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February 28 th


Please Donate to Animal Charity

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Won’t you please donate to animal charity? We are proud to be one of a handful of Equine Rescues Licensed in Arizona. We take in homeless horses and burros and give them a good life. Our support comes from generous folks like you. Could you sponsor a horse, burro or other precious animal? Every little bit helps! I work 16 hour days and don’t get paid a cent. My property houses our 24 rescues at no cost to the sanctuary… we are struggling with hay prices doubled… Please support the small, honest, hard working organizations. We need to come up with a lot of $$ for hay, > $10,000 by summer if we are to get through to then and then get a semi-load to save $ in the long run. Every bit helps!

Thank you!

Three of our rescued mustangs


Two of our once-wild burros

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February 5 th


Suggestions / Donate To Animal Charity

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When not caring for our 25 animals, I spend a lot of time networking animals and advocating for animals, especially on Facebook. It is very disturbing to discover there are some  illegitimate rescues and some people prospering by pulling on the heartstrings of others. So, how can you protect yourself when you decide to donate to animal charity?

First, just because an organization is huge and well known, don’t assume they will spend your donation wisely. Many people are deciding to give to smaller organizations in hopes that their hard-earned donation money will do more good and not be spent on corporate offices, high salaries and national advertising. However, now you must decide on how to find worthy, smaller organizations when you decide to donate to an animal charity.

This is what I would suggest you do when investigating an animal charity:

1-Do they have 501(c)3 status, or are they, at least, registered in their state as a non-profit corporation?

2-Are they willing to disclose their yearly financial reports? Is most of the revenue spent on actual caring for the animals- ie: food, veterinary care, needed supplies to make the animals comfortable?

3-Do they pay salaries, or are all the workers volunteers? You may not mind if salaries are paid, but you may want to see how much is being paid.

4-Are you welcome to visit the facility? If you can’t visit, do they post photographs and videos so you can do a virtual visit? Is the organization willing to speak to you by telephone to answer your questions?

5-Do the animals look happy and as healthy as possible?

6-Does the organization have a veterinarian willing to make a positive reference?

7- Feel free to ask for references from others- other donors, the feed store, the neighbors…

8-Does the organization have the proper permits to operate? I have seen quite a few “rescues” in a panic, needing to get rid of many animals, because they were not “legal” to begin with.

9- What is your gut feeling about the organization? If something seems “fishy”, investigate more. They may be legitimate and worthy of donations, but do your homework, so you can be sure and feel good about your choice of an animal charity.

There are many small animal charities in dire need of help. JERAS gets daily emails and calls wanting us to take in more animals, but we are not getting enough funds to do so right now. We have recently taken in 3 burros & a horse, but 2 of the burros came with sponsorship. We are getting a grant to install shelters, fence and a hay storage shed, but money to purchase feed must come from donations. We have a county kennel license and are a licensed Equine Rescue with the state of Arizona. You can visit out “Kudos”page for references, too.

I work 16 hour days to care for 25 animals and do the office and computer work. I know other people who work just as hard running their small rescues. We need your help, so please don’t be afraid of supporting us….just do your homework beforehand, so you can feel you made a good decision when choosing to donate to animal charity.

Knickers, won't you sponsor a horse?




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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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