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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

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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!

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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.

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We want to thank everyone who kept voting through the month of June in the Shop For Your Cause contest. We won $1000, which will buy a month’s worth of hay for the horses and burros. My friend, Judy, tirelessly ran our voting campaign on Facebook and it really paid off. Thank you, Judy! Our supporters are wonderful! .

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We also received our 2014 Great Nonprofits banner, thanks to all the great reviews we received from our friends and supporters. Thank you! great nonprofits  2014   .

Our friend and superb artist, Susan Monty, just finished a new painting using our Windy, mustang mare,  as the model. Susan has used our animals in a lot of her paintings and she donates to rescues and advocates for animals. You can buy paintings, prints and notecards at her Etsy site- https://www.etsy.com/shop/SusanMontyFineArt?page=1

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The new hay crop will be available soon and we hope the price for grass hay will be coming down a bit.We use 3 tons a month for the 18 equines who eat hay. Knickers can only eat soaked pellets, with his 32 year old teeth.

Knickers at 32

Knickers at 32

 

Knicky showing off

Knicky showing off

Lucky(16) and Warrior(25), the two mustangs with permanent joint injuries, are looking and feeling well.

Warrior

Warrior

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Lucky

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We received a $2000 grant from ASPCA to install a shelter for the burros. We have the building permit and the shed company anticipates installation before the end of July. The burros will love it! It will be the same as the mustang shelter. Much thanks to ASPCA! DSCF8598 shed   .

Our friend,Christine, who runs a horse rescue 3 hours east of us, is also an equine dental tech. She will be coming soon to check horse and burro teeth and do dentals on those who need them.

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Rambeau got a haircut, thanks to our friend Annie, who has sheep shears. He feels much cooler now.

Rambeau June 2014

Rambeau June 2014

It is horribly painful to share this next news. For years, we had 8- 10 dogs at our animal rescue. I ended up finding out I am severely allergic to dogs and had been “masked” to my allergies, but the dander had been causing severe inflammation, probably for years. I already have many conditions caused by 42 years of Lyme disease which went undiagnosed for 29 years. It’s hard to sort out what is what. A veterinarian/researcher at Cambridge University found the dog dander protein that causes these life threatening reactions and the mechanism by which they occur. Her paper was just published a year ago. Dander sets off “TLR4′s” in certain people. She has told me that she is working with drug companies to develop a TLR4 blocker drug and might have something in about 5 years. These toll like receptors are involved in many inflammatory diseases- IBD, asthma, brain allergies, chemical sensitivities, and more. In May of 2014, my reactions escalated and were life threatening. We had to part with the 8 dogs we had, some were not placeable due to age, behavior and health issues. It was the worst thing I have dealt with in my 60 years. I am beyond heartbroken and devastated, but there are 19 equines and a sheep depending on me, so life must go on. Another small local sanctuary took anyone they could and we thank them. We are continuing to support them. I will continue to help save dogs by networking to my thousands of contacts and by assisting in “pulling” them from shelters we are affiliated with and helping to find transportation to their new homes. Since the dogs have been gone, we have an explosion of wildlife coming to eat the wild bird seed- many more doves, quail, songbirds and both desert cottontails and jackrabbits. One dove actually comes and looks in my kitchen window early in the morning, asking me where breakfast is. The coyotes who come for a drink now trot boldly past the house. Whether we like it or not, life goes on. All I can do is dedicate the rest of my life to doing as much good as I can in their honor. I must try to be the courageous being that Carson was. I miss them all so very, very much.

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Love, Cathy & The Gang Image

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