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Journey’s End Ranch Animal Sanctuary Newsletter December 5, 2013

First, we want to thank everyone who voted for us, took surveys and helped us receive 10 bonus votes for downloading the shopping reminder in the Shop For Your Cause Contest. We won the $500.00 and it will do a lot for our rescued animals. We were just invited to participate in the January contest, and may be able to win another $500.00! Thank you so very much!

We have had beautiful weather, but winter arrived two days ago with winds, colder temperatures and even a little snow on Tuesday night.

Wilbur, our 14 year old pot bellied pig, has an igloo house and a pad and 2 comforters. After he has his dinner and bedtime treat, he burrows into his bedding and does not come out until it’s time for breakfast in the morning. He used to have a heat mat, but decided he did not like it and kept pushing it out of his house.



Rhonda, our 11 year old beagle is so smart. She has a bed in the kitchen and will pull it around with her teeth to position it where the sun is shining in on the kitchen floor so she can nap in the sunshine.


Our dogs all have doggie door access to the house, but Bear, the 10 year old Chow Chow mix prefers to stay outdoors, where he can keep watch over the ranch.



All the 21 horses and burros have their winter coats, but still enjoy being able to use the run in sheds to escape the wind. Sometimes they go inside, and sometimes they just stay on the downwind side of the shed.




Here’s a video from one morning..

Here is a video of the burros & mustangs having some fun

November was a good month, with the exception of us having to place Molly in a new home due to the fact that I did become allergic to her. I had no problems with any dogs for my entire life until 3 years ago. Since December 2010, we have only been able to keep three of the dogs we attempted to adopt. 5 others had to be placed, because after about 2 months, I get sensitized to them and have near anaphylactic reactions- mostly brain swelling, headaches, nausea and fibromyalgia attacks. I already deal with severe chemical sensitivities and am on a lot of supplements and an organic food diet. I have researched the dog allergy situation for many hours and have not found an answer. It is very heartbreaking, because we are legal for 10 dogs and set up for multiple dogs and now we are limited to the 9 dogs here that I am fine with. Five of them are 9 years old  or older, so it makes me very sad to know I may not be able to offer a home to other dogs as we lose  ours to old age. However, maybe some solution will come up in time. In the meantime, I have 32 animals to care for and I must be grateful that I am fine with our 9 dogs.

Thank you, Nor Cal Beagle Rescue for taking Molly. She had an exciting trip to San Jose, as she and the transporter hit a snowstorm in the Sierras and spent the night at a motel. I miss her terribly, but she already has a foster home with a wonderful group of beagle lovers.

Help us raise $500 via online shopping this holiday season. By joining SHOP FOR YOUR CAUSE & choosing us. JOURNEYS END RANCH ANIMAL SANCTUARY, KINGMAN, AZ. Shop For Your Cause lets people direct a percentage of their online purchase to whatever cause they wish.


Once again, we want to thank our supporters who allow us to do this work. If you cannot donate, please share our website with others and be sure to support us in contests for grants, such as the one coming up in January.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year to everyone!


Cathy & The Gang

Cathy & Carson


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Journey’s End Ranch Animal Sanctuary Newsletter Oct. 5, 2013

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!

Well, our weather turned from brutally hot and humid to cool and windy overnight, but we are not complaining. The horses & burros are growing winter coats and Carson is already wearing his coat at night. Since he is half bald, he is very sensitive to cool weather.


Speaking of Carson, we received our first check from calendar sales.. $65 which was greatly appreciated. We get half of the sale price and you support a great cause.

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.

With cooler weather, you may also want to check out the great quality shirts from LaCroix, too. Shirts from LaCroixTees–  We get $5 per shirt. You can choose from one with our logo or other great designs!

Another way to help us is to make your Amazon purchases through our Fundinco link. 

Lucky, the newest mustang, is enjoying life on 2 acres where he has room to wander and explore. He is somewhat intimidated by the other mustangs, so we have given him his own space where he feels safe, yet has the other horses for company on the other side of the fence. The chiropractor was out and adjusted his left hip, which was very much “out”… he still has issues with it and also a front foot which cause some recurring lameness, but we are doing some body work and massage and have him on joint supplements..horses can do a lot of healing if given the correct food, supplements, space to move and “tincture of time”. We can only imagine the misuse and abuse he has gone through in his 13 years since captured as a yearling. He is very sweet, but very fearful.. Once you have him haltered, he warms up and relaxes when he discovers you are not going to hurt him.


Sienna, the quarter horse mare who arrived very lame in late May, is now trotting around without a trace of a limp. She needed her hooves balanced, a proper diet, some supplements, and room to move about. Horses were designed by Nature to move 10-30 miles per day in search of forage. Most domestic horses are kept confined and it is very harmful to them. Newer research into horse management has proven that giving horses the most “natural” living environment and diet is the best way to have happy, healthy animals. Sienna had spent more than 2 years at another rescue after being seized by the authorities due to starvation in 2010. She had not been sound for those 2 years, so seeing her improve now is very encouraging. With the cooler weather, she will receive light riding to continue with her rehab.


Rhonda, the 11 year old beagle we saved from being put to sleep in spring of 2012, is afraid of cameras for some reason. We were able to catch a picture of her yesterday with her “babies”. We believe she was used for breeding before being discarded to the streets and never claimed from our local shelter. She is a real character, very bossy and barky, but lovable and playful, too.

Rhonda and her "babies"

Rhonda & Maggie

When she arrived, Rhonda was very aggressive towards other dogs, but she has since become friends with them.

With all the unwanted and abandoned animals out there, I spend a lot of time networking animals in need. It is usually a matter of knowing the right people who might be able to help a certain breed of dog or horse, or just knowing of or Googling for specific types of rescue groups and then sending the animal’s info to them. I usually help save a least 3-4 animals a month that I am aware of, and I hope my networking saves even more than that.

I recently alerted our friend, Keith, of a curious-looking dog on death row in Phoenix. The shelter had her listed as a shar pei mix, but she looked like a possible Xoloitzcuintli to me. Keith ran and got her and she does appear to be a purebred, of the “haired” variety. Xoloitzcuintli are also known as Mexican Hairless.   She is about 2 years old and was just spayed. She needs a loving home. This is a unique and primitive breed with special needs, so Google them if you are interested and not familiar with them. Email me with “xolo” in the subject line if you are interested in adopting her and I will pass it on to my friend.  Our email address is

Xolo girl

Xolo girl at Keith's



We have our yearly veterinary inspection pending to renew our Equine Rescue License. Four dogs also need yearly blood tests and a few need rabies boosters. Our vet had hip surgery in August, so we are awaiting his return to work. We also have the equine dentist coming soon. Donations are greatly appreciated to help cover the costs of feed, supplies and these extra expenses.


Cathy & the Gang

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Journey’s End Ranch Animal Sanctuary Newsletter August 2, 2013

It has been so hot here in Arizona, with temps in the high 90’s and 100’s…but we enjoy 9 months of fantastic, temperate  climate, so this is the price we pay. The equines are drinking twice as much as they do in winter and just keeping the water troughs and dog’s bowls filled with clean, fresh water takes up a lot of time.

We have gotten more than 2 inches of rain from our summer monsoon and some grass is growing. The wet weather makes hooves grow faster and I spent some time every day this month trimming hooves. Everyone is caught up. We have two horses with whom I had been battling hoof infections for a long time. They would look fine, but infections would show up with wet weather. We just started using this very safe, silver product a few weeks ago and we are very, very impressed. I have severe chemical sensitivities and it does not bother me.  These 2 horses have frogs which are already looking much healthier.    It is a hospital disinfectant, but professional hoof trimmers are using it.

Thanks again to Gwenyth Santagate and her Penzance Natural Hoof Care page on Facebook. She and the other experts I have met there are coaching me and enabling me to help our rescued horses who arrived with distorted/imbalanced hooves. I am studying Gwen’s fantastic book.

Beautiful Florencia at 13 months old


Now that it has been a year since Esperanza gave birth to Flo, she has finally lost her big belly and has gained muscle mass on her back. She probably had carried foals year after year and never had a chance to recover. All three of our BLM burro jennies arrived here already pregnant, and their offspring were able to remain here thanks to generous sponsors. They are very attached to one another.


We got 1.5 inches of rain in one hour on July 19. It was a real blessing.




ONLY 8 days left to get two great books, signed by the author- Auction ends Aug. 10

These are wonderful books!
We are hosting a Silent Auction of 1 personally signed copy of “A Dog’s Purpose” and the sequel “A Dog’s Journey” from New York Times and USA Today Best Seller, W. Bruce Cameron! Please help our sanctuary by placing a bid on this post below or you can email us with “books” in the subject line > & be sure we reply! . (current bid is $50) Also, be sure to “Like” his page!

Sienna, the Quarter Horse mare who arrived lame 2 months ago is no longer limping and has responded well to hoof trims to balance her feet, natural living conditions, joint supplements, exercise & a better diet.


Mochloca, our dog who injured her back in April, was kept confined for the past 6 weeks, with nightly walks on a leash. She is now off the anti-inflammatory medication and is back with the other dogs. So far, she has been OK and we are happy about that.

We are very grateful and happy to have won the Great Nonprofits 2013 award! Thank you for the great reviews!

We now have a resident gopher snake and are happy, because they eat rodents and keep rattlers away. However, it seems determined to scare me to death. One day, I was pouring dog food into a canister by the door to the feed shed and here he comes, zipping right between my legs on his way to a rodent hole that goes under the shed. It was early in the morning and that woke me up fast!

It was a great pleasure to meet a Facebook friend and JERAS supporter this month. I met Barbara Mansfield when we were in the process of saving Carson who’s pathetic picture was posted to Facebook in May 2010. She had taken her grandkids on a trip West and they were able to stop by and say hello and to meet Carson. Carson does not like strangers and was a bit rude, but Barb did not mind. We are forever grateful to the people who helped him come to us. Despite many health challenges and his age, he continues to amaze us with his enthusiasm and joy of living.

Carson May 2010 and January 2011

We were very blessed to win a Chase grant last year, but after getting in a good supply of hay, our bank acct. is pretty low and we, unfortunately, have lost about $300 a month in regular donations. We still have a monthly feed bill and occasional vet bills. Patty, the old basenji mix, was just diagnosed with pannus, an autoimmune eye condition. The first 2 bottles of eye drops cost $100 from the vet. We were able to find them at half price online, for her future needs. She will need to use them for the rest of her life. I do a lot of the vetting myself and my doing the hoof trimming saves hundreds of dollars a month. My property houses the sanctuary at no cost to it and I pay the utilities. I do not get paid and I put any spare personal funds into the sanctuary. Because of our remote location and my chemical sensitivities, we have no volunteers and I care for 31 animals myself. But, you can help by becoming a supporter. We really need to widen our donor base so that these health-challenged, unwanted, formerly abused and abandoned animals will always have a safe and secure home. Also, if you should hear of any available grants or contests, please let us know. Thank you!

We are in a contest to try and win a $5000 grant. Please help.

Please vote for us and vote daily until Aug. 25. Thank you!


Cathy & the Gang

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