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December 14 th


Journey’s End Ranch December 14, 2017 Newsletter

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Journey’s End Ranch December 14, 2017 Newsletter

Happy Holiday Season!

Please remember to visit our affiliates page to look at merchandise you might want to give. Poco also has a new order of his book available.

Poco’s book

A very generous supporter has offered to match donations made in December and January, up to $5000. Feed and supplements run almost $2000 a month for the 17 equines, some with special needs such as hay pellets, which cost twice as much as hay.

I really wrenched my knee a few weeks ago and my new neighbors, Sheri and Mary Ann have been doing a lot of the feeding which has been a godsend. The horses and burros are now comfortable with them. Poco, Chico  and Diego get brushed a lot. Diego, who does not particularly like people, is in love with Mary Ann and stands by the fence waiting for her sometimes. They also bring treats such as apple slices. Windy, our very abused mustang who arrived 8 years ago, has even let them pet her. When Windy first came, it took me 2  1/2  years to be able to touch her. We are glad she has done a lot of emotional healing in her years with us.


We had another local person’s dog make the mistake of wandering through Poco’s area. He was nipping at Chico and Poco came to the rescue. Poco charged him, on his 3 good legs, teeth bared and bellowing. The dog ran away pronto. His owner has vowed to keep him home in the future. Despite his pretty severe handicap, Poco proves that enthusiasm and a good attitude can overcome most challenges.

The older horses are also playing a lot with the cool weather

We try to give our horses and burros what they want and need- space, companions, good nutrition and clean water. Keeping horses confined in stalls and small pens is not what they require, though it may make humans happy. We are also blessed with a temperate climate. Despite everyone having shelters, they rarely use them.

This is Diego, who spent 20 years alone in a small pen. He had chronic laminitis and has pedal osteitis in one foot, with coffin bone rotation. He is now 22 and look at him go!

Scooter, the rescued bunny, was acting lonely and looking longingly at the wild rabbits. We decided to take in another male domestic rabbit and they are getting along well, with a fence between them to avoid possible fighting. “Blackie” is a 5 month old Satin breed rabbit.

The 3 rats are my personal pets, but I wanted to share the big cage I built for them with my Christmas $ from my Dad. They love it, with 30 square feet of floor space.

Rattie condo

Our nation’s wild horses are at huge risk now. The BLM Advisory Board even suggested sending thousands to slaughter. We are glad we are able to provide a permanent, safe home to 12 formerly wild horses and burros, plus a burro born here to her BLM mother, 3 domestic horses and a mini donkey. We are also happy that our local wild horses are not “managed” due to the fact mountain lions keep the numbers in balance.

Cathy Deleree took this fantastic photo of wild Cerbat horses dueling. Cathy also creates beautiful folk art and donates a portion to us if you purchase through our affiliates page.


Please consider supporting us during this period when your donation will be doubled. Thank you to those who keep us up and running!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Cathy & The Gang

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November 12 th


Journey’s End Ranch Newsletter Nov. 12, 2017

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Journey’s End Ranch Newsletter Nov. 12, 2017

The weather here is finally cooler and the horses are frisky.

Poco sings a lot but I don’t often catch him in time.

Jo and Serena try to sing, but mostly grumble.



Warrior, despite his age, narcolepsy, bad knee and 3 strokes, continues to amaze us. Here he was, riled up and “protecting” his 2 mares from the geldings on the other side of the fence.

Warrior pretending to be a stallion

28 year old Warrior

Scooter, the bunny, is the funniest, most active little guy.


We just got in 3 months of hay and 6 weeks of pellets and supplements, which cost $4300.00 We are having a funds drive to replenish the bank account and your help is greatly appreciated.

You can also help by buying your holiday gifts (or anything else) through our links-


We just received this from people using our Amazon Smile page to shop at Amazon. This email is to notify you that Journeys End Ranch Animal Sanctuary (EIN: 80-0456596) has been issued a $59.79 donation from the AmazonSmile Foundation as a result of AmazonSmile program activity between July 1 and September 30, 2017. Shop via our link 
 and Amazon will donate to Journeys End Ranch Animal Sanctuary. 

Please help us continue to provide a safe & happy home to 13 horses, 4 burros and 2 sheep.

Wishing everyone a very Blessed Thanksgiving. We are grateful to our friends and supporters.

Cathy & the Gang

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October 11 th


Journey’s End Ranch Oct.11, 2017 Newsletter

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Journey’s End Ranch October 11, 2017 Newsletter

Our weather has finally cooled off and everyone is grateful.

Red, a 23 year old mustang, arrived 3 years ago. He had been cooped up in a small pen for 4 years and this was his first day turned out in 2014.

We took in a 3 year old New Zealand rabbit who needed a home because the owners are moving. He had lived in a 2 X 2 foot hutch and is very happy now with a cage 4 times as big and also a pen on the ground to play in for at least 3 hours a day. We have renamed him “Scooter.” He had also been eating a grain based horse pellet for a few months because someone had given a bag of it to his owner and said it was rabbit food. He’s lucky to have survived, as rabbits need a hay-based pellet or hay.

I came up from feeding a few days ago to find a ring-necked dove with a broken wing near my door. The injury appears to be in the “wrist” joint and the prognosis for wing injuries healing well enough for birds to be released is poor. I taped it against the dove’s body and hope maybe the joint will fuse or that the wing will at least not be dragging after 2 weeks of the tape. They are actually domesticated doves that are feral. We can give it an outdoor enclosure if it needs to stay in captivity.

injured dove


We  had a rather strange shrike pecking at the windows and following me around for a week. They are pretty birds, but a predator who eat other small birds.


The horses and burros are all well  and have grown winter coats already.

Scout & Cheyenne mutual grooming

Our 9 year old laptop gave out. We had gotten $300 from my insurance due to the newer computer getting hit by lightening, so we put it towards a new Mac Book Air laptop.

We had a beautiful sunrise today, but it was due to smoke drifting this way from the devastating fires in California. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the people and animals affected.

sunrise Oct. 11

Thank you for your support!


Cathy & the Gang

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