Author Archive

Journey’s End Ranch Animal Sanctuary Oct. 3, 2014 Newsletter

September brought us an incredible amount of rain. We got 7 inches in a 10 day period, and our annual rainfall is usually only 8 inches. Some areas of Arizona had terrible flooding, but JERAS is on sloping ground and the water ran off quite nicely. It did cause even more grass to grow. The burro herd has been able to go out to graze every day and they love it. They have pretty much mowed the 12 extra acres.

Burros enjoying some grazing

Burros enjoying some grazing

 

There are 190 BLM  “Sale Authority” burros in BLM holding facilities. These are older animals which are considered “unadoptable” because of age or being passed over at adoption events. BLM was actually planning to send 100 to Guatemala, to be used as beasts of burden. This is not a fate that our American, formerly wild burros deserve! Our friend, Elaine Nash has organized an effort to get people to purchase as many of these burros as possible and get them into caring homes. The Platero Project (HSUS) is also involved. Elaine also created the organization, “Fleet of Angels”, a national group of volunteers who assist in transporting rescued and at risk equines to their new homes. You can apply for these burros and the cost is only $25 each. BLM will be delivering semi-loads of burros to several locations across the USA. Fleet of Angels will assist with transporting from there. We have applied to take 2. If interested, you can join the Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/Keep.Americas.Wild.Equines.In.America/permalink/534295490048755/

We have a new mustang! Our friend, Annie, told us about a mustang and burro who needed new homes. Their owner had passed away and his widow is not well enough to continue caring for them. We called our friends and neighbors, Bill and Audrey, to see if they wanted the jenny, as their burro had died of a rattlesnake bite last month. They said yes. We decided we could take on the mustang, “Red”. He is 20 years old and had been found abandoned 4 years ago and was taken in by Leslie and her husband. Bill and Audrey borrowed a trailer and travelled 40 miles to get them yesterday. Red seems happy to be here, as he had not had the company of other horses for 4 years. He is being kept separate for a few days, as we are gradually switching him from alfalfa to grass hay. He has spent most of his time in a small corral, and we were told he paces and cribs. He should  be happy here on 3 acres with other horses. Warrior and Lucky seem to like him and Penny seems to have a crush on him already.

Red

Red

DSCF0948

Penny meeting Red

 

Our local shelter, Western Arizona Humane Society,  has a new manager and she is really shaking things up. In the past, they did not even have a volunteer program. The “live release” rate is only 61% for dogs and 46% for cats. Mary, the new manager, has started a volunteer program, has replaced a lot of staff and things are really looking up for our county’s animals. The Kingman Low Cost Spay And Neuter Clinic is also doing great work, with a new TNR (trap, neuter, release) program for cats, low cost vaccination clinics and low cost spay and neuter. One of our board members, Billie, volunteers her time at the clinic and also transports a lot of animals to help with adoptions at the shelter. I  just met a new friend on Facebook, Kerry, who is a great photographer. She has helped a lot of local rescues with their websites and videos. She is now going to the shelter to photograph animals and I am helping her by sharing the animals to our >6000 Facebook fans, to my many Fb connections and via email. It is really helping to save lives.  I have offered to spend at least an hour a day helping network these at risk dogs and cats. Here are a samples of Kerry’s work. Aurora was adopted and Charlie, the Treeing Walker Coonhound, still needs a home.

Thank you, Kerry, for helping this dog find a great home!

Thank you, Kerry, for helping this dog find a great home!

Image 1

This gorgouss coonhound needs a home! Call WAHS (928) 753-2727 and tell them you want “Charlie”

 

We want to thank our supporters for enabling us to give a safe and caring home to 20 equines and Rambeau, the sheep. We can’t do it without your help!

Love,

Cathy & the Gang.

Categories : News
Comments (4)

Journey’s End Ranch Animal Sanctuary Sept. 3, 2014 Newsletter Matching funds. We have a supporter who has offered to match funds on the first $1000 donated to hay funds. Please consider helping! Your donation will be doubled!  We have $635.00 so far. It costs us about $1500 a month for hay, pellets & supplements for our 19 horses and burros. The burro shelter went up a month ago, thanks to an ASPCA grant. We had a hot August with a few monsoonal rain storms and the burros were very happy to have it.

Update. We have reached our $1000. but hay drive continues, as we spend almost $1000 a month on hay.

.

9/11 – We save lots of $$ and the horses and burros get better trims than local “farriers” can do by me doing the hoof trimming. I trimmed 7 horses since Monday, a savings of $350. We practice proper feeding and management and have very few vet bills. Most of the donations we receive go to feeding. I pay the utilities and provide the facilities at no cost to the sanctuary and I myself do not get paid.

.

Burro shelter. Thanks to ASPCA!

Burro shelter. Thanks to ASPCA!

Burros on the loose. We also had season grass grow because of the rains. We let the burros out every day to graze about 8 additional acres. Our entire perimeter is fenced with electric wire which allowed us to do this. The burros have pretty much mowed it all, but are still enjoying looking for anything new that sprouts up. They are also eating some mesquite, despite the thorns.

burros going "walkabout"

burros going “walkabout”

DSCF0678

Pepito eating mesquite

We have had some spectacular sunsets, too.

Sunset

Sunset

The hot weather has everyone seeking water. We have a few local coyotes who come for a drink. DSCF0619

 

BLM continues to capture more wild horses, despite having >50,000 in holding now. Unfortunately, most are not adopted. Many that are adopted out end up injured and abused. Eventually, many end up shipping to slaughter. The lucky ones get good homes or end up in sanctuaries like ours. Mariah came here in March of 2004 at the age of 11 months. She was captured and orphaned at 5 months old. BLM told me that her herd had been chased 12 miles by helicopter and she arrived in the capture corral without her mother. She has joint damage and emotional scars that are permanent. However, she has a new family here and enjoys her captive life as much as possible.

Mariah

Mariah

Rattlesnakes! I have only seen two this summer, but we have local friends whose animals have had run ins with rattlers this year. Unfortunately, one lost a donkey and one lost their little, old chihuahua. We have diamondbacks, but we also have Mohave rattlers, which have a neurotoxin and are much more dangerous. There are many things which affect the outcome of a bite, such as the amount of venom injected, location of bite, species, size and age of the bite victim and treatment received. Sometimes, it’s too late by the time the bite is discovered. JERAS has dealt with a burro, horse and 5 dogs bitten over the past 8 years. We have dexamethasone on hand and use it and long acting penicillin. We also discovered that a Lyme detox remedy I personally use seems to detox snake venom. See http://www.jersanctuary.org/2011/04/patty-survives-snakebite-we-credit-jernigan-remedy/

What breed is that? I try to use my spare time for advocating for animals and networking animals in need. Lately, it seems a lot of dogs posted on Facebook are incorrectly labeled as far as probable breed. This makes it hard for breed specific rescue groups to find them on internet searches. Anytime I see a purebred or even part bred, I try to post them to the appropriate Facebook pages/groups and I often Google search for rescues that help that breed in the state in which they are located. It may come as a surprise, but most shelters do not contact breed rescues and often purebred dogs die just because no one took the effort to contact the right rescue group. This really bothers me, so I try to do what I can. Just in the past week, I found a dalmatian called a pit bull and an elkhound called a keeshond. By contacting the right breed rescues,  both were saved.

We have a new artist supporting us.  Cathy Deleree creates some beautiful & unique art and is donating much of the proceeds to us if you mention us when ordering. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Art-Of-Cathy-DeLeRee/179136198773670 Vivid print made from one of Cathy’s Original paintings. This 1930s dictionary page has new life filled with colorful crisp ink upon aged paper…. adding that ‘Old Soul’ feel. This image was professionally printed onto the vintage page,allowing the words show through.Each print unique, always interesting where the words and graphics end up beneath the printed image. The vintage paper shows slight age.All prints will arrive signed by Cathy DeLeRee.Your art will be protected with an acid free board,under an archival clear sleeve for protection. Measures approximately 8″ x 11″ Cathy’s work is in the Newman Gallery in Prescott and Rio Rico Haciena near Tucson. Prints are $10.00 and Cathy is donating to a generous % to us! Add $2.50 for shipping, which covers multiple prints. to order, https://www.etsy.com/shop/CathyDeLeRee?section_id=10999675

or email  cdeleree@siestalane.com

Art by Cathy Deleree

Art by Cathy Deleree

 

Art by Cathy Deleree

Art by Cathy Deleree

 

Thank you for your support! . Love, Cathy & the Gang

Categories : News
Comments (4)

Journey’s End Ranch Newsletter August 4, 2014

We got a lot of rain (for us) in July, which tends to make hooves grow faster and also makes trimming them easier. I had not felt well enough to trim for a few months, so it was catch-up time. On top of that, the burros were due for their semiannual trims. They tend to wear their hooves fairly well and require less trimming than the horses. I trimmed hooves on 17 horses and burros. The burros are fun to trim, with their little feet. It felt good to get caught up, but we are still getting rain & I will need to start trimming some of the mustangs again this week. Lucky, the mustang with the joint damage,  has some strange hoof issues and my hoof expert friends on Facebook are coaching me by looking at pictures and making recommendations, which is greatly appreciated. The average cost of hoof trimming is now $50, so we save a lot of money since I am able to do it myself. I had to start learning 15 years ago, as I could not find a good farrier/trimmer. I have many books, magazines and DVD’s I was able to learn from, plus one on one coaching from Facebook friends is a huge help.

Burro hoof

Burro hoof

DSCF0348 Lucky

Lucky

 

We had 128 bales of new cutting Bermuda hay delivered. We go through two bales a day, plus about 20 fifty pound sacks of hay pellets a month.

 

hay before it was stacked in the shed

hay before it was stacked in the shed

 

Last Saturday, the crew from Interstate Carports was here to install the shelter for the burros. It started pouring while they were up on the roof screwing down the roofing. I must say they are brave guys. It came out great & the burros love it. We are very grateful for the ASPCA grant which covered it.

Burro shelter

 

Despite pleas from wild horse advocates, the BLM recently caved in to Utah ranchers’ demands that more wild horses be removed from Federal public lands in Utah. Taxpayer subsidized “welfare” cattle outnumber wild horses by  about 50 to 1, yet ranchers blame horses for over-grazing. Two horses died in the first day. Most captured horses will not be adopted, but will spend the rest of their lives languishing in holding facilities- robbed of their freedom and their families. Many of those who are “adopted” through the BLM program will end up neglected, abused and sometimes shipped to slaughter. We obtained two of our mustangs and one burro directly from the BLM, but six of our other BLM mustangs and four of our burros had gone through the adoption program, only to end up abused, neglected, or unwanted over time, including being used for cruel “horse tripping”.

The only hope a lot of these unfortunate animals have is to find a safe sanctuary in which to live  at peace. We are grateful to everyone who supports our sanctuary and allows us to give a home to a total of 19 horses and burros and Rambeau, the sheep. Your donations are greatly appreciated!

 

We have a supporter who has offered to match funds on the first $1000 donated to hay funds starting today. Please consider helping! Your donation will be doubled!

 

 

Thank you!

Cathy & The Gang

Three of our rescued mustangs

Three of our rescued mustangs

Categories : News
Comments (9)
We are a Non-Profit 501 (c)3 organization.