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2012 was a very busy, exciting and blessed year for Journey’s End Ranch Animal Sanctuary.
We participated in two grant contests in which people could vote for their favorite non-profit organization. The contests took place on Facebook. Thanks to amazing support from our friends and supporters, we won a $10K Pepsi Refresh Challenge grant and a $20K Chase Giving grant. Special thanks to several of our supporters who organized events on Facebook to help with the voting. We were also very grateful to ASPCA for the $2,500 hay grant we received from them, when our funds were almost depleted (prior to winning Chase).
The grant proceeds enabled us to install two 19 X 21 foot horse shelters, a 19 X 31 foot hay shed, fence in an additional 3 acres with safe electric fencing, pay off $5K in debt from a 2010 loan we needed to continue our work, fill the hay shed, stock up on other feed and supplies, have enough left in the bank to cover operating expenses not covered by donations for another 10 months, and take in an additional 9 animals.
Besides expanding the facility, we were able to accept new sanctuary residents. We were home to an additional 9 animals by the end of 2012. One is an elderly beagle, abandoned to the streets and never claimed or adopted from the local shelter. Her time was up, so we took her in. We also fostered 4 other dogs, 3 of which were about to be put to sleep at shelters. They all ended up in wonderful, permanent homes. We took in an additional 4 senior horses. One is a somewhat dangerous, 30 year old Arabian stallion who was seized by authorities from someone who had abused and neglected him for 10 years. He is not especially fond of people and can kick, but it is no wonder after all he has been through. He has a large paddock and shelter and enjoys galloping in for his 3 meals of soaked hay pellets every day. Another is a 24 year old, formerly wild mustang, seized by the authorities from an abuser. He has old injuries and arthritis, but enjoys his life here, as leader of his band of 4 horses. We also took in two formerly wild burros. Both had been sold by the BLM as “sale authority” animals (leaving them with no legal protection) and both ended up in a very notorious feedlot in New Mexico, from which about 500 horses a month are shipped to Mexican slaughterhouses. Our burro rescue friends in New Mexico rescued a large group from the feedlot and asked us to give these 2 a home. Both arrived in foal, so by year’s end, we had 2 baby burros here. We took in a third, formerly wild, adult burro whose owner had passed away. Thus, our wild burro herd increased from 3 animals to 8 by year’s end.
We are very proud to have received the “Top Non Profits of 2012″ award from Great Nonprofits. It is based on reviews from the public, so we want to thank all of those who gave us such wonderful reviews. We have our Arizona Department of Agriculture Equine Rescue License, which requires a yearly inspection by a veterinarian. We also have a Mohave County Kennel License, which allows us to keep 10 dogs.
By the end of 2012, Journey’s End Ranch Animal Sanctuary was home to 31 animals-11 horses, 8 burros, 10 dogs, a pot bellied pig and a sheep.
All revenue goes directly to the animals and their needs. The Executive Director’s property houses the sanctuary at no cost to it. The Officers and Board Members get no compensation. The Executive Director also covers the cost of phone, internet and electric service. As a retired veterinary technician and natural hoof care practitioner, she does the hoof trimming and a large part of the veterinary care herself, thus saving the sanctuary substantial costs.
In addition to providing a safe and happy home and expert care to our own animal residents, we tirelessly advocate for animal welfare and network animals in need and at risk, thereby helping to save and find homes for many more animals.
We want to express our gratitude to all who whose donations and other efforts allow us to do this very important work. Thank you!
Cathy & the Gang