Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary Inc. is a non-profit (501c3) organization that rescues, rehabilitates, and provides an adoption program for abused, abandoned, and neglected farm animals such as horses, ponies, pot belly pigs, farm pigs, chickens, ducks, turkeys, sheep, goats, and cattle. Happy Trails serves the entire state of Ohio, and works in cooperation with county humane societies, animal protective leagues, and local and state law enforcement officers. Our criteria for accepting a farm animal or horse into our rescue program is that the animal has been removed from its current situation by a county humane officer, sheriff, or other law enforcement representative. Happy Trails does NOT accept owner surrenders. We do not accept farm animals or horses from owners who simply no longer want their farm pet or wish to sell their farm pet or horse. Happy Trails provides the rescued farm animals and equine with medical care, proper nutrition, clean and safe housing, and as much TLC as possible. We work in cooperation with a variety of other rescue groups, both local and out of state, to network and help find homes for the rescued farm animals. Our adoption program allows for the rescued farm animals to be adopted as a family pet only. Once a farm animal is accepted by Happy Trails, they are no longer allowed to be placed back into food production, nor are they allowed to be bred or used for exploitation in any way. The Happy Trails Amish Horse Retirement Program, an extended part of our original rescue program, accepts Amish-owned buggy and plow horses that can no longer serve their Amish families. The acceptance criteria is that the horse is surrendered directly from its Amish owner, and that it is donated to the Amish Horse Retirement Program. These horses are then given an overall health and wellness medical examination, updated with vaccinations and a consistent worming schedule, have their hooves trimmed, and are made available for adoption.
Step 1: Fill out an adoption application that tells us about yourself, your references, your veterinarian, information about your facility, shelter and pasture area, etc. This will be reviewed by an adoption counselor. Each animal has an adoption addendum, which outlines their special needs and/or any health issues they may have. You may wish to review the addendum and decide if you will be prepared for the special needs of that particular animal. Contact Us for an Application Step 2: The adoption counselor will visit your facility to see the home that you will provide for your new farm animal pet. The counselor will have a safety check list to assure appropriate shelter, fencing and a safe exercise/turnout area. Barbed wire fencing is NEVER approved. All horses require a minimum turn out of 7-8 hours per day. We do not approve barns where horses stand in their stalls and are only allowed out an hour or so per day. A horse needs to have time to enjoy their freedom and to exercise their social skills with other horses. Step 3: If your facility is approved, you submit the adoption fee for your new pet. You may have a two week trial period to get to know your new pet, and for the animal to get to know you and the other animals in your family. During that time you may return the animal for a complete refund of your adoption fee. We do not set up "payments" nor do we offer refunds at any time after the two week trial period. Step 4: At the end of the two weeks, if everything has gone well for both you and your pet, you may make the adoption official. This requires you to sign an adoption contract. An important inclusion of the contract states that you will never send the animal to auction or to slaughter, and if you cannot keep itsaid animal for any reason, you are required to return the animal to the Happy Trails Adoption Program
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