Annette Bragg, founder and executive director of Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary in Ravenna, wants to help rescue even more abused and neglected and abandoned farm animals. Bragg is planning her third annual “A Night of Hope and Inspiration” on Saturday, April 2, at Todaro’s party center, 1820 Akron-Peninsula Road. The fun activities include: heavy vegan hors d’oeuvres; cash bar; music; Chinese raffle, wine pull; games and prizes.
The doors open for general admission at 5 p.m. There will be a VIP reception from 4 to 5 p.m. which includes unlimited cocktails and appetizers, swag bags and reserved seating.
In its 16 years as a nonprofit, Happy Trails has rescued over 5,000 farm animals. There are sponsorship opportunities for businesses and individuals to partner with Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary by being a sponsor for “A Night of Hope and Inspiration,” an amazing event and the sanctuary’s biggest fund raiser of the year. For sponsorship information and to order tickets, email [email protected], or call (330) 296-5914.
Some recent rescues include a horse which had been owned by meth addicts who were on the run from the law. The poor animal had been neglected and was severely malnourished.
A morbidly obese pig has resided there for four weeks and is blinded by the folds of fat hanging down over her eyes. She is on a special diet and it will take about a year to lose enough weight so the loose skin can be surgically fixed. She will then be able to see again. Her eyes are healthy otherwise.
Three horses are making progress in their recovery. A woman’s house caught fire and burned down. When the fire department was on scene they could smell a horrible stench from the barn. They asked her about it and she did not want them to go into the barn. When they did, they found seven horses in horrific conditions.
Two tiny ones are in a foster home right now. Their hooves had not been trimmed in three years. If the house had not burned their fate would not have been known.
Two separate cock-fighting raids in Mahoning County, in one week, yielded 50 roosters and chickens. Many have since been adopted out. A rooster named Thomas Jefferson (from the most recent rescue) was lucky to make it out alive. The feathers that had been shaved off are starting to grow back.
The owners cut off a fighting bird’s spurs and attach a four inch metal razor (called a gaffe) in place of them. The comb and waddles are cut off as well
because those bleed profusely and that would obscure their vision while fighting. That is done with scissors or a box cutter without any anesthetic. Then they dunk the bird’s head in a bucket of ice water to try to stop the bleeding. Those will not grow back again.
From its humble beginnings in 1999 with the first rescue of a little, crippled, pot-bellied pig named Janice, and the small log cabin for her to live in; the animal sanctuary has strived to expand its facilities and to upgrade its services. But abuse and neglect of farm animals will continue to go on.
The sanctuary has wish lists of items that can be donated or purchased ranging from office supplies and things to help the staff and volunteers, to animal sponsorships and support for special projects. Happy Trails is a 501(c)3 organization and all donations are tax deductible.
If you would like to share in the group’s achievements, send your donation to: Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary; 5623 New Milford Rd., Ravenna, Ohio 44266. They can be reached by phone at (330) 296-5914. For more information visit: www.happytrailsfarm.org.