Balboa

Status: Adopted!
Age: Unknown
Breed: Barred Rock
Gender: Male
Color: Black/Grey
Adoption Fee: $10
Sponsor Fee: $20/month

BalboaAbout Balboa

April 26, 2016:  Balboa was adopted to a great family and can now live his life as it was meant.  We are sooo happy for Balboa as he is a long-time resident and will be missed but we never want to see him here again!

Here he is in all his glory. Who wouldn’t be proud to own this wonderful and regal bird.  Balboa is ready to find a forever home where he can experience freedom and maybe a few hens of his own to be proud as well.


Sonny

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Status: In Foster Care – Adoption Pending
Year Born:  2002
Breed:  QH Pony
Gender: Gelding
Color: Chestnut
Height: 14.2h
Adoption Fee: $250
Sponsor Fee: $50/month
Ready to Adopt?

About Sonny

Ridable:   Sonny has been returned from an adoptive home where he was a riding horse. He is a beautiful, somewhat oppinionated little guy with a lot to give.
Sonny is ready for a loving forever home. He can offer to be a great riding companion for the right person. Is that person you?


Dakota

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Status: At Sanctuary
Year Born: 1995
Breed: Standardbred
Gender: Gelding
Color: Bay
Height: 15.2h
Adoption Fee: $150
Sponsor Fee: $50/month
Ready to Adopt?

About Dakota

2015JulyNewsletter.p65Pasture Pal:  Nearly blind, but gentle and confident, Dakota was retired to Happy Trails through the Amish retirement program.  Just 2 miles down the road from Macario and picked up on the same day, this guy is loved at his current foster home but needs to find another family to live out his days.  He is beautiful and would settle in to a family with lots of love to give.  Please check him out!


Macario

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Status: At Sanctuary
Year Born: 1995
Breed: Standardbred
Gender: Gelding
Color: Dark Bay
Height: 15.2h
Adoption Fee: $150
Sponsor Fee: $50/month
Ready to Adopt?

macario (2)About Macario

Pasture Pal: In July 0f 2015, Macario was brought to Happy Trails through our Amish Retirement program.  He was retired by his Amish family after a leg injury kept him from performing his duty as a buggy horse.  Mac is currently at Happy Trails and is waiting to find his forever home.  He is big, beautiful and gentle.  With the right vetting and rehabilitation, he may be able to do some light riding but would love to find a retirement of companionship and petting and treats.


Ozzie

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Status: Adoptable
Age: unknown
Breed: Potbelly Pig
Gender: Female
Color: Black
Adoption Fee: $50
Sponsor Fee: $35/month
Ready to Adopt?

ozzieAbout Ozzie

Ozzie and Lillian both lost their owner and friend when she suddenly passed away. A friend stepped in to feed the pigs, travel to work and keep herself sane. She reached out to the humane society but they were unwilling to take in the pair. Due to the state of them, Happy Trails decided we had to step in. Ozzie is on a re-feed program to help him lose some weight. He is obese and has a ways to go before he can be comfortable, however, he is out and about in his yard exploring in the new Spring grass. We are hoping we can find someone to love him back to health and offer a new lease on life.


Lillian

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Status: Adoptable
Age: unknown
Breed: Potbelly Pig
Gender: Female
Color: Black
Adoption Fee: $50
Sponsor Fee: $35/month
Ready to Adopt?

lillianAbout Lillian

Lillian and Ozzie both lost their owner and friend when she suddenly passed away.  A friend stepped in to feed the pigs, travel to work and keep herself sane.  She reached out to the humane society but they were unwilling to take in the pair.  Due to the state of them, Happy Trails decided we had to step in.  Lillian is on a re-feed program to help her lose some weight.  She is morbidly obese and has a ways to go before she can be comfortable in her own skin.  We are hoping we can find someone to love her back to health and offer her a new lease on life.


Crown Royal

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Status: At Sanctuary
Year Born: 1999
Breed: Standardbred
Gender: Gelding
Color: Dark Bay
Height: 15.1h
Adoption Fee: $150
Sponsor Fee: $50/month
Ready to Adopt?

About Roy

Ridable:  Royal Crown, “Roy”, is a horse from our Amish Retirement program.  The Standardbred is the preferred breed for an Amish buggy.  You may have known that but, do you know why?  “Both the Standardbred and Saddlebred have the unique inborn ability to trot more readily than canter or run at a fast pace. They’d rather high step in second gear anytime than gallop over the hill into the sunset.” (marsha hubler.com) This is an interesting fact and also can be a neat feature in a riding horse.  Roy is sturdy and loyal.  Give this guy a place to prove it for more than meals and housing.  Let him prove it for love and treats and attention.

Prince William

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Status: At Sanctuary
Year Born: 2003
Breed: Standardbred
Gender: Gelding
Color: Dark Bay
Height: 15.2h
Adoption Fee: $150
Sponsor Fee: $50/month
Ready to Adopt?

About Prince William

Prince William served his family well, as both a riding companion and buggy horse.  His Amish family called upon us when they learned they would need to retire “Bill”.  His teeth had been floated down to the bone in areas by an unskilled equine dentist.  Bill also endured an injury involving barbed wire.  He has been safely retired in through our Amish Retirement program and is faring well.  He would love to find a new family to help him enjoy his retirement!


Sharon

Status: Adopted!
Age: Unknown
Breed: Chicken
Gender: Hen
Color: Reddish Brown
Adoption Fee: $10
Sponsor Fee: $20/month

About Sharon

Sharon along with two turkeys rescued from slaughter, Spero and Lizzie, were adopted to a wonderful family with an existing flock that lives in harmony. I am sure they will love their new digs with a heart shaped pond and outbuilding with a chandelier! Congratulations to these wonderful birds and loving family. We could not have asked for a happier ending!

Sharon was found in a tiny pet porter on the side of the road in the middle of Winter; left to die without even a small chance to fend for herself.  Shame on the person who did this.  Pictured in the thumbnail on her intake, it did not take Sharon long to come back to life and assert herself at the sanctuary.  She is a strong and sassy gal!


A Night of Hope and Inspiration

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April 2, 2016 at
Todaro’s Party Center
1820 Akron Peninsula Rd.
Akron, OH 44313

Vegan hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, music, raffle, wine pull, games and prizes.

VIP Reception – 4pm
General Admission – 5pm

Tickets are $60 for General Admission, $100 for VIP Admission (VIP Admission includes VIP Reception with unlimited cocktails; appetizers; swag bags; reserved seating, meet staff and Board members). Purchase tickets online at Night of Hope and Inspiration Tickets or by calling 330-296-5914.

Rescuing animals in need is just part of the story. Together, we are impacting lives, both human and animal, in many amazing, positive ways. Raising awareness, giving back to the community, and helping people connect with the animals are important aspects of our mission.

Unable to attend? Your support means more than you will ever know. Support A Night of Hope and Inspiration by making a donation or call 330-296-5914.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available at a variety of levels. For more info, email: info@happytrailsfarm.org or call 330-296-5914.

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Zestos

 

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Status: Adopted!
Age: Unknown
Breed: Muskovy
Gender: Male
Color: White/Grey
Adoption Fee: $10
Sponsor Fee: $20/month

About Zestos

March 1, 2016:  Zestos is settled in his new home.  He was even presented with another duck adopted elsewhere so he could have a girlfriend to pal around with.  Yay!

January 20, 2016:  Zestos was found in the county of Geauga by a passer-by. He was frozen to the road!  Upon arrival at Happy Trails, our care team nursed him back to health with feedings and soaks in a soothing solution to heal his frostbite.  Poor little guy is now looking for a forever home.


Petunia

February 21, 2016: Our little Petunia was found to be uncomfortable and not eating.  After a vet visit and then a trip to OSU, we made the decision to let her go while under anesthesia.  She went peacefully and we thought it was best as she had a bowel obstruction beyond repair.  Rest in peace, Petunia girl.


Celita

February 12, 2016: Celita, bestie to Cisco, was laid to rest after she was found to have had a spine injury or stroke.  Our trusty vet, Dr Alger came out to help her pass.  She will be missed as she had a kind soul and was a will-liked addition to the Happy Trails family.


Ama La Vita

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Status: In Foster Care
Year Born: 1997
Breed: Thoroughbred
Gender: Mare
Color: Chestnut
Height: 15.2h
Adoption Fee: $300
Sponsor Fee: $50/month
Ready to Adopt?

About Ama La Vita

Ridable:  Ama La Vita came in with Bella Rosa from a situation of neglect.  This beautiful mare is ridable and willing.  She needs a confident beginner to intermediate rider.  Ama enjoys being with people and values a bond.  She can ride out alone or with a group.  She has an old injury to her knee but this does not seem to bother her or slow her down.   Could she be for you?  Let us know.


Rooster Adoption FAQs

tikiRooster Adoption FAQs  Have you seen our posts of the wonderful rescued roosters and want to be involved? Are you considering adoption of one of these majestic birds but are afraid to proceed because you lack the information needed? This information has been compiled for you. Thank you for considering, and if this does not answer your questions, contact us and we will get you the answers you need.

Wilby

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Status: Adoptable
Age: unknown
Breed: Potbelly Pig
Gender: Female
Color: Grey/Black
Adoption Fee: $50
Sponsor Fee: $35/month
Ready to Adopt?

About Wilby

Wilby was ‘rescued’ by a citizen from an owner who did not care for the pig properly.  Once he was rescued, the citizen did not know what to do with Wilby and he was surrendered to the Elkhart County Humane Society in Indiana.  They reached out to Happy Trails for help and Wilby arrived along with Emma at the sanctuary.  Wilby is so endearing.  He has been evaluated at OSU and his needs have been tended to.  Now it is time for an appropriate diet and an exercise program with his partner, Emma. 🙂


Emma

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Status: Adoptable
Age: 2013
Breed: Potbelly Pig
Gender: Female
Color: Black
Adoption Fee: $50
Sponsor Fee: $35/month
Ready to Adopt?

About Emma

Emma came to us through the humane agents of Elkhart, Indiana.  She was abandoned by her owners after she started having accidents in the house.  She had accidents because the owners ‘loved her so much’ they constantly fed her into a state of immobility and morbid obesity.  Emma has been evaluated at OSU, she is spayed and her hooves have been trimmed and she has been given a clean bill of health to start her journey back to being a happy piggy.  She will need a diet of appropriate food and treats with a little time, and she should be able to recover.

 


Luke

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Status: At Sanctuary
Age: Unknown
Breed: Cock Fighting
Gender: Male
Color: Red
Adoption Fee: $10
Sponsor Fee: $20/month
Ready to Adopt?

About Luke

Luke is quite a talker and is a great resident here at Happy Trails.  He wants to mind his Ps and Qs so he might be the one picked for your hobby farm or backyard coop.  He dreams of having his own little harem of hens to protect and love.  He wouldn’t mind finding a little love from some human friends as well!


Beauty

Status: In Foster Care
Year Born: 2001
Breed: Morgan/Haflinger
Gender: Mare
Color: Bay
Height: 14.3
Adoption Fee: $300
Sponsor Fee: $50
 Ready to Adopt?

About Beauty

Ridable: 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.  Is there a place for Beauty in your heart?


Bailey

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Status: Adopted!
Year Born: 2007
Breed: QH
Gender: Mare
Color: Bay
Height: 15.2h
Adoption Fee: $500
Sponsor Fee: $50/month
Ready to Adopt?

About Bailey

January 30, 2016:  Bailey has found her forever person. She has been taken home under a foster to adopt contract and if all goes well, she will be accepted in to this wonderful home as her own safe place to be.

December 19, 2015:  Bailey is a solid, sweet mare ready for polishing. She has now been evaluated under saddle and unfortunately is not sound.  She had a lameness evaluation done and it was found that she will require some maintenance care to keep her comfortable for riding.  During this we did find that Bailey is willing, loads quietly and is patient with the vet.  She is a sweet horse with a lot to give and could use a person.


Mercedes

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Status: Adopted!
Year Born: 2012
Breed: QH
Gender: Mare
Color: Palomino
Height: 15h
Adoption Fee: $500
Sponsor Fee: $50/month
Ready to Adopt?

lily-hAbout Mercedes

January 30, 2016:  Mercedes has been taken home on an adopt-to-foster contract along with Bailey.  If all goes well she will have found her forever home.  We wish her the best and are grateful for her adoptive parents!

Mercedes is a beautiful palomino dream! With a very stocky build and a bedazzled coat, she definitely reminds us of a flashy halter horse type. Beauty and brains are all through this gal and she has no baggage. Give this mare a fresh start and rest assured she will give you love and companionship in return for years to come.

Mercedes comes to us from a severe situation of neglect in early 2014.


Mona Lisa

mona lisaJanuary 24, 2016:  Mona Lisa has gone to be with her best friend Garfunkle.  She was found in a comatose state after having suffered a stroke of some sort.  We quickly called the vet to help Mona Lisa pass with ease and rest her beautiful soul.

Mona Lisa was purchased during an undercover investigation into hideous animal cruelty at a livestock farm in Medina County in 2009.


Virtue

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Status: Adopted!
Year Born:  2004
Breed:  Appaloosa
Gender:  Mare
Color:  Brown Blanket Appy
Height:  15
Adoption Fee: $250
Sponsor Fee: $50/month

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January 23, 2016:  Virtue chose her person when a family member came to visit at Virtue’s foster home.   She quickly made it obvious that there was no other for her and it was decided!  The adoption is final and Virtue caught a ride to her new home in Texas. We wish her the very best.  Patience is Virtue’s and after quite a lot of it, she now has the perfect home.

Virtue is a beautiful, vibrant, sassy Appy mare. Her color and glowing looks are a reflection of her personality. Virtue stood in a stall for 2 years awaiting her rescue. She has broken free but chains of neglect still bind her heart. She needs a person worthy of her trust and she will reward you to no end. Virtue will require patience, consistnency and needs shoeing due to the neglect of her feet. She may be ridable but currently is pasture sound and awaiting you.

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.


David

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Status: Adopted!
Age: Unknown
Breed: Goat
Gender: Male
Color: Black w/ White
Adoption Fee: $75
Sponsor Fee: $40/month

davidAbout David

January 23, 2016:  Both of David’s adopters are small animal veterinarians and have years of experience, and a heart full of love for goats. I don’t think we could have found a better home for our guy!

David comes to us from Cleveland where he was viciously attacked by the ‘family dog’.  He was not given proper care and was seized.  A few days later, Cleveland humane officers assisted by Happy Trails went back to rescue the remaining animals-a flock of chickens riddled with lice, scaly mites and respiratory distress.  Unfortunately, it was too late for one of the chickens and the other goat, Lucy, who sadly had been mauled as well and killed, again by the ‘family dog’.


Sueno

sueno2January 21, 2016: Sadly, we have had to say goodbye to Sueno, our sweet and lovable little gelding friend. We tried our best with cortisone shots, and boots and chiropractic work and Reiki and medications, but Sueno had a progressively worse time with his heaves and also with the function of his back legs. The decision was made with his foster mom of the last few months, our placement coordinator and our veterinarian to let him go. If you are so moved, donations in his honor can be made to help with his final costs. Rest easy, little buddy.

Sueno was rescued along with his longtime buddies, Esperanza and Milagro from yet another severe neglect case in Mahoning County, Berlin Center in 2014. To read their bio, check out our Mahoning County/Berlin Center Rescue (pdf).

Cactus

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Status: At Sanctuary
Year Born: 1998
Breed: QH
Gender: Gelding
Color: Sorrel
Height: 15h
Adoption Fee: $250
Sponsor Fee: $50/month
Ready to Adopt?

About Cactus

cactus_chipRidable: Cactus is an old friend.  Once the horse of a long time volunteer and supporter, Cactus was adopted to a therapeutic riding center nearby.  Unfortunately after years, the stables had to make some tough decisions and Cactus was returned.  He is quite the guy.  A spitfire of a ride, he will need an experienced rider.  He was ridden regularly in his previous home and seems to thrive on the attention.  He does have some arthritis but I don’t think you can tell him that!  He definitely does not act his age and would love to pal up with a youngster (experienced remember) to hit the trail and make some memories.


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Status: In Foster Care
Year Born: 1998
Breed: Belgain
Gender: Gelding
Color: Chestnut
Height: 18+
Adoption Fee: $350
Sponsor Fee: $50/month
Ready to Adopt?

About Stormey

Light Riding: Stormey is 18 years old, 18+ hands tall, and has worked his entire life at one Amish farm. When Stormey began to show signs of soreness his owner retired him from work. He was welcomed into Happy Trails Amish Retirement Program, and received a full lameness and wellness evaluation. Stormey has ringbone in both front legs and receives Previcox daily, as well as Bute twice a week as directed by the vet. He’s not sure about this whole retirement thing, but he thinks he could get used to it with a friend. He would appreciate a small job of some sort, but definitely something light, and no more plowing!  He has not been trained for riding, however, he has tolerated a rider with no issue.


Stormey

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Status: Adopted!
Year Born: 1998
Breed: Belgain
Gender: Gelding
Color: Chestnut
Height: 18+h
Adoption Fee: $350
Sponsor Fee: $50/month

About Stormey

Stormey has found his home with his foster mom.  She just could not resist his big, teddy bear existence.  Congratulations!

Light Riding: Stormy is 18 years old, 18+ hands tall, worked his whole life at one Amish farm. When stormy started to show signs of soreness his owner retired him from work. He was welcomed into Happy Trails Amish Retirement Program, and received a full lameness and wellness evaluation. Stormy has ringbone in both front legs and receives Prevacox daily, and Bute twice a week as directed by the vet. He would love a home where he could receive a lot of love and attention. He would also appreciate a small job of some sort, but definitely something light, and no more plowing! He has not been trained for riding, however, he has been ridden very lightly.


Clark

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Status: At Sanctuary
Age: Unknown
Breed: Cock Fighting
Gender: Male
Color: Red/Black
Adoption Fee: $10
Sponsor Fee: $20/month
Ready to Adopt?

About Clark

Clark is a rotund dude who can’t help but draw attention with his shiny feathers and his beautiful comb.  He is just as sweet and looking for a place he can call home.


Cash

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Status: At Sanctuary
Age: Unknown
Breed: Cock Fighting
Gender: Male
Color: White/Black
Adoption Fee: $10
Sponsor Fee: $20/month
Ready to Adopt?

About Cash

Cash perches and crows and pecks his days away waiting for his family to come across him.  He hopes to have someone find him so he can get himself a little flock of hens and retire to the good life we keep telling him about.


Clint

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Status: At Sanctuary
Age: Unknown
Breed: Cock Fighting
Gender: Male
Color: Brown/Grey
Adoption Fee: $10
Sponsor Fee: $20/month
Ready to Adopt?

About Clint

Clint comes from a fighting background but just wants to be a lover.  Give him the opportunity by providing him a forever home.  He would love to be your alarm clock.


Jack

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Status: At Sanctuary
Age: Unknown
Breed: Cock Fighting
Gender: Male
Color: Brown/Tan
Adoption Fee: $10
Sponsor Fee: $20/month
Ready to Adopt?

About Jack

Jack is robust, shiny guy who seems to study you as you watch him.  Maybe he has a background in analytics.  He would love the chance to research a forever home!  Take this gorgeous guy and love him!


Tex

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Status: At Sanctuary
Age: Unknown
Breed: Cock Fighting
Gender: Male
Color: White/Brown
Adoption Fee: $10
Sponsor Fee: $20/month
Ready to Adopt?

About Tex

Tex is a beautiful bird waiting to be swept up and taken to his forever home.  He deserves the chance to roam free to peck and bask in the sun.


Elsa

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Status: At Sanctuary
Age: Unknown
Breed: Potbelly
Gender: Female
Color: White w/ Black
Adoption Fee: $50
Sponsor Fee: $35/month
Ready to Adopt?

elsa (2)About Elsa

Elsa was found wandering in Shreve, Ohio.  We hoped that her owner would see her on our site and claim her.  But more realistically, she was dumped on the cold, paved streets – left to fend for herself.  Elsa is a sweet and petite potbelly with lots of personality.  She is doing her best to fit in with all of her new piggie friends but she would really love to be part of a family and loved and cuddled in a new forever home.


Spero & Lizzie

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Status: Adopted!
Age: Unknown
Breed: Turkeys
Gender: Male and Female
Color: Browns
Adoption Fee: $20 for pair
Sponsor Fee: $20/month

spero-lizzie-asimAbout Spero & Lizzie

Spero and Lizzie were adopted along with a little hen named Sharon to a wonderful family with an existing flock that lives in harmony.  I am sure they will love their new digs with a heart shaped pond and outbuilding with a chandelier!  Congratulations to these wonderful birds and loving family.  We could not have asked for a happier ending!

Spero and Lizzie (named for the daughter of the family who saved them) came to Happy Trails just in time for Thanksgiving, and boy were they giving thanks.  Thanks for the nice family who could not turn a blind eye to their most certain fate.  Purchased right before their eminent slaughter, they were brought to Happy Trails where they experienced for the first time green grass and freedom.  This pair would do well to go together to a loving home and would be sure to fill you with pride knowing you were the happy ending to this wonderful and touching holiday rescue.  They have made fast friends with one of the Dark Brahmas, Asim.


Kacey

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Status: At Sanctuary
Age: Unknown
Breed: Sheep
Gender: Male
Color: White
Adoption Fee: $75
Sponsor Fee: $40/month
Ready to Adopt?

About Kacey

Kacey shares an ‘apartment’ with her fav friends, each named after a popular TV show.  She runs the pack as they wander around looking for grass and entertainment.  Ronaldo is happy to tag along.  Some day, they would love to have a family to call their own.  These gals are social although timid to strangers.  Wouldn’t it be a dream come true to find a forever home?

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


Charlotte

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Status: At Sanctuary
Age: Unknown
Breed: Sheep
Gender: Female
Color: White
Adoption Fee: $75
Sponsor Fee: $40/month
Ready to Adopt?

About Charlotte

Charlotte and her gals are loving life at Happy Trails.  But they long for more.  To find a forever home to share green pastures, pets and treats with her friends with whom she has endured so much.  This would be a dream come true.

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.


Carrie

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Status: Adopted!
Age: Unknown
Breed: Sheep
Gender: Female
Color: White
Adoption Fee: $75
Sponsor Fee: $40/month

About Carrie

Carrie was adopted with Bernard to a wonderful family and will surely live happily ever after!

Carrie is happy to be living at Happy Trails with her three gal pals and Ronaldo.  She is content to romp and play with the group.  But her biggest wish is to find a forever home so she can share green pastures, pets and treats with her friend with whom she has endured so much.

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.


Ronaldo

Status: At Sanctuary
Age: 2010
Breed: Sheep
Gender: Male
Color: White
Adoption Fee: $75
Sponsor Fee: $40/month
Ready to Adopt?

About Ronaldo

December 15, 2015: Kyle and Ronaldo have gone their separate ways and Ronaldo now spends his days with the other three gals.  He has come to love them and a perfect home would be for the four of them to live together in green pastures with a loving family to enjoy their interactions and personalities.

July 5 2014: Kyle has received a haircut and his hoovers are trimmed up nicely. Underneath all that wool was a wonderful ram personality. More playful and trusting, Kyle is on his way to forgetting his situation of neglect and looking more toward a pleasing future. Ronaldo has been sheared and has gained his confidence. These two spend time head butting and exploring their paddock in wonderment at the fresh grass and breeze that moves across their skin. Hard to think of them cooped up in such conditions for so long. Kyle and Ronaldo are inseparable and Happy Trails would like to see these guys adopted together. Please help us to find them a wonderful home.

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

Kyle is one of two recognizable rams that were rescued on the two day operation in Ashtabula. He was the easier of the two to ‘guide’ to the trailer considering his horns! He was three times his size with years of unsheared wool and his hooves were an inexcusable length. He spent the first few nights cowering with his buddy in a small paddock with a private tent and has become more trusting as the volunteers work on his recovery. Ronaldo is the second. His wool was peeling back from his body; an indication of severe illness and fever at some point during his two year imprisonment. He put up some resistance but made his way to the trailer and rode with Kyle and the seven other sheep to the sanctuary for his new start.


LadyBug

Status: At Sanctuary
Age: 2014
Breed: Potbelly
Gender: Female
Color: Black
Adoption Fee: $50
Sponsor Fee: $35/month
Ready to Adopt?

About LadyBug

Two potbelly pigs and two farm pigs were brought to Happy Trails to assist HSUS with a mass rescue of 51 farm animals from Marion County.  These guys are famous, read the article on humanesociety.org We have welcomed LadyBug in who lives with Merle in our courtyard area, filled with mini-horses, other pigs, turkeys and chickens.  She has settled in and is a sweet, dainty and timid little girl but is warming up as our caregivers give some special attention and treats.  She could sure use a soft place to land.  Let’s find her a home!


Gordy

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Status: At Sanctuary
Age: Unknown
Breed: Potbelly
Gender: Male
Color: Pink w/ Black
Adoption Fee: $50
Sponsor Fee: $35/month
Ready to Adopt?

About Gordy

Gordy has had a rough year.  Once the king of his castle with his senior owner and her dogs, he was suddenly homeless upon the passing of his wonderful owner.  He was taken in by the Greater Akron Humane Society and loved for months while they tried to find him a home.  He was then shipped to Rescue Village of Geauga County in the hopes of finding a place to call his own.  Finally, he has now arrived at Happy Trails.  Now Gordy dreams each night of curling up with a new family, unsure of why he was ousted, he hopes and prays to become someone’s king once again.


Chip

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Status: In Foster Care
Year Born: 2014
Breed: QH
Gender: Gelding
Color: Bay
Height: growing
Adoption Fee: $350
Sponsor Fee: $50/month
Ready to Adopt?

About Chip

chip-hYearling: Chip is a wonderful, quiet, willing and lovable yearling colt.  Just back from being gelded and having all his medical needs tended to, he is ready to find his forever home and become what he was meant to be.  He will need an experienced hand to show him the way but he is sure to develop into a sturdy and wonderful companion for years to come.


Dierks

DierksNovember 3, 2015: Dierks came to us from a cockfighting raid in Cleveland and has been a wonderful and loved resident.  Our staff and volunteers really latched on to this little guy and will always hold a special place in their hearts for him.


Starra

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Status: In Foster Care
Year Born: 1998
Breed: Standardbred
Gender: Mare
Color: Dark Bay
Height: 16h
Adoption Fee: $150
Sponsor Fee: $50/month
Ready to Adopt?

starra-hAbout Starra

October 26, 2015:  A sweet, friendly gal , Starra has been an Amish buggy horse for her entire life. This mare is fat and happy and an easy keeper, and would make a great companion for another horse. Although the family did give lead line rides on Starra, she has lameness issues that keep her from being ridden. She is used to being around kids and she has no vices. A wonderful family addition!


Ralphie

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November 24, 2015: Ralphie was a great part of our family for quite awhile.  Coming to Happy Trails as an abandoned piggie from the streets of Green he settled in the best he could at Happy Trails.  He was not able to find an adopter due to his aggression issues but he was loved  more than you can imagine by all who cared for him every day.  We miss you little buddy.


Dwight

November 3, 2015: Our little Dwight will be missed.  Taught to fight and treated as a commodity, it was a strange but welcomed transition form him to come to Happy Trails.  We hope he understood that not all people are bad and the love and attention and care provided was our best way to show it.   Rest easy, Dwight.


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Tropigal

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Status: At Sanctuary
Age: 2015
Breed: Farm Pig
Gender: Female
Color: Red
Adoption Fee: $75
Sponsor Fee: $40/month
Ready to Adopt?

tropigal_pigcassoAbout Tropigal

Two potbelly pigs and two farm pigs were brought to Happy Trails to assist HSUS with a mass rescue of 51 farm animals from Marion County.  These guys are famous, read the article on humanesociety.org  We have welcomed Tropigal to our group of farm pigs along with her friend, Pigcasso. They have settled in nicely and are learning to enjoy the mud, root through the straw and cuddle together on the cold nights.  We hope for them to find a forever home so they can know individual attention and love.


Pigcasso

Status: At Sanctuary
Age: 2015
Breed: Farm Pig
Gender: Female
Color: Black/White
Adoption Fee: $75
Sponsor Fee: $40/month
Ready to Adopt?

About Pigcasso

Two potbelly pigs and two farm pigs were brought to Happy Trails to assist HSUS with a mass rescue of 51 farm animals from Marion County.  These guys are famous, read the article on humanesociety.org  We have welcomed Pigcasso to our group of farm pigs along with her friend, Tropigal. They have settled in nicely and are learning to enjoy the mud, root through the straw and cuddle together on the cold nights.  We hope for them to find a forever home so they can know individual attention and love.


Merle

Status: At Sanctuary
Age: 2014
Breed: Potbelly
Gender: Male
Color: Black
Adoption Fee: $50
Sponsor Fee: $35/month
Ready to Adopt?

About Merle

Two potbelly pigs and two farm pigs were brought to Happy Trails to assist HSUS with a mass rescue of 51 farm animals from Marion County.  These guys are famous, read the article on humanesociety.org  We have welcomed Merle in who lives with LadyBug in our courtyard area, filled with mini-horses, other pigs, turkeys and chickens.  He has settled in and is a little grumpy but is warming up as our caregivers give some special attention and treats.  He could sure use a soft place to land.  Let’s find him a home!


Wilbur

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Status: Adopted!
Age: 2015
Breed: Potbelly
Gender: Male
Color: Grey/White
Adoption Fee: $50
Sponsor Fee: $35/month

About Wilbur

January 2, 2016:  An approved adoptive family came out to visit with our pigs and Wilbur stole their hearts.  He has found a forever home and we could not be more happy for him!

Wilbur came to us as a cute little 6-month-old piggie.  He is inquisitive, sassy, full of life and love….ok, he’s kind of bratty.  But how would you feel if you lived to love people but did not have a forever home and a family to share.  Wilbur will be able to live indoors with a little training.  He has been neutered and vaccinated and a complete check up at OSU.  He is ready to bring more joy to you than you could imagine.


Barney

Annette&BarneyTheHorseNovember 17, 2015: Barney originally was born in Illinois, registered with the Illinois Trotting Association and had a short racing career. He retired into the life of an Amish horse, but unfortunately was used for not only pulling a buggy, but for hauling logs as well. This resulted in masses of muscles down both sides on his shoulders, visible until the end. As the personal horse of our Director and friend, Annette Fisher, Barney could not have asked for a better life. He shared a special soulful connection to Annette for over a decade and will be sorely missed, not only by Annette, but all of Happy Trails who knew and adored him.


Jolie

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Status: Adopted!
Age: Unknown
Breed: Potbelly
Gender: Females
Color: Pink (Jolie -left)
Adoption Fee: $50
Sponsor Fee: $35 each/month

 About Jolie

August 19, 2015:  Our dear sweet Dulce has cross the rainbow bridge.  She brought joy to all who met her.  We are sad for us but happy that she is pain-free and able to romp, play an root in green pastures.

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks to everyone for sending her prayers and good energy.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Jake

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Status: In Foster Care
Year Born: 1993
Breed: QH
Gender: Gelding
Color: Chestnut
Height: 15.1h
Adoption Fee: $250
Sponsor Fee: $50/month
Ready to Adopt?

jake-hAbout Jake

October 31, 2015:  Meet Jake. He is the most lovable, been there done that fella you could hope for. It’s not often we can offer a solid citizen perfect as a starter horse, but here he is for you. Jake needs a little TLC and will not let you down as an all-around well-mannered pal to spend your days with. Husband? Kids? Bring em on.


Polaris

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Status: Foster to Adopt
Year Born: 2007
Breed: Paint
Gender: Mare
Color: Chestnut/White
Height: 15.3
Adoption Fee: $500
Sponsor Fee: $50

polaris-hAbout Polaris

November 90, 2015:  Polaris has gone to a loving home in Columbus where she will be doted over by a way-to-cute little boy and his mom.  If all goes well, she will have a forever home.  Wish her luck!

Polaris has been returned from an adoptive home where she was used in a riding program. She is beautiful, level-headed, the perfect age and has no health issues that we are aware of.
Polaris is ready for a loving forever home. She can offer to be a great riding companion for the right person. Is that person you?


Pumpkin Smoothie Recipe

‘Tis the season to start your day off with an animal friendly pumpkin smoothie!

20151014_075053-21 ripe frozen banana
1 cup vanilla soymilk
½ cup pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 tablespoon vegan brown sugar
Pinch of sea salt

Combine all of the ingredients into a blender and garnish with unsweetened coconut flakes and cinnamon!

Johnny Crawford

johnny2October 27, 2014:  Mr. Johnny Crawford.  This guy.  We loved him even though it was hard for him to warm up to people.  He always had troubles accepting the love of us humans.  BUT, what he did love?  Living at Happy Trails free from the neglect that brought him to us.  Johnny is now at peace and we hope we made his life good until the end.


Athena

20151007_105552October 10, 2015:  Athena has been a wonderful resident at Happy Trails. Rescued along with 8 other horses, she came to us malnourished and depressed.  Over the last year not only did she gain weight, she gained her sassy attitude back!  More recently, Athena has struggled with balance issues caused by an internal ailment.  We helped her cross the Rainbow Bridge with dignity to reunite with her beloved Fury.


Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

Pumpkin season is here!  Here is a great recipe for pumpkin cookies that takes minutes to throw together, is oil free and leaves room for lots of autumn additions!  These cookies are amazing as is, but have fun and get creative and add in other fruits like dried banana, cranberries, raisins or coconut.

 

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1 29 ounce can pumpkin puree

2 tablespoons cinnamon

½ teaspoon nutmeg

¼ teaspoon ginger

¼ teaspoon cloves

5 cups old fashioned oats

1 cup sugar (I used Sugar In The Raw)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine pumpkin and oatmeal (and any other additions) into a large mixing bowl and stir.  Mix in spices and sugar.  Line a tray with parchment paper and scoop heaping tablespoons of batter onto tray.  Press each cookie down in center to be sure they cook evenly.  Sprinkle extra sugar on top of cookies and bake for 15 minutes.  Remove cookies from the oven and allow to cool before devouring.

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Chooseveg.com is your virtual guide to living a 100% animal friendly lifestyle.  No matter what your diet is currently like, Chooseveg provides practical tips to help make the transition to animal friendly easy for everyone.  Not only is the website extremely user friendly, all links are thorough yet to the point, making this a perfect resource to fit into even the busiest of schedules.

Hattrick & Jacqueline

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September 16, 2015: Finally!  Hattrick and Jacqueline have found a home.  And boy did they land a good one, all while providing companionship to a goose that lost his best friend.  These two geese arrived at their new home and were shown around by George the goose and before our Placement Coordinator left, they were swimming off into the sunset on a beautiful pond.  Gotta love the work that gets done at Happy Trails!

Hattrick and Jacqueline come from two separate abuse cases in Portage county.  Each having their own baggage, they found each other at Happy Trails and are quite the pair!  Jacqueline was dubbed Jacques by a staff member but it was soon evident by the big goose egg that Jacques was female!  Hattrick is addicted to Lays potato chips and seems to have an opinion on most everything.  He can be found any weekday morning enamored by our wonderful volunteer, Mike, who is in charge of the courtyard.  Hattrick follows Mike around like they were long lost brothers.  It is quite the sight.  Please consider providing a loving forever home for this pair in order to give them the fairytale ending they deserve.

Hercules

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Status: In Foster Care
Year Born: 2014
Breed: Thoroughbred
Gender: Colt
Color: Chestnut
Height: 15.0
Adoption Fee: $350
Sponsor Fee: $50/month
Ready to Adopt?

 hercules (2)About Hercules

September 16, 2015:  Hercules came to us from a severe case of neglect along with Metta and Dharma.  Sadly, the damage done to Metta was too severe and she was euthanized.  Dharma, is flourishing in a lovely foster home and Hercules was in foster as well.  The hard decision was made to return Hercules to Happy Trails in order to find him a forever home.  Herc will be gelded this Winter and will be all set to find his place.  Consider this strong, handsome colt for your own.   He is a looker and is so obedient and willing.  He will not let you down.


Just Mayo

Animal Friendly product alert!   Hampton Creek’s Just Mayo is now sold at the Dollar Store.  Per ounce, it is actually less expensive than Miracle Whip sold at the same store.  Now imagine that, an amazing animal friendly product that is not only healthier for you but also less expensive than its animal based competitor!  Thank you, Hampton Creek, cannot wait for Just Pancakes and Just Cookie Dough to hit stores near us!Screenshot_2015-09-08-22-03-30

Falcon

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Status: In Foster Care
Year Born:  2010
Breed: Spotted Saddle Horse
Gender:  Gelding
Color:  Black/White
Height:  15
Adoption Fee:  $500
Sponsor Fee: $50
Ready to Adopt?

falconhAbout Falcon
September 3, 2015:  We have received a wonderful update from Falcon’s foster mom. “Falcon is very playful and quite a character I missed a picture opportunity when he stuck his food bucket on his head! He is curious about EVERYTHING! I’ve hand walked him out on our trails and he is curious about everything. We are going to start ponying him with our mare who is quite tolerant to get him ready for a rider. He’s been in the lake with the other horses to play on a number of occasions.”  Sounds like Falcon is shaping into an amazing companion horse.  Is he for you?

July 21, 2015:  Falcon has followed in Esperanza’s footsteps to the same foster mom. There they will be working on his foundation training and their hope is that he will blossom in the same way as Espi.  Falcon is green, but with this important training will most certainly be able to be a great riding companion.

April 26, 2015: It’s been a long, hard year. What a way to celebrate the 1-year anniversary of the Columbiana County rescue than with plea bargain closing the case and finally freeing up these wonderful animals for adoption! Read the full story-update of the Columbiana County abuse case.

This guy.  He is quite a character.  Recently gelded, his mouthy behavior has calmed but he will need an experienced handler to teach him the ropes.  Falcon is ready to find a home and provide 24/7 entertainment!  He loves to play, engages with everyone and has a great life ahead.  Will you share it with him?  He should go fast as he has the looks to land him a loving adoptive parent for sure!


Esperanza

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Status: Adopted!
Year Born: 2000
Breed: National Show Horse
Gender: Mare
Color: Chestnut/White
Height: 16.0hh
Adoption Fee: $500
Sponsor Fee: $50/month

 espiAbout Esperanza

October 10, 2015:  Esperanza has been adopted.  Taken on to help Happy Trails with training, she in return helped her new adoptive mom to trust riding again.  After a back injury from a fall, she was reluctant to mount again.  In working with Esperanza on the ground, it was obvious the next step took her on trail.  She did it and together they rode off into the sunset!  Congratulations!

September 3, 2015:  We have received a great update from Esperanza’s foster mom. “Esperanza is doing very well with her saddle work!! I have her in work (ground and saddle) three days a week. She is a lot of fun to work with. We hand walked her on our trails tonight and a bunch of deer jumped out pretty close to her. She was completely un-phased… she watched them go by and that was it.”  Esperanza has blossomed into an amazing horse.

July 21, 2015:  This past Friday, Espi had a riding evaluation and while she did very well, she will need continued training at a slow and patient pace.

July 11, 2015:  A special treat…this update is straight from Esperanza’s foster home and trainer…The once nervous, anxious and un-trusting horse is in the past. Esperanza has blossomed over the last ten months in her foster home, she has gained a little more weight and has tons of muscle on her. She seeks attention, is incredibly gentle with little kids and comes happily when you call her in from the field. She most certainly has figured out how to be a horse again. She has gotten along with every horse that we have introduced her to. This is in part because she has no desire to be the head of the herd, shes happy just being with the other horses. She has been in training and handled daily since her arrival at her foster home. She is working on her level two Parelli Natural Horsemanship and has recently been restarted under saddle and ground ties better than any horse in the barn and loves to be groomed. We felt it was best to take her back to the very basics. She is what would be termed in the natural horsemanship world as a right
brained extrovert. Knowing the horsenality of a horse helps immensely in setting them up for success. It’s taking the time to understand how they process and learn and this girl is incredibly smart, a fast learner and very eager to please.  We have introduced her to scary things like tarps and big blue balls. None of which phase her. She is very nosy and tries to be helpful. A quick story: We were putting up additional fence in our field and had equipment everywhere, making noise, banging and Esperanza was right there. She was taking things out of the four wheeler, nudging us while we worked trying very hard to be part of  things. Our goal with Esperanza was to try and help her forget all the bad that she has experienced in her life and instead show her that humans can in fact be a safe part of her world. I believe we are there!  Her favorite treats are watermelon and bananas.

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 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.


Covington & Houdini

Status: At Sanctuary
Age: 2012
Breed: Potbelly
Gender: Female/Male
Color: Black
Adoption Fee: $100 adopted together
Sponsor Fee: $35/month

About Covington & Houdini

August 30. 2015:  We cannot tell you how thrilled we are to give the news that this pair has been adopted!  Straight into a loving home where they settled in as if they had been there forever.  Congratulations to the adoptive family and the same to this deserving little piggie couple!

This couple is as cute as can be. Their sad past has brought them to Happy Trails and allowed them to become best friends.  We would love for them to be adopted together.  Covington is 3 years old. She came from a Kentucky cat shelter. She is not only sweet and cuddly, she is housebroken as well.  Houdini is a 1-year-old and he is fixed. He is a lot of fun to play with. Houdini was found roaming the streets. It is hard to think of his lonely walks. Please consider taking them into your family and they will reward you with tons of joy!


Chapman

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Status: Adopted!
Year Born:  1991
Breed: Standardbred
Gender: Gelding
Color: Bay
Height: 16.1
Adoption Fee: $250
Sponsor Fee: $50

 About Chapman

August 30, 2015:  Chapman was adopted today!  The family came in looking for piggies, of which they adopted two.  But during their visit this special guy caught her eye.  She couldn’t get him out of her mind.  So she took him home where he will be loved forever.  Goodbye Chapman!  We wish you the best and congratulations go to your new family.

July 21, 2015:  Looking to learn how to drive?  Chapman, retired as an Amish buggy horse, can show you how.  This is his business, it is what he knows.  Let him show you the ropes and in return give him the loving retirement he deserves.

November 20, 2014: Chapman is a retired Amish horse. He is very sweet and quiet. Chapman is rideable, but has not been trained under saddle. He was a cart horse for most of his life. He was at the same Amish farm for the past 20 years and has been mostly retired for the last 5 years. He has made short trips around town since then and another horse did the heavier work. When his owner could no longer afford to keep him around as well, he contacted Happy Trails to let us find him a new home. Chapman is super sweet and loves kisses! He is in great shape and does not show his age at all! Will you give this handsome fella a home?


Hershey

hershey_faceAugust 23, 2015:  Our dear Hershey.  How we all loved him.  For two years, Hershey ran up to every person he encountered and dropped straight on his side to accept his rightful belly rubs.  He was fostered by one of our animal caregivers for a time and also did a stint as the ‘office pig’ where he helped the girls with the daily work.  Hershey was set to be adopted by a wonderful family who had already accepted him in and loved him a bunch!  But it was not to be.  Hershey passed away unexpectedly in a freak accident.  We all mourn this loss but know he is with our other Happy Trails friends.  Rest easy, little pal.  We miss you.


Earth Balance Mac & Cheese

Did you know Earth Balance, who makes amazing butter substitutes, now has their own delicious Mac & Cheese?  It comes in two varieties, Vegan Cheddar Flavor and Vegan White Cheddar Flavor.  Both are soy free, dairy free, free of trans fats, and of course, 100% animal friendly!  You can find them at your local health food store for a very reasonable price – I bought mine for just $1.00 each!   MacAndCheese.jpg

Easy Coconut Whipped Cream

1 can Thai Kitchen Unsweetened Coconut Milk

1 tablespoon maple syrup

After buying the whipped cream, place it upside down in the refrigerator overnight.  Open can upright, and scoop out the top half of the solidified coconut milk and place in a food processor or blender.  Add three tablespoons of the liquid coconut milk from the can and add maple syrup.  Blend until the solid milk is fully whipped, stopping to scrape the sides of blender as necessary.  This is perfect so serve with fresh fruit, or as a topping for desserts or hot chocolate!

 

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As simple as this recipe sounds, it took me months to make because there are a few things you need to know when purchasing the coconut milk.  The trick is to shake the can when you are in the store and buy ones that sound solid, where you aren’t just shaking a can of water.  I have found the brand that works best is Thai Kitchen, and fat free and $1.00 off brands do not work.

Dulce

August 18, 2015: This past week we said good-bye to Dulce, a sweet, elderly pot belly piggy, whose age got the better of her.  Dulce lived at the sanctuary, and enjoyed quiet naps, snuggling with her best pig friend, Jolie, and special sugary treats. She was loved by all staff and volunteers and her long-time sponsors, and spoiled rotten until the very end. May she be enjoying a world where she is free from pain.


Zagato

zagato2August 14, 2015: Today we had to say goodbye to our sweet Zagato. When first arriving we did not think he would make it far. He was skin and bones and his old body was refusing to put on weight. Happy Trails called in our secret weapon, our wonderful foster mom, Deb. Deb took Zagato in like many other of our hard cases. She nursed him and loved him and allowed him to know the life of a horse free from the burdens of the past. He flourished and developed a beautiful glow, enjoying the amazing care bestowed upon him. After a recent bought of illness, Zagato was laid to rest. He now runs free. The unwavering love that Deb provides the horses at Happy Trails is proven by her ask – “bring on another”. She has room in her heart for more!


Kale Chili Dip

An animal friendly diet isn’t expensive, time consuming or bland.  This recipe stands here to prove it.  And if you don’t you like eating your greens, this is a great way to get them.

1 jar of medium salsaIMG_20150811_213953

1 can fat free refried beans

1 can kidney beans, rinsed and drained

4 cups kale, finely chopped

1 cup tomato, roughly chopped

1 cup sweet onion, diced

1 cup yellow pepper, diced

1 cup frozen corn

1 lime, zested and juiced

2 avocados, diced

Salt, pepper and cumin, to taste

2 teaspoons cayenne pepper

Combine beans and salsa in a large frying pan over medium heat while you prepare the rest of the vegetables.  Stir in corn, tomatoes, peppers, kale and onion, lower heat.  Add in seasoning and simmer for about ten minutes.

Top  with diced avocados.  This is great as a dip with chips or toasted pita

 

 

 

Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal

Not long ago, I thought oatmeal could only be eaten after cooked on the stove top or in the microwave.  But oatmeal is just like other packaged cereals that can be eaten right out of the box- without artificial ingredients and added sugars.  This breakfast takes just a few minutes to throw together, is perfect for an on-the go breakfast and really does taste like cinnamon rolls!

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3/4 cup steel cut or old fashioned oats

1/3 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

6 pitted dates, sliced thinly

1/2 cup non-dairy milk

2 teaspoons ground flax seeds

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon pure maple syrup (to sweeten, if you are using unsweetened milk)

 

Combine all ingredients and allow to sit for a few minutes before indulging in this whole foods breakfast bowl.

 

By Melissa DelSignore

Asdrubal

AsdrubalAsdrubal, one of our most feisty roosters, sadly has passed away. We will miss his little dance and his on-again off-again love of staff and supporters. Rest in peace Asdrubal.


Eyes, Lips, Face

How much does it typically cost for makeup that does not include any animal ingredients and does not test their products on animals? $15? $20? $40 or more?  Try $1, and I’m not kidding.  Eyes, Lips, Face (or E.L.F.) cosmetics is one brand you have probably seen in the makeup isle and walked right past, thinking that you need to spend top dollar in order to have animal friendly makeup.

E.L.F does not test any of their products on animals, and most** are 100% animal product free.  In store, their prices rage from $1.00-6.00 and they have everything from makeup remover cloths and nail polish remover to mascara, eyeliner and blush.  To make things even better, these products are sold at Wal-Mart, Kmart and Target, making them easy on your wallet and gas tank.  Online, they offer free shipping and a much larger selection than what you can find in stores.

Directly from the E.L.F. FAQ page, “We do NOT test on animals or endorse such practices. Our products do not contain animal derived ingredients. Beeswax has been replaced by synthetic beeswax and lanolin has been replaced by Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladinpale-2. We currently support HSUS and are partners with PETA in the Caring Consumer Project.”

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**E.L.F’s Studio Line brushes are animal friendly, however their brushes from the Essential Line do contain animal hair.

 

Ginger Grapefruit Zinger

Need a quick, caffeine-free pick me up?  With only three ingredients and a blender needed, something so delicious couldn’t be more simple.    In addition to a natural energy boost, this drink is perfect for detoxifying, improving circulation and the immune system.  Makes 1/2 cup of juice.20150627_144436

1 grapefruit, peeled and seeded (approximately 1 1/2 cups)

2 tablespoons fresh ginger, peeled (or less, to your taste)

1 teaspoon fresh turmeric, peeled

Combine all ingredients into a blender and blend on high for 1 minute 30 seconds.  If you don’t have fresh turmeric, use ground turmeric, or you may leave out completely.

Juno

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Status: Adoption pending
Year Born: 1998
Breed: Thoroughbred
Gender: Mare
Color: Bay
Height: 15.3
Adoption Fee: $500
Sponsor Fee: $50/month
Ready to Adopt?

juno-h About Juno

July 21, 2015:  Juno is suitable for an advanced beginner to advanced rider.  She is flourishing in her foster home, being ridden, loved and building muscle and trust.

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

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Status: At Sanctuary
Year Born: 2005
Breed: Thoroughbred
Gender: Mare
Color: Bay
Height: 16.0
Adoption Fee: $500
Sponsor Fee: $50/month
Ready to Adopt?

dsc_8196pandoraAbout Pandora

July 21, 2015:  Pandora is broke to ride and is suitable for at least an Intermediate rider.  She has no apparent lameness issues and is in good health.  Can go in any direction, from trail to the show ring.  She is ready for that special someone to take her there.

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

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Status: In Foster Care
Year Born: 1994
Breed: Appaloosa
Gender: Gelding
Color: Bay
Height: 15.2
Adoption Fee: $150
Sponsor Fee: $50/month
Ready to Adopt?

RangerAbout Ranger

July 21, 2015:  Ranger is friendly, loves attention and affection.  He will make a lifelong partner and pasture buddy.

May 1, 2015:   Ranger along with Austin has been moved to a wonderful foster home where they will be able to enjoy pasture life 24/7 !  What a change from the hospital setting of the sanctuary.  Ranger is still awaiting his forever home.

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.  Ranger is solidly built and quiet.


Dharma

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Status: At Sanctuary
Year Born: 2010
Breed: Thoroughbred
Gender: Mare
Color: Chestnut
Height: 15.0
Adoption Fee: $500
Sponsor Fee: $50/month
Ready to Adopt?

dharma (1)About Dharma

July 21, 2015:  Dharma is in a wonderful foster home where she has been able to continue her training.  She is green broke but has been very willing and quiet under saddle.

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!


Violet Gray

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Status:  At Sanctuary
Year Born:  2006
Breed:  Grade
Gender:  Mare
Color:  Sorrel Varnish
Height:  14.2
Adoption Fee:  $250
Sponsor Fee: $50
Ready to Adopt?

dsc_8168violetAbout Violet Gray

July 21, 2015: Violet will stand all day long to be groomed and scratched.  Needs a gentle and patient handler to get her over some of her residual fears.  She is not broke to ride but sky is the limit with the right person.

April 26, 2015: It’s been a long, hard year. What a way to celebrate the 1-year anniversary of the Columbiana County rescue than with plea bargain closing the case and finally freeing up these wonderful animals for adoption! Read the full story-update of the Columbiana County abuse case.

Violet is a sassy mare ready to settle in to a forever home.  Violet is sweet, sound and so overdue for love, attention and a purpose.  Please consider a visit with Violet.  You will not be sorry!


Tyee

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Status:  At Sanctuary
Year Born:  2006
Breed:  Thoroughbred
Gender:  Gelding
Color:  Grey
Height:  16.1
Adoption Fee: $250
Sponsor Fee: $50
Ready to Adopt?

dsc_8207tyeeAbout Tyee

July 21, 2015: Tyee is broke to ride and would be suitable for an Intermediate to Advanced rider.  Due to previous racing injury to his right front ankle, Ty can be ridden but will be best for flat work and light trail; absolutely no jumping.

April 26, 2015: It’s been a long, hard year. What a way to celebrate the 1-year anniversary of the Columbiana County rescue than with plea bargain closing the case and finally freeing up these wonderful animals for adoption! Read the full story-update of the Columbiana County abuse case.

Tyee is a beautiful Thoroughbred gelding ready for your love.  He has limitations due to a fused right front ankle.  This does not limit his personality!  With a loving home, some occasional bute for comfort, and some patience, Tyee can make the perfect companion for light trail riding.


Iris

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Status:  Adopted!
Year Born:  1990
Breed:  QH
Gender:  Mare
Color:  Dark Bay
Height:  15.1h
Adoption Fee:  $250
Sponsor Fee: $50

dsc_8216irisAbout Iris

July 21, 2015: Iris is broke, broke, broke! Would be a great lead line horse for kids, an excellent teacher for beginners.  Iris is the perfect, perfect kids horse for light riding and lots of love!

April 26, 2015: It’s been a long, hard year. What a way to celebrate the 1-year anniversary of the Columbiana County rescue than with plea bargain closing the case and finally freeing up these wonderful animals for adoption! Read the full story-update of the Columbiana County abuse case.


Belle

 

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Status: Adopted!
Year Born:  2013
Breed:  Morgan
Gender:  Mare
Color:  Dark Bay
Height:  14h
Adoption Fee:  $250
Sponsor Fee: $50

dsc_8185belleAbout Belle

July 21, 2015:  Belle was taken to OSU on the 10th of this month.  Surgery for Belle would give her a new lease on life.  Fundraising efforts are currently underway to make this happen!  Belle needs an experienced handler and with surgery can be put into training to make a great riding companion.  No jumping.

April 26, 2015: It’s been a long, hard year. What a way to celebrate the 1-year anniversary of the Columbiana County rescue than with plea bargain closing the case and finally freeing up these wonderful animals for adoption! Read the full story-update of the Columbiana County abuse case.

Belle is a wonder to behold.  Her beautiful face and shiny coat show her inner beauty cannot be contained.  Belle has a hernia that prevents her from being turned out with aggressive companions.  This hernia may be repairable with an elective surgery at OSU.  We can work with a potential home to make this happen.  First we must find the right person to take Belle as their own.  With this surgery, Belle at age 3 will live a long, happy life as a riding companion for some lucky person.


Pumpkin

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Status:  Adopted!
Year Born:  Unknown
Breed:  Mini-Horse
Gender:  Gelding
Color:  Chestnut
Height:  9h
Adoption Fee:  $100
Sponsor Fee:  $50

Pumpkin 3About Pumpkin

September 16, 2015:  Great news to report!  Lilly and Pumpkin have been adopted by their long-time foster home.  It is always a pleasure to receive news of a ‘failed foster’….failed because it turned into a forever home! 🙂

July 20, 2015:  Pumpkin is shy and sweet and ready to find a forever home.  He was rescued alongside Buster and Lilly and they are fast friends.  They are all together in a foster home until each finds his place to be in the world.  Could you find this little guy his person?

April 26, 2015: It’s been a long, hard year. What a way to celebrate the 1-year anniversary of the Columbiana County rescue than with plea bargain closing the case and finally freeing up these wonderful animals for adoption! Read the full story-update of the Columbiana County abuse case.

Pumpkin and Buster are in foster care awaiting their forever home.  We will bring more details to you as they become available.


Lilly

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Status: Adopted!
Year Born:  Unknown
Breed:  Welsh Pony
Gender:  Mare
Color:  White
Height: 10.5h
Adoption Fee:  $100
Sponsor Fee: $50

lily4About Lilly

September 16, 2015:  Great news to report!  Lilly and Pumpkin have been adopted by their long-time foster home.  It is always a pleasure to receive news of a ‘failed foster’….failed because it turned into a forever home! 🙂

July 20, 2015:  a beautiful while large mini/small pony, is blind in one eye. She is gentle and sweet, a little shy, but will make a great family pet or companion for another horse.  She was rescued alongside Pumpkin and Buster and they are close friends.  Lilly will need a companion to help her with sight and an ideal companion would be her current seeing eye mini, Pumpkin!

April 26, 2015: It’s been a long, hard year. What a way to celebrate the 1-year anniversary of the Columbiana County rescue than with plea bargain closing the case and finally freeing up these wonderful animals for adoption! Read the full story-update of the Columbiana County abuse case.


Buster

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Status: Adopted!
Year Born:  Unknown
Breed: Mini-Horse
Gender: Gelding
Color:  Black/White
Height:  9.5h
Adoption Fee:  $100
Sponsor Fee: $50

buster2About Buster

July 20, 2015:  Buster is very vocal, smart, brash, super curious, outgoing, bossy and fearless.  Rescued alongside Pumpkin and Lilly, they are great friends.  Buster needs a companion kid to have adventures with!  Do you know the perfect little cowboy or cowgirl to match up with Buster’s great personality?  Give us a call!

April 26, 2015: It’s been a long, hard year. What a way to celebrate the 1-year anniversary of the Columbiana County rescue than with plea bargain closing the case and finally freeing up these wonderful animals for adoption! Read the full story-update of the Columbiana County abuse case.

Pumpkin and Buster are in foster care awaiting their forever home.  We will bring more details to you as they become available.


Chad

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

About Chad

December 20,2015:  Chad is the last of the group.  He has nerve damage in his foot and walks with a limp.  This does not stop him from making his way around.  He is a sweet guy who has a unique set of pals.  He lives with Queenie and Yamka, two of the potbelly pigs at Happy Trails.  On any given day you can see him perched over his friends.  He would love to have a forever home and his own flock of hens.  But until then, Queenie and Yamka do the best they can to be his girls.

July 9, 2015:  Ronald has been adopted with his girlfriend Georgia!!  We wish these two lovebirds the best.  They are going to an amazing home with many other farm animals and lots and lots of green grass to peck the day away!

These 4 boys came to us along with an abundance of roosters, ducks, 2 goats and a calf from a case where the owner had an issue with hoarding.  Hoarding seems to be an underlying issue in many cruelty cases and is the reason we often ask for mental evaluation in court.  They are all 4 Rhode Island Red boys up for adoption now!  Adopted-Parker is a little feisty and would love to have some girls all his own!  Adopted-Clark is is sweet and a bit boisterous.  Chad is very sweet and has super soft feathers!  Adopted-Ronald is quiet and lower on the pecking order.


Watermelon Sunshine Smoothie

Need to cool off on a hot summer’s day?  Here is a smoothie that will surely refresh and energize you!

The watermelon in this smoothie is a perfect base, being comprised of nearly 92% water, you really do not need to add additional liquid.  And, did you know watermelon contains more lycopene than almost any other fruit or vegetable?  This smoothie, loaded with nutrients, will make you feel like you are holding the summertime sun in your glass.watermelon sunshinee

Makes 2 cups of smoothie.

 

1 cup of apple, chopped (I used 1 organic pink lady apple)

2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice

1/2 cup frozen strawberries

2 cups watermelon, deseeded and chopped

 

Combine watermelon, strawberries and lemon juice and blend for 30 seconds.  Add apple and blend for another minute or until all fruit is completely blended to a juice-like consistency.

 

Recipe by Melissa DelSignore

Mahoning Valley Vegan

Hi Annette:

     ….I wanted to let you know how much our group-Mahoning Valley Vegan-enjoyed our tours this past Sunday.  Let me start with Hope.  I’d never set up a group tour before and she was a massive help from the very first phone call.  I wanted to be certain we did everything right and she was very, very helpful in answering all (and I do mean all) my many questions.  Our tour guide, Ilona was exceptional.  She took time to share stories and her experiences; she answered questions and allowed us to have experiences with your residents that none of us expected.  Who thinks they could hold a mature rooster and have no claw marks after!  Or pet a chicken.  We never felt rushed or that we asked a dumb question.  She allowed everyone to explore and learn and understand all at our own pace.  To say that it was an exceptional experience is probably downplaying the day!  We have roughly 200 photos circulating and if you’d give me an email address I’ll be happy to forward our album.
I’ve been to quite a few MeetUps and I’ve also been to a few Happy Trails events.  This one was so fantastic people are still commenting about it and sharing memories 2 days later.  I’ve never seen this level of event bliss before!
Again, please give your staff our great big thanks for making our Sunday glorious.  They helped make lots of new friends for Happy Trails.  Folks came from parts of PA, Youngstown, Ashtabula and Painesville to tour Happy Trails and every single one left feeling energized, engaged and satisfied.  Here’s hoping for a few more events in the YO part of the world!
Warmest regards,
Ellen Z

Dark Brahma Roosters

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Status: At Sanctuary
Age: Unknown
Breed: Dark Brahma
Gender: Male
Color: Black/Grey/White
Adoption Fee: $10 each
Sponsor Fee: $20/month
Ready to Adopt?

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December 20, 2015:  These gentlemen are so beautiful, so regal.  We have five remaining that wait patiently for their soft place to land.  One of them, Asim, has made fast friends with our pair of turkeys, Lizzie and Spero.  These guys can be adopted together as they are familiar with one another.

July 13, 2015:  Hey Happy Trails friends, this is a unique opportunity to adopt more than one lovable rooster!  These guys are from a rescue in Portage County and were all raised together.  They get along in pairs and would love to find a home.  They are able to be held and cuddles and are used to contact.  We have 7 of these beautiful boys who are in desperate need of homes! They are very passive, very friendly and affectionate, would make great yard buddies to keep the bug and ticks population down in your yard.


Blissful Banana Smoothie

Bananas are loaded with fiber, B vitamins and potassium.  Being inexpensive and filling, they are a great base for smoothies.  This smoothie will surely leave you feeling satisfied and free from sugar cravings.  It’s great as an on-the-go breakfast or a post workout snack.  This recipe makes approximately 4 cups of smoothie, but if that is too many bananas, cut the recipe in half.

Blissful Banana

1 ½ cups ripe, fresh banana

1 ½ cups frozen, sliced banana (slice banana before freezing)

1 ½ cups organic, unsweetened soymilk (or other dairy free milk)

1 teaspoon cinnamon

2 tablespoons ground flax and chia seed blend

Dash sea salt

Dash nutmeg

Cinnamon and sea salt, for garnish (optional)

Peel and slice bananas into 1½ inch segments .  In a blender, combine soymilk and frozen bananas and blend for about 20 seconds.  Add fresh bananas and remaining ingredients and blend for about one minute or until all bananas are blended well.

If desired, combine cinnamon and sea salt into a small bowl and dip the rim of your glass in water.  Press the rim of the glass into garnish mixture prior to filling with your smoothie.

 

 

Maka

Status: Adopted!
Year Born: 1986
Breed: Tennessee Walking Horse
Gender: Mare
Color: Chestnut
Height:  14.2h
Adoption Fee: $150
Sponsor Fee: $50/month

 maka-fosterAbout Maka

October 10, 2015:  Maka has made the transition from foster care to a brand new adoptive home.  We wish her the best and a happily ever after!

July 21, 2015:  Maka is settled in as a pasture mate at her wonderful foster home.  What a special service this home provided, to allow Maka happiness in her senior years.

December 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.


Fury

June 16, 2015:  We lost our Fury.  He will be missed by all who knew him.  Who will stomp in frustration?  Who will strike the door at feeding time?  He was onry and he was big and he was our Fury.  We will miss him and know we will see him again.


In Defense of Animals Weekly Informative E-Newsletter

idaIDA works to protect the rights, welfare and habitats of animals.  Read their Animal News Weekly – June 11th e-letter for the latest reports from this wonderful organization.

 

Red

Red came to Happy Trails in 2004 along with Tony, his pulling partner, after retiring from an Amish Farm (our friend Willis Miller in Fredericksburg) where they both plowed fields as a team for their entire lives.  They were both 17 years old. It was due to Red and Tony that Happy Trails Amish Horse Retirement Program was created. At that time, Happy Trails volunteers and board members took up a collection to buy these horses who were going to end up at the local Mt. Hope auction, where no-doubt they would have been purchased by meat buyers. We bought them to serve as ambassadors of the sanctuary, and we took them to community events and because of their gentle nature, they taught many people how to work around draft horses and others had the wonderful opportunity to ride them either in the arena or out on trails.

We lost Tony about four years ago to colic. When I moved off the property at Happy Trails, Red moved with us as a foster horse. Red was best friends with my draft horse Shelby, and together Red, Tony and Shelby had spent every hour together since Red and Tony arrived at Happy Trails. The three were the best of friends. We had all decided that Red should never be adopted out, but rather to allow him to live out his life with his best horse friend, Shels.

Red, 28 years old this year (an amazing old age for a draft horse), has continued to be healthy and sound up until recently when he developed a very serious infection in his back left hoof, which affected the coffin bone. He had surgery at the Equine Specialty Hospital in May, but during his stall confinement at home following his surgery, his back right hoof couldn’t bear the additional weight to compensate for his left foot, and complications arose. Red experienced a muscle mass on his left side by his rib cage due to standing uneven, his sheath became swollen, and most importantly, the hoof wall of his back right hoof (his ‘good’ hoof) dropped due to the increased pressure, and his coffin bone has now rotated and sunk to nearly the bottom of the sole of his foot, an extremely painful condition. We discovered this through radiographs at the Equine Specialty Hospital yesterday. He was given massive amounts of pain relief and I brought him home to spend one last night with his horse friends and to be free from stall rest for a day (he hated being confined to his stall). Upon arrival home yesterday, Red immediately headed out to the far back pasture to graze, with Barney and Shelby close behind.  This decision was difficult, but is what is best for our friend and icon.  We miss you buddy.  ~ Annette


Kachina

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Status: Permanent Resident
Year Born:  2009
Breed: Miniature
Gender: Mare
Color: White
Adoption Fee: n/a
Sponsor Fee: $50/Month
Contact Us About Sponsorship

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About Kachina

Kachina is a mini-horse who arrived at Happy Trails through our Amish Horse Retirement program at only 10-weeks-old. She suffers from dwarfism, a condition identified by a large forehead and a protruding pot bellied appearance.  There are areas where the bones in her ankles and spine did not close quite properly. She was crippled and walking on her back ankles when she arrived.

Kachina is under the special care of Ed Cigany, an equine hoof injury specialist, to have special shoes put on her back hooves to help her walk and trot normally. She is a diva and loves attention. Kachina can now not only walk, but can run, jump and kick!  Kachina is our star mini-horse, participating in our Farm Animal Visitation Program. She is quite the perfect ambassador for Happy Trails!


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-June 3rd is available.  Check it out!

Captain Jack

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Status:  Adopted!
Year Born:  Unknown
Breed:  Goat
Gender:  Male
Color:  Black/White
Height:
Adoption Fee:  $75
Sponsor Fee: $40

About Captain Jack

May 30, 2015:  Captain Jack has found his home!  A special set of adoptive parents looking to find a companion for another of their adopted goats, came to meet Jack.  It was love at first sight.  So much so that they loaded Jack up in their brand new Honda and took him home.

April 26, 2015: It’s been a long, hard year. What a way to celebrate the 1-year anniversary of the Columbiana County rescue than with plea bargain closing the case and finally freeing up these wonderful animals for adoption! Read the full story-update of the Columbiana County abuse case.

Captain Jack is a favorite of every single person who has met him.  He is filled with personality and will greet you anytime, day or night.  He loves to be scratched, is very photogenic and can make you laugh on your bleakest day.  We will miss Jack immensely but know that the best thing for him is a loving family and a permanent home.  Please contact us to adopt!