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Journey’s End Ranch Animal Sanctuary July 3, 2013 Newsletter

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Journey’s End Ranch Animal Sanctuary July 3, 2013 Newsletter

June was hot and busy. I spent a lot of time trimming hooves, especially Sienna’s, as they were probably neglected for years and were infected and out of balance. Many thanks to Gwenyth Santagate http://www.thepenzancehorse.com and to Kat Monaghan for all their coaching via Facebook. I post hoof trim photos and they have helped me tremendously with their expert opinions. Sienna arrived in late May with a definite limp, even at the walk, and she is now trotting without bobbing her head. She is also getting joint supplements for her right elbow issues. Thank you also, to our board member, Joyce, who is sponsoring Sienna’s upkeep while we work on rehabbing her.


Anne  (http://www.naturalhooftrimming.com) was also here to do body work on Big Rusty and to trim him and Warrior… as they both require someone to hold them and someone to trim. Rusty loves his body work so much that he gives out  a loud whinny when she drives up.

Warrior after gaining some weight

Warrior is old and arthritic and Big Rusty is old with a lot of joint and muscle issues, but they still enjoy life.

Big Rusty


We have kept Mocha confined to a small pen outdoors with a dog door to a pen in the house, in an effort to allow her back injury to heal. She is on an anti-inflammatory, which has helped a lot and allows her to go for a one mile walk every day. She is quite content with the current arrangement.



We have just had a week of temperatures as high as 112 degrees and there is no end in sight. To make it worse, the air conditioner is dying. I have a new one coming tomorrow. The current one is only 3 years old. I personally cover the costs of all repairs, appliances, the phone, internet and other utilities. There is no cost to the sanctuary for using the facility, either. Donations are entirely for animal expenses, such as food, veterinary care and animal supplies and supplements. Our supporters appreciate that.


I have been making a mud puddle for Wilbur every several hours, as this heat is hard on pot bellied pigs and he is elderly. He also has a kiddie pool, but he does not want to use it. Wilbur and Rambeau now have a sponsor, which makes them feel special!. Thank you, Sandy.

Florencia just turned a year old. Thank you, Joyce & Jacquie for your sponsorship!

Esperanza and Florencia

Julio is now 7 months old and quite a feisty little guy. He wears his Mama, Nina, out. Thank you, Nancy, for your sponsorship.

Julio & Nina

We lost $300 per month in regular donations over the past few months because of some of our supporters having financial difficulties. We greatly appreciate all the support we get, both past and present. Despite having almost 6,000 Facebook fans, our donor base is still about 100 people. Any help is appreciated, as every single dollar adds up and is spent wisely. You can also help by using our affiliates page and by sharing the website.  Thank you to all our supporters and friends!


Here is a video I took while doing the morning feeding recently.

Two of our artist friends have new art using our rescued animals as models.

This is a gorgeous portrait of Scout by Susan Monty. http://www.susanmonty.com

"Journey's End" by Susan Monty


Paul Daniel Gold does amazing digital art. http://www.triplecrownstudio.com

Knickers by Paul Daniel Gold


Nina & Esperanza by Paul Daniel Gold


Both Susan and Paul donate a part of the proceeds from their art which features our animals to us. Thank you!

Wishing you all a wonderful and safe Fourth of July!


Cathy & The Gang


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  1. Susan Ward says:

    Address. Please!

  2. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Susan Ward, it is on the donate page. it is 3085 East Prairie Hill Rd. Kingman, Az. 86409 Thank you!


  3. Lisa K says:

    Artwork is beautiful…the video was sweet, too xo
    Love you A.B.

  4. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Thank you, Lisa! <3 you!

  5. Sharon Jacobs-Salinas says:

    Agree with Lisa on both artwork and video :). I still cannot for the life of me understand why out of the 6,000 followers and friends on FB you can’t get at least $5.00 per month from each of your friends; that would keep JERAS going strong with no financial problems whatsoever. I know things are tough these days, but $5.00 is less than a cup of Starbucks! Heck is less than pretty much ‘everything’ these days! I so wish people would commit to that small sum for JERAS. Apparently, people don’t realize you run this wonderful sanctuary ALL ALONE and you’re so darn ill, but you get up every day in pain and do what you have to do for the animals and anyone with just horses knows that’s no small feat for 3 people, let alone ONE!
    Love you and the ‘Gang’

  6. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Thank you Sharon! After we get another load of hay & fill the sheds, our grant money will be close to gone. I am glad that I can do the hoof trimming myself, for the most part, as that saves us hundreds of dollars a month..and I do most of the vetting, too…we are always looking for grants…but we need a larger donor base. 🙂 Cathy

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