Happy Trails Welcomes a New Horse – Zagato


Zagato recently came to Happy Trails through the Amish Horse Retirement Program.

Find out more about him Here.


Help Glitzy the Pot Belly Pig

DSCF1029Glitzy the pig was rescued during a snowstorm. She had a recent trip to the vet which ended up costing $649. Happy Trails could use some assitance covering these costs. Also, this sweet little girl is available for adoption.

Click Here to find out more about this adorable little Pot Belly Pig.

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Don Drumm Creates Collectors Series Honoring Horses Exclusively For Happy Trails Holiday Promotion!

Equine ornaments, pendants, statues, and pins are part of this special collectors series created by Akron's own talented and well-known artisan, Don Drumm!

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14 Hens and 5 Turkeys Abandoned Under A Bridge In Cleveland

Now safe at Happy Trails, 5 domestic turkeys and a flock of brown Cornish hens were abandoned under a bridge in the city of Cleveland. Help us name them!

Here's their story.

October Newsletter OUT!

Hey Fans! The October newsletter can now be seen on the newsletter section of the website.

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What Happy Trails Means To Me – Laurie Jackson & Moxie Stables

Adventure, Rain, and Just a Bit of Reward
I will never forget meeting Annette for the first time. I was amazed at her fortitude; her ability
to forge ahead through the never-ending dire circumstances thrown at her all the while providing
attention and compassion to whomever needed it. This is the foundation on which she has built Happy
Trails. This is the reason the organization has remained strong.
I am a volunteer. My contributions have been meager, giving a $20 donation to help with a
project, an emergency haul during a rainstorm, handling horses during the annual open house. These
things, and maybe a few more, pale in comparison to some of the dedicated people that make up the
organization. But I can’t help but feel important when I state to someone that I know Annette and I am
part of this wonderful group. I am proud of my association and I know that Annette values each and
every role played by each individual. As the founder, she understands the importance of each gesture,
every ounce of good will, and all of the collective prayers given in the name of Happy Trails.
If you have just stumbled upon this group, take the time to browse through the history of
accomplishment. Drop a donation in PayPal, call and put your name on the volunteer list, make a
contribution to the “Wish List” of much needed items. You just may find that to allocate a few hours of
your time and prayer will pay you tenfold in adventure, rain (lol), and just a bit of reward. These things
Annette, and the entire society of Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary, depend on from you.
Laurie Jackson
Moxie Stables


What Happy Trails Means To Me – John Otey

Happy Trails means to me "Luke and Bess" who have brought much joy to my life since Annette, Barb, Marie Gayetsky, and I brought them to my farm in Virginia.  These two magnificent souls now have their forever home thanks to the caring, kind, and compassionate staff and volunteers at Happy Trails.  It was through Happy Trails' website that my heart was first taken by Bess, and a visit to the sanctuary in February 2011 introduced me to Luke and an instant connection and bond was formed between us.  I then became a man in search of a farm to buy so that I could bring these two wonderful animal friends home.  I purchased my farm in May 2011 and we brought Luke and Bess home that August.  I can't thank Happy Trails enough for all of their good work, kindness, and compassion that they give every day to there other animal residents in need of their own forever homes.

(John Otey is an adoptive home who took on two giant Belgian draft horses.  They have become the love of his life! John literally bought a farm just to adopt these two wonderful creatures and to include them in his life. Our hats are off to John for being so dedicated and so caring for his two new family members.)

What Happy Trails Means To Me – Ilona Urban

I will never forget the first time I walked through the front gates of Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary. I was immediately struck with a sense of peace. Chickens were scratching in the dirt and several potbelly pigs were sleeping in the sunshine. I was greeted by a lovely tortoiseshell cat named Gypsy whoI learned was the official Happy Trails greeter. Everywhere animals were living in such peace and happiness. I knew right then that Happy Trails was going to become a part of my life.

In the six years that I have been a volunteer with the farm I have been blessed to know some of the most wonderful animals and for every ounce of love that I have been able to give to them they have returned that love tenfold. Their ability to survive, trust, forgive and love after the suffering that they endured never ceases to overwhelm and humble me. To be in their presence is and honor and a gift.
People often say that they could never do such work because it would be too sad for them to know what the animals have suffered but I feel that their lives begin to change from the moment they are rescued. Even if we lose them or have to let them go their last moments are ones surrounded by love. To be able to give that gift outweighs everything for me. Our triumphs far outnumber our tragedies and working for Happy Trails is just pure joy.
(Ilona Urban is a retired school teacher who is currently in charge of Happy Trails educational presentations for schools and special interest groups. Ilona also handles our thank yous and assists with giving special tours and helps take the rescued animals for visits at nursing homes. Ilona is instrumental in the Happy Trails outreach programs.)

What Happy Trails Means To Me — Timy Sullivan

From: Timy Sullivan   (Timy Sullivan is active in spay/neuter programs and has been the director of several humane society organizations. She has always had a place in her heart for rescued horses, and Happy Trails is grateful that she and her husband, Ed, have adopted some of our harder-to-place horses over the years.)
Happy Trails to me will always mean Token and Polly, Xenia and April – four horses way, way down on their luck who were literally saved by the Happy Trails volunteers and fosters and then came to live with us. All enriched our lives beyond measure. April is with us now – the most abused of the bunch and the most loving – an amazing tribute to the early care she received after her rescue. She makes us laugh every day. We love her more than we ever thought possible. What a loss it would have been had Happy Trails not stepped in to save her.  Timy Sullivan

What Happy Trails Means To Me – Monica Nowac

Happy Trails is one of my favorite organizations. So much so that I have raised money for them through marathon running. I am so happy there is a place that I can take my daughter and show her how loving and feeling farm animals are, that they are not just something we use.  That they are no different than the cats and dogs that live in our home.  She loves to go and see the piggies.  It is my hope that by taking her places like Happy Trails I can raise a compassionate person who will continue to give and speak out for those who cannot.

(Monica Nowak is a long distance runner who donates the funds she collects to her favorite animal charities! Monica is a big fan of Happy Trails, and she is teaching her daughter kindness and compassion for all animals!)

What Happy Trails Means To Me — Anna Romito

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. 



What Happy Trails Means To Me — Jason Wolboldt, Volunteer


From: Jason Wolboldt , Volunteer
            (About the author: Jason is at Happy Trails on an average of about four days a week. He has been volunteering at Happy Trails for about three years, and has been instrumental in many projects including the installation of new fencing, repairs and maintenance on the barns and shelters, he picks up over a ton of grain each week and distributes it throughout the sanctuary, he has taken on the monumental task of organizing the sanctuary and all of our supplies and tools, he has adopted five goats, he cleans the shelters on the weekends, and is truly irreplaceable. We have no idea what we’d do without Jason.)
For me, Happy Trails has helped me act on my deepest passions.  What Happy Trails stands for is one of the things that are truly good in this world.  Humanity in general has become detached from the other animals we share this earth with, particularly farm animals, who have been embedded into our consciousness to exist only for one purpose; to die and become someone's evening meal.  Because we have done this for so long and so many others have accepted this, it has become a reality in so many minds.  This has blinded us to the reality of their ability to suffer, to feel fear and stress, and the desire for friendship, comfort, and happiness.  As a result, farm animals have become commodities in factory farms and have horribly disrespected and mistreated to the point of extreme cruelty.  Happy Trails is a peaceful revolt against that.  Rescuing these animals who have been abused, neglected, and forgotten has not only helped the particular animals who have been rescued, but it helps all animals.  The simple awareness that there are people that see these animals for who they are and want to help them brings a different way of seeing things to others and so helps kindle the flame of compassion.


  Being a part of an organization like this has given me a new life and changed who I am.  It's been an absolute joy to work with the inspiring animals and good people every week.  Every time I get to go to the sanctuary is like a breath of fresh air.  You leave the daily struggles and stress of work and enter into a place that is good and simple.  You walk through the sanctuary and see the ducks and geese playing in their pools, the pigs napping outside in the sun, the chickens taking a dust bath, the horses running and playing, and the goats playing king of the mountain on the jungle gym and you see them experiencing this kind of pure joy.  One that penetrates deeper than television ever could.  Its the joy of being alive and free.



Tribute To Dale Butterfield

Wanting to grant her terminally-ill father a very special wish,
Holly Butterfield contacted Happy Trails to see if there was a pig who would
be able to do a home. Dale Butterfield had always wanted a pet pig, and his
wish was to see a pig and have it come visit him. Happy Trails doesn't have
a pig in our Farm Animal Visitation Program, but sanctuary director, Annette
Fisher, has a house pig who seemed to fit the bill!
 It ends up that not only Truffles the pig went to visit Dale and his
family. Natasha the goat, Gershwin the rooster and Kachina the mini horse
also made the trek to Fairport Harbor and trotted into the Butterfield
household for a very special visit with Dale. A multitude of family members
greeted the Happy Trails volunteers, and Holly was able to happily grant her
father's request. It was a very heartwarming, touching visit, and five days
later, Dale passed away. This is the story.
Our tag line on all of our shirts now have our "motto" of "Spreading
Kindness And Compassion For All Animals"
I will send over a copy of our mission statement in another email, and I
have a lot of updated articles to send also.
I have a few questions also – for our Compassionate Thanksgiving that will
be held in November – we would like to start selling tickets for the dinner,
and I can write up the details of the event, where it will be held, etc.,
and I can even put together a pdf flier to attach to the information. Is
this something you could help us set up at this time also?  I can give you
the ticket details if we can go forward with this also….just at thought!

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What Happy Trails Means To Me — JoAnn Marshall


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.



JoAnn Marshall


Holiday Newsletter Now Available!

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Give The Gift Of Life With An Animal Gift Sponsorship — What A Great Gift Idea!

Not sure what to get that co-worker, friend or relative who has everything?  GIve them a baby calf, or a pig, or a sheep, or any one of the rescued animals by sponsoring a farm animal in their honor!  Click here for details