JOURNEYS END RANCH ANIMAL SANCTUARY

Rating: 4.88 stars   66 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: 3085 East Prairie Hill Road Kingman AZ 86409 USA

Mission:
Journey’s End Ranch Animal Sanctuary (JERAS) provides a permanent, nurturing sanctuary for horses and burros which have experienced difficulty being placed due to injury, trauma, or neglect. JERAS also participates in emergency rescue, rehab and re-homing services on a case-by-case and available-resource basis, as well as actively advocates to end animal homelessness and unnecessary euthanasia.


Programs: We provide a permanent, loving home to abused, neglected and abandoned animals.
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Journeys End Ranch Animal Sanctuary provides a permanent home for many animals that may have been euthanized or slaughtered simply because they had nowhere else to go.

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Rating: 4 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Although Journey's End specializes in horses and burros, they did a wonderful job rehabbing an emotionally damaged dog that was rescued from a hoarder.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have heard nothing but wonderful things about these people! Well run, and truly care about the animals.

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I have been a nonprofit administrator for 30 plus years and have known Catherine for that long plus some. She has tirelessly devoted her life to animals and now with Journeys End Ranch, she takes those that are the tough cases, the ones that others don't want. She does all this by herself as she must live solitary due to an extreme allergy condition. She takes no salary and keeps overhead to a minimum. She is a trained vet tech and can provide excellent medical attention. I highly recommend JERAS as an excellent nonprofit.

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As a nonprofit administration professional, I want to unequivocally endorse JERAS for the work that they do, their commitment to saving animals that no one else wants, and their fiscal responsibility. I have known their Executive Director, Catherine Ritlaw, for more than 30 years and know that she is not only an accomplished veterinary tech but also has had years of study and hands on experience with the rehabilitation of large and small animals.
This small nonprofit has no payroll as all donations and grants are funnelled back to the organization and Catherine is the only worker. The number of animals that she is able to save both on-site and by networking with other rescue organizations is very impressive. She does a lot with a little and should serve as a model for what can be done!

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A lot

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Thank you, Jan! BTW, we have known each other for 50 years... ugh! LOL!

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I am a nonprofit Administrator and have known Catherine Ritlaw of JERAS for over 40 years. She has always had a special gift and compassion for animals in need and, after completing her degree as a Vet Tech, I am so pleased thaat she is using her expertise to rescue and rehabilitate animals that otherwise would have been euthanized. Kathy provides a well-run, loving sanctuary and is familiar with all best-practices for such an endeavor. Due to severe chemical sensitivities brought on by years of undiagnosed lyme disease, Catherine cannot be around other people and so operates the sanctuary entirely by herself. Many of the animals are at the end of their normal life span and so are not adoptable. Catherine continues to make improvements to her property for the animals but relies entirely on donations to do this and supply food and healthcare for the many that rely on her and the generosity of those who love animals from all over the world.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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I am a Nonprofit Administrator with 40 years of experience working with and for Nonprofit organizations. I fully understand the need for transparancy with donors as well as maintaining a low overhead and operating expenses. I also have known Catherine Ritlaw for the same number of years and can attest to both her love for animals and her knowledge and skill in their care and treatment. What is being done at JERAS needs to be replicated as a national model. These are the animals that no one else wants, many are unadoptable and yet they can live out their final years at Journey's End in peace and knowing that they are loved. Because of a disability, Catherine does all the work herself without help as she cannot be exposed to everyday chemicals and additives which are toxic to her. The Ranch needs additional financial support so please do not hesitate to give from your heart. - Thanks!

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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2 people found this review helpful

This is a wonderful sanctuary where the animals are cared for by a knowledgeable devoted woman. Catherine Ritlaw has been devoted rescuing animals since a very young age. I know first hand as she had a menagerie at times in our apartment in the Bronx. If you look at the before and after pictures of the animals she has rescued you can clearly see that she is fierce in her determination that these animals live out their lives with the best food , shelter and tender loving care .

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I have known Cathy for 50 years as we grew up together. Even as a child her care giving skills were obvious. She does nothing halfway, the animals in her care get her full attention all of the time. She nurtures them back to health so that they can live out their lives with quiet dignity. She did this for a long time without asking for help. She puts the animals first before her own needs. Just look at those animals in her care and you can see they are happy and thriving. She deserves anything that would help continue this noble pursuit.

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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Thank you, Marilyn, for a lifelong friendship and this review! <3

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2 people found this review helpful

What a great animal group. I have been a donor for a number of years. Catherine is a wonderful animal advocate and always has the best interest of the animals in mind. I am confident that the donations I have made over the years have always been used wisely. I highly, highly recommend JERAS.

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I've been involved with JERAS for about a year as a donor. I am very impressed with how it is run and the care that the animals receive.

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Definitely

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2012

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Thank you, Margie, & thanks for your support!

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2 people found this review helpful

I got to know Catherine & her rescues from FB. Everyone of them has improved in every way, i.e. health, happiness, fitness, etc. since she took them in. It truly is a haven for unwanted animals that need a loving home. Her dedication & devotion is matchless! If I were a horse or burro, for sure that's where I'd want to go!!!!!

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The work that journeys end does is awesome so many animals have been saved by them truly one of the most exceptional places for equines to go we appreciate everything they do without them so many would be homeless or sent to slaughter

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Journeys End Ranch Animal Sanctuary is doing an excellent job of helping take care of animals that are no longer wanted or cared for. This organization has a great group of volunteers who work tirelessly to care for horses and burros that no one else can help. I have donated and followed their efforts. Please consider making a donation. At the very least follow them on Facebook to see what they do.

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3 people found this review helpful

I have been following this organization and they are great! They do really good work and deserve support.

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Life-changing

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2014

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I have been following the wonderful dedication, love, and care given to the animals at Journey's End Santuary. The little burro that found his way there against all odds, surviving 11 years in the wild despite a major birth defect... Now safe and loved.. Poco...the mighty survivor .. . A home at last... with a little friend Chico, by his side. It is so heartwarming to watch them play, safe and loved. Please watch the videos of the burros and horses happy at play, healthy, well cared for and in good health. Thank you, Catherine for your dedication and kindness and for blessing so many lives.

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