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August was a busy and pretty exciting month, with the arrival of a new mustang, our Carson being featured in a calendar, a new contest for grant money and some severe storms.

We had a lot of monsoonal storm activity with thunderstorms. Three weeks ago, our transformer was hit by lightening and we were without power from 3 PM to 11PM. The work crew had to reset the transformer in the rain, with their spotlights. That set the mustangs off galloping and, the next morning, Scout was very lame with a tendon injury. I had to separate him from the herd and put him on the north 2 acres with Cheyenne, his favorite mare. He is doing much better now.. Just when it looked like the storms/monsoon season was over…we had a microburst at 11 PM on Labor Day night- about 2 gallons of water blew through the doggie dog & across the living room.. Carson was hit with water in his bed.. just when I finished mopping up, another big lightening strike and our transformer was hit again! We were without power until 6:30 AM when the electric company came out.. the dogs were nervous & several barked all night and I got about 3 hours sleep.. our electric fences were messed up and I spent hours fixing shorts the next day. The charger to  the perimeter fence blew a fuse, which means the fence was also hit by lightening. There were feeders that ended up hundreds of feet away from where they had been & they were lifted over 5 foot fences by the wind. A 100 gallon tub travelled 400 feet and landed in the dog’s exercise yard. A big roll of chicken wire that had been on the south side of the hay shed ended up by the house, several hundred feet away….a stack of roofing sheets that were under blocks behind one shed ended up all over, one sheet in Knicker’s corral… thank goodness all the animals were OK. I am still searching for two feeders, which are nowhere to be found on our 30 acres and beyond.

Furever Rescued Calendars are out and our Carson is featured! Half of sale goes to the rescue you choose and you can choose Journey’s End Ranch & help us if you want to.

This is the image they used and Carson is February.


Please vote daily! Journeys End Ranch Animal Sanctuary is in the Shelter Challenge and really need funds as donations do not cover the cost of caring for 32 animals. Voting is DAILY and goes into October. Please help us. Go here to vote and please vote DAILY.  Thank you!

You can also help us by entering Journey’s End Ranch Animal Sanctuary in this contest. Thank you! Do you know of a horse rescue that could use free feed? Horse Illustrated is partnering with Nutrena to “Feed a Horse in Need.” Find out how to nominate your favorite equine rescue to win feed from Nutrena. Click

Mochaloca is in a photo contest. Mochaloca wants to be a cover girl! Please vote (daily)!


We have a new mustang. This 14 year old, abandoned mustang ended up at an animal shelter in Southern California, was adopted out, returned  very lame and was facing being put down. He has some front and hind end lameness and is wary of people. A friend of ours who volunteers at the shelter begged us to give him a home, but we could not commit to him because we just depleted our available funds getting in a winter’s supply of hay..she offered to cover his vetting and transport and then another angel appeared who offered to sponsor “Lucky”, so he can join our mustang herd and have safety & happiness. He arrived two weeks ago. Thank you so much to both of them and to all the generous people who allow us to continue our work.

Lucky was captured in the same area of Southern Nevada that Windy and Rene’ came from, though they were captured  three years later.



We also want to thank  our very generous, anonymous donor who allowed us to get in the rest of the winter’s hay supply!

The eight burros are now all together, as we put the two geldings in with the jennies and youngsters. Julio is bonding with Pepito,  who will be a male role model for him.

the lunch bunch

Julio at 9 months old


I don’t like to talk about myself much, but most of you know I have pretty severe chronic Lyme disease, malaise and pain and getting through every day is a struggle. The intense heat and humidity this summer has been really brutal, but I get up in the morning and say a prayer I will get through the day. Caring for the animals requires about 7 hours of outdoor labor and much of it is hard manual work, especially all the hoof trimming and hay hauling. I have never sweated so much in my, I seem to push myself through the “wall” and actually end up feeling better after a few hours of laboring in the heat and humidity. I do believe the Universe has a purpose for all of us and sometimes we must practice a lot of “mind over matter” to achieve our purpose. Thank you for all the moral support, your friendship and your financial support which allows these animals to have a happy home. It is very greatly appreciated!



Cathy & the Gang

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May 4 th


JERAS Newsletter May 5, 2012

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JERAS Newsletter May 5, 2012

We have had a busy and eventful month since the last JERAS newsletter. In early April, we agreed to take in a 9 year old beagle from the local shelter so she would not be put to sleep. She has a microchip which was never registered, but we were able to trace her back to the company which had implanted it. They are the world’s largest supplier of puppy mill puppies and ship puppies world-wide. “Rhonda” will be 10 in September. She arrived here with kennel cough and had to be isolated for a few weeks. She was also extremely hyper excitable and somewhat dog aggressive, so we sent serum to Hemopet for thyroid testing. She came back in the lower half of normal. Despite this, I decided to give her a trial of very low dose thyroxine and within a few doses, she was calmer & less aggressive. I asked Dr. Dodds (of Hemopet) what she thought and she said Rhonda was probably  “subclinical hypothyroid” and it was OK to keep her on the low dose if it improved her behavior. We are seeing more improvement even after 10 days, as it can take a few weeks to fully take effect, metabolically speaking. She is still kept away from the other dogs, but the house & yards are set up so I can “juggle” dogs to keep everyone safe. For now, she has part of the kitchen all day and an outside yard and can see everyone else, but can’t get herself into trouble. She also had a lot of tartar which she has managed to scrape off her teeth with chewing on bones. She is learning to accept tooth brushing, also. She also has some nighttime incontinence, but it is no bother to wash her bedding…I really hate seeing senior dogs ending up at shelters, it is not the fate they deserve after years of serving as someone’s pet.



We also accepted a 19 year old Arabian gelding whose owner could no longer keep him due to health problems. His name is Rusty, so now we have a “Big Rusty” and a “Little Rusty”. Big Rusty  arrived with rain rot (skin fungus) and thrush (infected hooves). Both are responding well to treatment. He also has some insecurity and a few behavioral issues, but we are working on them. He has 2 acres to himself as the mustangs were being too aggressive towards him. Once we have the additional acreage fenced and another shelter (thanks to the Pepsi grant, second half coming soon), we will try putting Rusty and Raven there, away from the mustangs. Right now, even Raven has rejected him. Raven would probably be fine with Rusty once they can be moved across the driveway to the new area.

Big Rusty

We just filed our midterm report with Global Giving/Pepsi Refresh and were approved for the second half of the grant. The next $5000 will fence more land and put up another shelter. We are so very grateful to our friends who voted for us, to Pepsi and Global Giving.

Three days ago, Shyla and Bear tangled with a rattlesnake. I treated them at home with conventional veterinary medicines, homeopathy and herbal remedies. Shyla was fully recovered after 2 days and Bear still has some swelling, but feels pretty well.

Shyla after rattlesnake bite

Bear after rattlesnake bite

The desert is a beautiful place to live. We have no mosquitoes, no fleas, no ticks, no gnats, very few flies… but we do have rattlesnakes.

Shyla 2 days post bite- back to normal


We have been having our spring hay funds drive. The funds from the October hay drive were used up by the beginning of March due to rising hay prices. I searched the internet and found grass hay from Idaho that sounded nice. The rancher’s wife sells some horse hay as a side line. She sent us some and it was clean & green. They also had their hay analyzed by a lab. We found a shipping company who can bring us 20 tons… total for the hay, shipping and unloading/stacking on this end will be about $4750.00. 20 tons of Az. hay from the feed store would have cost about $8000. We hope to have it by the middle of next week. It should last us through 2012.

So far, donations to the hay drive are at about $3800. This includes $800 of matching funds generously offered by one of our loyal supporters who has offered to match up to $1000. We hope to bring in another $1000 by the end of May to cover the 20 tons of hay we are getting, as we cannot deplete our general funds- we still have other animals to care for and feed, supplements, supplies and an occasional vet bill.

Thank you to everyone who has donated so far! We will be randomly choosing (names pulled from a hat) donors at the end of May to receive art and other thank you gifts, plus an Equi-Spirit ball (horse toy) generously donated by Lisa & Kenny Williams.

JERAS is now home to 10 dogs, a pig, a sheep, 9 horses and 5 burros. Esperanza is very big, but no baby yet! Nothing would be possible without your support and we greatly appreciate our friends & donors.




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April 9 th


Rhonda beagle and other news

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Last week, we took in an old beagle from the local shelter because she  had been there 3 weeks and the shelter was full and could not hold her any longer. She has an unregistered microchip, but by calling the microchip company, we were able to find out she had been “processed” by the Hunte Corp. which is the largest broker of puppy mill dogs in the world. They are in Missouri. We found out that she will be ten years old in Sept. She was shipped to a Kingman pet shop and apparently lived here all her life. Why no one went searching for her is a mystery, but she sat at the shelter for 3 weeks after coming in as a stray.

The shelter called her Wanda, but we tweaked it to Rhonda. She has kennel cough and is staying in our isolation pen and is not too happy about it. She does, however, enjoy 3 long walks every day. She arrived very thin, but is gaining weight and getting very spunky on good food (Diamond Naturals Senior Eight) and supplements. I put 2 coats on her at night so she stays warm. She also has some bad dental tartar, but gnawing on bones has helped  scrape a lot of it away already. She is very happy and a pleasure to have here. I can’t wait until her cough subsides so she can come up and join the other dogs.



Rhonda enjoying a bone


Our friend, Billie, has a daughter in college in Memphis whose professor started the American Values Project

We submitted this picture to them of Carson and me

American Values Project submission


Carson was very suspicious of the self portrait I was attempting to take and was beginning to curl his lip at me…

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