with proceeds going to both Happy Trails and Pawsabilities, check out the Compassion In Motion Charity Ride.  Ride will be held Saturday, May 31st.


Thanks Ravenna Troop 553!

ravenna_troop_535_smallExtending a HUGE thank you to the Ravenna Boyscout Troop 553. James (pictured front) planned the construction, raised the money for the project and organized the enclosing of the tack room in our horse barn. He and his troop took two days to complete this. What an amazing group!!
Thank you, thank you, thank you. It’s great to have the young men in our community watching out for Happy Trails.


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

About Sueno

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.


Status: In Recovery – Adoptable
Age: 31
Breed: Arabian
Gender: Gelding
Color: Sorrel
Adoption Fee: $150
Sponsor Fee: $50
Ready to Adopt?

About Milagro

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


Status: In Recovery – Adoptable
Age: 14
Breed: Paint
Gender: Mare
Color: Chestnut/White
Adoption Fee: Call for Fee
Sponsor Fee: $50
Ready to Adopt?

About Esperanza

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.

Happy Trails is Hard at Work – Recent Mahoning County Rescue

esperanza_smallEven before the weather broke, Happy Trails started receiving calls for help to rescue horses who have been severely neglected throughout the winter.  Read of our latest rescue in our Mahoning County/Berlin Center Rescue (pdf) and learn how you can help!

Butch Whitefeather

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

About Butch Whitefeather

March 30, 2014: Butch is now completely blind in one eye and half blind in the other. He is a very sweet horse that deserves a great home where he can retire and spend the rest of his days. He is physically sound, so he may be rideable once he trusts his owner. He likely would not do well on trails due to his poor eyesight, but could possibly be ridden in a pasture or arena. Butch is such a beautiful horse that has been through a lot. Are you able to provide him a loving home where he can be spoiled for the rest of his life?

Butch Whitefeather is a handsome grey Percheron gelding. He came to Happy Trails through the Amish Horse Retirement Program because he was losing his eye sight in his one eye and not doing great with the team in the field. Happy Trails sent Butch Whitefeather to OSU for eye surgery in 2010 to stop the deterioration of his one eye. The surgery was successful, and he has adjusted quite well at his foster home. He is very loving and gentle and will be great to ride in an arena. In addition, he knows how to drive and ride under saddle. Butch is an exceptional horse and will require understanding, patience and love regarding his sight restrictions.


Human Society of the United States

paul_shapiroPaul Shapiro Vice President, Farm Animal Protection, The Humane Society of the United States…

This organization has wonderful up-to-date information on the issues met while working to reduce the suffering of animals raised for meat, eggs, and milk.  Check out Mr. Shapiro’s latest correspondence from March 28th.

Message from HSUS:  Your U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown is one of a select group of conferees who will decide the final Farm Bill. We must ensure the toxic “King amendment” does not make it in. Please act now»


Status: Adopable
Age: < 1 year
Breed: Unspecified
Gender: Male
Color: Black/White
Adoption Fee: $75
Sponsor Fee: $40/month
Ready to Adopt?

About Virgil

March 28, 2014: We have a new guest at the sanctuary. Not yet weaned and found wandering the streets in Stark County…
Meet Virgil! If you are anything like me you want to squeeze him and love him! The animal care givers are busy tending to him which entails bottle feeding him a milk replacer four times a day as well as giving him lots of love and attention. I am imagining this last part is not that hard!  Virgil will still need gelded and will need time to be properly weaned.  In the meantime, if you are interested in adopting Virgil, please click the above ‘ready to adopt’ link to review our procedure and give us a call!

Have You Heard About Our Monthly Animal Sponsorships?

Ever considered sponsoring one of the many rescued farm animals at Happy Trails?   We offer a monthly sponsorship program designed to bring you closer to your rescued animal of choice.  Here’s how to participate….

    1. Choose your favorite animal.  Browse our many farm animals and horses in varying stages of recovery and those available for adoption.
    2. Fill out our Animal Sponsorship formPrint out and complete our sponsorship form and mail to:5623 New Milford Rd, Ravenna, OH 44266.
    3. Enjoy your monthly sponsorship and benefits.  Receive an introductory sponsorship packet, periodic updates and invitations to our ‘Sponsor Days’ where you can visit with your sponsored animal in person.


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Status: Adopted
Age: 6
Breed: Paint
Gender: Gelding
Color: Black/White
Adoption Fee: $650
Sponsor Fee: $50/month

About Ahote

October 16, 2013: The day you have been waiting for!   Ahote is now available for adoption.  This beautiful gelding is full of color and personality.  He is a little shorter and will need an experienced hand to show him the way.  What a payoff!  A strong, young beautiful friend to add to your family.

October 3, 2013:  Ahote was gelded today!  He is doing well.

Ahote is a black and white paint horse rescued in cooperation with the Greater Akron Humane Society.  Ahote was rescued with an elderly mare we named Paix, who sadly was euthanized due to her condition and quality of life.  Both were kept in stalls inside a barn for two years with no turnout, not even hope for turnout, considering there was no fencing on the property.  Beyond the caked manure, horrific hooves and unbearably thin stature was a beautiful horse.  Read our Paint Horse Rescue for the complete story.

New Welcome Statue for Happy Trails Visitors, Volunteers and Staff

welcome_smallOccasionally we have requested sponsorships of our smaller needs on Facebook. Today I have a unique request for a small want. On a recent excursion for Happy Trails, our founder stumbled across this great animal statue. Is anyone willing and able to sponsor the $90 cost of this statue? We realize it is not exactly a need, but every once in awhile…. We would really like to be able to stand it proudly at our gates to welcome visitors this year. There have been a few road blocks and a lot of changes to come. What a perfect statue to commemorate this time!
If this is something you are interested in, please note a donation ‘welcome’ and we will direct it toward obtaining this. It is sure to bring the first smile of many to anyone who visits!

Rescueme.org Requests Your Help to Spread the Word

This is a wonderful site! Happy Trails often refers those who contact us having to make the tough decision to re-home a family pet.  Animals of all types can be and are listed.
Rescue Me! has helped 157,000 dogs, cats and other animals find homes, There are thousands of purebred dogs and cats — of over 200 breeds — commonly listed on Rescue Me!, and thousands more mixed animals. Please share this link as, each time you do, lives are saved! Visit the Rescueme.org website to view the new animals in need of a home.

Our March Fundraiser is Two Weeks Away!

mr peabody_resultMr Peabody would like to know if you have purchased your tickets for our biggest event of the year! If not, don’t forget to visit our donate page and secure your seats for our Night of Hope and Inspiration event. It will be here before you know it!

Tribute to Those We Lost

If any of you missed this, Hummel Pet Service provides a place for tribute to animals who have passed. Jason, Rico, Venus and Serena all have a tribute section for personal notes to be recorded. The support and prayers received by all who have felt this loss are appreciated. Visit the Hummel Tribute page to view the kind words under the four separate posts for Venus, Serena, Rico and Jason.

You Can Help Save America’s Mustangs…Read How

Check out the Harmony Horsework’s E-Newletter for information on this great organization, how they are working to save the American mustang and what you can do to help.

Sued by Pigeon Shooters!

sharkRead the latest February 27th  online newsletter from our fellow advocates at Showing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK).  This group works tirelessly to expose the truth regarding animal cruelty using candid video and photographs of abusers caught in the act.  See how you can help!

Stow Kent Animal Hospital Hosts Blue Bandana day for Happy Trails

Many people and organizations are hosting fundraisers to help Happy Trails, and as we receive information on them we will list them. Thanks to everyone who is doing something to help out.

Is it time for your dog or kitty to get a nail trim?  If so head to Stow Kent Animal hospital March 16th where $20 will get you a nail trim and 100% of the proceeds are going directly to Happy Trails. What a great vet clinic!  Check out the promotional flier.

Man! Tables Filling Up Like Our Pig Yard at Feeding Time

amelia fifer temple fiddler_resultDon’t forget to get yours! Visit our link to purchase tickets. Cost is $55 per ticket/$440 for a table of eight. Fill a table with your friends or colleagues and spend the evening with us. See you there!

“Meet Your Meat”

In a moving narration, actor and activist Alec Baldwin exposes the truth behind humanity’s cruelest invention – the factory farm.

Rico Suave

rico_resultAbout Rico Suave

February 14, 2014: Rico Suave, a small pig male piggy, was a newer resident at Happy Trails He had been discovered as a stray pig in the Copley area. After being at Happy Trails for several weeks and no-one stepping forward to claim the pig, this intact male was taken to the vet and neutered. Rico was in the goat/sheep barn in an isolated recovery stall so that he could heal and recover by himself while the neuter took effect before he could be placed with the other family of pot bellies. To be honest, we all looked to see who had good pictures of the sweet little guy. Unfortunately because he was always so busy humping everything from the hay bales to his food bowl, we did not have any really great photos of this precious little man.  Rico perished as well in the barn fire at Happy Trails.


venusAbout Venus

February 14, 2014: Venus was a newer member at Happy Trails. This lovely lady goat along with Serena was separated from the permanent resident goats due to a debilitating disease and they had their own private area of the barn. They were not up for adoption quite yet because their court case was still pending. Sadly Venus was one of six animals lost in the tragic fire at Happy Trails.


Is That Sausage Worth This?
This NY Times article by Nicholas Kristof graphically exploits common practices of modern factory farms.  Be warned to not watch the video unless you are prepared.  But it is important to read for education regarding these practices.

New York’s “Operation Angry Birds” Seizes 3,000 Birds
More than 3,000 birds were seized and more than 70 people rounded up Sunday, February 9 in “Operation Angry Birds,” the largest cockfighting bust in state history.  Read the article in Daily News.

Statement from Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary

On the night of Friday, February 14th, Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary located in Ravenna suffered a devastating loss. A quickly-spreading fire was discovered in the goat/sheep barn by a staff member early in the evening. Two goats named Natasha and Odessa who are part of our Farm Animal Visitation Program, were rescued and moved to safety along with two barn cats named Myles and Lola. The goats and Myles are healthy and doing well. Lola is being examined by the vet for possible smoke inhalation, though we expect a complete recovery for her. Sadly we were unable to save two other goats, a pot belly pig and a rooster.

We are very grateful to the four fire departments who arrived at the scene to contain the fire. Fortunately the fire did not spread to other nearby barns and shelters and was isolated in the one building. The barn is a total loss. The cause of the fire is not verified at this time, but it is suspected that either a heat lamp or possibly an electrical cord may be the source of the blaze.

We appreciate everyone’s prayers and support at this difficult time. More details and photos will be provided as they become available.

Thank you,
Annette Fisher
Executive Director


serenaAbout Serena

February 14, 2014:  Serena was a newer member at Happy Trails. This lovely lady goat along with Venus was separated from the permanent resident goats due to a debilitating disease and they had their own private area of the barn. They were not up for adoption quite yet because their court case was still pending.  Sadly Serena was one of six animals lost in the tragic fire at Happy Trails.


Pet Rescue Groups Serving Meat at Their Events – Issue Addressed

donna miller
Report Donna Miller addresses this issue in a recent Cleveland.com article.
Does it make sense to serve these animals while we are rescuing those animals? Animal Place leads a campaign for all rescue groups to work together to address animal suffering on all levels.

Sadie Checks in with Happy Trails

sadieYou have done well the last few days to listen and respond to all of the ways you can easily direct money toward Happy Trails and the farm animals you help us to rescue. Today it’s time to see the benefit once again. This is Sadie. In October of 2012 she came to Happy Trails from auction, a ruptured eye hanging. This is her now. Happily living for a year with her friends Abby the pony and Sam, another horse. Look how beautiful she is!

State Law Protects Pets from Suffering in a Winter Storm

Check out this well written, educational article from our friend Donna Miller a reporter at Cleveland.com.

Simply Do Good

Did you know you could raise money for Happy Trails by browsing the internet? Search, shop, play games, dine out and earn money for Happy Trails. It’s as easy as designating Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary as your cause and logging in with your Facebook account to Dailygood by Goodsearch. Thank you for every penny you earn!

Wrap Up Your Efforts for the Acme Community Cashback Program!

  • Save receipts stamped between September 21st and February 8th, 2014.
  • Send your receipts to Happy Trails. Mail your receipts to Happy Trails at 5623 New Milford Rd Ravenna, OH 44266.
  • Deadline for submission is March 1, 2014 by Happy Trails. We stand to earn 5% of the total amount of receipted purchases! What a great way to earn for the animals at Happy Trails!

Happy Trails Has Joined The Dodo

We have been invited to share our stories, pictures, media, anything animal-related, and to be part of an unprecedented community for all those who love animals, are concerned about their welfare — and want to make a difference.  Check out this wonderful new social media site – The Dodo.

Happy Trails Reintroduces iGive.com

If you are a savvy online shopper, this may be a great way to help Happy Trails with very little effort! Check out iGive.com-Happy Trails. We have been a member since 2005 and have received over $500 through iGive. Let’s try to raise that in one year! We will keep you updated on money earned through this program.

Movie Animals Protected

no_animals_were_harmedA new animal welfare group has been formed to challenge American Humane Association. The nonprofit Movie Animals Protected aims for more transparency after THR’s investigation revealed animal deaths, injuries and accidents on major films including “The Hobbit” and “Life of Pi.”

Woody Checks In

woodyAs a staff member of Happy Trails, I often forget my role as an adoptive parent! I would like to give a personal update for all of Woody’s adoring fans. He is happy, healthy and loved by everyone at our barn. He is a magnificent animal and we have Happy Trails, both staff and volunteers, to thank for this wonderful addition to our family.

hsusHSUS Winter 2014 Update
•      HUMANE ALERT: Two major wins on animal welfare issues, but we still need your help!
•      Ohio rises to 30th in the nation in the national Humane State Ranking
•      What is Happening at the Statehouse? See what’s pending, what’s passed, and what you can do to help pass        bill to protect animals
•      HUMANE ALERT: Help sick calves sent to slaughter
•      Protecting Pets from Severe Weather
•      SAVE THE DATE! 2014 Humane Lobby Day

ida65,000 Dogs
Read about IDA's Free the Dogs Campaign to learn how you can help end the use of dogs in research funded with taxpayer dollars by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). As taxpayers, we all have the right to object to the use of our money for the abuse of dogs.

hsuslogoAdorable Little Cows
A lot of you LOVE our cute little cows that we have at Happy Trails – Nelson and Gunther are adorable beyond words! They lick your hands and rub up against you for hugs and bat their big brown eyes at you.
They are extremely lucky to be at Happy Trails — but not all of the babies are that fortunate.
I now challenge you to open your eyes to see what REALLY goes on in our world today by checking out the brave work that HSUS documented by clicking on the headline above.  It’s up to all of us to protect the innocent, the helpless and the defenseless, and that HAS to include the animals who share our world.

Animal Caregivers Weather the Storm

hens-snowThe weather is sub-zero and our volunteers and staff have dedicated themselves to the task.  Our hens lend a beak to help clear out some of the snow.  Thank you guys and gals for continuing your great work during yet another arctic blast!
If you appreciate their dedication and know you would not take their place for a minute….  Consider a donation to sponsor their service.  $10 will pay for an hour of care giving for the animals.  Click on our donate button above or mail in a check to the sanctuary.

animal place-food for thoughtHappy Trails Awards Endorsement for the Animal Place Food for Thought Campaign
Happy Trails is excited to endorse this program as a policy we have always strived to observe. The Food for Thought campaign is intended to help shelters and sanctuaries such as Happy Trails align their value of caring for companion animals by adopting  a policy regarding the type of food they serve… or don’t serve!  To many people, rabbits, chickens, horses, goats, and sheep are companions too!  Check out this Animal Place News Release surveying CA Shelters and the state of their policies.  Visit the site of this great campaign!

ahote-trainingJanuary 23, 2014
Ahote pictured here was off to one of our trainers, Ken Aberegg, for a manners 101 course before he is settled in at his new home!

new ducksJanuary 21, 2014
The ducks pictured below are a group rescued by some dedicated people in Toledo! There are 7 boys and 2 girls – beautiful Rouens – the domestic version of Mallards. They are signed over and up for adoption.

Copy of pbpinyellowflowersSave the Date! Join Us Saturday, March 22, for “A Night of Hope and Inspiration”
Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary’s biggest fundraiser of the year is designed to lift your spirits and to inspire you with stories of how Happy Trails and rescued farm animals have impacted and changed people’s lives
Check out our  Save the Date flier to share with family and friends.  Already know you want to attend? Buy Tickets Now!

• Do You Have a Great Raffle Item Idea? Consider a Raffle Item Donation Today!
• Attention Restaurants and Caterers – Become a Dessert Partner
• Attention Businesses – Become a CoHost/Sponsor for “A Night of Hope and Inspiration”


SarahKayNew Volunteer Program for 2014 at Happy Trails
This is what you have been waiting for!  The new re-vamped and improved volunteer program at Happy Trails.  If you have been wanting the opportunity to get involved with our sanctuary and with animal rescue, here is your chance.  Check out our Volunteer Application and review the Volunteer Program for more information.


jolie-nelsonHere’s Hoping Everyone Had a Peaceful and Happy Holiday Season!
Throughout the holidays we at Happy Trails do not get a break from animal rescue work — the calls continue to come in. We regularly visit properties with humane officers and sheriff’s departments to offer an opinion on farm animal neglect and cruelty and assist with removing the animals when necessary,  meet with people wanting to adopt animals and arrange home visits to approve their homes, check on animals in foster care, plan fundraisers, clean shelters, pick up grain, unload hay and straw, meet with vets for medical appointments, write cruelty reports, and deal with the day-to-day responsibilities that come with working in animal rescue.   Since Happy Trails is on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, I can’t tell you how many years we have been called out to help with farm animal cruelty cases on major holidays, even on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day.  And you know what?  We wouldn’t change that for the world. We want to be here to help when needed. We want to be a lifeline for both the animals who are suffering as well as for the people who are attempting to help them. That’s what we choose to do.

23910085 December Newsletter Now Available!
Don't miss our special holiday edition of the Happy Trails Newsletter.  Get information on our latest rescues as well as updates and opportunities to help!  You may be suprised by our exciting Riding Arena update!! And finally, a special holiday message from Founder, Annette Fisher.

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