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Journey’s End Ranch Animal Sanctuary Newsletter December 5, 2013

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Journey’s End Ranch Animal Sanctuary Newsletter December 5, 2013

First, we want to thank everyone who voted for us, took surveys and helped us receive 10 bonus votes for downloading the shopping reminder in the Shop For Your Cause Contest. We won the $500.00 and it will do a lot for our rescued animals. We were just invited to participate in the January contest, and may be able to win another $500.00! Thank you so very much!

We have had beautiful weather, but winter arrived two days ago with winds, colder temperatures and even a little snow on Tuesday night.

Wilbur, our 14 year old pot bellied pig, has an igloo house and a pad and 2 comforters. After he has his dinner and bedtime treat, he burrows into his bedding and does not come out until it’s time for breakfast in the morning. He used to have a heat mat, but decided he did not like it and kept pushing it out of his house.



Rhonda, our 11 year old beagle is so smart. She has a bed in the kitchen and will pull it around with her teeth to position it where the sun is shining in on the kitchen floor so she can nap in the sunshine.


Our dogs all have doggie door access to the house, but Bear, the 10 year old Chow Chow mix prefers to stay outdoors, where he can keep watch over the ranch.



All the 21 horses and burros have their winter coats, but still enjoy being able to use the run in sheds to escape the wind. Sometimes they go inside, and sometimes they just stay on the downwind side of the shed.




Here’s a video from one morning..

Here is a video of the burros & mustangs having some fun

November was a good month, with the exception of us having to place Molly in a new home due to the fact that I did become allergic to her. I had no problems with any dogs for my entire life until 3 years ago. Since December 2010, we have only been able to keep three of the dogs we attempted to adopt. 5 others had to be placed, because after about 2 months, I get sensitized to them and have near anaphylactic reactions- mostly brain swelling, headaches, nausea and fibromyalgia attacks. I already deal with severe chemical sensitivities and am on a lot of supplements and an organic food diet. I have researched the dog allergy situation for many hours and have not found an answer. It is very heartbreaking, because we are legal for 10 dogs and set up for multiple dogs and now we are limited to the 9 dogs here that I am fine with. Five of them are 9 years old  or older, so it makes me very sad to know I may not be able to offer a home to other dogs as we lose  ours to old age. However, maybe some solution will come up in time. In the meantime, I have 32 animals to care for and I must be grateful that I am fine with our 9 dogs.

Thank you, Nor Cal Beagle Rescue for taking Molly. She had an exciting trip to San Jose, as she and the transporter hit a snowstorm in the Sierras and spent the night at a motel. I miss her terribly, but she already has a foster home with a wonderful group of beagle lovers.

Help us raise $500 via online shopping this holiday season. By joining SHOP FOR YOUR CAUSE & choosing us. JOURNEYS END RANCH ANIMAL SANCTUARY, KINGMAN, AZ. Shop For Your Cause lets people direct a percentage of their online purchase to whatever cause they wish.


Once again, we want to thank our supporters who allow us to do this work. If you cannot donate, please share our website with others and be sure to support us in contests for grants, such as the one coming up in January.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year to everyone!


Cathy & The Gang

Cathy & Carson


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  1. jackie carroll says:

    Still here with you through thick and thin. Thank you for all you do in caring for all your ‘flock’ and giving them the dignity and respect as well as the love they deserve. Please take care and remember that the ‘gang’ is here for you. Love to you and my grandhorses and ofcourse Miss Barky Beagle and the rest. Love you and thanks for also being there for us

  2. cathy ritlaw says:

    Thank you so much for your friendship & support & love, Jackie… it means a lot.. Give the Picked On Pony kids a hug from me!

  3. Johnny D says:

    Catherine Ritlaw you are a DARLING ANGEL MY DEAR <3

  4. Sharon Jacobs-Salinas says:

    Congratulations on winning the $500, Cathy! Let us know when to start voting again in January!

    Great video of the mustangs & burros!

    Love you lady and all the ‘Gang’!

  5. cathy ritlaw says:

    thank you, Sharon. I am gathering a list of ppl who will want daily reminders in Jan.

  6. chris says:

    Congrats on the $500! Be sure to put me on that voting reminder list for January’s contest – it helps me stay ON IT for the Jeras gang!

  7. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Will do, TY Chris!

  8. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Thank you, Johnny!

  9. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Thank you so much for your friendship & support & love, Jackie… it means a lot.. Give the Picked On Pony kids a hug from me!

  10. Jeannie Jacobs Parisi says:

    Love them and you, so glad you won the $500 and looking forward to the January contest..Thanks for all you do, you are amazing and a heart of gold,

    Love Ya Toots

  11. cathy ritlaw says:

    Thank you, Jeannie! It really takes team work and we have a great team!!!

  12. Shari Hagewood says:

    Please add me to your list to be reminded. Thank you so much!!!

  13. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Thank you, Shari!

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