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Tomorrow is our 4th anniversary of becoming a 501(c)3  How time has passed so quickly!

We have had a very mild winter and sure feel sorry for most of the rest of the country which had such a rough one. The horses are already shedding and a few of the mustangs ask to be hosed down when I am filling the water troughs.

Rhonda, our 11 year old beagle who arrived 2 years ago, appears to have degenerative myelopathy. I noticed her rear end was weak when we got her out of the local shelter 2 years ago. With lots of room to run, she got stronger. Several months ago, she started getting a bit wobbly and ataxic in her hind end. She has no pain. I always try to avoid running to the vet for every issue that comes up, as we cannot afford to and I am an enthusiastic problem-solver. I did a little internet research and found that degenerative myelopathy is the only hind end disorder with no pain involved. Usually, a dog is paralyzed within 6 months to a year of developing any symptoms. However, I am a huge fan of supplements and I feel some that I have been giving her for 2 years have slowed the progression. This article was very informative. http://www.examiner.com/article/dr-r-m-clemmons-and-the-fight-against-degenerative-myelopathy-of-german-shepherd-dogs the drug used to delay the progression of this condition is expensive, but I just found a compounding pharmacy that is said to be much cheaper and will have our vet call them tomorrow (update, we can get it for $17 a month and it is on its way). At any rate, we will continue with supplements and give her the best quality of life possible until her hind end gives out. Rhonda is very high strung and has some anxiety issues, so a cart/wheelchair would not be a solution in my opinion. She also needs to be able to get through the dog doors and our terrain is not level or smooth. Rhonda is the most joyful and funny little girl, her tail is always wagging, and she is often baying her head off. She was found on the streets and was never claimed from the local shelter. She had never been spayed and she protects her collection of stuffed animals and carries them around, so it seems she had been used as a breeder until no longer “useful”. The extensive dental she required 2 years ago left her with a lot of missing teeth and her smile always reminds me of a Jack-o-lantern. Taking in old and ill animals is always inviting heartbreak, but the joy they experience by being given a new life makes it worthwhile.

Rhonda

Rhonda

Carson is starting to feel his age, but is still active and a source of constant amusement for me. He is the smartest, most obstinate, bossy dog I have ever met. I love him so much!

Rainy & Carson March 7

Rainy & Carson March 7

Jabari, the basenji we took in from the horrific OAS hoarding situation, has gone to a wonderful new home after being with us for medical care and rehab for 5 weeks. He was somewhat intimidated by our other boisterous dogs and our friend, Keith (a BRAT volunteer) found him a home with a man who was raised with basenjis and with two daughters who have bonded with Jabari. They were willing to deal with Jabari’s Fanconi syndrome and need for testing, supplements and thyroid medicine for the rest of his life. Jabari is about 6 years old and went through living hell at OAS, where dogs were kept crated for months to years, in a metal building. They were fed unrefrigerated raw meat, and were only fed every other day. No one knows his history, but his new family has found him to be very smart, playful and entertaining. It is a miracle he survived and it is no wonder he was aggressive when he first arrived in Arizona. With medical care, good nutrition, love and patience, he has blossomed. We are so grateful to Keith, Bernard, Kenzie and Kiana!

Jabari in his new home

Jabari in his new home

Our Vice President, Bonnie, who lives 40 miles north of JERAS, had been feeding an an abandoned dog for a few weeks. He was in a yard down the road from her. When no one claimed him, she took pictures, we networked him and within days, he had been transported to Las Vegas where a rescue group took care of his veterinary needs, neutered him, had him groomed and placed him in a loving home. Thank you, Bonnie,  Beth Snook of Niki’s Pals(who transported him) and So NV Australian Shepherd Rescue! It really does “take a village”.

Teddy, sad and alone

Teddy, sad and alone

Teddy after grooming & in a home

Teddy after grooming & in a home

Bear and Maggie got early haircuts and both are very happy. Bear is actually doing pirouettes and I keep thinking we have acquired a black poodle. Apparently, Bear is not crazy about his Chow Chow coat and getting rid of it has been a blessing for him. He was a once-feral dog and has been with us for 9 years.

Maggie, now 13. She was tired after her grooming session.

Maggie, now 13. She was tired after her grooming session.

Bear

Bear

Our local shelter/animal control has a new manager. Mary used to work for our vet and had been a shelter manager in Ca. for 8 years at one time. Things are really improving there now and they actually have a Facebook page up, too. We are thrilled to know that many more local animals will be saved now. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Western-Arizona-Humane-Society-Kingman/667763806617095  We have fostered 6 dogs from that shelter in the past few years and try to network the dogs and cats there as much as time allows me to.

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Sienna, the quarter horse mare we took in last spring,  is never going to be sound and is going to live permanently at a rescue who adopted her out 2 years ago. When the adopter decided they no longer wanted her, they violated their contract and sold her, instead of returning her to C Bar J Rescue. She went through another two homes and was then “free” on Craig’s list. I thought we might be able to rehab her with body work and hoof trimming, but she has arthritis in an elbow and will not be rideable. We are happy that C Bar J wants her back as a permanent resident and it will lessen my work load and help our finances.

Sienna

Sienna

Sienna

Sienna

Our bank account was very low and had me extremely worried, as these animals have to be fed. We have a wonderful new supporter whose generosity has come to our immediate rescue, but we still need to broaden our donor base to afford some future security for these horses, burros, dogs, pigs and sheep. Please help if you can or at least share our website, Facebook page and Affiliates page. I can care for the animals, but funding is needed to buy the feed and supplies they require. I am turning SIXTY this month, so please make it a happy birthday by helping us. Thank you!

Here’s a gift idea! You can make a donation to us in behalf of someone else, such as your grandkids, and we will send one of our photo cards to them, with the story of the animal featured. Just make a donation of $10 or more and be sure to include a note and the name and address of the recipient when using Paypal or sending a check. Thank you!

Do you shop at Smith’s, Kroger or Fred Myer? You can help us!
 All you need is a Smith’s Rewards Card and then go online to create an account and choose Journeys End Ranch Animal Sanctuary. Every time you shop and swipe your card, you will be helping the animals here. Click here for instructions. http://www.jersanctuary.org/2014/01/shop-smiths-can-help-us/

Affiliates- http://www.jersanctuary.org/available-merchandise/

Join us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Journeys-End-Ranch-Animal-Sanctuary/250656459004?fref=ts

 

Cathy & Carson

 

 

 

 

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Journey’s End Ranch January 6, 2014 Newsletter

HAPPY NEW YEAR! 

We hope you had a nice Christmas. Thanks to everyone who sent us cards and also donations.

We lost our little potbellied pig, Wilbur, on Dec. 19. He was 14 years old and had been showing his age and slowing down. He refused his lunch that day and just lied down quietly an hour later and passed without a struggle. I buried him in his down comforter that someone had given him. His passing left a big void and we contacted Windy’s Rescue in Las Vegas to see if they might have two pigs who were “less adoptable” and who would get along with each other. Janice was excited to tell us about Benton (8) and Carter (2). They are two neutered males who are bonded. Benton has some fear issues and Windy’s thought both would have to stay there forever. They brought them down to us on Dec. 29 and they have settled in quickly. They are both very smart and active. Wilbur was a very small pig and the doghouses we have were not really roomy enough for the new boys, so I built two  piggy houses out of plywood. I also built a new enclosure for Rambeau, the Barbados sheep. It is larger and he is surrounded by horses, which makes him happy.

Carter (left) and Benton

Carter (left) and Benton

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Benton snuggled into his new house

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Benton

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Rambeau

 

 

Here is some video of the pigs and mustangs.

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I used my Christmas money from my Dad to get a new digital camera and a nice, lightweight circular saw. My old camera is 9 years old and falling apart and the new saw made building the pig houses much easier. In the past, I used my jigsaw to cut plywood and that is quite laborious.

All of the dogs, horses and burros are well. This month, Windy and Rene’ (the rodeo mustangs) have been here 4 years and Knickers (the 32 year old stallion) and Nina and Esperanza (the 2  burros who arrived pregnant) have been here 2 years. All have improved greatly, both physically and emotionally since arriving.

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Rene’ and Windy

 

NEW CONTEST!

We are in another contest to win $500 and we are leading as of today. You can vote daily through January and you can also Tweet for an extra vote and take surveys for up to 5 extra votes.  We did not receive any grants in 2013 and we lost some donors due to the economy. Please help us win this money, as our feed bill alone is now about $1700 a month to feed 33 animals.

Please vote for Journeys End Ranch Animal Sanctuary DAILY in January so we can win $500 to feed our 33 animals. THANK YOU!
http://www.shopforyourcause.com/voting-challenge

You can also take SURVEYS and get extra votes!

Receive 1 bonus vote for Tweeting the name of your rescue to @rs271404 and by following @rs271404 on Twitter.
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THANK YOU!
Cathy & the Gang at JERAS
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Journey’s End Ranch Animal Sanctuary May 4, 2013 Newsletter

 

We’ve had another busy month. Several weeks ago, our Vice President, Bonnie, set a trap in her rural area to catch 2 dogs which had been running loose in the desert for more than a month. She caught one, which was a pup, and found it a home with one of her friends. It was very shy at first, but is becoming socialized. A week later, she caught an emaciated, sweet little poodle/schnauzer mix female dog who is about a year old. We took her here for a week, vaccinated and dewormed her and got a few pounds on her. We are thankful to our local networking friends, because “Emma” found a fantastic home where she is loved and has 2 doggie “siblings”, a large yard & gets to sleep on the bed with her people. She was spayed this week.

Here she is before & after being groomed.

Emma

Emma after grooming

 

One of our other board members, Darcy, just found this beautiful dog in Las Vegas yesterday and was able to get her into a foster home. They hope to reunite her with her owner, as she looks as if she has been well cared for.

beautiful dog found in Las Vegas

Our veterinarian was out on the 23rd to geld little Julio. All went well. He also drew blood from 3 dogs who needed their thyroid levels checked and we did a blood draw on Big Rusty to see if he might have Lyme disease, as he had lived in areas with ticks several years ago. Because he has a lot of soreness and vague lameness, we wanted to rule Lyme out. The test was negative.

Big Rusty

The day the vet was out, Mocha was showing symptoms of pain in the morning and we were not sure if it was a gut problem or perhaps a back injury from running the evening before. It ended up being a spinal injury and she is now on  course of prednisone which has made her feel a lot better by reducing the inflammation while she heals.

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Julio

Anne, who does hoof trimming and body work, was out to work on Rusty and he is feeling much better after 3 sessions. He is more comfortable & has gained weight, too. She also trimmed Knickers’ feet, as he is a a two person job. The rest of the horses I can do myself. She also did some body work on Knicky and loosened up his front end. So many horses are in pain from old injuries or misuse and, because they are prey animals, they hide their pain and people are not aware they have problems. At the 2000 American Farrier’s Convention, it was said that 90% of the worlds horses are really unsound, although only 10 % are “dead lame”.  They felt that only 10% are truly sound. That is a sad testimony to poor horse care. JERAS practices natural horse care, natural barefoot trimming, gives them lots of room to roam, companionship and proper feeding. Many of the traditional ways of keeping horses- in stalls, with metal shoes and fed grain-are really not what Nature intended and there is now a huge movement to care for horses in a way which respects their natural evolutionary requirements. Even thought most of our horses have old injuries, they have blossomed here because of natural horse-keeping. http://www.jersanctuary.org/natural-and-organic-care/horse-health/

Julio has recovered from his surgery and it back to playing with Florencia. Here is a short video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CzL5WV-ScSM&feature=share&list=UUtBd65iat7_EgdgMfQ46brQ

We received enough favorable new reviews to receive a Top-Rated Nonprofits 2013 status from Great Nonprofits. Thank you to everyone who took the time to write a review! Additional reviews are welcomed, too.

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

April was a busy month and also found us with about $800 in vet bills. As always, we are very grateful for our supporters. Thank you!

Love,

Cathy & The Gang

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