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Journey’s End Ranch Animal Sanctuary Newsletter Oct. 5, 2013

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Journey’s End Ranch Animal Sanctuary Newsletter Oct. 5, 2013

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. http://bit.ly/16P0hZJ  Thank you!

Well, our weather turned from brutally hot and humid to cool and windy overnight, but we are not complaining. The horses & burros are growing winter coats and Carson is already wearing his coat at night. Since he is half bald, he is very sensitive to cool weather.


Speaking of Carson, we received our first check from calendar sales.. $65 which was greatly appreciated. We get half of the sale price and you support a great cause.

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. http://frcproject.com/wp2/

With cooler weather, you may also want to check out the great quality shirts from LaCroix, too. Shirts from LaCroixTees–  We get $5 per shirt. You can choose from one with our logo or other great designs! http://www.lacroixtees.com/animal-rescue/JourneysEndRanchAnimalSanctuary/

Another way to help us is to make your Amazon purchases through our Fundinco link. http://www.fundinco.org/orghome.php?orgid=782 

Lucky, the newest mustang, is enjoying life on 2 acres where he has room to wander and explore. He is somewhat intimidated by the other mustangs, so we have given him his own space where he feels safe, yet has the other horses for company on the other side of the fence. The chiropractor was out and adjusted his left hip, which was very much “out”… he still has issues with it and also a front foot which cause some recurring lameness, but we are doing some body work and massage and have him on joint supplements..horses can do a lot of healing if given the correct food, supplements, space to move and “tincture of time”. We can only imagine the misuse and abuse he has gone through in his 13 years since captured as a yearling. He is very sweet, but very fearful.. Once you have him haltered, he warms up and relaxes when he discovers you are not going to hurt him.


Sienna, the quarter horse mare who arrived very lame in late May, is now trotting around without a trace of a limp. She needed her hooves balanced, a proper diet, some supplements, and room to move about. Horses were designed by Nature to move 10-30 miles per day in search of forage. Most domestic horses are kept confined and it is very harmful to them. Newer research into horse management has proven that giving horses the most “natural” living environment and diet is the best way to have happy, healthy animals. Sienna had spent more than 2 years at another rescue after being seized by the authorities due to starvation in 2010. She had not been sound for those 2 years, so seeing her improve now is very encouraging. With the cooler weather, she will receive light riding to continue with her rehab.


Rhonda, the 11 year old beagle we saved from being put to sleep in spring of 2012, is afraid of cameras for some reason. We were able to catch a picture of her yesterday with her “babies”. We believe she was used for breeding before being discarded to the streets and never claimed from our local shelter. She is a real character, very bossy and barky, but lovable and playful, too.

Rhonda and her "babies"

Rhonda & Maggie

When she arrived, Rhonda was very aggressive towards other dogs, but she has since become friends with them.

With all the unwanted and abandoned animals out there, I spend a lot of time networking animals in need. It is usually a matter of knowing the right people who might be able to help a certain breed of dog or horse, or just knowing of or Googling for specific types of rescue groups and then sending the animal’s info to them. I usually help save a least 3-4 animals a month that I am aware of, and I hope my networking saves even more than that.

I recently alerted our friend, Keith, of a curious-looking dog on death row in Phoenix. The shelter had her listed as a shar pei mix, but she looked like a possible Xoloitzcuintli to me. Keith ran and got her and she does appear to be a purebred, of the “haired” variety. Xoloitzcuintli are also known as Mexican Hairless.   She is about 2 years old and was just spayed. She needs a loving home. This is a unique and primitive breed with special needs, so Google them if you are interested and not familiar with them. Email me with “xolo” in the subject line if you are interested in adopting her and I will pass it on to my friend.  Our email address is jeranimalsanctuary@frontier.com

Xolo girl

Xolo girl at Keith's



We have our yearly veterinary inspection pending to renew our Equine Rescue License. Four dogs also need yearly blood tests and a few need rabies boosters. Our vet had hip surgery in August, so we are awaiting his return to work. We also have the equine dentist coming soon. Donations are greatly appreciated to help cover the costs of feed, supplies and these extra expenses.


Cathy & the Gang

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  1. Leslie says:

    Love that Xolo!! Amazing catch Cathy. She’s gorgeous. Hope someone who appreciated her unique breed adopts her.

  2. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Thanks, Leslie! We have a few leads so far…

  3. kathleen says:

    Great receiving JERAS news ! Cathy, you do WONDERFUL work for each animal in your care, JERAS is very inspiring. I’m sharing JERAS !
    I’ve got the calendar and luv Carson more every time i look at his pic !

  4. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    thank you so much & thanks for getting the calendar! We are very proud of Carson and love it, too!

  5. Jeannie says:

    Hi Catherine
    Hoping you do well in the contest, everyone as always looks so good and so happy….xoxoxo

  6. cathy ritlaw says:

    Thank you, Jeannie! XOXO

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