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Journey’s End Ranch April 1, 2015 Newsletter

Some good news from our home state- Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey vetoed legislation yesterday that would have weakened all but one of Arizona’s current laws against cruelty to farm animals, including horses. We received this message from his office:

“Thank you for taking the time to contact Governor Doug Ducey regarding H.B. 2150 (Livestock or poultry cruelty; exception; violation; classification; definition).

Yesterday afternoon, Governor Ducey did veto this legislation. ”

You can read his veto letter here

Bayron had 7 weeks to recover from his gelding surgery & it was time to try him with other horses. Since he lived for 8 years as a stallion, most of that time isolated from other horses, we wanted to be cautious. Because he is so fearful that he is virtually “untouchable”, I ran about 300 feet of temporary electric fence from his area to where he was headed and then gently herded him over to his new home. I had set up some pipe corral panels so he could have his own pen for the first few days, from which he could meet & nuzzle the others over the corral. Warrior, who is 26 and lived his first 4 years as a stallion in the wild, seems to like Bayron a lot. On the first day I turned Bayron out, I shut Warrior, Penny & Red in so Bayron & Lucky could get acquainted first. Lucky is always quite a gentleman. That went well. When Penny & Red joined them, there was no real conflict and everyone settled down quickly. However, when Warrior was  turned out, he reverted back into his younger years and decided Bayron needed to be chased away.

Now, Warrior has a very bad knee and arrived here 2 and 1/2 years ago with a pronounced limp. Our vet even hinted at wanting to put him to sleep not too long ago. I thought he was doing well despite his age & old injuries. He gets supplements which reduce inflammation, a proper diet containing no processed feeds, no corn, soy, wheat or sugars, and he has 24/7 turnout on 3 acres. He used to have hoof issues, but between my hoof trimming and his natural lifestyle, his feet improved greatly and almost maintain themselves now. He gets no drugs. We strongly believe in “natural horse care”.

Here is testimony to how effective Warrior’s care has proved to be. The video was several days ago and everyone has calmed down. Bayron, who has DSLD (suspensory ligament disease) is on supplements to treat that. It is not curable.  You will be surprised to see how fast two “crippled” horses can run. Neither even ended up limping after all the running they did. Horse have a wonderful ability to work things out, given enough time and space.


Now that Bayron is losing his winter coat, he appears to be a roan.


Bayron late March

Bayron late March

We received the beautiful portrait of Carson from Susan Monty. It brings him back to life and I am very grateful to her for such a wonderful gift.


"Carson" by Susan Monty

“Carson” by Susan Monty


UPDATE APRIL 9 !  We have received $2030 towards hay, $2000 matched, for a total of $4030. That will buy a semi-load of new bermuda hay (just cut recently) or about 285 bales. Our 23 rescued horses & burros will have hay into late July. THANK YOU to all who donated and shared. We cannot do it alone.

The HAY FUNDS DRIVE IS ON with matching donations!
WE NOW HAVE $2000 pledged in matching funds! So, let’s begin the hay drive & try to bring in $2000 which will be matched, giving us enough for a semi-load. Thank you! Your donation will be doubled! Donations are tax deductible.

UPDATE 4/5  We have $1178 in donations towards the $2000 we need. THANK YOU!

All donations are always greatly appreciated.

Our weather is very warm already, with afternoon temperatures in the 80’s. The horses are shedding and a few already ask to be hosed off while I am filling the water tanks.






What your donations accomplish:

Journey’s End Ranch Animal Sanctuary is housed on Cathy’s 24 acres at no cost to the sanctuary. She also pays the utilities. Therefore, all donations go directly to the animals’ care, with the exception of some office supplies and a very small amount of advertising. Cathy does not get paid for the work she does, caring for the animals alone with very little outside help,  despite serious health challenges. Cathy does much of the vetting and the hoof trimming, too.

$30.00 will feed the numerous wild quail, doves, rabbits and ravens we feed for a month.

$20.00 will feed Rambeau, the Barbados sheep, for a month. It will also buy a new hoof rasp for the horse’s hoof trimming, which Cathy does herself.
$15 will buy a 50# sack of the hay pellets that Knickers and Warrior require, as they are old & missing teeth.

$15.00 also buys a 100# bale of hay. We use 2.5-3 bales a day to feed 10 burros and 13 horses.

$30.00 buys a bucket of the vitamin mineral supplement the equines get and will last 3 weeks.

$40.00 will supply a burro with hay for a month.

$80.00 buys enough hay to feed a horse for a month.

$125.00 will cover a ranch call when we need the vet to come (not very often, as good management is the best medicine). We do need our vet for a yearly inspection to keep our rescue license.

150.00 will cover the cost of a dental for one equine.

*If you want an inspirational story suitable for children, Poco says he has more books available.*


Wishing everyone a very Happy Easter!


Cathy & the Gang


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September 22 nd


JERAS Daily Diary Sept.22

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In an attempt to bring more people into our group of friends and supporters, I will try to blog daily…so everyone can see the hard work involved here and maybe we will get the donations we need to survive. All donations go to the animals, I do not get paid.

Today, I rose early, feeling as I always do- like I have the flu. My right hand was also numb, just Lyme neuropathy, but it made piling 10 dogs a little more difficult. I then fed the 9 equines and pig and goat. I picked up dog waste in the yard. I vacuumed the house, fed the dogs, gave them their rawhide, then cooked and ate my breakfast. I cleared a few of the > 500 emails we get daily.

I had been walking all 10 dogs daily, requiring 4 trips up and down the dirt road. I would log about 3 miles myself and I was continually getting my back and shoulder injured by most of the dogs who go ballistic when they see a rabbit or lizard. It was unsustainable. Keeping them in the house and 1/4 acre yard is not stimulating enough- they get bored. I can’t see any use in keeping unhappy animals and try to always consider their emotional well-being. I applied for a small grant to allow us to build a play yard and I am again taking a leap of faith that we will get it, so I went ahead and ordered about $450 in materials and had my neighbor use his tractor to clear 330 feet of planned fence line.

I decided to go with electric mesh- easy to install, so I would not have to break my back driving 30 T posts or hire someone else. We got “Fast fence” from Max Flex and they gave us a 10% discount. I have put the actual mesh fence up over the past few days. I also installed a gate to lead out of the yard. I had to drive 2 T posts to a depth of 2 feet in order to install the gate. Tomorrow, I install another gate to connect Bear’s existing 30 X 80 foot yard to the new “play yard”. Today, I drove about 200 6 inch stakes to hold the bottom “cold” strand to the ground to prevent digging or squeezing under. I connected the new little low impedance charger to a ground pole (copper pipe driven 8 feet into moist soil under one of our trees) and connected it to the new fence and viola- it worked! The fence tester registers 2000 volts, sounds scary, but that is not much compared to the 5000 volts the horse fence registers. I shock myself daily climbing through the fence, and since these chargers pulse, you only get a quick shock.

These Fast Fence electric mesh fences are used at wolf sanctuaries, by dog owners, and often for keeping sheep safe from predators. Once an animal is shocked, they rarely go back to challenge the fence again.

I left all the sage brush in the new yard, so the dogs will be able to hunt lizards and any other game, real or imaginary. If they see a lizard or ground squirrel go down a hole, it turns into hours of digging fun. After I install the last gate tomorrow, I can let them out to play. I will take video.

By the time I gave the horses, burros, sheep and pig their lunch, got tonight’s hay pellets soaking, changed and filled their water tubs and hosed off all the horses (they stood in line for that- they are already growing winter coats and we are still having summer weather), it was 2 PM when I got lunch. As soon as I get off here, I need a shower, then will feed the dogs and catch a quick nap. I slept 6 hours last night, I rarely get more than that.

I still have hundreds of emails to sort through, more animal advocacy issues to post on numerous Facebook pages, some accounting to finish, dogs to medicate and brush teeth, Mocha to play ball with….

Carson is still recovering from his attack of adrenal failure 2 days ago and Patty is confined to the corner of the kitchen since she injured her knee. She screams whenever I leave the house, as only a basenji or basenji mix can. She is on double dose GABA which is an amino acid that helps with anxiety (and seizures) and flower essences….but she still screams due to very severe separation anxiety from years of being shuffled from home to home and shelter to shelter.

See you tomorrow, should you care to come back.


PS: Major breakthrough with Windy. For the first time since arriving 20 months ago, she let me walk up to her and scratch her withers. Before this, I would have to chase her into a tiny corral on order to touch or halter her, which I only subjected her to on a few occasions for hoof trimming.

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September 22 nd


JERAS Daily Diary

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The Christian tradition in which I was raised taught that our good deeds would be rewarded. I guess that concept is ingrained in my psyche…

Two years ago, I was just a disabled and ill person with 11 rescued animals. I had borrowed as much as I could to support them, trusting I would sell a piece of land I had to pay off the debt. With a very depressed real estate market, I realized I was in trouble and could borrow no more. I decided to become a non-profit, then a 501(c)3 and throw myself fully into rescue. I finally found a computer I could tolerate with my severe MCS. I was sure that with a good website and networking, I could bring in enough funding to not only support the animals here already, but to expand to having as many as I could care for properly with my health challenges and no outside help. We took in an additional 4 horses, 5 dogs and  a sheep.

I did finally sell the land, and every cent of the monthly incoming payments goes to paying off old rescue debt. I spend 8 hours a day caring for animals and another 8 on the computer. Between my personal Facebook contacts and fans of the sanctuary’s Fb page and my Holistic Animal Health page, I have > 4,000 contacts. I am also on Twitter, Linkedin and other networking sites.

I not only care for these 21 animals, I have saved dozens of others by fostering,  networking to the right people and helping coordinate shelter “pulls” and transports to new homes.

I also help a lot of people with their own health issues and with holistic  animal care advice. I was a licensed vet tech before becoming disabled 17 years ago with multiple complications from many years of undiagnosed Lyme disease and babesiosis. Doctors said I was dying 14 years ago, but I spent thousands if hours researching Lyme and Multiple Chemical Sensitivities and  found what I needed to do to save my own life. I cannot go out in public or be hospitalized, so I am on my own.

So, we are still not bringing in quite enough to support the 21 JERAS rescues. We were very fortunate to receive several large donations in the past year, but we cannot count on that again. Without them, we would have gone under.  Most of these animals are not adoptable..the horses have injuries and are not rideable, the dogs have medical needs and behavioral issues that people do not want to deal with…that is why they were on death row to begin with when we took them in.

I cannot physically do more than work 16 hours a day, 7 days a week. I live and breathe this sanctuary, nothing else. I never leave, have no social life except through animal advocacy.  People are always praising me, but this is not about me. It is about the survival  of these precious and worthy animals.

In an attempt to bring more people into our group of friends and supporters, I will try to blog daily…so everyone can see the hard work involved here and maybe  these animals will be rewarded  because of my good deeds.


Today, I rose early,  feeling as I always do- like I have the flu. I gave medications to 10 dogs, then fed the 9 equines and pig and goat. I picked up dog waste in the yard. I vacuumed the house,  fed the dogs, gave them their rawhide, then cooked and ate my breakfast. I cleared a few of the > 500 emails we get daily. I drove 5 miles to get our mail and a bag of dog food. I must wear my chemical respirator to interact with the man at the store ( to think that for the first 40 years of my life, I actually cared what I looked like..LOL). When I got home, I put the  35# of dog food away. The back surgeon told me to limit my lifting to 10# in 1991 after my fusion..yeah, right!  I took the covers off all the dog beds and cots and started the laundry. I pulled the drain hose from the washer out to run the water on one of the trees. We do not waste grey water in the desert. I went down and put soaking boots on Flash and Kola.. Kola does not like them, so it is a bit of a struggle, but we must treat the hoof infections she arrived with from her time with BLM. I then put my respirator on in order to mix the Oxine and citric acid hoof soaking solution. It gives off chlorine fumes. I filled the hoof boots with the Oxine, Kola trying to avoid it. I came up to the house  and got the dog laundry into the dryer,  drained the hose and put it away.

After 20 minutes of soaking, it was time to pull the boots. I then trimmed both Kola’s and Flash’s feet. Flash has feet distorted by years of improper trimming. He has hoof infection that goes down many layers. I must do a trim weekly (this was # 5 since he arrived a month ago). By keeping the walls down to live sole, we avoid peripheral loading and he is now walking on his frogs and sole as Nature intended. This is allowing his hoof capsule to shorten to a more normal length and form. I also have to “back up” his toes and clean out infected sole. Kola was kind and allowed me to trim her without leaning on me too much. I am not really up to holding up a 900# horse.

I then gave the horses and burros their noon hay, emptied and refilled water tubs, and fed the pig and sheep.

I was literally drenched (it is still hot here). I started cooking lunch and took a shower. I ate, then put all the dog bedding back on their cots (I must pin it on).I got a 30 minute nap. It was then time for the dogs’ second meal (3 PM). I fed them, doling out the numerous supplements they take. I washed my sink full of dishes and washed the 10 dog dishes and their water bowl.

…then, I came here to blog…..I still have hours of paperwork/computer work to do, still need to vacuum and mop floors, feed horses, burros, sheep and pig. In the evening, they get their pan of soaked hay pellets and vitamin/mineral supplement in addition to hay. I am on a new supplement which acts as an immune modulator…it is causing a lot of Lyme Herx (die-off), but the severe heart pain I have been having for a month has gone away. I think it is helping, just praying it does not turn into an out-of-control cytokine storm which occur every few months and can be life-threatening. One Lyme “protocol” I was on 2004-2007 overstimulated my immune system and I have been struggling to slow it down before it kills me. The Microlactin I started 8 days ago is supposed to get your WBC’s fighting infection in your bloodstream, not in your organs/joints where they set off inflammation. Praying it is the answer….

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