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Journey’s End Ranch April 1, 2015 Newsletter
Some good news from our home state- Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey vetoed legislation yesterday that would have weakened all but one of Arizona’s current laws against cruelty to farm animals, including horses. We received this message from his office:
“Thank you for taking the time to contact Governor Doug Ducey regarding H.B. 2150 (Livestock or poultry cruelty; exception; violation; classification; definition).
Yesterday afternoon, Governor Ducey did veto this legislation. ”
You can read his veto letter here http://azgovernor.gov/sites/default/files/housebill2150veto.pdf
Bayron had 7 weeks to recover from his gelding surgery & it was time to try him with other horses. Since he lived for 8 years as a stallion, most of that time isolated from other horses, we wanted to be cautious. Because he is so fearful that he is virtually “untouchable”, I ran about 300 feet of temporary electric fence from his area to where he was headed and then gently herded him over to his new home. I had set up some pipe corral panels so he could have his own pen for the first few days, from which he could meet & nuzzle the others over the corral. Warrior, who is 26 and lived his first 4 years as a stallion in the wild, seems to like Bayron a lot. On the first day I turned Bayron out, I shut Warrior, Penny & Red in so Bayron & Lucky could get acquainted first. Lucky is always quite a gentleman. That went well. When Penny & Red joined them, there was no real conflict and everyone settled down quickly. However, when Warrior was turned out, he reverted back into his younger years and decided Bayron needed to be chased away.
Now, Warrior has a very bad knee and arrived here 2 and 1/2 years ago with a pronounced limp. Our vet even hinted at wanting to put him to sleep not too long ago. I thought he was doing well despite his age & old injuries. He gets supplements which reduce inflammation, a proper diet containing no processed feeds, no corn, soy, wheat or sugars, and he has 24/7 turnout on 3 acres. He used to have hoof issues, but between my hoof trimming and his natural lifestyle, his feet improved greatly and almost maintain themselves now. He gets no drugs. We strongly believe in “natural horse care”.
Here is testimony to how effective Warrior’s care has proved to be. The video was several days ago and everyone has calmed down. Bayron, who has DSLD (suspensory ligament disease) is on supplements to treat that. It is not curable. You will be surprised to see how fast two “crippled” horses can run. Neither even ended up limping after all the running they did. Horse have a wonderful ability to work things out, given enough time and space.
Now that Bayron is losing his winter coat, he appears to be a roan.
We received the beautiful portrait of Carson from Susan Monty. It brings him back to life and I am very grateful to her for such a wonderful gift. https://www.etsy.com/shop/SusanMontyFineArt
UPDATE APRIL 9 ! We have received $2030 towards hay, $2000 matched, for a total of $4030. That will buy a semi-load of new bermuda hay (just cut recently) or about 285 bales. Our 23 rescued horses & burros will have hay into late July. THANK YOU to all who donated and shared. We cannot do it alone.
The HAY FUNDS DRIVE IS ON with matching donations!
WE NOW HAVE $2000 pledged in matching funds! So, let’s begin the hay drive & try to bring in $2000 which will be matched, giving us enough for a semi-load. Thank you! Your donation will be doubled! Donations are tax deductible.
UPDATE 4/5 We have $1178 in donations towards the $2000 we need. THANK YOU!
All donations are always greatly appreciated. http://www.jersanctuary.org/donate-2/
Our weather is very warm already, with afternoon temperatures in the 80’s. The horses are shedding and a few already ask to be hosed off while I am filling the water tanks.
What your donations accomplish:
Journey’s End Ranch Animal Sanctuary is housed on Cathy’s 24 acres at no cost to the sanctuary. She also pays the utilities. Therefore, all donations go directly to the animals’ care, with the exception of some office supplies and a very small amount of advertising. Cathy does not get paid for the work she does, caring for the animals alone with very little outside help, despite serious health challenges. Cathy does much of the vetting and the hoof trimming, too.
$30.00 will feed the numerous wild quail, doves, rabbits and ravens we feed for a month.
$20.00 will feed Rambeau, the Barbados sheep, for a month. It will also buy a new hoof rasp for the horse’s hoof trimming, which Cathy does herself.
$15 will buy a 50# sack of the hay pellets that Knickers and Warrior require, as they are old & missing teeth.
$15.00 also buys a 100# bale of hay. We use 2.5-3 bales a day to feed 10 burros and 13 horses.
$30.00 buys a bucket of the vitamin mineral supplement the equines get and will last 3 weeks.
$40.00 will supply a burro with hay for a month.
$80.00 buys enough hay to feed a horse for a month.
$125.00 will cover a ranch call when we need the vet to come (not very often, as good management is the best medicine). We do need our vet for a yearly inspection to keep our rescue license.
150.00 will cover the cost of a dental for one equine.
*If you want an inspirational story suitable for children, Poco says he has more books available.* http://www.jersanctuary.org/available-merchandise/
Wishing everyone a very Happy Easter!
Cathy & the Gang
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Journey’s End Ranch Animal Sanctuary March 1, 2015 News
Journey’s End Ranch has provided a home for animals in need since 2002, but this month, we celebrate 5 years as a 501c3 nonprofit organization. We are very grateful to our supporters who have enabled us to do so much for so many animals. In addition to donations, a small army of people helped us win 2 grants in contests in 2012 which enabled us to install additional shelters, a large hay shed and to fence in more acreage. Last year, ASPCA gave us a grant for a shelter for our burro herd. We are now home to 13 horses (11 are mustangs), 10 burros and a sheep. They all seem to thrive in this environment where we practice “natural” horse care by providing the correct diet, natural barefoot hoof care and lots of space. Five of our burros are 16 years or older and 6 of our horses are 16 or older, the oldest being Knickers, who turns 33 soon. Many of these animals have permanent injuries, but they still manage to enjoy life which is evident in the amount of playing that occurs here.
Even Poco, the burro with the deformed hoof, is learning how to play.
Bayron has recovered from his gelding surgery and will join the older horses soon. He will be better off with them, a his progressive ligament disease would make living in our main mustang herd too challenging for him.
We have had some magnificent skies!
The desert can be a harsh environment, even for wildlife. We try to help the wild ones by providing numerous water pans, some bird seed and even a bit of dog food for our local pair of ravens. We see cottontails, jackrabbits, doves, quail, songbirds, ravens and an occasional coyote. A hawk swooped in recently and made a meal of one of the doves, but that is Nature’s way. There are even a pair of kangaroo rats showing up just after dark lately. They are quite brave and will come right up to me.
We are proud to have been given “Top Rated NonProfits” status by Great NonProfits for the past 3 years. It is based on personal reviews. We need 10 new reviews this year. You can leave a review yearly. If you’d like to, go to this link. Thank you!
We got another order of Poco books. If you want to order, please go here for info- http://www.jersanctuary.org/available-merchandise/
Thank you for your support, which is greatly needed and appreciated.
Cathy & the Gang
Update: We just got our 2015 banner. Thank you!