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August was a busy and pretty exciting month, with the arrival of a new mustang, our Carson being featured in a calendar, a new contest for grant money and some severe storms.

We had a lot of monsoonal storm activity with thunderstorms. Three weeks ago, our transformer was hit by lightening and we were without power from 3 PM to 11PM. The work crew had to reset the transformer in the rain, with their spotlights. That set the mustangs off galloping and, the next morning, Scout was very lame with a tendon injury. I had to separate him from the herd and put him on the north 2 acres with Cheyenne, his favorite mare. He is doing much better now.. Just when it looked like the storms/monsoon season was over…we had a microburst at 11 PM on Labor Day night- about 2 gallons of water blew through the doggie dog & across the living room.. Carson was hit with water in his bed.. just when I finished mopping up, another big lightening strike and our transformer was hit again! We were without power until 6:30 AM when the electric company came out.. the dogs were nervous & several barked all night and I got about 3 hours sleep.. our electric fences were messed up and I spent hours fixing shorts the next day. The charger to  the perimeter fence blew a fuse, which means the fence was also hit by lightening. There were feeders that ended up hundreds of feet away from where they had been & they were lifted over 5 foot fences by the wind. A 100 gallon tub travelled 400 feet and landed in the dog’s exercise yard. A big roll of chicken wire that had been on the south side of the hay shed ended up by the house, several hundred feet away….a stack of roofing sheets that were under blocks behind one shed ended up all over, one sheet in Knicker’s corral… thank goodness all the animals were OK. I am still searching for two feeders, which are nowhere to be found on our 30 acres and beyond.

Furever Rescued Calendars are out and our Carson is featured! Half of sale goes to the rescue you choose and you can choose Journey’s End Ranch & help us if you want to.

This is the image they used and Carson is February.


Please vote daily! Journeys End Ranch Animal Sanctuary is in the Shelter Challenge and really need funds as donations do not cover the cost of caring for 32 animals. Voting is DAILY and goes into October. Please help us. Go here to vote and please vote DAILY.  Thank you!

You can also help us by entering Journey’s End Ranch Animal Sanctuary in this contest. Thank you! Do you know of a horse rescue that could use free feed? Horse Illustrated is partnering with Nutrena to “Feed a Horse in Need.” Find out how to nominate your favorite equine rescue to win feed from Nutrena. Click

Mochaloca is in a photo contest. Mochaloca wants to be a cover girl! Please vote (daily)!


We have a new mustang. This 14 year old, abandoned mustang ended up at an animal shelter in Southern California, was adopted out, returned  very lame and was facing being put down. He has some front and hind end lameness and is wary of people. A friend of ours who volunteers at the shelter begged us to give him a home, but we could not commit to him because we just depleted our available funds getting in a winter’s supply of hay..she offered to cover his vetting and transport and then another angel appeared who offered to sponsor “Lucky”, so he can join our mustang herd and have safety & happiness. He arrived two weeks ago. Thank you so much to both of them and to all the generous people who allow us to continue our work.

Lucky was captured in the same area of Southern Nevada that Windy and Rene’ came from, though they were captured  three years later.



We also want to thank  our very generous, anonymous donor who allowed us to get in the rest of the winter’s hay supply!

The eight burros are now all together, as we put the two geldings in with the jennies and youngsters. Julio is bonding with Pepito,  who will be a male role model for him.

the lunch bunch

Julio at 9 months old


I don’t like to talk about myself much, but most of you know I have pretty severe chronic Lyme disease, malaise and pain and getting through every day is a struggle. The intense heat and humidity this summer has been really brutal, but I get up in the morning and say a prayer I will get through the day. Caring for the animals requires about 7 hours of outdoor labor and much of it is hard manual work, especially all the hoof trimming and hay hauling. I have never sweated so much in my, I seem to push myself through the “wall” and actually end up feeling better after a few hours of laboring in the heat and humidity. I do believe the Universe has a purpose for all of us and sometimes we must practice a lot of “mind over matter” to achieve our purpose. Thank you for all the moral support, your friendship and your financial support which allows these animals to have a happy home. It is very greatly appreciated!



Cathy & the Gang

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Journey’s End Ranch Animal Sanctuary June 3, 2013 Newsletter

The desert summer weather has arrived, making life a bit uncomfortable for all of us, but we have ways of coping. When I water the horses at noon, some of them line up to be hosed off and I sometimes feel like a worker at a car wash. The dogs spend a lot of time in the house taking advantage of the A/C. Wilbur, the mini pig, takes a daily mud bath.

We are celebrating the third anniversary of Carson’s arrival. He was an old, ill, injured dog on death row and death’s doorstep in a Los Angeles shelter 3 years ago. I saw his pathetic picture on Facebook late one night. A lot of people were concerned, but no one was offering him a home. We did, and with the help of others, he was pulled from the shelter, taken to the vet, boarded a few days and transported to us. In these 3 years, he has survived & overcome the broken carpus, starvation and pneumonia he arrived with, plus Addison’s disease, a broken ear, a lymph node abscess and a carnassial tooth abscess. Carson is fearful and aggressive towards strangers, so we have had to manage and treat him at home, usually with just advice from our vet. With me, he is very devoted and loving. Carson has a huge personality and has many fans. He will be included in the 2014 Furever Rescued calendar and also we were told his picture will be included on the new Great Nonprofits banner. We love Carson so much and feel very honored.

Carson in the shelter, May 2010

Carson, Nov. 2, 2011

Our local pair of ravens nest about 1/2 mile away. Every year, they raise young. In their frenzy to acquire enough food to feed them, they usually gather road kill rabbits. The problem is that they have brought the rabbit parts here to dunk them in our water troughs, to soften them up. This contaminates the water and I have ended up dumping and scrubbing many tubs over the past few years. This year, I made a pact with the ravens which seems to be working. I give them as much dry dog food as they want, and they have stopped bringing dead rabbits here. Sometimes a skinny little coyote shows up to eat some of the food the birds miss. The young ravens should be leaving the nest any day now, and we will stop feeding them, because the parents will be taking them out to teach them to find their own food.


We took in a mare with a shoulder or maybe elbow problem 9 days ago. The history we have so far is that she was adopted from a rescue, then went through about 4 homes since last year. We are trying to find out if her problem is an old one or a newer injury. At any rate, she was being given away on Craig’s List and that put her at high risk of ending up going to auction and slaughter. “Kill buyers” will often pose as nice people looking for a family horse, only to fool people into giving them an animal which they then make a fast profit on by sending them to slaughter.

We are calling her “Sienna”. She is a Quarter Horse and about 11 years old and very sweet. Her hooves were infected and after soaking them in a hoof disinfectant, she actually “shed” all 4 frogs. Our friend Anne ( ) had also been worried about Sienna and has offered to do body work on her and helped me trim her hooves, too. We are hoping that between body work, proper trimming and exercise, Sienna may be able to recover. She is living with the 3 old horses and Big Rusty has fallen madly in love with her to the point of being quite comical.The first two days were exciting, as Warrior and Rusty decided they would act like stallions, vying for Sienna’s attention. Warrior and Penny have now paired up, so we have 2 pairs of lovebirds.


This video shows how crazy the old guys were acting, but no one was hurt in the process and all is calm and peaceful now. We believe in allowing horses the freedom to engage in natural behavior. Room to move about and the companionship of other horses is very important for their mental & physical wellbeing.





Mochaloca has recovered from her back injury, but will no longer be allowed to chase rabbits. She and Maggie do get to go for a daily walk on leashes. Maggie used to be allowed off leash, as she will come when called, but she now has some dementia and perhaps”selective hearing’, so must be kept on a leash for her own safety. She is still very lively & rambunctious at 12 years old.

Julio is doing great after being gelded in late April. He and Florencia are great pals, and he is almost as big as she is, despite the fact she is 5 months older. We are thankful that both babies have sponsors which will allow us to keep them. Our 3 older jennies were all separated from their offspring in their earlier lives, so now they all get to stay bonded with their final babies. All 3 arrived here pregnant. We do not generally approve of breeding with all the already unwanted or homeless animals out there. Serena gave birth to Jovita in 2004 and they are very attached to each other.

Jovita & Serena

Esperanza and Florencia sharing lunch


JERAS feels that it is very important to provide a HAPPY home for unwanted animals. We have seen too many situations where animals are merely “warehoused”, with minimal human attention and lack of opportunity to play and interact with other animals. We strongly feel that just keeping an animal alive is not enough..they must be provided with what they need to have a truly joyful life. We also know that animals form strong bonds with one another, and we  respect & nurture these animal relationships.

As always, we want to thank our supporters for enabling us to provide a safe home for more than 30 animals. Without your donations, we would not exist.


Cathy and the Gang


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