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Journey’s End Ranch June 3, 2016 Newsletter
It is a great honor that my friend and JERAS supporter, Judy, entered me in a contest whose top prize is $50,000! There are also smaller cash prizes and winning anything would be wonderful for the sanctuary. It looks like we are ahead in my category and winning that $5,000 would support the sanctuary for 2 months!
The following is taken from the Facebook event that Judy is running to help get votes.”A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than one’s self.” Catherine Ritlaw is our Hero. Click on this link to Vote for Catherine Ritlaw so we can make sure she wins the $50,000 charitable donation to provide food, shelter and veterinarian care for the animals at Journey’s End Ranch Animal Sanctuary. Catherine is the sole provider and caretaker for the fourteen horses, ten burros and two sheep that currently have found sanctuary at Journey’s End Ranch. ~
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I don’t consider myself a “hero”, but I do work hard to provide a happy home to the animals because animals have brought great joy to me for 62 years and so many are neglected, abandoned and abused by my fellow humans. So many do not receive the care and respect they deserve.
Wow, Cushing’s disease is so insidious! Penny, our 26 year old mare, seemed fine until she was slow to shed out. She had also lost some muscle mass along her topline, but we assumed it was old age. The shedding issue caused us to think Cushings Disease and she went on a trial of Pergolide a few weeks ago. She has shed out, is shiny, is gaining muscle and is much more lively. We are getting the Pergoglide from a compounding pharmacy (Wedgewood) for about $25 a month. Not bad for a new lease on life for this old girl.
Big news! The halter Cheyenne had been wearing for 10 years finally fell off! She arrived here wearing it 4 years ago and, despite trying to desensitize her for weeks, she remained extremely fearful and dangerously defensive regarding being touched. She has extreme issues with past abuse.
We have had lots of gopher snakes, a few coachwhip snakes and one beautiful California king snake (photo) on the ranch. We also had a run in with a rattler last weekend. The non-venomous snakes compete with rattlers and we are always happy to see them.
Poco has been singing a lot!
We just hit 100 degrees yesterday and some of the horses ask to be hosed off.
I love getting up in the morning to see the old and handicapped horses playing & enjoying life, despite their age, injuries and orthopedic issues.
I got a pair of baby goats to have as my pets since I became so dog allergic 2 years ago. It has been heartbreaking to see the empty yard and now there are a pair of “Mini Nubian” (Nubian X Nigerian Dwarf) brothers to enjoy playing with and watching. Thank you, Annie, for these sweet boys! They arrived yesterday.
As always, we want to thank our friends & supporters. Without you, the sanctuary would not exist.
Please try to vote in the contest, daily, if possible. http://www.eaglerarelife.com/content/catherine-ritlaw
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Cathy & the Gang
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Journey’s End Ranch Animal Sanctuary May 2, 2016 Newsletter
We held our first hay funds drive since November. A very generous donor matched $2500 in donations and we now have 13 tons of beautiful new cutting Bermuda hay and a few month’s of hay pellets & supplements. The shed is full and some is outside. Thank you all so much for your donations & for sharing.
In mid April, Rusty, a 15 year old mustang, had an impaction colic & had to be treated by our vet, who administered electrolytes, pain meds and mineral oil. I had to put him on antibiotics for a week because he had a low fever. I started doing “sand tests” on his manure and he was passing a reasonably large amount of coarse, black sand, which we don’t have here. We have another horse who came from the same area in S. California and he also came with black sand. I do periodic sand tests on everyone and had never seen Rusty pass more that tiny amounts of our tan sand. So, we surmise that Rusty had an accumulation in his colon since he came from Ca. 5 years ago and that it finally caused a problem. He had been rescued there and was very thin. Scrounging for food is often what causes horses to ingest large quantities of sand and dirt. He will be kept on psyllium on & off for the next few months. All of our equines get psyllium one week out of every month to try and avoid problems. We use feeders, but they love to toss the hay out.
Poco, whose deformed foot gets flushed weekly, came up with an infection which we treated by soaking and flushing daily for a week. It has cleared up, but we will now flush it 3 times a week, as there is no way to seal the crack and hole in this “foot”, which is really just hoof material, as he was born missing a coffin bone and does not have a true hoof on this leg.
Poco has been singing a lot!
Then, I went to feed lunch 4 days ago & Warrior, our 27 year old mustang with narcolepsy, had apparently just had a stroke. He was staggering, had a head tilt and nystagmus. I immediately got some dexamethasone into him & called our vet. He said that was all we could do. Miraculously, within 4 hours, he was back to normal.Warrior was captured at age 4 many years ago. He was seized from an abuser in 2012 in California. He ended up at an animal shelter and was going to be put down when we took him in. He also has a bad knee, but he still enjoys life and is one heck of a survivor.
Our old and disabled horses still enjoy life, and that is what counts
Our younger horses do, too.
Our vet was due out today to do a few dentals, recheck Rusty & discuss Poco’s foot maintainence, but he had an emergency & will come Thursday.
Our old Fugi camera was malfunctioning and we got a Canon PowerShot SX410IS for < $200. It is all automatic & is taking fantastic pictures. Sharing pics is so important for keeping people informed and aware of JERAS, what we do and updates.
Thank you again to our supporters. We can only provide these 24 equines & two silly sheep with a safe and happy home because of you.
Don’t forget, share any of our Facebook posts and you have a chance to win Poco’s book. We have a fan page and a group page.
Cathy & The Gang
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Journey’s End Ranch April 2, 2016 Newsletter
Thanks to great reviews from our supporters, we received our 2016 Great NonProfits banner.Thank you!
March 10 was our 6th anniversary of becoming a 501C3.
April is our Spring Hay Drive and the first $2000 donated will be matched by a very generous friend & donor. $4000 will get us another 3 month’s worth of hay to feed our 26 sanctuary animals. We will also need a delivery of $1200 of hay pellets and supplements later this month. Your generosity enables us to provide a safe and happy home for 14 horses, 10 burros and 2 sheep.
The wild cottontails have decided to nest between the bottom bales of hay in the shed, instead of under the floor, so we will have to leave about 30 bales untouched for now, and feed it after nesting. I accidentally uncovered a nest of tiny babies, so I placed a pallet and piece of plywood leaning over them. Their Mama is fine with it and continues to care for them.
Our weather has been beautiful and all the horses are shedding. On warmer days, a few of the mustangs want to be hosed off. We had one day of crazy 50mph winds, but escaped without anything important being damaged. This is Rusty, a 13 year old mustang.
Diego is feeling and walking very well. He has also started to play with Red. As you know, Diego lived in isolation for 20 years. It has taken him 6 months to become bolder around other horses and to really enjoy their company. Red, a 22 year old mustang, arrived 1 and 1/2 years ago, latched onto Penny, and usually is not social with the other geldings. It is amazing how animals will help to heal one another.
Poco has been singing a lot.
The hole in Rambeau‘s head has closed over. Whether or not he will grow a new horn, only time will tell.
We restarted our Facebook sharing contest. Anyone who shares any of our posts will have their name put in a hat each time they share, and 2 names are pulled every Saturday to receive Poco’s book. Thank you! You can also purchase books on our “Affiliates” page.
Please join us on Facebook, if you haven’t already. We post daily updates, pics and video.
Cathy & The Gang