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Congressman Tim Ryan Announces $25,000 ASPCA Grant for Ravenna Animal Sanctuary

June 16, 2020
Press Release

Ravenna, OH – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) is today announcing a $25,000 American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) grant being awarded to Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary in Ravenna, Ohio. This grant will provide emergency relief during the COVID-19 crisis so the sanctuary can continue to offer lifesaving services for animals in Northeast Ohio.

“With the economic challenges so many families in our community face during this virus, many have been put in the unfortunate position of giving up their beloved animals,” said Congressman Tim Ryan. “As shelters everywhere grapple with increasingly strained resources and an uptick in homeless animals, I’m proud for organizations like Happy Trails Farm to receivethis critical funding needed to continue the important work of mercifully saving and rehoming animals in need.”

"In a time when funding for our important mission is uncertain, the ASPCA has stepped up in a huge way to show support to Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary. We are grateful for the $25,000 in funding as it will ensure that we are able to answer the call for assistance from law enforcement and humane agents who investigate and seize farm animals and horses in criminal cases of abuse and neglect,” said Happy Trails Farm Executive Director Laurie Jackson.  “Happy Trails has taken on the responsibility of 121 farm animals and horses just since the start of the year with 102 of those during the time of this pandemic. Each animal requires veterinary triage, maintenance care, farrier attention, hoof trims, vaccinations, de-worming, etc. as well as nutrition in the form of quality hay and grain. Because of the generosity of the ASPCA, Happy Trails can breathe a little easier and focus on our mission to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home these deserving animals."

“The COVID-19 crisis has not only created unprecedented challenges for pet owners, but also put homeless animals at risk by straining essential shelter resources,” said ASPCA President and CEO Matt Bershadker. “This lifesaving funding will help shelters and rescue organizations sustain crucial animal welfare services including basic operations, remote foster and adoption programs, and veterinary care. We are proud to support the animal welfare community and grateful to them for stepping up, thinking creatively and courageously, and forging new paths to meet the needs of their communities during these challenging times.”

This funding is part of ASPCA’s COVID-19 Relief & Recovery Initiative to help more than 50 animal welfare organizations whose programs, operations, or fundraising capabilities have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

ASPCA COVID-19 Relief & Recovery grant funding has been awarded to a range of animal welfare organizations across 30 states, including private humane societies, municipal animal shelters, animal rescue and transport groups, spay/neuter clinics, and organizations focusing on the adoption of dogs, cats, equines, and farm animals.

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