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Journey’s End Ranch Newsletter August 18, 2018

Matching Funds Hay Drive!

Our very generous benefactor will be matching funds on donations made through September for purchasing our winter supply of hay. Your donations will be doubled! You can go to our donate page the one time donate button is on the lower right or you may want to consider becoming a monthly supporter. Checks can be mailed to:

Journey’s End Ranch Animal Sanctuary
3085 East Prairie Hill Rd.
Kingman, AZ 86409

Thank you!

One of our wonderful mustangs, Lucky, has now been here 5 years, thanks to his sponsor.

He arrived emotionally shut down, after having been abandoned on a highway in California and then ending up at an animal shelter. He was ridden in his past, but has ringbone and is not usable and was going to be put down. For his first few months here, he would stand off by himself, gazing at the mountains to our West where wild horses live. He must have been remembering his first few years in the wild, before being captured. Eventually, he began to socialize with the others and has become the patriarchal figure in his group. He is a peacemaker and has always been the one to welcome a new arrival and give them comfort. Horses are capable of amazing understanding and compassion.

Our summer has been brutally hot and humid, due to summer monsoonal rains. The small animals have misters and the equines are not bothered much, but consume a lot of water. Scrubbing water tubs is a daily chore to prevent algae. We had another wind/rain/dust storm blow through and this one blew the roof off a cattle barn a few miles from us. We just had metal and plastic feed tubs picked up, carried over fences and deposited a few hundred feet away from where they started. This is a photo taken by our neighbors down the road.

The forecast calls for eventual cooling into the low 90s by the end of the month, thank goodness. The rain did get some grass growing which is good for the wildlife and wild horses in the nearby Cerbat Mountains. This photo was taken by a friend who lives a few miles away.

Cerbat stallions

Poco is a daily reminder to keep a positive attitude. Nothing really bothers him and he is always cheery, despite his handicap and the summer heat.

Rattlesnakes! The torrential rain we had about 6 weeks ago seems to have either drowned or driven off our 6 resident non-venomous snakes. I have only seen one since then. Well, they say “Nature abhors a vacuum”. Sure enough, we had 3 rattlers show up behind the house and the dog and I almost stepped on one. I frantically searched for a solution and got some snake repellent called Snake Mace. It is natural essential oils in a rice hull base. I sprinkled it around Buddy’s perimeter fence late in the afternoon and also in a few places I thought might attract rattlers behind the house. I came back an hour later and there was a rattler literally “passed out” in the yard. He was alive, but immobilized. The essential oils  disrupt their sense of smell and that is said to repel them. This snake must have been hiding where I spread some of the Snake Mace. Pretty amazing. In addition, one of our BOD members bought us 2 solar ultrasonic snake repellers that go in the ground and vibrate, emit beeps and have LED lights for night time. Not sure if they help, but they keep scaring me! Buddy is not bothered by them. Thank you, Joyce!

On a personal note, my Dad, who lives in Colorado, lost his little dog of 16 years. Despite health challenges, Dad took Clyde for walks in the park daily. Losing him has been very hard. I posted it to Facebook and more than 200 people commented and sent their support and empathy. I told my father and it meant a lot to him and to me. Thank you.

Dad and Clyde 2017


Thank you for your support and please don’t forget the matching funds hay drive. 17 equines depend on you and are most appreciative!


Cathy & the Gang


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Journey’s End Ranch News July 17, 2018

First of all, we experienced the craziest storm I have ever lived through, including East coast hurricanes and blizzards. Monday, July 9, just as I was going out to feed dinner, a dust storm blew in, followed by 2 inches of rain in an hour. Winds in our area were clocked at 75 mph! The rain was blowing horizontally, almost a whiteout and lightening was exploding right overhead. I had no choice but to feed. At one point, the wind was so strong that I took refuge in the burro shelter and it was rocking back and forth about 6 inches. I have never felt so connected to Nature in my life, it was surreal and exhilarating. All the animals survived just fine. The hay in the shed stayed dry. About 10 gallons of water blew through the cracks around my front door and I had some mopping to do when I came in. The neighbor’s teepee was destroyed. Phew!

I had a phone interview for a radio show that highlights non profits. It is called, “Give a Little, Give a Lot” and airs on DCN Internet Radio. I hope they use our interview and I hope it helps.

Penny came up with some hind end issue that our vet suspects it is spinal or pelvic arthritis. She is 28 and not too uncomfortable. She just walks slowly. She is getting an anti-inflammatory and always gets turmeric and pepper, which is a natural anti-inflammatory combo. She is eating well and happy and we don’t believe it is time to let her go quite yet. Better to wait and see if she improves or gets worse. Aug. 8 update, she is walking better .

Penny, April 2017


Our black bunny, Blackie, became sick suddenly and we suspected possibly a snake bite, but he never developed swelling. We treated him for one day and he died that night. It was very sad, but at least he had some good times here and did not end up on someone’s dinner table as he might have. Scooter was quite sad, so our neighbors gave us a tiny baby albino bunny, who is named “Fluffy”, after the white rabbit I had as a kid. Fluffy is in a 1/2 inch mesh, snake proof  wire cage until he gets a bit bigger and then can go into bigger, elevated cage. Our neighbors also raise rabbits for meat, so Fluffy got lucky.He has been here 2 weeks. Scooter is in his big elevated cage, too, until snake season is over, just in case. Scooter is happy again.



The rats love their mister and the rabbits have one, too.

I sawed off Poco’s extra hoof material, which takes about 30 minutes of sawing by hand, it is very dense.

The heat and humidity are hard to deal with, but we have 9 months of beautiful, mild weather, so we can’t complain too much.

Thank you for your support! We will be having a hay drive soon and donations will be matched.


Cathy & the Gang

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Journey’s End Ranch Newsletter June 16, 2018

Warm weather has finally hit us, with a few days of 100 degrees this past week, but cooler today, thank goodness. We also have had almost daily strong winds. Dumping, scrubbing and refilling water tubs takes more time than feeding the horses and burros.

Windy, one of our 16 year old mustang mares, got a laceration on her face. It may have been a bite or kick or she may have cut herself on a small piece of metal trim I found the horses had pulled out from one shelter, leaving it sticking out a few inches. At any rate, she is halter broke but very fearful due to abuse while used in “horse tripping” years ago before being rescued. We closed her into Knickers’ old corral so I could hose it if needed and also gave her oral antibiotics and some herbals to help her heal, which she did. After a 8 days, I turned her out and she was quite calm but all the others decided it deserved a celebration.

Poco sings a lot, as usual. He is such a cheerful boy despite his handicap and is a reminder to always be strong and grateful.

We have some sad news. Noel, the packrat, passed away. After a year and a half of relocating him due to his destructiveness, he ended up living in captivity another year and a half. Solitary and secretive in the wild, he seemed quite content to live safely and well fed in his big cage. He enjoyed getting new trinkets and colorful objects on a regular basis and would redecorate his cage almost nightly.



We got 13 tons of new Bermuda grass hay in June 3, which will last about 100 days.

Buddy’s mouth has healed nicely after his dental surgery and cleaning 5 weeks ago. He is a very “different” dog, preferring to play tag than to be petted. His favorite game is darting in and out at me to then receive a biscuit or bit of meat. He also likes to run around me barking as if he will attack, but it’s all a game. I adore him.

Buddy, biscuit time

As always, thank you for your support.


Cathy & the Gang

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