“If You Are Lucky Enough To Find A Way Of Life You Love, You Must Find The Courage To Live It”
Some people are born knowing their exact purpose in life. As a child in New York City in the 1950′s & 60′s, Cathy was always the one bringing home stray dogs and cats, rescuing abandoned baby birds and protecting snakes from people who were trying to kill them. At age ten, she bottle raised an orphan woodchuck and cared for him until he was ready to venture forth on his own. She completed college training in Veterinary technology and equine science. She became a vet tech and spent her spare time training horses and rehabilitating wildlife, specializing in raising baby owls. She often helped others by showing them more humane methods of handling their horses and better ways to care for their pets.
At age 40, Cathy became disabled with severe Multiple Chemical Sensitivities after a large chemical exposure. She spent the next seven years learning to live with MCS and “environmental illness”. Finally, with the help of a lay person, she was diagnosed with the late stage Lyme disease, tracing back to a mysterious and undiagnosable infection in 1972. Now, she had an explanation for her fibromyalgia, migraines, Crohn’s disease and degenerative spinal disk disease.
In spite of these health challenges, in the past 18 years, she has provided a loving home to 19 dogs, 2 cats, a pot-bellied pig, 3 domestic horses, 7 mustangs, an aged Arab stallion, 7 wild burros and a sheep. Most of these were old, ill, unwanted or at risk of euthanasia or slaughter. She is a passionate wild horse advocate and has had articles published concerning wild horses, horse care and animal rescue.
Cathy is the sole caretaker at Journey’s End Ranch Animal Sanctuary, in Arizona’s high desert. She has the time and expertise needed to help these unfortunate animals heal physically and emotionally and to live out their days in a happy, secure home, but her small disability income does not cover all the costs involved. She desperately wants to be able to continue this work, as it is her main reason for living. She offers phone consultation in holistic animal care, solving behavioral problems, natural hoof care, animal and human nutrition, detoxification, and dealing with environmental illness and Lyme disease, in exchange for donations to support the sanctuary. Because she has cared for many older animals at the end of their lives, she understands the pain involved with losing a beloved animal and is available for bereavement counseling.
Listen here at the 40 minute mark for a radio interview done 6/30/11
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