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Journey’s End Ranch Feb. 15, 2018 Newsletter

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Journey’s End Ranch Feb. 15, 2018 Newsletter

First of all, we are very grateful to all the donors who helped us achieve $5000 in matching funds during December & January. THANK YOU!  We got an $1100 feed delivery of hay pellets, supplements and bird seed  Tuesday and have 256 bales of Bermuda hay coming this weekend.

Our winter had been unusually dry until this week. We still haven’t gotten much rain, just enough to settle the dust & make for pretty skies. This rainbow appeared the morning after my dear lifelong friend passed away Feb. 13. Please say a prayer for her family & friends. She will be sorely missed.

Rainbow Feb. 13

Rene’, a 16 year old mustang, had developed a cough from hay dust. The hay grown & baled in the desert Southwest tends to be dusty, which is better than moldy, but it can cause problems. We closed her into the corral with her friend Windy for about 10 days in order to give her soaked hay and anti-inflammatory herbs. She is now OK.

Rene'(roan) and Windy (dun)

I gave Poco a hoof trim. I have to trim his 3 good feet with him standing on them, which is tricky, but I am learning. I use a little saw and pruning shears. Then I slip the rasp underneath to smooth things out. Holding a foot up is too difficult because he ends up trying to balance on just 2 good feet.

Poco hoof.   Poco has the most amazing whiskers!

Poco whiskers

 

 

The quail, doves, sparrows and blackbirds have been very numerous.

Bunnies and squirrels also show up for a little birdseed.

Harris antelope ground squirrel

 

We had a huge problem with bees swarming the hay pellets. They are pure hay, no molasses. The vets believe we lost Knickers because his anaphylactic reaction to the bee sting in July had caused him nerve damage in his lower spine. He was a bit wobbly for a few weeks, then had a fatal colic. The spinal nerves can affect the gut. I had been searching for a deterrent that was also palatable and safe to add to the pellets. I finally found someone on a forum mention peppermint. I mixed up a bit of peppermint oil in a spay bottle of water and it works!  The horses and burros don’t mind it. The bees come in, take a whiff and leave. I deeply regret not finding this info sooner.

My grandmother  was born on this day in 1901. She and my grandfather had a huge impact on my early life. They were both compassionate and courageous people.”Pop” even ran out into NYC traffic to rescue an injured  pigeon I had pointed out to him. He was a decorated veteran of WWI. He had worked in a livery stable from an early age when his father had died leaving a wife and children in a time when there were no social safety nets. He spoke with sadness of all the horses he saw killed during the war.

“Nanny”, my maternal grandmother

 

Charles Ott, WWI

 

Thank you again for helping us reach our donation goal. Thank you to our benefactor who matched the donations! We feel very blessed to be able to provide a safe home for 4 burros, 13 horses, the 2 sheep,  bunnies and wildlife.

Love

Cathy & the Gang

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April 9 th

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OUR HAY DRIVE WAS A FANTASTIC SUCCESS!

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OUR HAY DRIVE WAS A FANTASTIC SUCCESS!

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.

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Chico & Poco

Chico & Poco

13 tons of hay

13 tons of hay

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August 9 th

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Hay Funds Drive!

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Hay Funds Drive!

 

Journey’s End Ranch Animal Sanctuary was very blessed in 2012 when we won 2 sizable grants, thanks to our friends & fans voting for us. One grant allowed us to put up 3 buildings for hay storage and shelter, plus fence more acreage. Because of that, we were able to provide a safe home for an additional 4 horses and 3 burros. The other grant has helped us pay off feed debt, buy more feed and cover other expenses for our 31 animals.

 

 

We have the opportunity to get enough high quality hay at a very good price ($230 a ton) to last us until next year’s harvest. It is teff hay and tested much lower in NSC (“sugars”) than the other hay available in our area. A few of our mustangs arrived borderline IR (insulin resistant) and this hay is much safer for them to eat. We provide a safe and happy home to 8 mustangs, 8 wild burros and 4 old or disabled domestic horses.

 

As always, all donations go directly into animal care- feed, supplies and veterinarian. I do not get paid and my property houses the sanctuary at no cost to it. You can see our reviews here-

http://greatnonprofits.org/org/journeys-end-ranch-animal-sanctuary

We have received 2012 and  2013 Top-Rated Award from GreatNonprofits

 

We are short $2000 to be able to make the purchase. If we can raise this amount, we will be able to buy enough hay to get us to June of 2014. We have not had a hay drive in year. We have lost some regular monthly donations and despite having 6000 fans, our donor base remains at about 100 donors. This is great hay at a very reasonable price, so we hope you will help us reach our goal.

 

Thank you.

Cathy & the Gang

 

You can donate here or mail donations to:

Journey’s End Ranch

3085 East Prairie Hill Rd.

Kingman, Az. 86409

http://www.jersanctuary.org/donate-2/

 

Windy enjoying a run

UPDATE- Aug. 15-

We are in a contest to try and win a $5000 grant. Please help.

Please vote for us and vote daily until Aug. 25. Thank you! http://bit.ly/1czRdxq

 

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