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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

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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101 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Equine WellBeing Rescue

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Our organization has worked with JERAS for over five years. We have been to the ranch, seen the condition of the facility and equine in their care. Catherine Ritlaw does a fabulous job of caring for the horses and donkeys at the rescue, does not over extend what they are capable of doing and puts the needs of the rescue first. A true rescue in every sense of the word.

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wetarez 03/11/2017

Thank you so much, Christine!!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We have worked with Cathy and her rescue for six years now and we are glad to have such a great relationship with a rescue that provides the best care for their horses and burros. Cathy gives her life to these animals and it shows. I hold her in the highest regard and am blessed to call her my friend.

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Marilyn16

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This sanctuary is run single-handedly by a woman who has a deep abiding love for animals.
I have known Cathy for over 50 years and even as a child she cared deeply and rescued animals in an urban environment. Since operating the Sanctuary, she has taken in numerous "lost causes" and has nurtured and cared for them so that they may live out their life in a happy,safe place. She works hard everyday to ensure that all of the animals in her care get the best treatment. She is the best!

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wetarez 03/11/2017

TY Marilyn!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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Lisa357

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This beautiful sanctuary in Arizona is a haven for these beautiful souls. Catherine posts beautiful stories and updates about all the animals and her devotion and love for them is there for all to see. Such a beautiful place.

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wetarez 03/09/2017

thank you!

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wetarez 03/11/2017

Thank you, Lisa!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful rescue. The animals are loved and well taken care of. Watching them run around you can feel their happiness. A beautiful sight to see. Their journey has definitely come to a peaceful and happy ending in a beautiful, tranquil sanctuary. Thank you to Journeys End Ranch Animal Sanctuary for giving these beautiful animals a home.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been following Catherine and her work for a few years. The care she gives these rescued animals is the best. The stories she shares about them makes me feel like I really know them. If you have a question she responds quickly sharing her knowledge.

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wetarez 03/09/2017

thank you!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I first heard about Journeys End Animal Sanctuary when Poco the burro was caught by BLM and taken there. I've been following his story and those of the other animals living there for about a year. It's obvious these animals are loved and cared for. Very lucky animals indeed.

katalinalagrande

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have followed Cathy for years and watched and read about all the wonderful work that she does basically by herself with the help when needed of vets and of course donations which are always needed to provide food and medical care and she provides the love and safety for the neglected, abandoned, abused animals in her care..my favorite being Poco, The Brave Little Burro. I love seeing and reading the updates on all her family of rescues and also the troops of birds, mice, bunnies and others that she provides with food and water. She is an angel on earth..that is for sure and only wish there were many many more just like her! Thank you Catherine for all that you do!!

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wetarez 03/09/2017

thank you!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been following Cathy and JERAS for about 3 years now. Knowing Cathy's health, I am amazed and encourage by her stamina to keep going. What I have learned seeing how she reacts to situations involving all her animals, coming up with results to solve problems that arise almost every minute of her days. The Love she has for even the little wild critters that hang out around her ranch, as much as she has for the bigger animals. One Amazing Woman

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wetarez 03/09/2017

TY Coleen!!

Andrea175

Donor

Rating: 5

Catherine does such an amazing job, taking extraordinary care of her residents despite her own health challenges. She also thinks outside the box, such as the time she needed to soak a hoof abscess on a horse that is untouchable. She actually dug a shallow hole, lined it with plastic and put the soaking solution in it, so that when the horse was eating he was positioned just right with his hoof in the hole, soaking away! I would have never thought of that! Her daily stories and updates make you feel like you're right there and actually know the horses and burros. I'm from far away MA, but I know those horses' and burros' stories and personalities thanks to Catherine's updates. I donate freely, knowing that my money is going to the sanctuary and not in some middle-man's pockets. She gives these animals a wonderful life of full bellies, healthy bodies, freedom and love - what more could they ask for?

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wetarez 03/09/2017

Thank you, Andrea!

Gee M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been following Catherine and her work with the animals at Journeys End Ranch for a number of years now. Knowing her has been wonderful, but the work she does is remarkable. Viewing her pictures and videos every day, of all the different life there, with names for all, brings you closer to how she cares for and loves them all.

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wetarez 03/09/2017

Thank you!

1 cm4441

Donor

Rating: 5

I continue to donate thru paypal giving monthly. This is a true grass-roots project and Catherine puts her heart and soul into the well-being of the creatures in her care at JERAS. Even though our donations are small, it is an honor to be able to help her give the gift of a safe home to these animals.

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wetarez 03/05/2017

Thank you so much!

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Donor

Rating: 5

A great grass-roots nonprofit. What Cathy does with so little is amazing, and the care she shows for not just the JERAS animals but all creatures who come her way is inspiring. I wish I could do more to support this great project.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I continue to donate thru paypal giving with a portion of my Ebay sales because this is a great sanctuary and Catherine keeps me informed of what is going on daily. She puts her heart and soul into JERAS.

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wetarez 03/03/2017

Thank you, Nancy! Your help is greatly appreciated!

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wetarez 03/09/2017

thank you, you are a great help!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Catherine does an amazing job taking care of her senior rescues. She does this all on her own with her own serious medical issues.

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wetarez 03/03/2017

Thank you!

1 Joyce16

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have worked with Journeys End and Cathy Ritlaw for many years. I can't say enough about the incredible quality of life she maintains for the neglected and abandoned animals that have found a home here. She donates her time and land and continually searches for the highest quality food and supplements at the lowest prices for them all. The rescue is supported by donations coming from the most dedicated supporters I have seen.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have worked with Cathy for a number of years now. I am so impressed with the care and concern she gives each one of her 24 animals. She volunteers her time and property without charge, suffering from severe medical issues. Her knowledge of animal husbandry is phenomenal! JERAS is by far one of the best rescues out there.

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limeylady

Donor

Rating: 5

To me this is heaven for those horses and donkeys who have only known hell. One lady takes care of all these equines with health issues of her own, but there isn't a day that she misses. I have horses and donkeys and if I couldn't take care of mine, I would find a way to get them to Journeys End Ranch Animal Sanctuary, where I know like the ones who are already there, they would be given love and treated with the dignity and respect that they deserve. This is a haven for those that have been abused and all their needs are met by this one lady who has to do it by herself due to her illness. This is a haven for equines where they can be themselves and never fear again

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wetarez 03/09/2017

Love you, Jackie! TY for your loyal support

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Donor

Rating: 5

This sanctuary is fantastic. Cathy works this by herself and takes care of horses, donkeys and dogs. Alot of the animals have been abused and neglected, and Cathy has taken the time to give them the love, dignity and respect that they deserve. If I had to find a rescue for my horses, donkeys and dogs, I would certainly make Journey's End Ranch Animal Sanctuary my first choice, knowing that my animals would be taken care of extremely well and allowed to live their lives as all animals should. This is how the animals at the sanctuary are - they are cared for, loved, treated very well and will always feel safe and wanted.

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wetarez 04/06/2013

Thank you, Jackie!

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Jan_11

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Catherine continues to do a phenomenal job with all her animals, many of them abused and neglected before coming to the ranch. Under her care and expertise, they are able to heal and live their lives with excellent care. Catherine is able to do a lot with a little as far as funds and donations. This nonprofit is a wonderful example of what truly a nonprofit should be.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 0

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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1 Shari15

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Catherine is wonderful ,please help in anyway you can, cash, hay, buy her wonderful book , about a POKO the burro with a deformed leg she rescued. She care & helps all animals . Heres a pic of DAKOTA- a 25 Y.O. MUSTANG SHE RESCUED.

1 mastoys

Donor

Rating: 5

When you look for a rescue or sanctuary, you look for someone you can Trust. Trust to use your donations wisely, trust to care for the animals in their care and trust to continue making great decisions for the rescue. Catherine Ritlaw and JERAS has my complete Trust. So please donate to Jeras today.

4 Writer

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

There is something special about this place. The family of animals that live there and those who stop by everyday or once in a while are always welcome....Everyone knows that they can trust Catherine to care for their everyday needs and their special needs....you can stop by via Face Book anytime, and watch a video of any number of family members enjoying their lives, doing what they do, watching the progress of their lives as Catherine helps with their special needs, or just a glimpse into a life unlike your own...I have never been around horses or burros so I watch a lot, it is a small slice of heaven for me...so my suggestion is that you go and visit this wonderful place and support the great work that is done at JERAS.

4 Judy157

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Journey's End Ranch Animal Sanctuary is in my opinion the Best Animal Sanctuary on the planet. The Director, Catherine Ritlaw, takes care of over 25 animals all day long, all by herself, never complains, feeds, waters, trims hooves, builds shelters, day after day . She is truly an inspiration to all the rest of us who are trying to help animals. She is an Honest person and always just sticks to her job , rain or shine , day after day ~ year after year. If I was an animal who needed rescuing, I would want to go to Journey's End Ranch Animal Sanctuary. Most of her rescued animals truly were at the End of Their Journey, and would have died if they had not been rescued by Catherine Ritlaw, Director of Journey's End Ranch Animal Sanctuary.

3 Glenda N.

Donor

Rating: 5

Journey's End Ranch has helped our local boy Poco! They do a great job with their burros, horses and all!! So glad they are there to give all their critters the care and love they need!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Although I have not personally had the pleasure of meeting Cathy and her wonderful four legged animals - I read her newsletter faithfully, and enjoy every video she takes of her babies out at Journey's End Ranch Animal Sanctuary. I am planning on visiting her in the next couple of months as she is local.

J. Torgerson, Kingman, AZ

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Donor

Rating: 5

365 days a year Journey's End Ranch looks after many horses and burros, and two sheep to make sure they are well cared for! One woman does this, and even though she suffers ill health, she some how manages to see to all their needs!