Journey’s End Ranch Animal Sanctuary Sept. 3, 2014 Newsletter Matching funds. We have a supporter who has offered to match funds on the first $1000 donated to hay funds. Please consider helping! Your donation will be doubled!  We have $635.00 so far. It costs us about $1500 a month for hay, pellets & supplements for our 19 horses and burros. The burro shelter went up a month ago, thanks to an ASPCA grant. We had a hot August with a few monsoonal rain storms and the burros were very happy to have it.

Update. We have reached our $1000. but hay drive continues, as we spend almost $1000 a month on hay.

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9/11 – We save lots of $$ and the horses and burros get better trims than local “farriers” can do by me doing the hoof trimming. I trimmed 7 horses since Monday, a savings of $350. We practice proper feeding and management and have very few vet bills. Most of the donations we receive go to feeding. I pay the utilities and provide the facilities at no cost to the sanctuary and I myself do not get paid.

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Burro shelter. Thanks to ASPCA!

Burro shelter. Thanks to ASPCA!

Burros on the loose. We also had season grass grow because of the rains. We let the burros out every day to graze about 8 additional acres. Our entire perimeter is fenced with electric wire which allowed us to do this. The burros have pretty much mowed it all, but are still enjoying looking for anything new that sprouts up. They are also eating some mesquite, despite the thorns.

burros going "walkabout"

burros going “walkabout”

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Pepito eating mesquite

We have had some spectacular sunsets, too.

Sunset

Sunset

The hot weather has everyone seeking water. We have a few local coyotes who come for a drink. DSCF0619

 

BLM continues to capture more wild horses, despite having >50,000 in holding now. Unfortunately, most are not adopted. Many that are adopted out end up injured and abused. Eventually, many end up shipping to slaughter. The lucky ones get good homes or end up in sanctuaries like ours. Mariah came here in March of 2004 at the age of 11 months. She was captured and orphaned at 5 months old. BLM told me that her herd had been chased 12 miles by helicopter and she arrived in the capture corral without her mother. She has joint damage and emotional scars that are permanent. However, she has a new family here and enjoys her captive life as much as possible.

Mariah

Mariah

Rattlesnakes! I have only seen two this summer, but we have local friends whose animals have had run ins with rattlers this year. Unfortunately, one lost a donkey and one lost their little, old chihuahua. We have diamondbacks, but we also have Mohave rattlers, which have a neurotoxin and are much more dangerous. There are many things which affect the outcome of a bite, such as the amount of venom injected, location of bite, species, size and age of the bite victim and treatment received. Sometimes, it’s too late by the time the bite is discovered. JERAS has dealt with a burro, horse and 5 dogs bitten over the past 8 years. We have dexamethasone on hand and use it and long acting penicillin. We also discovered that a Lyme detox remedy I personally use seems to detox snake venom. See http://www.jersanctuary.org/2011/04/patty-survives-snakebite-we-credit-jernigan-remedy/

What breed is that? I try to use my spare time for advocating for animals and networking animals in need. Lately, it seems a lot of dogs posted on Facebook are incorrectly labeled as far as probable breed. This makes it hard for breed specific rescue groups to find them on internet searches. Anytime I see a purebred or even part bred, I try to post them to the appropriate Facebook pages/groups and I often Google search for rescues that help that breed in the state in which they are located. It may come as a surprise, but most shelters do not contact breed rescues and often purebred dogs die just because no one took the effort to contact the right rescue group. This really bothers me, so I try to do what I can. Just in the past week, I found a dalmatian called a pit bull and an elkhound called a keeshond. By contacting the right breed rescues,  both were saved.

We have a new artist supporting us.  Cathy Deleree creates some beautiful & unique art and is donating much of the proceeds to us if you mention us when ordering. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Art-Of-Cathy-DeLeRee/179136198773670 Vivid print made from one of Cathy’s Original paintings. This 1930s dictionary page has new life filled with colorful crisp ink upon aged paper…. adding that ‘Old Soul’ feel. This image was professionally printed onto the vintage page,allowing the words show through.Each print unique, always interesting where the words and graphics end up beneath the printed image. The vintage paper shows slight age.All prints will arrive signed by Cathy DeLeRee.Your art will be protected with an acid free board,under an archival clear sleeve for protection. Measures approximately 8″ x 11″ Cathy’s work is in the Newman Gallery in Prescott and Rio Rico Haciena near Tucson. Prints are $10.00 and Cathy is donating to a generous % to us! Add $2.50 for shipping, which covers multiple prints. to order, https://www.etsy.com/shop/CathyDeLeRee?section_id=10999675

or email  cdeleree@siestalane.com

Art by Cathy Deleree

Art by Cathy Deleree

 

Art by Cathy Deleree

Art by Cathy Deleree

 

Thank you for your support! . Love, Cathy & the Gang

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Journey’s End Ranch Newsletter August 4, 2014

We got a lot of rain (for us) in July, which tends to make hooves grow faster and also makes trimming them easier. I had not felt well enough to trim for a few months, so it was catch-up time. On top of that, the burros were due for their semiannual trims. They tend to wear their hooves fairly well and require less trimming than the horses. I trimmed hooves on 17 horses and burros. The burros are fun to trim, with their little feet. It felt good to get caught up, but we are still getting rain & I will need to start trimming some of the mustangs again this week. Lucky, the mustang with the joint damage,  has some strange hoof issues and my hoof expert friends on Facebook are coaching me by looking at pictures and making recommendations, which is greatly appreciated. The average cost of hoof trimming is now $50, so we save a lot of money since I am able to do it myself. I had to start learning 15 years ago, as I could not find a good farrier/trimmer. I have many books, magazines and DVD’s I was able to learn from, plus one on one coaching from Facebook friends is a huge help.

Burro hoof

Burro hoof

DSCF0348 Lucky

Lucky

 

We had 128 bales of new cutting Bermuda hay delivered. We go through two bales a day, plus about 20 fifty pound sacks of hay pellets a month.

 

hay before it was stacked in the shed

hay before it was stacked in the shed

 

Last Saturday, the crew from Interstate Carports was here to install the shelter for the burros. It started pouring while they were up on the roof screwing down the roofing. I must say they are brave guys. It came out great & the burros love it. We are very grateful for the ASPCA grant which covered it.

Burro shelter

 

Despite pleas from wild horse advocates, the BLM recently caved in to Utah ranchers’ demands that more wild horses be removed from Federal public lands in Utah. Taxpayer subsidized “welfare” cattle outnumber wild horses by  about 50 to 1, yet ranchers blame horses for over-grazing. Two horses died in the first day. Most captured horses will not be adopted, but will spend the rest of their lives languishing in holding facilities- robbed of their freedom and their families. Many of those who are “adopted” through the BLM program will end up neglected, abused and sometimes shipped to slaughter. We obtained two of our mustangs and one burro directly from the BLM, but six of our other BLM mustangs and four of our burros had gone through the adoption program, only to end up abused, neglected, or unwanted over time, including being used for cruel “horse tripping”.

The only hope a lot of these unfortunate animals have is to find a safe sanctuary in which to live  at peace. We are grateful to everyone who supports our sanctuary and allows us to give a home to a total of 19 horses and burros and Rambeau, the sheep. Your donations are greatly appreciated!

 

We have a supporter who has offered to match funds on the first $1000 donated to hay funds starting today. Please consider helping! Your donation will be doubled!

 

 

Thank you!

Cathy & The Gang

Three of our rescued mustangs

Three of our rescued mustangs

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We want to thank everyone who kept voting through the month of June in the Shop For Your Cause contest. We won $1000, which will buy a month’s worth of hay for the horses and burros. My friend, Judy, tirelessly ran our voting campaign on Facebook and it really paid off. Thank you, Judy! Our supporters are wonderful! .

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We also received our 2014 Great Nonprofits banner, thanks to all the great reviews we received from our friends and supporters. Thank you! great nonprofits  2014   .

Our friend and superb artist, Susan Monty, just finished a new painting using our Windy, mustang mare,  as the model. Susan has used our animals in a lot of her paintings and she donates to rescues and advocates for animals. You can buy paintings, prints and notecards at her Etsy site- https://www.etsy.com/shop/SusanMontyFineArt?page=1

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The new hay crop will be available soon and we hope the price for grass hay will be coming down a bit.We use 3 tons a month for the 18 equines who eat hay. Knickers can only eat soaked pellets, with his 32 year old teeth.

Knickers at 32

Knickers at 32

 

Knicky showing off

Knicky showing off

Lucky(16) and Warrior(25), the two mustangs with permanent joint injuries, are looking and feeling well.

Warrior

Warrior

DSCF0348 Lucky

Lucky

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We received a $2000 grant from ASPCA to install a shelter for the burros. We have the building permit and the shed company anticipates installation before the end of July. The burros will love it! It will be the same as the mustang shelter. Much thanks to ASPCA! DSCF8598 shed   .

Our friend,Christine, who runs a horse rescue 3 hours east of us, is also an equine dental tech. She will be coming soon to check horse and burro teeth and do dentals on those who need them.

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Rambeau got a haircut, thanks to our friend Annie, who has sheep shears. He feels much cooler now.

Rambeau June 2014

Rambeau June 2014

It is horribly painful to share this next news. For years, we had 8- 10 dogs at our animal rescue. I ended up finding out I am severely allergic to dogs and had been “masked” to my allergies, but the dander had been causing severe inflammation, probably for years. I already have many conditions caused by 42 years of Lyme disease which went undiagnosed for 29 years. It’s hard to sort out what is what. A veterinarian/researcher at Cambridge University found the dog dander protein that causes these life threatening reactions and the mechanism by which they occur. Her paper was just published a year ago. Dander sets off “TLR4′s” in certain people. She has told me that she is working with drug companies to develop a TLR4 blocker drug and might have something in about 5 years. These toll like receptors are involved in many inflammatory diseases- IBD, asthma, brain allergies, chemical sensitivities, and more. In May of 2014, my reactions escalated and were life threatening. We had to part with the 8 dogs we had, some were not placeable due to age, behavior and health issues. It was the worst thing I have dealt with in my 60 years. I am beyond heartbroken and devastated, but there are 19 equines and a sheep depending on me, so life must go on. Another small local sanctuary took anyone they could and we thank them. We are continuing to support them. I will continue to help save dogs by networking to my thousands of contacts and by assisting in “pulling” them from shelters we are affiliated with and helping to find transportation to their new homes. Since the dogs have been gone, we have an explosion of wildlife coming to eat the wild bird seed- many more doves, quail, songbirds and both desert cottontails and jackrabbits. One dove actually comes and looks in my kitchen window early in the morning, asking me where breakfast is. The coyotes who come for a drink now trot boldly past the house. Whether we like it or not, life goes on. All I can do is dedicate the rest of my life to doing as much good as I can in their honor. I must try to be the courageous being that Carson was. I miss them all so very, very much.

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