The staff reports that a pot-belly pig, two goats and a rooster didn't make it out alive.
"We were absolutely
crushed to know animals perished in this fire," says director Annette Fisher.
Two goats named Odessa and Natasha along with two barn cats named Myles and Lola were rescued and moved to safety.
According to staff, the goats and Myles are healthy and doing well. Lola is being examined by the vet for possible smoke inhalation, but expected to make a full recovery.
The facility takes in abused, abandoned and neglected farm
animals from all over Ohio. Many animals take part in the unique farm animal
visitation program where some of the animals go to nursing homes as part of
therapy for the elderly.
"They can go into nursing homes, schools and hospice centers
and just their presence brings joy," says Fisher.
Next month the Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary is
scheduled to hold its big fundraiser, now made even more important by last
"This fundraiser will hopefully help us replace the building
that was lost and help us get back on our feet," says Fisher.
Happy Trails released the following statement:
"…We are very grateful to the four fire departments who arrived at the scene to contain the fire. Fortunately the fire did not spread to other nearby barns and shelters and was isolated in the one building. The barn is a total loss. The cause of the fire is not verified at this time, but it is suspected that either a heat lamp or possibly an electrical cord may be the source of the blaze. We appreciate everyone's prayers and support at this difficult time."
A cause of the fire has not yet been determined.
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