Ravenna Twp.: Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary will hold a “Moving Forward” fundraiser from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
The event will include 20 mini-workshops on everything from hoof-trimming to Ohio’s abuse laws to an obstacle demonstration by the Summit County Mounted Patrol.
The event will spotlight rebuilding efforts at the nonprofit sanctuary for abused and abandoned farm animals, where a February fire claimed the lives of four animals and leveled a barn.
Happy Trails has rebuilt and enlarged the barn, in part through insurance and also through donations, and replaced a smaller building with a multi-use structure to house potbellied pigs and animal-related supplies. Fundraising is just beginning for the multi-use building.
In addition, the sanctuary will unveil a new covered arena and larger roads for access by safety forces.
While Happy Trails has had other open houses, this is its first educational one, said executive director Annette Fisher.
“We will have veterinarians and other professionals included in the day,” she said. “We have quite a few educational things going on.”
For example, a 1 p.m. parade in the new arena will spotlight the horses available for adoption; at 1:45 p.m., there will be a presentation on how to make meals more animal friendly.
Happy Trails is home to 250 to 300 farm animals, all victims of cruelty, including pigs, horses and poultry. It is the only farm rescue of its kind statewide and relies totally on donations, Fisher said.
Complimentary parking to the sanctuary will be available at Ravenna High School at 6589 Chestnut St., with shuttle service provided. Happy Trails’ parking cannot accommodate this event.
The cost is $20 for those who preregister, $25 for adults at the door and $10 for those 17 and under. Tickets are available at happytrailsfarm.org or by calling 330-296-5914.