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JERAS Newsletter Jan. 2, 2012

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I just wanted to write a quick newsletter to cover our accomplishments in 2011 and our hopes for 2012.

Once again, we want to thank our friends & supporters for enabling us to continue our work of providing a safe haven for 22 sanctuary animals and also helping to save, foster, network and find homes for other animals at risk.

We are currently in the grant application process for the Pepsi Refresh Challenge grant. Your votes brought us in at 5th place which is very thrilling and humbling, too. We are thankful you have come to know us through our work and that you are confident in our ability to continue making a difference in the lives of animals. This grant would enable us to add shelters and fencing and help more animals in 2012.

In 2011, we provided a home for 7 horses, 3 burros, 10 dogs, a mini pig and a Barbados ram. We are now awaiting the arrival of 2 more jennies. They were formerly wild and were rescued from abuse by a donkey rescue in New Mexico who asked us to give them a home where they can finally be at peace. One is pregnant.

We unfortunately had to put one horse to sleep because of progressive brain damage from an injury he received before joining us. He at least got to live his last 16 months in relative freedom in the desert with a group of other mustangs, after having served his former owners for years as a riding lesson horse despite partial blindness and hoof problems. We took in another unwanted mustang who needed a home and required serious hoof rehabilitation and we also took in a third, formerly wild, burro in need of a safe home. We fenced in an additional 3 acres and built a shelter so the burros have their own area now. We met someone who had found a stray Barbados ram and could not keep him, so he also joined us and is good company for our little, old pot-bellied pig.

In addition to our permanent residents, we saved, fostered and placed 3 dogs who were about to die at at local shelter and 2 dogs from a shelter in another state. We also coordinated the rescue of 6 other death row dogs, collecting donations, finding transport and foster homes or new homes for them.

We also administer several pages on Facebook that help share animal care info and advocate for animal welfare by helping to keep people informed of current issues.

Our friends and fans on Facebook and Twitter and those on our email lists know we relentlessly network animals at risk and in need of help. With our thousands of connections, we have helped saved dozens of animals in 2011 and we are honored to work in cooperation with many other selfless animal advocates and rescuers.

NONE of this could have been achieved without your friendship, financial support, cooperation and encouragement. We look forward to another year of helping innocent animals find homes and live the happy, safe lives they deserve whether here at our sanctuary or in other new homes.

Thank you!

Cathy & the Gang



Our new burrito!

3 of the sanctuary mustangs


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September 29 th


JERAS Daily Diary Sept. 28

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I did all the morning chores, let the dogs into the new yard to play for awhile and tried to catch up with emails. I have a lot of Lyme die-off and malaise. It is still hot, too. At noon, I decided to try booting Rene’ to soak her feet and give them a bit of a trim. Surprisingly, she was fine about the boots, but did a little hop and slammed down on my foot. I have a very bruised toe, swollen, but I don’t think broken. Tonka broke 2 of my toes last year…it just goes with the territory. I have been limping all afternoon.

Rene' -first time in soaking boots


I spent a lot of time on the computer networking animals in need and promoting our hay drive. Susan Monty will be donating 3 prints of our horses to use as thank you gifts.

We need ~$3500 to  get from late October through March. I think we will give all the people who donate through the Stay Classy link a chance to receive some artwork and collectibles. You cannot have “raffles” online, but we can randomly pick  some donors to send thank you gifts to. So, from now until the end of October, we will be having our campaign. As part of this event, you can create a personal fundraising page and raise money for the cause.

a portrait of Windy and Scout by Susan Monty

I need to get the vet out in the next week or so for our annual inspection, renew the Az. Equine Rescue License, examine the dogs and take blood for thyroid checks, and check Raven, who seems like he may have some joint issues. Unfortunately, he was raised on straight alfalfa and the mineral imbalances can cause DOD (developmental orthopedic disease). When I handle his feet, his joints crackle and he wears his hooves abnormally, which can both be signs of joint damage. It would be a shame, as he is only 5 and was never even ridden. The ignorance out there breaks my heart, so many animals suffer because people do not do research on proper care, even though they may mean well. C’est la vie.

Helloooo from Raven!

I am going to limp through washing my dishes and dog dishes and try to maybe get 8 hours sleep for once. LOL.

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September 25 th


JERAS Daily Diary Sept. 25/ coyote & rattler

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I am getting hammered by Lyme die-off from taking the microlactin (immune modulating supplement) but my heart pain is gone and I am not turning yellow, so I will persist. If I don’t do something to control the Lyme, I get more and more fatigue and then brain fog. Losing my mind is not an option around here, so I will put up with the flu symptoms, pain and neuropathy.

Today, I did all the AM chores- meds to 10 dogs, fed the horses, burros, sheep and pig, picked up dog doo…by the way, “poop patrol” is more challenging  now that I have an additional 1/4 acre to keep clean. In the sagebrush out there, it’s a real search effort. I fed the dogs and gave them rawhide. Carson feels better, but is still a bit weak since going through 2 adrenal crises in the past week. I upped his Florinef to 5 a day. That one med alone now costs $60 a month at this dosage. He is worth every cent if it keeps him alive.

I let Bear out loose (he stays within 400 feet of the house) so I could let Carson out into the new yard for about 10 minutes. Took some video.

I put the latch on the new gate and drove some fiberglass fence posts into the ground  to anchor down every other Fast Fence “push in” post. They only go in 6 inches and the sandy soil here does not hold really well, so I drove the extra posts in 2 feet and tied the 2 posts together.

I went down to check the horses and, much to my surprise, found a pretty big rattler under the hose bib at the shed…. OK, my first pet was a snake (at age 3). I love snakes…for the first 7 years here,  I carefully captured and moved ( to about 5 mies away) about 35 rattlers. Then, I found out that rattlers do not survive if taken out of home territory. Well, if it was just me and them, I would leave them be. However, we have had a horse, burro and 2 dogs bitten.

Patty 2 hours after Mohave rattler bite

Jovita almost died. The vet was out twice at a cost of $400. She then developed severe secondary inflammatory disease and was ill > 2 years. We tried everything, even homeopathy with a world-renowned vet. Finally, I tried Jernigan Neuro Antitox, which I use to detox Lyme toxins myself. It cured all her symptoms except for the head tilt.

Now, the conundrum… I follow my moral compass of live & let live, or do I kill an innocent creature to protect our animals..and possibly myself?  Remember, I am very immunocompromised and cannot be hospitalized due to severe MCS. I must treat my own injuries, even stapling my own arm up last year when Carson gave me a 2 inch gash.

I had to make the hard decision last year to protect these animals. I cannot ask the public to help support them and then allow them to be at risk when the risk can be somewhat avoided.  I do believe in Karma, and I am probably going to be reborn into many more lifetimes of illness for my crimes, but kill the snake I did.

I removed the head and put the rest of the snake where the coyotes would find it. They will eat rattlers. I tried to take a nap after lunch, but the dogs kept barking….they saw the coyote who was down there for hours stalking the dead snake. I finally went down and cut it up, so hopefully he will not be so scared of it.

No nap, Karma already hitting ….

We received $30 today from the sale of LaCroix shirts- greatly appreciated.

This has been a slow month for donations and we have had to spend a lot more than has come in. We did get $60 from sales of Darcy’s calendars yesterday- very much appreciated.

Please visit our affiliates page to see how you can save $, help us and find nice items and gifts.

It’s 4:30, dogs have been fed and are sleeping. Maybe I will get a 30 minute nap before attacking paperwork and getting back online. Then, evening feeding and chores….

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