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Journey’s End Ranch Animal Sanctuary Sept. 6, 2013 Newsletter

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August was a busy and pretty exciting month, with the arrival of a new mustang, our Carson being featured in a calendar, a new contest for grant money and some severe storms.

We had a lot of monsoonal storm activity with thunderstorms. Three weeks ago, our transformer was hit by lightening and we were without power from 3 PM to 11PM. The work crew had to reset the transformer in the rain, with their spotlights. That set the mustangs off galloping and, the next morning, Scout was very lame with a tendon injury. I had to separate him from the herd and put him on the north 2 acres with Cheyenne, his favorite mare. He is doing much better now.. Just when it looked like the storms/monsoon season was over…we had a microburst at 11 PM on Labor Day night- about 2 gallons of water blew through the doggie dog & across the living room.. Carson was hit with water in his bed.. just when I finished mopping up, another big lightening strike and our transformer was hit again! We were without power until 6:30 AM when the electric company came out.. the dogs were nervous & several barked all night and I got about 3 hours sleep.. our electric fences were messed up and I spent hours fixing shorts the next day. The charger to  the perimeter fence blew a fuse, which means the fence was also hit by lightening. There were feeders that ended up hundreds of feet away from where they had been & they were lifted over 5 foot fences by the wind. A 100 gallon tub travelled 400 feet and landed in the dog’s exercise yard. A big roll of chicken wire that had been on the south side of the hay shed ended up by the house, several hundred feet away….a stack of roofing sheets that were under blocks behind one shed ended up all over, one sheet in Knicker’s corral… thank goodness all the animals were OK. I am still searching for two feeders, which are nowhere to be found on our 30 acres and beyond.

Furever Rescued Calendars are out and our Carson is featured! Half of sale goes to the rescue you choose and you can choose Journey’s End Ranch & help us if you want to.

This is the image they used and Carson is February.


Please vote daily! Journeys End Ranch Animal Sanctuary is in the Shelter Challenge and really need funds as donations do not cover the cost of caring for 32 animals. Voting is DAILY and goes into October. Please help us. Go here to vote and please vote DAILY.  Thank you!

You can also help us by entering Journey’s End Ranch Animal Sanctuary in this contest. Thank you! Do you know of a horse rescue that could use free feed? Horse Illustrated is partnering with Nutrena to “Feed a Horse in Need.” Find out how to nominate your favorite equine rescue to win feed from Nutrena. Click

Mochaloca is in a photo contest. Mochaloca wants to be a cover girl! Please vote (daily)!


We have a new mustang. This 14 year old, abandoned mustang ended up at an animal shelter in Southern California, was adopted out, returned  very lame and was facing being put down. He has some front and hind end lameness and is wary of people. A friend of ours who volunteers at the shelter begged us to give him a home, but we could not commit to him because we just depleted our available funds getting in a winter’s supply of hay..she offered to cover his vetting and transport and then another angel appeared who offered to sponsor “Lucky”, so he can join our mustang herd and have safety & happiness. He arrived two weeks ago. Thank you so much to both of them and to all the generous people who allow us to continue our work.

Lucky was captured in the same area of Southern Nevada that Windy and Rene’ came from, though they were captured  three years later.



We also want to thank  our very generous, anonymous donor who allowed us to get in the rest of the winter’s hay supply!

The eight burros are now all together, as we put the two geldings in with the jennies and youngsters. Julio is bonding with Pepito,  who will be a male role model for him.

the lunch bunch

Julio at 9 months old


I don’t like to talk about myself much, but most of you know I have pretty severe chronic Lyme disease, malaise and pain and getting through every day is a struggle. The intense heat and humidity this summer has been really brutal, but I get up in the morning and say a prayer I will get through the day. Caring for the animals requires about 7 hours of outdoor labor and much of it is hard manual work, especially all the hoof trimming and hay hauling. I have never sweated so much in my, I seem to push myself through the “wall” and actually end up feeling better after a few hours of laboring in the heat and humidity. I do believe the Universe has a purpose for all of us and sometimes we must practice a lot of “mind over matter” to achieve our purpose. Thank you for all the moral support, your friendship and your financial support which allows these animals to have a happy home. It is very greatly appreciated!



Cathy & the Gang

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  1. jackie carroll says:

    The gang at Picked on Pony farm would like to thank you for all you do even whenyou feel poorly. We think you are one super human being and are honoured that you are our friend. We know you are there for all your charges and will always be there, but you have been here for us when we had questions. You are one in a million Cathy, and with your strength and determination you will go on for a long time. We will always be there for you through thick and thin. Love you from the gang

  2. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Thank you, Jackie! You, too, deal with health issues and still do a great job of caring for & loving your animals. Love you!

  3. Joy Ramos says:

    Oh Cathy! You have been through so much. Hopefully the weather will calm down and everything will be made right again. Thank you so much for all you do for your rescue and also for educating the rest of us. Love and hugs to you.<3 Joy

  4. cathy ritlaw says:

    Thank you, Joy! I appreciate your friendship and support! Love and hugs to you! So glad you are feeling better, too! <3

  5. Martine & Greg says:

    Dearest Cathy,
    It is a joy and privilege to know someone as loving and dedicated to animals, as you.
    Hugs & more hugs,
    Martine & Greg from Toronto, Canada
    PS Hope you feel better really soon.

  6. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Thank you! Thank you for your generous support, too! Actually, all the sweating has helped me detox, like sauna therapy, and I am feeling better the past few days than I have in a few years. We had another inch of cool rain today and it felt good getting soaked in it! <3 Cathy

  7. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Love you!

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