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!
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!