January 30 th
The cool weather has everyone in a frisky mood.
December 31 st
Journey’s End Ranch Animal Sanctuary Jan. 1, 2015 Newsletter
Happy New Year to all our friends & supporters! Wishing you happiness & peace in the coming year.
We have quite a bit of news from the past month. Poco’s book was published and we got 100 copies printed, more than half of which are already in the hands of Poco’s friends & admirers. Everyone likes it so far. If you want to order it, please go here:
Because Poco is somewhat afraid of other burros, we were blessed that our VP found someone needing to place an aged mini donkey. “Chico” is half Poco’s size and they are getting along great.
In mid December 2014, we were contacted by a local woman who had just fed her horse the last flake of hay they had. Her husband, a veteran, has been seriously ill and they were very short on funds. She had called several county agencies trying to surrender her little stallion, but was told that authorities only get involved in abuse & neglect cases. It turns out she lived not too far from JERAS, so I ran her over some feed and took a few photos of Bayron, a small mustang/pony cross who is very afraid of being handled. He is 8 years old. I sent out a plea and the photos to about 50 Az. rescues, but no one was able or willing to take a stallion. Every town has the “I pick up unwanted horses” man (kill buyer) and we sure did not want him ending up in a Mexican slaughterhouse. In the spirit of the Christmas season, we agreed to take him in, since Poco’s pen is now vacant (Poco has moved over by the burro herd). Our friends were kind enough to transport him. Bayron wants to connect with people, but apparently had bad experiences with a trainer in the past. In his first 2 weeks here, he is calmer & allowing me to rub him with a short pole and touch him a bit. We have discovered Bayron has DSLD, a progressive genetic condition which cause the fetlocks to “drop” and eventually can cripple a horse. He has been started on supplements and herbs which can help with inflammation and help slow the progress of the disease. He will never be “usable”, so will be gelded and can then join the herd.
Christmas was peaceful and on Dec. 30 and 31, we got snow. We got about 6 inches. As long as the water lines stay unfrozen, we will be happy. Everyone is getting extra hay to help them stay warm and they are enjoying the snow.
Weather back to normal!
Susan Monty did a gorgeous portrait of Carson as a gift to me. She has captured his essence and I am very grateful. He was my “dog of a lifetime” and my soulmate. Susan is also a JERAS supporter. Please visit her artwork at https://www.etsy.com/shop/SusanMontyFineArt
Jan. 11- mustangs having fun
We want to thank all our friends and supporters for giving us another year to provide sanctuary for these animals. Happy New Year to you all!
Cathy & the Gang