OK, no not really. You can't actually give them a pig, but you can give a gift sponsorship of a rescued piggy or any of the other rescued farm animals as a very special gift for that hard-to-buy-for person on your Christmas list!
Job Title: Animal Care Giver
Hourly Rate: 10.00
Hours: Thurs-Sat 5:00pm – 8:30pm
Sunday 7:00am – 10:30am
If you find it rewarding to work with farm animals AND have horse experience, check this out…
Happy Trails is adding to our part-time Animal Care Giver Staff. This staff position is Thursday through Saturday from 5pm to approximately 8:30pm and Sunday morning 7am to approximately 10:30am, depending on the amount of rescued animals in our care. Responsibilities include feeding and watering the rescued farm animals and horses according to sanctuary protocol, providing proper medications, treating any wounds, injuries or illnesses, turning horses in or out as needed, moving certain farm animals from one area to another as they recover or require more or less exercise, and getting to know the rescued animals on a personal level to help us provide top quality care for them.
All the rescued farm animals at Happy Trails have come from situations of abuse, abandonment and neglect. New animals may arrive daily or weekly from across Ohio and neighboring states as our services are requested. Job requirements are being able to lift 50lb feed bags if necessary, push a wheelbarrow, carry heavy bales of hay and straw, fill and carry water buckets or haul a heavy water hose where needed, halter and lead horses safely, pick hooves, apply fly spray and apply topical medications, put horse blankets on horses that arrive in the winter suffering from starvation. It’s extremely important that you are able to follow Happy Trails animal care protocol and can follow directions safely and accurately.
Please send resume, cover letter and three professional references via email to: email@example.com, or via regular mail to Happy Trails, Attn: Human Resources 5623 New Milford Rd, Ravenna, OH 44266. Please do not stop by or call.
We will be choosing from qualified candidates as resumes arrive, so to be considered, please send in your resume as early as possible.
Personal Note From The Director, Annette Fisher: I have been taking care of the rescued animals since Happy Trails was founded in 2000. It is very rewarding as you watch animals arrive who are sad, sick, mistreated and depressed, blossom into friendly, healthy, happy animals. However, this job is hard work. You have to have a passion for what you do and truly believe in the cause. You have to want to make a difference and understand that animal abuse, in any form, cannot be tolerated in our communities. I had to laugh one time when a group of students were supposed to come out for a community service day and were going to help us care for the animals. It had started to rain that morning, so they called and left a message saying that since it was raining they assumed that we would not be going outside to take care of the animals. I was amazed. I wanted to say something like, No, we won’t be going to take care of them until next week when it quits raining.’ The farm animals that we work with are all outdoor animals, and yes, whether it’s raining, snowing or 100 degrees and sunshine, we have to go outside to feed, water and take care of the animals. Some days it’s muddy. Some days it’s dry and dusty. Please keep this in mind as you consider this staff position. These animals don’t have the luxury that domestic animals at a humane society have – air condition in the summer and heat in the winter – and we are out there with the rescued farm animals through it all. Do they appreciate it? They seem to! They rely on us for their very existence and recovery from the trauma they have suffered. If you want to be part of their healing process and daily care, then this may be a position worth looking into.
Hello Everyone! Thank you for taking the time to visit our website. We are looking for a wood chipper for our project at Happy Trails. We have to clear woods to make pasture for our rescued horses. If you know of anyone or you yourself have one that could donate it for charitable purposes for even one day, or even at a reduced rental rate, we would be very appreciative, and so would our horses! It would be a tax deductible donation. Anything you can do would be of great help.
Please contact our office or leave us a comment if you have one or have a suggestion on how we could get one. Thank you again for visiting and we hope to hear from you soon!
The Happy Trails Staff
From: Anna Romito (Anna Romito, an Akron police officer, has helped out on the Happy Trails emergency rescue crew as a hauler for rescued horses. She has horses of her own, and is always willing to lend a helping hand. Anna was involved in the mass horse rescue when three organizations came together to save a total of 26 horses from going to slaughter at the Sugarcreek meat auction.)
I would say that one thing Happy Trails has meant for me has been a way to bring various rescue groups together to work on a project like draft horse rescues. Here's a picture from when Happy Trails, Paws with Pride, Friends of Pets and Frog Pond Draft Horse Rescue raised money for buying the horses at Sugar Creek's auction.
A large, gentle rooster was discovered in the city of Akron, duct tape wound around his feet and spurs. He was missing most of his feathers, and the scar tissue around his face told a story of being used as a "bait" animal for animal fighting.
From: JoAnn Marshall (JoAnn Marshall is an adoptive home and has been a supporter of Happy Trails for many years. She collects aluminum cans and used ink cartridges for our recycle programs, and always spreads the word about the work of the sanctuary!)
Happy Trails is a wonderful rescue organization. Annette Fisher started Happy Trails with vertually very little and through out the years has saved and rehabilitated so many animals that would have not survived. I personally have one of them…a dear precious little Shetland Pony named Chocolate. Thanks to Happy Trails, this little pony has given me many years of happiness.
Two mares arrived together at Happy Trails on Thursday, January 5th, 2011. Exactly one week to the day before these girls arrived at Happy Trails we welcomed Sonyador, a big, sweet, Percheron-Standardbred-mix mare, who was experiencing the same situation. A fellow rescue worker heard of these three Amish horses in Pennsylvania that were in the possession of a horse broker, a person who takes unwanted horses by the trailer-full to the horse auctions where they are purchased by the meat buyers and sent to slaughter. All three were destined to be shipped to Sugarcreek, where they would be quickly run through the sale and in a matter of hours loaded onto a transport truck heading to a slaughter house in either Mexico or Canada. Sonyador was the first lucky one to have her rescue arranged by the rescue worker, and it was set-up to have the other two mares arrive at Happy Trails the following week. They arrived in the dark of night and like Sonyador, were unloaded onto the road in front of the sanctuary, the transport truck too large to even attempt to enter the front gates of Happy Trails. The two girls cooperated fully as Happy Trails volunteers anxiously lead them to the back of the sanctuary for an examination and to be fitted for blankets. They seemed to trust us well enough and stood fairly politely after their long, stressful ride with the broker.
In the Fall of 2011, Happy Trails assisted a county humane society with the removal of an assortment of farm animals from a situation of severe neglect. Recently the owner plead guilty in court and the animals that were removed were officially signed over to Happy Trails. This included two absolutely adorable baby calves who had arrived at Happy Trails extremely weak and in danger of not even making it through their first night at the sanctuary. They were only ten days old and suffering from starvation. Two attending veterinarians did not give them a good prognosis, but showed us how to provide the very best care possible. Amazingly enough, the babies not only survived, but they thrived on the love and care and attention and good nutrition that was provided for them. Now they are healthy and happy and available for adoption as your adorable family pets! Of course they will want to find a home where they can remain together! Click on the link below to view their flier, and make sure to share it with everyone you know to help find them a caring and loving forever home!