RAVENNA, Ohio -- A place that cares for abused and neglected animals is now in need of help after fire destroyed one of its main structures.
Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary in Ravenna Township is now home to about 200 animals. At one time they were all abused or neglected.
The care of some of the animals is now threatened after a fire Friday night destroyed one of the barns.
"It is a permanent home for the two goats that were part of the farm animal visitation program, and we also used it for isolation for other animals after surgeries," said Executive Director Annette Fisher.
Five fire departments battled the blaze.
Fisher said it was amazing how quickly the fire spread. About 30 bales of hay acted like an accelerant making the fire more difficult to contain. The structure sustained so much damage on the inside that it is a total loss.
Lola was one of two cats and two sheep rescued from the fire. But, two goats, a pot belly pig and a rooster could not be saved.
"I think the thing that is most devastating is the loss of life because the animals came here from abuse or neglect situation to begin with,” Fisher said sadly.
Happy Trails relies totally on private donations. A major fundraiser next month usually goes to the daily operations and upkeep. But, Fisher said now about $10,000 will be needed to rebuild the barn.
"It's a night of hope and inspiration, and I think we need that right now,” Fisher added.
To find out more about Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary and A Night of Hope and Inspiration fundraiser, click here.