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HAPPY TRAILS FARM ANIMAL SANCTUARY, INC.

Answering the Call

aka Happy Trails FAS   |   Ravenna, OH   |  http://www.happytrailsfarm.org/

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Mission

Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary rescues, rehabilitates and re-homes criminally abused, neglected and abandoned farm animals.

Notes from the nonprofit

We want to take a moment to thank the supporters, donors, volunteers, staff and board members for the tireless work you contribute in support of the mission of Happy Trails.

Ruling year info

2002

Executive Director

Laurie D Jackson

Main address

5623 New Milford Road

Ravenna, OH 44266 USA

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EIN

34-1968434

NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary rescues, rehabilitates and re-homes criminally abused, neglected and abandoned farm animals. Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary, Inc., founded in 2000, is a non-profit, which supports humane societies, animal protective leagues, sheriff’s departments and other law enforcement officials in Ohio with the rescue of farm animals and horses from situations of abuse, neglect and abandonment. Happy Trails handles the recovery and rehabilitation of the rescued animals, and also provides educational and community outreach programs. Since its creation in 2000, Happy Trails has accepted responsibility for the rehabilitation, daily care, veterinary and other health care expenses, retraining and re-homing of more than 3,000 farm animals and horses.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Animal Rescue

Rescue – working in cooperation with law enforcement and county humane organizations, we provide our service to Ohio and any state beyond requesting assistance.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Rehabilitation – providing the veterinary attention, nutrition and maintenance care and nurture to each animal who enters the sanctuary.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Re-home – networking to find loving and forever homes for each animal based on the best match of people, personalities and facilities.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Meet the animals up-close and personal. Hear their stories. Give the piggies a belly rub. Pet the mini horses. Meet an ex-cockfighting rooster. Most importantly, learn how you can make a difference!

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families

With a focus on education, Happy Trails works with the local Amish community regarding the care of their horses and provides a safe landing for work and buggy horses who are no longer able to fulfill the requirements needed to remain on a working farm. In some cases, these horses may end up at an auction destined for slaughter. Thankfully, most Amish families care for their horses and show concern for where they will end up and how they will be treated.

Population(s) Served
Adults

This popular, tried-and-true program helps teach people about compassion for animals by sharing their messages of hope and healing. Happy Trails Ambassadors hit the road with staff to visit nursing homes and schools and make special appearances at community events.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Seniors

Happy Trails partners with Coleman Professional Services to create a mental health recovery program for victims of emotional trauma. The program provides animal education and correlates mental illness and abuse to animal abuse. Participants in the program develop meaningful connections with the animals, in turn helping them build confidence, develop trust and begin the process of healing.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

By participating in group onsite service learning projects or internships, students learn about farm animal welfare and have the opportunity to experience first-hand what it takes to run a non-profit like Happy Trails. They engage in important dialogue about the struggles facing farm animals, help with daily chores and participate in special projects-and of course, they get to know the animals and learn their personal stories.

Population(s) Served
Young adults

Where we work

Awards

Farm Animal Sanctuary of the Year 2020

Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries

Ellen R. Pearl Horse Whisperer Award 2021

EQUUS Foundation

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of law enforcement agencies assisted in animal cruelty cases

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Animal Rescue

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

HTFAS strives to assist any law enforcement or humane agent requesting assistance in the execution of search warrants, seizures and subsequent court proceedings.

Number of animals rescued

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Animal Rescue

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Each year HTFAS intake can be affected by the number of criminal investigations involving farm animals and horses.

Number of animals rehomed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Animal Adoption

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Rescue – working in cooperation with law enforcement and county humane organizations, we provide our service to Ohio and any state beyond requesting assistance.

Rehabilitation – providing the veterinary attention, nutrition and maintenance care and nurture to each animal who enters the sanctuary.

Re-home – networking to find loving and forever homes for each animal based on the best match of people, personalities and facilities.

Happy Trails is a unique rescue group, which serves as a support organization for all humane societies and animal protective leagues throughout Ohio and surrounding states. Animals who arrive at Happy Trails have been removed from their abusive situation by a county humane officer, sheriff, or other law enforcement representative. Many county rescue agencies are often full or may not have proper facilities to care for farm animals. As a result, they rely on Happy Trails to provide care and adoption services.

Happy Trails has also been called upon to house a farm animal during an abuse trial, or accept custody in the case of an animal surrender. Happy Trails provides rescued farm animals and equines with medical care, proper nutrition, clean and safe housing. During the animal’s recovery time, Happy Trails strives to not only heal broken bodies, but broken spirits as well. Once an animal has been rehabilitated, Happy Trails provides placement services through our adoption program. Our adoption counselors review applications, carefully screen prospective adoptive families and conduct site inspections of the facilities at the new home prior to placement. Happy Trails also provides proper care education for individuals adopting their first farm animal.

Humane education has become a central part of Happy Trails’ mission to teach care and compassion for all animals. We offer a variety of humane education initiatives throughout the community for public school children and other youth groups. In our Farm Animal Visitation Program, we bring animals to nursing homes and to group homes for people with disabilities so that these individuals and animals may visit with one another.

Happy Trails also provides support to the criminal justice system from search warrant through sentencing. Once an animal is in protective care of Happy Trails and its veterinary staff, each abused animal is documented and cataloged for the prosecution and humane officers. We are often called upon to provide expert testimony in court. To date, Happy Trails has been called upon in eleven counties throughout the state of Ohio to aid the prosecution in cases of animal abuse.

We made several capital improvements in 2020:
Adding photocell exterior lighting throughout the sanctuary to assist caretakers with early morning/late evening projects
Farm-wide water and electric line repairs
Installation of farm-wide security cameras
Construction of a new aviary
Construction of a new equine run-in and pasture

In 2021, our major capital project will be the replacement of our septic system.

Every year, due to the nature of our work, we are constantly repairing, upgrading and replacing buildings, fencing, etc. to keep our animal population safe and healthy.

We have also introduced an Owner Relinquish Initiative in 2021. We piloted this program in 2020 because we realized there was an overwhelming need in our surrounding community for animal owners who were no longer able to care for their farm animals due to medical emergencies or financial crises. (COVID-related or otherwise) In the past, Happy Trails only took owner surrenders in extreme situations, but following the trend, we believe that for our equine population, at least 80% of our horses will come from this new initiative. We hope that by offering owners a solution to this problem, we will be able to intervene before an animal ends up in the legal system due to abuse or neglect, or at an auction house where it will be sold for meat.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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HAPPY TRAILS FARM ANIMAL SANCTUARY, INC.

Board of directors
as of 01/18/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Gina Fortunato

ASPCA Pet Health Insurance

Term: 2015 -


Board co-chair

Leighann Fink

Ninth District Court of Appeals

Term: 2020 -

Pete Grasso

JFT Properties

Tom Kaufman

Owll Marketing

Bob Mossing

Steris

Jess Rist

IBH Addiction Recovery

Jennie Highfield

National First Ladies' Library

Jeff Briggs

Entrepreneur

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/21/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/21/2023

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Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.