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Journey’s End Ranch Newsletter September 2, 2020

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Due to my declining health, all our animals have gone to new homes. 6 horses and Poco and Chico (now Teddy) are at Equine WellBeing Rescue to live out their lives. 5 horses are at Healing Hearts Animal Rescue for life. Healing Hearts also took another horse, the 2 jennies and the sheep who are adoptable. Rambeau is already in a great home and the jennies will go their new home as soon as their adopter finishes their paddock and shelter. As soon as the weather cools, they will do some training with Rusty, the mustang, and he will find a home. He was ridden for a few years when he was younger and craves human attention and is not really crazy about other horses. My Dad left generous provisions to provide for their lifetime expenses, but finding the best possible places for them to go was the other part of the challenge and I am very pleased.

You can follow these 2 great organizations on Facebook.

Here are some pics. Thank you for your support and encouragement over the years.


Cathy and the Gang

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  1. Judy T Torgerson says:

    Oh Cathy, you must have been reading my mind! I was wondering where Rambeau went! So happy he was adopted, and also happy about the two jennies! What is so wonderful is that both of the places where the animals are are keeping us informed as to what is going on. My heart goes out to you, as you know.

    Love, Judy

  2. jackie carroll says:

    Now is the time for you to take care of yourself. Your babies are safe and cared for. I cannot imagine how hard life is for you but I do know that it is not your time and there is still a lot for you to do ie. teach others about horses and donkeys and their illness’ or quirks. Now it is Cathy time and I am right behind you in all you do. Love you lots and so does the gang

  3. Betsy Carey says:

    What an impact you have made! All of these animals have better lives because of you, and now your dad, too. That’s quite a legacy.

  4. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    THANK YOU all for your support. I have done heroics to stay alive for years, but I am not a miracle worker..LOL. I have great comfort in seeing them safe and happy.

  5. Maryanne Dell says:

    Oh Cathy, you will always be a very special lady to me. You are a hero, to me and to all the animals you have saved. And of course for your saving of one very special boy. Watch over your mom, Carson, and keep her safe. Hugs for you, dear lady.

  6. Susan Monty says:

    Cathy, You have always been and always will be a hero in my eyes. You have made a wonderful and positive impact in the way you live your life. I am grateful to you and your dad for the difference you have made in the lives of these special animals. I will continue to follow them in their new homes. I wish you love and light. You are special.

  7. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    thank you, Susan

  8. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    ty! Carson is my angel. thank you for all you do

  9. Judith Wood says:

    Now I’m sad.. what will you do now Cathy.. I had no idea you were finding places for your kids .. I did see Poco go and since the book came out I never gave it a second thought.. I’m am sad for you .. you love animals and they loved you .. are you staying there where you are or going somewhere else .. my gosh those animals will miss you and I know you already miss them .. please keep in touch with us all and let us know how you are .. need anything .. hollar‼️

  10. Janice Wilkes says:

    I found my way to your FB page when Poco had just been rescued. Following his journey I also got to hear about all of your other animals. I mourned with you whenever one was lost and thoroughly enjoyed Poco’s songs. They always made my day. We still have his special book. Thank you for caring for and sharing about your four legged family.

  11. Carol G. says:

    Thank you for all you have done for so many for so long. It is an awesome responsibility to care for the rejected, abused, and traumatized animals who have needed so much to come back to a good life. Take good care of yourself. You deserve it and know how much you are appreciated.

  12. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    ty Carol!

  13. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    thank you!

  14. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    i don’t expect to live much longer. lol. i can’t even leave the house. it’s ok, c’est la vie. very happy they are safe and happy

  15. Cathy Ritlaw says:


  16. Chris Mehling says:

    I can only echo the words already spoken:
    “Thank you for all you have done for so many for so long. It is an awesome responsibility to care for the rejected, abused, and traumatized animals who have needed so much to come back to a good life…”
    “Now is the time for you to take care of yourself. Your babies are safe and cared for….”
    and especially this,
    “You have made a wonderful and positive impact in the way you live your life.”
    Thank you Cathy for showing by example how 1 person can matter so much to so many.
    sent with affection.

  17. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    ty, Chris! love you

  18. Terry Watt says:

    Cathy I’m so sorry. It was so responsible of you to safely place everyone while you were still able to and not leave it for others to deal with. I worry about my own. I was going to ask if you would take my alpaca Frank if anything happened to me! But I never got around to it. And thank you so much for taking Poco, who knows what would’ve happened to him if you hadn’t offered to take him in. Getting him out of the desert was the easy part. I understood that taking care of his hoof had gotten harder for you but didn’t realize how much your health had deteriorated until now. These animals probably kept you going as much as you kept them going and thanks to you they were safe and well cared for and will continue to be for the rest of their lives. You will always be their hero.

  19. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    thank you, Terry. ty for saving Poco! I feel very good about their new homes. hugs!

  20. Janet Ortega says:

    Hi, I’m your neighbor a few miles down the road. I’m so sorry to hear that you’re not doing well. It’s time to take care of you now that all your wonderful animals are being cared for and loved. I’m hoping you can get a break and able to get some sort of treatment. There are always new things on the horizon. I’m hoping for the best for you neighbor. Let me know how you’re doing.

  21. patricia says:

    Thank you for being an inspiration to me. My heart will always be with you and the gang. Love always!

  22. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    thank you!

  23. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    ty! I have had to take incredibly good care of myself for the past 25 years but late stage lyme and valley fever are winning and my liver is failing. there is nothing else that can be done. we all die eventually. I have been very ill and in a lot of pain for years. I am ready to go when the time comes. it’s OK

  24. Martine Michelle says:

    Dearest Cathy,
    THANK YOU for providing a home,caring and cherishing abused, neglected and abandoned animals. What a lovely family you created. So glad you found loving homes for your ‘babies’. We have long admired and loved you from afar. Though we have never met, I consider you my sweet soul sister. May your pain subside and you find peace.
    With much love, hugs and kisses,
    Martine & Greg
    Toronto, Canada

  25. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    thank you Martine and Greg. your support and friendship. have meant a lot. hugs and love to you!

  26. Sandy Ames says:

    Words are not adequate to thank you for all the good you have done, for so many animals, giving them a chance to live out their lives well cared for, loved and respected. I would not have my angel Scarlett had you not reached out to help me arrange her transport from NC to WI. You are the one who inspired me to change jobs at 60 and become a nonprofit worker for a wildlife sanctuary – so your big heart has touched those 100+ big cats and bear as well. Thank you, Cathy, sending you so much love.

  27. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    oh my gosh, thank you! hugs to you, the cats and bears!

  28. Judy Hughes says:

    God bless you, Cathy! Best wishes always! Thank you for caring for and loving all these animals and now finding them good homes.

    I’ll miss Poco’s song and I know you will too. You’re a very special lady.

  29. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    thank you so much! Christine has caught him singing with her camera a few times. she is running his facebook page now.

  30. Joy Ramos says:

    Dear Cathy, you have meant so much in the lives of so many of us humans. I have learned so much from you. I am so glad you found new homes for all your animals. I read so many comments from other people who saw the last couple of videos of the last of your horses coming off the trailers to there new homes. How healthy, gorgeous and wonderful your animals looked. They were…because of the wonderful care you gave them through the years. I know you are happy seeing them in their new homes. I can’t imagine though how much you will miss them. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Love you, Joy

  31. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    thank you and thank you for your support. love you, too

  32. Jenny Bone says:

    My dearest Cathy,

    Just a massive thank you for all you have done for your gang over the years.
    You have now come to the critical stage in your life where you have to care for yourself. It must have been tough for you to admit that you could no longer look after them properly, but you did and have overseen the amazing resettlement of all your gang to loving homes. There are so many horror stories of people who have not done the right thing by their animals.
    Is Buddy still with you?
    I have nothing but sincere admiration for how you have coped managing your serious health problems and caring for your gang, but now this is your time. Whatever happens, please know that there are a lot of people around this crazy world that still care about you, me being one of them.
    I would deem it an honour if you were to become a personal friend on Farcebook, if possible.
    My love to you from across the pond,
    Jenny xxxx

  33. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    ty, Jenny. I had been paying for others to do most of the work for months. I have always had to take care of myself, but I am losing the battle now. There is nothing more I or anyone else can do. Buddy had developed additional neurological problems. then I fell and lost the use of one arm.He was still very fearful after 2 years and would try to bite anyone but me.I had no choice but to have the vet out to euthanize him. I am heartbroken, but am house bound and could no longer care for him. He was the major reason I had fought to stay alive. I loved him more than life itself. I will look for you on fb.

  34. Oh, Cathy, I’m so sorry that you’re so sick. You’ve done all that anyone could do to give the animals lots of care and love. I’m sure it hurts to lose them, but it is indeed time to take care of yourself. Thank you for all you’ve done. I sure hope that with less to do for others, you can focus on yourself. I hope you manage to feel better. We will all miss your updates but I hope we can now be facebook friends. Thanks for all you’ve done. God bless you.

    Lots of love,

  35. Catherine h Ritlaw says:

    thank you, Ellen

  36. Judith Castiano says:


    You have been a hero for all those wonderful souls you took such excellent care of and to whom you gave your whole heart and soul. You have been Our Creator’s angel on earth and I guess (I wish it wasn’t so) you are being called home. Bless you for being here and doing what you did so well. I am so happy all your babies are in places where they will be well taken care of and loved. You made this a better world and will be greatly missed. Thank you, you are beautiful soul and I’m sure your work will inspire others. I came to your sanctuary later than others but I always enjoyed hearing about all those who were rescued by you. I, personally, will miss your reports. I am a caregiver for stray and feral cats and you have helped me to keep going with my babies. Thank you again and I know you will see all of your nonhuman family again and they will be so happy to see you again!

  37. Catherine h Ritlaw says:

    ty, Judith..can probably keep myself going a bit longer..just staying in house hobbling around. happy for the horses and burros. will keep sharing that which is important to me on fb. keep taking care of the cats!

  38. Katrin Winterer says:

    It’s with sadness that I write this last comment…realizing that our connection with you and your work has ended.
    Your strength and sacrifice over the years, despite health challenges, have been a shining example of your love for many creatures you have rescued. I especially will miss your caring and detailed reports, (often including interesting medical insights), which helped me understand the depth of you knowledge and commitment for your charges.

    Sending you love and strength for the road ahead and the outcome you want.


  39. Pamela Gardner says:

    Hi Cathy,
    I’m so sorry to hear that you are not well. I’ve been thinking of your illness since learning of it. I’m so grateful you have taken care of all the horses, donkeys, burros, sheep, goats, dogs, cats, wildlife that you have over the years. I just have a retired rescue for old dogs and that has been hard work for me. I love horses so much and know how hard they are to care for properly. You have done this and more valued, you have loved and understood them.

    Sending you lots of healing prayers and thoughts. I know you are relieved these big brothers and sisters of ours, (Native American perception of our animals) have landed in safe places.

    In friendship and Love, Pamela Brokenwolf aka Pamela Gardner

  40. hi, Pamela. thank you so much for your support and encouragement over the years. love you.

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