2 Minis Saved from Slaughter

2 Minis Saved from Slaughter

In the heart of Amish country there is a well known horse auction at the Sugarcreek Livestock Auction Barn. This is an auction typically held every Friday, but since there was no sale yesterday (Good Friday) the sale was held today. Every week dozens of horses are run...

67 Cockfighting Roosters Seized

Animal Charity Humane Society of Mahoning County called, Happy Trails answered.  The first wave of roosters brought us 45 birds and tonight another 22 join them.  These roosters will be rehabilitated and housed until the court proceedings are complete or until such...
Amish Retirement Program Works like a Charm

Amish Retirement Program Works like a Charm

This program is meant to educate the Amish community regarding care of their horses and to give a safe landing for work and buggy horses no longer able to fulfill the requirements needed to remain on a working farm. 2016 has been a great year for our program, bringing...
Star

Star

Meet our shining Star! Star comes from an Amish family and was brought to us through our Amish Horse Retirement Program. Visit our Animal Sponsorship page to learn how you can help her! Your contribution will go directly towards her...

Vernon Update!

Check out PETA’s video update that showcases how wonderfully Vernon, now named Koa, has been doing since he’s been adopted by his wonderful loving family. Read the full article here: Abused Pig Cuddling With New Family Will Melt Your...
Save your Acme Receipts

Save your Acme Receipts

Save your Acme receipts from August 11, 2016 through December 31, 2016 and Happy Trails will receive 5% on eligible products! The deadline to submit your receipts is January 12, 2017. For more information on how it works see our Ways to Give...
An Exception to the Rule…

An Exception to the Rule…

On the eve of June 3rd after what appeared to be an agonizing deliberation, a gentleman on the brink of deployment made the hard decision to drop a 5-month-old potbelly pig on our doorstep.  Her name is Phoebe and she is as sweet as can be.  Happy Trails does not take...
Shop Our New Concrete Statues

Shop Our New Concrete Statues

Tour season has begun and our gift shop is now open! Gift Shop Hours: Friday-Sunday, 11:00am – 5:00pm. Behind our gift shop, be sure to browse our new selection of yard decor. We have dog and cat statues, horse statues, pet memorial stones, exotic animals, bird...
36-year-old Horse Gets a New Lease on Life

36-year-old Horse Gets a New Lease on Life

Thanks to the efforts of the Akron Humane Officer as well as the assistance of Happy Trails, Axel, a 36-year-old horse how has something to neigh about.  This elderly horse was left to live out his days behind a home in Springfield with only the view of a company...
Goodbye to a Cherished Friend

Goodbye to a Cherished Friend

Friends, we have some sad news to share about our friend Cisco. We have been treating him for arthritis for over two years. At nine years old and 1200 lbs, Cisco has lived a long, happy life at the sanctuary. Recently, he began having problems with movement and in the...
Sponsor a Rooster Apartment

Sponsor a Rooster Apartment

Provide peace, comfort and healing to rescued cockfighting roosters. Our rooster runs are specially designed to keep former fighting roosters comfortable and happy while they await their forever home. Sponsor an apartment for one year for only $50 per month. A plaque...
A Big Announcement for Happy Trails

A Big Announcement for Happy Trails

Many of you are already aware that our founder, Annette Bragg, has resigned from her position as director of Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary. Her last official day will be July 15, 2016. I know I speak for all of us when I say that we will be eternally grateful for...
Benefit CD Released Today!

Benefit CD Released Today!

21 tracks including rare and exclusive songs from iconic artists – all to raise funding and awareness for animal rights and farm animal sanctuaries.  Visit the site to learn more about this project and download yours for  $10 / Cd for $15. Happy Trails is...
Welcome Harland the Lamb!

Welcome Harland the Lamb!

We recently received a call from a nice person in Kent, asking us if we could help. There was a lamb that just happened to make his way into their garage! This falls under the “abandonment” portion of the rescues we do, so we headed over and picked him up....
Welcome Buddy!

Welcome Buddy!

We recently accepted Buddy into our Amish horse retirement program. He came from an Amish family that has retired their horses to Happy Trails in the past. Up until arriving at Happy Trails, he was pulling his 84-year-old owner in a buggy. He has some issues with his...

Equine Spring Education Classes

Equine Health Classes – Thursday Nights Anyone who registers for the class and shows up at 6:00pm will receive a free mini-tour of the facilities, gets to meet the rescued horses as well as the other animals, and shares a sneak-peek of our new mini-vet clinic...

Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary, Inc. 6 hours ago Can we have a HUGE birthday shout out to Bentley C? He asked friends and family to donate to Happy Trails through our Social Media Fundraising Campaign. His campaign raised almost $500.00! We are so touched by the...
New Staff Opportunities at Happy Trails

New Staff Opportunities at Happy Trails

As Happy Trails continues to grow and expand, we have several staff positions available. If you know of someone who might be a good fit, please share.     RVT (Registered Veterinary Technician) – Full Time — We are seeking a RVT with extensive equine experience...
Valentine

Valentine

Status: Adoptable – Indoor/Outdoor Age: Unspecified Breed: Pot Belly Gender: Male Color: Pink Adoption Fee: Contact Cleveland APL Cleveland APL 216-771-4616 About Valentine February 23, 2015:  We found out that this little piggie found a wonderful sanctuary to...

Successful Earning from AmazonSmiles!

From October to December, Happy Trails received a donation of $128 from your use of AmazonSmiles. Thank you!! When you shop at AmazonSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary Inc. Bookmark the link...

Can You Help?

We have a need for sponsorship of 12 ceramic heat emitter bulbs! During these arctic temps, we do our best to ensure the animals have enough heat to supplement their conditions. This can be quite an expense. Each commercial grade ceramic bulb costs $20. Please...
An Iconic Resident of Happy Trails Passes

An Iconic Resident of Happy Trails Passes

We say goodbye to Zinger, one of the iconic pot belly pigs st Happy Trails. Old and arthritic it was time to let him go. We will miss you, Zinger.  Stay tuned for a worthy tribute in our upcoming newsletter.  For now we grieve the loss and celebrate his new...
Crecencia is Still Looking for a Home!

Crecencia is Still Looking for a Home!

Our horse of the week is Crecencia! Crecencia has been featured a few times before, but unfortunately has not yet had any luck. She is a 21 year old 14.3 hand Quarter Horse who is trained and healthy. She will take an intermediate to experienced rider as she can be a...
Asdrubal is Looking for a Home!

Asdrubal is Looking for a Home!

Today’s featured animal is Asdrubal. Asdrubal was removed from a cock fighting ring in 2013. He is one of our more feisty roosters, but he still deserves a home! He even knows how to put himself in timeout when he is being fed or getting his shelter cleaned. He...

Night of Hope Speakers Announced

Guest Speakers for the Night of Hope and Inspiration have just been announced. We promise this event will inspire you beyond your expectations! Check out the roster and don’t forget to reserve your seats now for this amazing event, before its sold...
We Love to Share…

We Love to Share…

“For…all of you…who may remember Super Hero, I adopted Super about a year ago. He had an eyelid (right/lower) which did not work properly, evidence of abuse many years old. The weekend before Christmas the small star shaped lesion on his left cornea...
Valentine’s Day is Almost Here…

Valentine’s Day is Almost Here…

Spread your love a little further this year. Give a gift sponsorship to your Valentine and support animal rescue at the same time. For the price of donation, your loved one will not only receive a picture of their sponsored animal, they will receive an invite to our...
Valentine’s Day Not for You?

Valentine’s Day Not for You?

Put real meaning to what some may call a Hallmark holiday. Valentine’s Day can be celebrated with a gift sponsorship of your Valentine’s favorite farm animal. 100% of Sponsorship monies go toward the care and rehabilitation of the farm animals at Happy...
Let’s Fins Petunia and Pandy a Home!

Let’s Fins Petunia and Pandy a Home!

Our featured animals this week are Petunia (pink) and Pandy (black)! These girls came in from Medina County from a rescue organization that was not legitimate, and was shutting down. They had very overgrown hooves and were very overweight when they came in. These...
Weather Got You Wanting to Snuggle?

Weather Got You Wanting to Snuggle?

Help it happen by gifting an animal sponsorship to your favorite Valentine today.  For the price of donation, your loved one will not only receive a picture of their sponsored animal, they will receive an invite to our next sponsor day! Check out the...
Sandy Found a Home!

Sandy Found a Home!

Sandy is an ex cock fight rooster and he now he gets to spend the rest of his days being spoiled. Here he is with Leland, his new buddy, and his four gorgeous hens. We wish Sandy and his new family all the...
Mystery Grab Bags – Time to Re-Gift!

Mystery Grab Bags – Time to Re-Gift!

Here is your opportunity to re-gift your recent holiday presents or do some early Spring cleaning! The mystery grab bags gives guests surprise presents in their gift bags, so donated items for this part of the fundraiser leaves it open to your imagination! Fun or...
February is here!

February is here!

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. Spread some love and honor your valentine with a gift sponsorship. For the price of donation, your loved one will not only receive a picture of their sponsored animal, they will receive an invite to our next sponsor day!...

New Items on Our Wishlist

Check out our wish list at Amazon.com. We are in need of some heated buckets and waterers for the sanctuary. With these below freezing temps, these items will help to keep the animals with fresh water all day long! Don’t forget to sign up for AmazonSmiles so 5%...
A Picture Worth 1,000 Words…

A Picture Worth 1,000 Words…

Happy Trails recently received this update from Tiffany E…  “I wanted to share this photo with you. This is Aster. On November 1st we adopted her, along with another Leghorn (that we named Avens), that were part of the Turlock, CA hen rescue. We love them...
Norma Needs a Home!

Norma Needs a Home!

Also from the Portage cruelty case is Norma! Norma was the only duck that was removed with this large group of animals. She was locked up with the chickens. She is an adorable little girl that is nervous of people. She was run over by a lawn mower and did not heal...
Help Us Place Our Friends

Help Us Place Our Friends

This group is the remaining from the Portage County case that recently closed. We have three roosters- a white leghorn, a Rhode Island Red, and a red rooster with white tail feathers. There are also about 20 hens- Rhode Island Red, White Leghorn and a few mixed breed-...
Kokomo and Jackie Found a Home!

Kokomo and Jackie Found a Home!

Last week, they made the journey to New York, a 16 hour round trip, to their new home! Their adoptive dad was very excited for them and his pig was happy to have new friends! Kokomo and Jackie settled right in and are doing well. It is always heart warming to see an...
Introducing Juno

Introducing Juno

Juno, rescued from Portage County, 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! She is a 17-year-old Quarter horse mare.  Very easy to work around...
Meet Pandora

Meet Pandora

Pandora is a cute 10-year-old solid bay mare.  Upon first arriving at Happy Trails she was pretty thin but luckily has  no other health issues. This little gal is reportedly trained but has yet to be evaluated under saddle. Quiet and sweet and full of potential she...
A Special Horse Available

A Special Horse Available

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, but he is trained. We believe he would make a great show horse! Ranger is solidly built and quiet. He is a 25 year old...
Fury – Another Horse from Portage County

Fury – Another Horse from Portage County

Fury is 25-years-old and was quite skinny when he was rescued. He is gaining weight well and has no other health issues.  He can be a little stubborn, but he is a good horse and gets quite attached to his friends – able to get along with any horse. This cute and...
Meet Aurora!

Meet Aurora!

Aurora is Luna’s mother. She was thin when she was rescued, but is otherwise sound and healthy. We believe Aurora to be suitable for light backyard rides, but nothing too strenuous due to her age. Aurora is an adorable old girl and looks like a teddy bear with...
Today’s Horse is Luna!

Today’s Horse is Luna!

Luna is a gorgeous girl! She was thin when she arrived at Happy Trails, but otherwise has no health issues. She is sound and ridable. Luna is 12 years old. She would make a cute show horse! Luna still needs evaluated under saddle, but from the ground it appears that...
Introducing Athena

Introducing Athena

Athena was the worst of the group of horses rescued from the Portage County neglect case. She was very thin, had terrible rainrot and has cushings (a pituitary disease) which was left untreated. Her teeth were worn completely smooth, so even if she did get fed, she...
An Update from Renny!

An Update from Renny!

Here is an amazing update and video from Renny’s adoptive mom! We are so happy for these two! Thanks to everyone who helped make his rescue and recovery possible!- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzBG_2iky1Y “From the first day I met Ren he has been a huge...
Today’s Featured Horse is Jasmine!

Today’s Featured Horse is Jasmine!

Jasmine is a favorite around the sanctuary! She was very thin and is still dealing with some cracks in her hooves, but is otherwise healthy. She has been gaining weight well, but still has a little ways to go. Jasmine is very sweet and quiet. She is calm, responsive...
Happy Trails Animal Sponsorships

Happy Trails Animal Sponsorships

Sometimes we need to feel as if we are connected to the organization we support. Consider an animal sponsorship at Happy Trails. We recently received this great communication from a long time supporter and animal sponsor, Anna R, after attending a sponsor day to spend...
Alvin and Marvin are our featured animals!

Alvin and Marvin are our featured animals!

Our featured animals of the week are Alvin and Marvin! These two handsome boys came in from a severe neglect case 2 years ago. They came with some other hens that have all since found homes. We think these two are brothers and they get along with each other very well....

Happy Trails featured in the Akronist

Love the multitude of pictures in this! What an amazing article in support of our recent land acquisition. If you have not already, would you help the animals of Happy Trails by making a donation toward this purchase? Every donation helps! Thanks for the great...
Goodbye to Vin Diesel

Goodbye to Vin Diesel

On a more somber note Vinnie Diesel passed across the rainbow bridge at the passing of 2014. He had a multiple list of things wrong with him and he was just too weak to fight anymore. But he asked that I share his story to everyone before he passed. So Vinnie…...
Butch is our featured horse!

Butch is our featured horse!

Our horse of the week is Butch Whitefeather! Butch is a 19 year old Percheron gelding. He arrived at Happy Trails as a retired Amish horse. He is blind and would not make a great riding horse. Once he trusts his new adoptive family and his surroundings, he may be able...
Special food for Lola

Special food for Lola

Though Happy Trails does not take in cats or dogs, we do have 2 resident cats that live at the sanctuary. When we got them, we were told they were feral and would not be touched. Lola and her brother Miles have proven them wrong and are very sweet! We love these guys!...
Happy Trails now has an Amazon Wish List!

Happy Trails now has an Amazon Wish List!

Happy Trails now has an Amazon Wish List! This is a great new way to donate and show your support by sending things that you know we need! This list will be kept updated with necessities and wants for the rescued animals. You can find things like breakaway halters and...
Princeton is our featured horse!

Princeton is our featured horse!

Our horse of the week is Princeton! Princeton is an 18 year old Standardbred gelding. He came to Happy Trails as an Amish retirement horse. He is trained and rideable. He stands about 16 hands high and is solidly built. Princeton is currently in a foster home getting...
Roy and Cabrio found a home (again)!

Roy and Cabrio found a home (again)!

Sometimes things happen so quick at the sanctuary that we don’t even have time to get them out there! Roy and Cabrio are a pair of amazing Standardbred geldings. They were retired from an Amish farm and were adopted 2 years ago. Recently, they have come back to...
Beauty is our Featured Horse of the Week!

Beauty is our Featured Horse of the Week!

Are you or someone you know looking for a beginner safe horse that is small enough for the kids but still able to carry mom or dad around? Take a look at our featured horse this week! Beauty is a 14-year-old, 14.3 hand high Morgan/Arabian cross mare. She was brought...

Maka Has Found a Wonderful New 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! Here are some pictures...
Charlie Has a Home!

Charlie Has a Home!

This handsome rooster got adopted last week! Charlie was abandoned and brought to Happy Trails in the spring. He now has a flock of hens, a large yard and a great family! He even gets to come into the kitchen in colder weather to warm up! Here are some pictures sent...
Winter is Here

Winter is Here

Our permanent residents at Happy Trails have geared up for the season! Kachina and Suvali, our mini horses are fluffy and oblivious to the cold temps. Natasha the goat is comfy in her new digs at the goat and sheep barn. And Jolie? Well, she knows its best for a piggy...
Let’s Welcome Chapman!

Let’s Welcome Chapman!

Chapman is our horse of the week. He is new at the sanctuary and is a retired Amish horse. He is a 23 year old Standardbred gelding. Chapman is in great condition and is rideable, but has not been trained under saddle. He was a buggy horse for most of his life. He...
Ellen is Ready for Christmas- Are You?

Ellen is Ready for Christmas- Are You?

Ellen is asking Santa for her favorite treats- sunflower seeds and bread and for a sponsor! You can sponsor Ellen for $20 a month. This will provide her with feed, water, fresh, warm bedding and medical care. She will even thank you by posing for pictures and sending...
Our featured animal this week is Lenny!

Our featured animal this week is Lenny!

Lenny is a stunning rooster. He was removed from a cock fight ring last year. He just loves going outside and taking dust baths or perching on his door. He is a pretty nice guy! Since Lenny was a cock fighter, he cannot be housed around another rooster, but is ok to...
An update from Pan!

An update from Pan!

He got his bandage off the other day and had his stitches removed! His incision has healed very well. He will soon be cleared for going on short walks once a day with our caregivers. Until then, he is having fun with his hay net that lets him eat more slowly and helps...
Have You Heard?

Have You Heard?

Sheep have wool, it is thick, warm and needs to be sheared off every year so the sheep does not get too hot in the warmer months. But did you know that some breeds of sheep can shed? Bernard is a hair sheep. His wool sheds in the spring time to show off his gorgeous...
Our Farm Pigs are Loving Their New Barn!

Our Farm Pigs are Loving Their New Barn!

Peppermint Partty, the brown and white farm pig in the middle, knows the importance of the support of friends! They are snuggled in their new stall in our new farm pig building, made possible by your donations. Thank you! Donate today to show your support of these...
Ginny is our horse of the week!

Ginny is our horse of the week!

Ginny is an 8 year old mini horse. She is from Indiana and was rescued along with 3 other minis, a mini donkey, 3 alpacas and a goat. They were a neglect case and were running loose as their owner gave them no shelter. Ginny was pretty skinny and malnourished at her...
There’s still time!

There’s still time!

Don’t forget to stop by the Happy Trails Gift Shop, open today until 5pm and tomorrow too! We have a great selection of logo apparel and gifts as well as ready to go sponsorships for those of your loved ones and friends that are oh so hard to buy for. Give us a...
Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

Today, Happy Trails is thankful. Thankful for the animals we are blessed to care for, thankful for our supporters who make it possible, and thankful for the staff and volunteers who dedicate themselves every single day to bring it all together. Have a Happy and...
Happy Trails Giving Tree Program

Happy Trails Giving Tree Program

The Giving Tree Program is designed for all of us to work together to provide the rescued animals with food, medical supplies and basic care needs throughout the holiday season.  Here’s how it works!  Visit one of our many Giving Tree locations, or you can call...
Pan Returns Safe and Sound to Happy Trails

Pan Returns Safe and Sound to Happy Trails

He is doing very well and will get to have a wonderful life. He now has 3 screws in his leg which will stabilize it and trigger some boney growth to occur around the screws to help strengthen it even more. He still has a little way to go with a bit more stall rest...
Happy Trails 2014 Annual Appeal

Happy Trails 2014 Annual Appeal

Our goal is to raise $100,000 toward some very important projects, to cover the costs of some routine-but-necessary expenses, and to address veterinary and health care costs.  We hope you will review our 2014 Annual Appeal and choose a special area to sponsor that...