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Journey’s End Ranch Animal Sanctuary

We are a Non-Profit 501 (c)3 organization

The history of Journey’s End Ranch Animal Sanctuary (JERAS) is intrinsically linked to the history of its president and founder, Catherine Ritlaw. A lifelong animal lover and veterinary technician for many years, Cathy has been nursing, rehabilitating and rescuing animals since she found an orphaned woodchuck at age ten. Determined to save the animal, Cathy studied its particular needs, and lovingly cared for it until it was able to be successfully returned to the wild.

Cathy was a practicing veterinary technician until a severe back injury forced her to pursue other career interests. After several life changes, including developing debilitating chemical sensitivities that make it nearly impossible for her to be around any chemical products, enclosed environments or people, she returned to the animals, resolving to dedicate herself to animal rescue and rehabilitation. ( A diagnosis of chronic Lyme disease 29 years after a mysterious illness at age 18 finally explained her chemical sensitivities and autoimmune diseases).

In 1994 Cathy began actively rescuing dogs, cats, pigs, burros and fostering wild horses, focusing her efforts on animals with special needs, and learning about ways to effect rehabilitation and continued care. In 2002, Cathy fulfilled a dream when she purchased 37 acres in the high desert of Northern Arizona, a place of respite and rehabilitation for all who reside there. In 2010, Journey’s End Ranch Animal Sanctuary obtained its 501(c)(3) status and began a campaign for sustainability and educational outreach.

Guidestar Profile and Reviews- http://www.guidestar.org/organizations/80-0456596/journeys-end-ranch-animal-sanctuary.aspx

Come visit us!  Our Youtube Channel- http://www.youtube.com/user/wetarez


Journey’s End Ranch Sanctuary Interview

Listen here at the 40 minute mark for a radio interview done 6/30/11

Catherine is the sole caretaker for the  twelve horses, four burros, 2 rabbits, two sheep and one dog who currently have found sanctuary at Journey’s End Ranch.


Despite being abused, neglected and abandoned by humans, these precious animals are healing and thriving with the care and understanding they deserve. Any donations are greatly appreciated and will be spent wisely to support these animals and others in the future. Many heartfelt thanks and blessings to those who care.

Each of our residents have a biography page. See the drop-down menu on our Home page.



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We are a Non-Profit 501(c)3 organization.