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Journey’s End Ranch Animal Sanctuary 2012 Annual Review

2012 was a very busy, exciting and blessed year for Journey’s End Ranch Animal Sanctuary. 

We participated in two grant contests in which people could vote for their favorite non-profit organization. The contests took place on Facebook. Thanks to amazing support from our friends and supporters, we won a $10K Pepsi Refresh Challenge grant and a $20K Chase Giving grant. Special thanks to several of our supporters who organized events on Facebook to help with the voting. We were also very grateful to ASPCA for the $2,500 hay grant we received from them, when our funds were almost depleted (prior to winning Chase).

The grant proceeds enabled us to install two 19 X 21 foot horse shelters, a 19 X 31 foot hay shed, fence in an additional 3 acres with safe electric fencing, pay off $5K in debt from a 2010 loan we needed to continue our work, fill the hay shed, stock up on other feed and supplies, have enough left in the bank to cover operating expenses not covered by donations for another 10 months, and take in an additional 9 animals.

Besides expanding the facility, we were able to accept new sanctuary residents. We were home to an additional 9 animals by the end of 2012. One is an elderly beagle, abandoned to the streets and never claimed or adopted from the local shelter. Her time was up, so we took her in. We also fostered 4 other dogs, 3 of which were about to be put to sleep at shelters. They all ended up in wonderful, permanent homes. We took in an additional 4 senior horses. One is a somewhat dangerous, 30 year old Arabian stallion who was seized by authorities from someone who had abused and neglected him for 10 years. He is not especially fond of people and can kick, but it is no wonder after all he has been through. He has a large paddock and shelter and enjoys galloping in for his 3 meals of soaked hay pellets every day. Another is a 24 year old, formerly wild mustang, seized by the authorities from an abuser. He has old injuries and arthritis, but enjoys his life here, as leader of his band of 4 horses. We also took in two formerly wild burros. Both had been sold by the BLM as “sale authority” animals (leaving them with no legal protection) and both ended up in a very notorious feedlot in New Mexico, from which about 500 horses a month are shipped to Mexican slaughterhouses. Our burro rescue friends in New Mexico rescued a large group from the feedlot and asked us to give these 2 a home. Both arrived in foal, so by year’s end, we had 2 baby burros here. We took in a third, formerly wild, adult burro whose owner had passed away. Thus, our wild burro herd increased from 3 animals to 8 by year’s end.

We are very proud to have received the “Top Non Profits of 2012” award from Great Nonprofits. It is based on reviews from the public, so we want to thank all of those who gave us such wonderful reviews. We have our Arizona Department of Agriculture Equine Rescue License, which requires a yearly inspection by a veterinarian. We also have a Mohave County Kennel License, which allows us to keep 10 dogs.
By the end of 2012, Journey’s End Ranch Animal Sanctuary was home to  31 animals-11 horses, 8 burros, 10 dogs, a pot bellied pig and a sheep.

All revenue goes directly to the animals and their needs. The Executive Director’s property houses the sanctuary at no cost to it. The Officers and Board Members get no compensation. The Executive Director also covers the cost of phone, internet and electric service. As a retired veterinary technician and natural hoof care practitioner, she does the hoof trimming and a large part of the veterinary care herself, thus saving the sanctuary substantial costs.

In addition to providing a safe and happy home and expert care to our own animal residents, we tirelessly advocate for animal welfare and network animals in need and at risk, thereby helping to save and find homes for many more animals.

We want to express our gratitude to all who whose donations and other efforts allow us to do this very important work. Thank you!

Cathy & the Gang


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February 2 nd


Best Animal Charities To Donate To

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How does one decide the best animal charities to donate to? Our dear friend and supporter, Carol, called last night. She and her husband had been huge supporters of several large and famous animal charities for many years. She has come to the conclusion that it is more effective to find a small organization that you can trust and to give to them. Some of the huge animal charities don’t even actually care for homeless, abused & abandoned animals. One which does care for animals, takes in > $20,000 per year for each animal it cares for. They are paying salaries, for advertising, corporate offices, and even spending thousands on “gift” items such as calendars.

So, Carol and Jim have decided that they will be donating their money to a small organization which pays no salaries, has low overhead and puts almost all the money donated into actual animal care. We are fortunate to be the, in their opinion, the best animal charity to donate to this year. Thank you, Carol & Jim!

February 2, 2012 JERAS Newsletter:

January was a very busy month. We took in 2 burros and an aged Arabian stallion. Here was the posting we saw on Facebook about Knickers-

“Knickers – Arabian Stallion in an animal shelter in Grass Valley, CA – 29 years old in desperate need of rescue. They have two-weeks to find him a rescue/adopter. Knickers was pulled from deplorable conditions back in June. He spent well over 10 years of his life living in a dark, dingy barn in a tiny 10×10 barb-wired pen. The pen was never cleaned and the water and food supply was sparse at best. A Foster Care person pulled him and 11 other horses from the property, some were living in 5 feet of mud. They put wood shavings down and the horses were so hungry they started eating them. The reason we need to find a new place for Knickers is because the original foster owners are moving out of state and his current foster mom’s house is in foreclosure. They are worried that euthanasia might be the end result. They can bring him up to date on all necessary vaccines and transport. We just need to get him out of our shelter system as soon as possible. Please help they are desperate.”

We could not bear the thought of this old horse having survived such abuse only to be killed soon after beginning his recovery. He arrived at midnight 2 weeks ago. Last week, we had the farrier out for a hoof trim, because he is not calm enough for me to handle & trim by myself  and his hooves were badly overgrown. Later in the same day, our vet was out to give Knickers a much-needed dental. He is missing some molars and the opposing teeth kept growing into points, which had to be cut off with molar cutters, a tool that looks like a bolt cutter. Here is what was cut off. He also got his teeth floated, which is having the sharp edges filed off. He has to be fed soaked hay pellets 3 times a day, plus he get supplements. He is not used to grooming and prefers not to be touched, but he is most appreciative of receiving his meals and he is very fond of the burros. We have given him the 1/4 acre corral and shed for his own.


Sharp molar points which had been causing pain

Knickers, by Monica Wilson


The 2 BLM jennies rescued in New Mexico from a feedlot arrived in early January. Edgewood Longears Safehouse asked if we would give them a home. They both have sponsors- many thanks to Joyce and Nancy! We are calling them Esperanza and Nina. All 5 burros are getting along very well.


JERAS new burros




I turned all 7 horses out together (not the stallion, of course) and Rusty has been going though an adjustment period…he is not a mean horse, but is defensive & angry (Lord knows what he experienced in his past with other horses). He will run at another horse, spin, & kick…of course, they all know to get out of the way in time. I thought Scout (being way bigger and the “leader”) would teach him some manners, but both Scout and Raven (geldings) just stay out of his way. It is as if they realize Rusty has “issues” he needs to work out on his own. I just read a quote from a behavioralist in the Horse’s Hoof magazine saying: 4 or more horses constitute a herd and if you give them 5 or more acres, they will work out their issues and past baggage and become a peaceful group. It has been a week and I think Rusty is beginning to feel better, and safer. I have deep respect and admiration for the other 6 horses who are not being aggressive and are leaving him alone to work out his “tantrums”. Horses are marvelous, if we give them the freedom to be themselves.

The vet also looked at Tara last week. I was having to clean off her rear after she passes stool. It turns out she has a tumor which is affecting her nerves in that area. It does not appear to be cancerous. At her age of 12 plus years, plus arthritis and IBD, we will not opt to put her through very expensive, invasive surgery. She is on a low allergen grain free diet and is still happy, comfortable & eating well. We are praying she gets a lot more quality time, as she arrived here 2 years years ago after 10 years of neglect and living on a chain.

Tara before coming to Journey's End Ranch


Tara Nov.2, 2011

We are THRILLED that we will be receiving the Pepsi Grant to fence more acreage and install horse shelters and hay storage. We cannot thank all of you who voted enough!

The first half is paid this month and we just ordered an 18 X 21 metal structure for a shelter and an 18 X 31 structure to store hay. Hay prices are through the roof in Az….almost $400 a ton, and we use 2.5 tons a month (not even counting Knickers’ pellets).  We are already searching for quality grass hay in bulk and hope to save a lot of money by doing so.

Donations are needed to build up our almost depleted hay fund, so we can get a probable semi load of ~ 20-25 tons. We are trying to come up with $5000-6000 to do so. Otherwise, we will remain at the mercy of Az. hay growers and the feed store acting as middle man.

We also continue to advocate for all animals and to network animals in need. Just several weeks ago, we received an email about 2 eleven year old Italian Greyhounds in need of a home. I immediately thought of our friend Keith in Phoenix. He took them in and they are now living a great life, gaining weight (they had been skin & bones) and getting the love and TLC they deserve. Thank you, Keith!

Thank you to Lynda Nicholson  for the fantastic SEO work she is doing to make us more visible on Google searches and to Terri Rylander for doing a lot of our website work as a volunteer.

I had been feeling more run-down than usual for several months, and was having almost constant asthma attacks, despite wearing my respirator when handling hay. I did some research on Addison’s disease. Well, I found I needed to increase my cortisol dosage and began taking it in divided doses. I regained my strength within a few days. Because I have had Lyme for 40 years, my body is under enormous stress, not to mention the stresses of running the sanctuary. I am so happy now because I feel as if this info literally saved my life.

JERAS has a few new supporters as of January and we wish to thank them and our old friends and supporters for allowing us to continue our work here,  now providing a safe & happy home to 25 animals. Please think of us and mention us to others when deciding on the best animal charities to donate to.


Cathy & the Gang

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January 16 th


New burros arrive at the sanctuary!

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Saturday evening, the two BLM burros saved from the feedlot by Edgewood Longears Safehouse in New Mexico arrived here. Longears sent them via a very fancy horse transport rig and they travelled with two show horses en-route to Las Vegas. They hopped right off the trailer and seemed to be in great shape after their 9 hour trip.

New burros, Esperanza and Nina

New burros from New Mexico

The two new girls have sponsors to cover their hay. Thank you, Joyce and Nancy! We are very happy to work with Dorothea Lotter and Andrew Cross who run a great burro rescue in New Mexico. These two are from a large group they rescued from a feedlot back in November. Most, if not all, of them would have ended up being used for roping practice which is a very cruel way to treat a burro. Many are injured and permanently emotionally damaged by this so-called “sport”.

Esperanza is very pregnant. So far, all 5 burros seem to like one another through the fence. The new girls are in their own paddock for now until they settle in.

new burros


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