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We got 6 inches of rain in several storms in a 2 week period. That is more than half of our average yearly rainfall. Despite the colder temps, a few things are sprouting, which is good news for the wildlife.

Cuckoo Bird (roadrunner) and his mate come often for a meal. Sometimes they puff themselves up and look quite large.

The wild birds are very hungry in this colder weather. A scoop of bird seed draws quite a crowd!

All the horses, burros and other sanctuary animals are fine. Poco continues to sing daily.

Buddy’s favorite daily activity is our 1 mile scooter “run” with the electric scooter. He is doing great on homemade food and a lot of supplements to address his various physical & mental issues. He is very active & happy now. He arrived almost 2 years ago at age 8 or so.

Christmas will be hard now that my Dad is gone. I am the last in my direct family line. I remember wonderful childhood Christmases as if they were last week. This was 1956 with my favorite men, my maternal grandfather, Charlie Ott and my Dad, Mike Kates. Both were animal lovers.

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year.


Cathy & the Gang

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Everyone here is fine & we have had beautiful, mild weather.

I am dedicating this newsletter to my Dad, who passed away Nov. 1, 2019

Moreau “Mike” Kates passed at Hope West in Grand Junction, Colorado on November 1, 2019.

“Mike was born November 9, 1931 in NYC. He attended Evander Childs High School in the Bronx. He married H. Patricia Ott in June 1950. He served in the U.S. Army 1952-1954 stationed at Ft. Benning, GA. Taught communication equipment. After being discharged, the family returned to NYC where Mike worked for Bigelow-Sanford Carpets and became production manager. He attended NYU at night and received a degree in business. He was a member of the NY Athletic Club. His daughter, Cathy, has fond recollections of the times they spent horseback riding, fishing, swimming, and water skiing at their summer home in CT, snow skiing and practicing archery and riflery. She recalls shooting him with a target arrow by accident and he did not even get angry. He was always fun to be with.

Mike volunteered with the San Diego Sheriff Department for 10 years. After moving to Grand Junction in 2005 he volunteered with Mesa County Sheriff’s Department for 8 years, also volunteered at CBI for one year. He received awards while employed at Lockheed Martin for teamwork. Received NOVA award in 1995.

Mike was a member of Knights of Columbus 2005-2007 in San Diego. Transferred to Immaculate Heart of Mary council in 2007 until present. He was treasurer in the council for 9 years. He received numerous awards, Knights of the year in 2004 and 2007. Received Service award in 2014.

Mike will be dearly missed by his daughter and all who his life touched.

The Vigil service by Knights of Columbus will be held at Immaculate Heart of Mary on Thursday, November 14 at 7 pm. The memorial service will be held Friday, November 15th at 10:00 am. Interment at the Veteran’s Cemetery on November 18th at Riverside Parkway at 1 pm.”

He loved dogs and the ashes of his beloved dog, Clyde, were included in the columbarium with my Dad’s.

Word Press won’t let me edit photo sizes, but there are photos at the obituary site and on Facebook, should anyone want to see. I miss him and am trying to adjust to life without a father.


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Summer is over! We are glad to have cooler weather after a long, hot summer.

We released the orphaned quail after 8 weeks and they were happy to fly off. We still have dozens coming daily to eat and drink.

Cuckoo Bird (roadrunner) has shown up a few times, once with his mate. He was following me around begging, so, of course, he got a bit to eat.

Jovita is about to turn 15. It seems like yesterday that she was born. Her mother, Serena, was captured by the BLM about 40 miles south of us and delivered Jo 6 months later. They are inseparable. Jo was bitten by a rattler at about 2 years of age and it took several visits from our vet to save her.

Serena & Jovita

We trimmed Poco’s feet and sawed off some of his deformed hoof. Now that it is cooler, we have seen him playing with Chico a few times.

Red, a 25 year old mustang, arrived 5 years ago and continues to thrive after years of confinement in a pen.

It was thrilling to see him the first time he was turned out with the others on 3 acres.

Forty seven years ago, I was fortunate to be accepted into SUNY Delhi’s Veterinary Technology program. It was the first college in the country to offer these courses and we had several veterinarians as professors. Dr. Walter Collins was my student advisor, a great teacher and wonderful person. He passed away earlier this year and I found this glowing article about him.

We have another delivery of hay pellets coming in a week, which runs ~$3500 for a 3 month supply to feed 12 horse and 4 burros. Donations are always needed & greatly appreciated.

We also appreciate Facebook friends who choose us for their birthday fundraisers. Nancy Finn, a loyal supporter, just raised $500 from her birthday. She also sells great stuff on Etsy and we receive a % of her sales. “Its all about One Of a Kind and vintage finds!”


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