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A fortunate foreclosure for farm animals: Animals in the News

View full sizeThe foreclosed property abutting Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary will provide more space for rescued farm animals and a spacious house for meetings and classes. 

RAVENNA, Ohio — Rarely does a foreclosed home bode well for a community, a family, their animal companions.

But one foreclosed property in Ravenna has opened new horizons for Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary.

“It has long been our dream to expand the Happy Trails facility with an education center and grassy pastures,” founder Annette Fisher said. “Last week, a home and barn on five acres, which connect to the back of Happy Trails, went up for sale at sheriff’s auction. We considered this an opportunity to grow where we are already planted.”

The sanctuary, founded 14 years ago, offered the winning bid and has 60 days to pay $159,500 for the four-bedroom ranch home and property.

The house will be used for meetings and classes in farm-animal care and vegan cooking. The barn will become a quarantine facility for newly rescued animals in need of isolation and veterinary care, Fisher said.

“The four-acre pasture will allow extra room for the horses and reduce the amount of hay we have to buy,” she said.

The barn needs some paint, the pasture needs a fence and the house needs “some cosmetic stuff,” Fisher said. “This is truly an exciting opportunity for the sanctuary.”

Anyone interested in donating to the Happy Trails expansion project can learn more at, call 330-296-5914 or mail a check to 5623 New Milford Road, Ravenna, 44266.

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