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Journey’s End Ranch Newsletter August 18, 2018

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Journey’s End Ranch Newsletter August 18, 2018

Matching Funds Hay Drive!

Our very generous benefactor will be matching funds on donations made through September for purchasing our winter supply of hay. Your donations will be doubled! You can go to our donate page the one time donate button is on the lower right or you may want to consider becoming a monthly supporter. Checks can be mailed to:

Journey’s End Ranch Animal Sanctuary
3085 East Prairie Hill Rd.
Kingman, AZ 86409

Thank you!

One of our wonderful mustangs, Lucky, has now been here 5 years, thanks to his sponsor.

He arrived emotionally shut down, after having been abandoned on a highway in California and then ending up at an animal shelter. He was ridden in his past, but has ringbone and is not usable and was going to be put down. For his first few months here, he would stand off by himself, gazing at the mountains to our West where wild horses live. He must have been remembering his first few years in the wild, before being captured. Eventually, he began to socialize with the others and has become the patriarchal figure in his group. He is a peacemaker and has always been the one to welcome a new arrival and give them comfort. Horses are capable of amazing understanding and compassion.

Our summer has been brutally hot and humid, due to summer monsoonal rains. The small animals have misters and the equines are not bothered much, but consume a lot of water. Scrubbing water tubs is a daily chore to prevent algae. We had another wind/rain/dust storm blow through and this one blew the roof off a cattle barn a few miles from us. We just had metal and plastic feed tubs picked up, carried over fences and deposited a few hundred feet away from where they started. This is a photo taken by our neighbors down the road.

The forecast calls for eventual cooling into the low 90s by the end of the month, thank goodness. The rain did get some grass growing which is good for the wildlife and wild horses in the nearby Cerbat Mountains. This photo was taken by a friend who lives a few miles away.

Cerbat stallions

Poco is a daily reminder to keep a positive attitude. Nothing really bothers him and he is always cheery, despite his handicap and the summer heat.

Rattlesnakes! The torrential rain we had about 6 weeks ago seems to have either drowned or driven off our 6 resident non-venomous snakes. I have only seen one since then. Well, they say “Nature abhors a vacuum”. Sure enough, we had 3 rattlers show up behind the house and the dog and I almost stepped on one. I frantically searched for a solution and got some snake repellent called Snake Mace. It is natural essential oils in a rice hull base. I sprinkled it around Buddy’s perimeter fence late in the afternoon and also in a few places I thought might attract rattlers behind the house. I came back an hour later and there was a rattler literally “passed out” in the yard. He was alive, but immobilized. The essential oils  disrupt their sense of smell and that is said to repel them. This snake must have been hiding where I spread some of the Snake Mace. Pretty amazing. In addition, one of our BOD members bought us 2 solar ultrasonic snake repellers that go in the ground and vibrate, emit beeps and have LED lights for night time. Not sure if they help, but they keep scaring me! Buddy is not bothered by them. Thank you, Joyce!

On a personal note, my Dad, who lives in Colorado, lost his little dog of 16 years. Despite health challenges, Dad took Clyde for walks in the park daily. Losing him has been very hard. I posted it to Facebook and more than 200 people commented and sent their support and empathy. I told my father and it meant a lot to him and to me. Thank you.

Dad and Clyde 2017


Thank you for your support and please don’t forget the matching funds hay drive. 17 equines depend on you and are most appreciative!


Cathy & the Gang


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  1. jackie carroll says:

    Once again, thank you for all you do. I think we can all learn from Poco for never giving up despite what is wrong. He is the poster boy for for fortitude in the presence of diversity. Of course now he, like the others is loved and treated with dignity and respect thanks to you Cathy. Love you

  2. Hi Cathy, lovely letter as usual. I hope you get enough funds for all your hay this year. I am helping out my son and his wife who is undergoing treatment for breast cancer and they need some extra cash now and again. I mean, what’s a mom for!

  3. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Thank you, Jackie & Judy! So sorry about your daughter in law, Judy…sending positive thoughts

  4. Katrin Winterer says:

    Hi Cathy,

    So sorry to hear of the passing of your dad’s longtime companion…loosing our dear canines can
    leave such a big hole in our family and our hearts. Please convey my sympathy and and best wishes to him.
    Take care of yourself, Cathy…and thank you for all that you do for the animals.

  5. Catherine h Ritlaw says:

    Hi, Katrin. Thank you & I will tell him.

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