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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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129 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Jen_38

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

animals are well taken care of, area is spacious and well cared for. I would recommend this sanctuary to anyone!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Journeys End has always been a safe reliable sanctuary for animals in need and not wanted. I have never known of any issues with the sanctuary and they work extremely hard to ensure the safety and care of the animals in their care

2 Laurel7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

With a small budget, Journey's End Ranch Animal Sanctuary does great work. They save animals that most other sanctuaries don't take and give them the life they deserve.

1 Audrey H.

Donor

Rating: 5

It is an amazing feat of true love at Journeys End Rand and Sanctuary. All types of animals with a wide variety of problems from neglect to abuse so severe it makes some animals unwanted at other facilities have been rescued and rehabilitated st JERAS. Something as simple as a thyroid problem/fear of abusive people that do unimaginable things to defenseless animals. Cathy opens her heart and soul to injured animals be it physical ,emotional, or mental and lets them know they have a safe healthy life with her without fear or pain. She is the most wonderful person I have the honor of knowing. I will help her in any way I can, above and beyond our monthly contributions. Her love for these animals is over flowing and I believe blessed by God.

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wetarez 04/13/2013

Thank you so much!

1 Thora W.

Volunteer

Rating: 3

jeras is the best , they save many awanted horses and horses that's hard to place, id recommend everyone to contact them if you need help or have a question about horses.

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wetarez 04/08/2013

Thank you! Thora, I am not sure we know you, though, as we do not have volunteers outside of our board members.

1 Dean A.

Donor

Rating: 5

Catherine Ritlaw does a tremendous job of rescuing and caring for the horses, dogs and burros at her sanctuary. She does all this work alone and therefore puts in very long hours. Her photos and videos of the animals show many "happy" faces. These animals are healthy and impecably groomed. We need more people like Catherine who cares so much for the animals. She also puts in many hours on the internet promoting rescues by networking with other people with the same mission. It is an honor to be a donor.

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wetarez 04/06/2013

Thank you, Dean!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have know Catherine for several years and it is unbelievable what she does for the animals in her care. She takes care of these animals by herself despite her health issues. In reading her newletter and looking at the photos of all the animals, you can tell they are all loved and well cared for. She also spends numerous hours on the internet reaching out to other people and rescue groups to assist animals that are about to be put down in shelters., animals that have been abused or just abandoned. She is a blessing to all animals in need and I admire her so much.

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wetarez 11/18/2012

Thank you, Dean & Mabel and thank you for your support!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Catherine Ritlaw does an awesome job of taking care of numerous rescued horses, burros, dogs and a pot belly pig rescued from wandering around in the middle of the desert. There is no better Animal Rescue Sanctuary in America.

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wetarez 04/06/2013

Thank you so much!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a horse lover and animal lover, I am so impressed with the operation of the Journeys End Ranch Animal Sanctuary. The dedication and care is tremendous and really is a symbol of total devotion and patience. If you look at some of the videos, it is amazing to see how the animals live in such a clean and well maintained location. I understand how difficult it is to manicure all of these animals, and how much time is spent just getting them fed and watered. I say, Bravo, to Cathy. I would trust her with any of my animals anyway. Lynne

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wetarez 04/06/2013

Thank you, Lynne!

1 Barbara110

Donor

Rating: 5

I met Catherine Ritlaw about two years ago when she rescued Carson from a CA. Shelter. I have been following her rescue and Carson since then. Catherine runs Journeys End Ranch Animal Sancutary all by herself and yet manages to take excellant care of the horses,dogs,pig--yes a pig, burros and others. I am very proud to donate to this rescue and to know Catherine. She also will post dogs and try to find rescue for them. I have recieved pictures and updates on Carsons, Honey and the others.
This is just an awesome rescue!!!!!!
Barbara Mansfield

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wetarez 04/06/2013

Thank you, Barb!!

1 MON5

Donor

Rating: 5

I have known Catherine Ritlaw for just a few years but in the time that I have known her I have come to admire her immensly for the endless work that she does to help animals in need but her devotion to find loving homes for countless dogs, horses or any animals that that needs help.

There isn't a day that goes by that I don't see her promoting pictures of animals on her Face Book page.

She has taken in some of the worst cases of animal neglect and turned them around with love and her knowledge of medicine. I am truly amazed what this one woman can do for so many.

Cathy is a true caring and compassionate woman.

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wetarez 04/06/2013

Thank you so much!

1 Sharon062

Donor

Rating: 5

I met Cathy on FB and have spoken to her numerous times on the phone. I am honored to have such a lovely, cherished friend! If you haven't read her BIO, please do! Cathy is one-in-a-trillion...very rare that you find a permanently disabled individual with all the many disabilities Cathy has who would even consider taking on ONE rescue. Yet, Cathy thinks nothing of helping all the rescued horses, dogs, burrors and, yes, a pig (I probably missed a species!). All of these animals are 'special needs' animals and she gives her knowledge as a registered holistic Vet Tech to administer whatever is needed to lovingly nurture them back to health and MAINTAIN their health. All you have to do is watch her videos and you can see how happy and healthy all of Cathy's 'Gang' is today as opposed to when they first came to her sanctuary (JERAS) to live out the rest of their days...happy, healthy and FREE...well, free from the atrocities of the BLM. Cathy loves her rescued wild mustangs, but even all that she does for her beloved wild horses, to her they are not really 'FREE' in the true sense of the word. Cathy even mentions this in one of her videos...

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wetarez 04/06/2013

Thank you, Sharon!

Donor

Rating: 5

I know Cathy by meeting her through Facebook and talkingon the phone. I am so impressed with her ability to get things done and on her own. She is an amazing and interesting person and I wish I coul do more, but can't. So donating is all I can do and help finding others to help finacialy as well. Thank You

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wetarez 12/12/2012

Thank you, Linda! We really appreciate your help and friendship.

2 Debra33

Donor

Rating: 5

I have known Catherine Ritlaw a few years now,  finding her on Twitter and then through FB we have become great friends. She herself has chemical sensitivities so when she is around other people she must wear a respirator, although this does not interfere with her abilities to take care of all the animals at  "Journeys End Ranch Animal Sanctuary" located on Kingman, Az.  Catherine who is a Vet tech and from fighting her illness is full of great ideas and remedies for curing all sorts of ailments for the animals entrusted to her care... J.E.R.A.S. takes in the most deserving and difficult animals, such as older animals, abused animals and health issue prone animals.  The knowledge that Catherine has is sooo helpful and broad, she is one of the first people I  turn to for help with our animals along with our Vet. When Catherine isn't busy with all the efforts it takes to take care of so many animals , she is online networking to help save other animals.. My family have our own "private" rescue and through help from Catherine we have brought in 5 wild horses and two Pomeranians' to our home.  Catherine works tirelessly to help save animals through her networking and literally is the reason that many many  animals now have a forever home... If you want to give to a worthy cause you cannot go wrong by giving here, as all money donated goes towards the care of the animals at J.E.R.A.S.  Everything is open and shared that happens at the sanctuary through their web page:  http://www.jersanctuary.org/  Check out Journey's End Ranch Animal Sanctuary and see what true selfless love really is!!   Thanks for reading my review... :)

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wetarez 11/12/2012

Thank you, Deb! I appreciate your support and encouragement. The Gulley family are also doing a wonderful job of saving so many animals and giving them a fabulous home!

3 Lynne L.

Donor

Rating: 5

I 'met' Cathy on a social networking site just over a year ago. Immediately, I was overcome and thoroughly impressed by Cathy's ruthless determination to make sure that all animals - not only those in her care but all over the world - are treated with the love, care, kindness and empathy that they deserve. Not only does Cathy work tirelessly with all the animals at JERAS but spends hours networking animals needing new homes, animals who are being abused, etc and doing her absolute best to ensure that they get what they want. I'm not convinced she ever sleeps! After knowing Cathy for a couple of months, I could tell that this was no flash-in-the-pan lady who did things on a whim then got bored after a couple of months but one with a gutsy determination for all the animals of the world and decided to set up a regular, monthly donation. So on top of everything else that she does, Cathy then spends more hours that she hasn't got, sending out monthly newsletters to supporters to let them know what is going on at JERAS - and these newsletters are never short, I can assure you! I am very, VERY proud to be a regular donator to JERAS from far away in Scotland and the newsletters and Facebook page keep me so very well informed that sometimes I actually feel like I'm there! The animals, who many have had very hard lives before going to JERAS, all look happy, healthy and well fed - all of which is a true testament to Cathy's hard work. I'm sure that the animals at JERAS are very grateful to everything that Cathy does for them - even though she possibly doesn't feel like they do sometimes - and I for one, am happy to continue to support her wonderful work across the pond. Not only have I found, through my love of animals, a fellow advocate and someone who I admire immensely but a true friend for always. Thank you Cathy for being exactly who you are :-)

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wetarez 11/10/2012

You donations are very helpful Thank you!

1 LeAnn C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I only recently became aware of JERAS through Best Friends Animal Sanctuary as I was looking for someone to talk to about mustangs. Best Friends referred me to Catherine and I contacted her. I was very impressed and delighted with her website. She responded to my contact and spent a very generous and pleasant time on the phone with me. I am writing a paper about mustangs and it entailed shadowing a person and a detailed in person interview. Catherine has health problems that precluded that kind of contact but she referred me to several other possibilities. I am following the work she does with JERAS and it makes my heart happy.

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wetarez 11/10/2012

Thank you, LeAnn!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Not only does Cathy run her animal sanctuary nearly single-handedly, she also spends countless hours on the internet campaigning worldwide for abused and homeless animals and networks for the reunification of lost or stolen pets. Cathy is a one of a kind individual who tirelessly tries to educate the public upon the mistreatment of all animals within all spheres of human and animal interplay. This I think is one of the most important aspects of Cathy's work as without the general knowledge of what is truly happening within this aforementioned context, there will be no changes to issues that could and should be rectified. I thank Cathy for educating me into becoming a more aware human being and animal advocate.

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wetarez 11/10/2012

Thank you, Phyllis!

1 Sarah89

Donor

Rating: 5

We have been involved with JERAS for a short time (approx. 12 months), and have been very impressed with the way this sanctuary is managed and the philosophy of caring for each animal as it comes to it. We are approached by numerous organisations around the world to contribute horse feed or donations. Unfortunately it is very difficult to be involved in all of the requests and we select a small number we deem worthwhile in their management, background and long term aspirations for the program. JERAS fits wonderfully with our company in these aspects. We are proud to have a small part in the feeding of these animals - yet more donations and companies need to be made aware of the amazing, life altering things they are doing. A tremendously worthwhile charity and nonprofit sanctuary to be involved in.

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wetarez 11/10/2012

Thank you, Sarah... we appreciate the donated PowerStance, too!

2 Bridget A.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I first became aware of JERAS this year when a friend of mine shared the amazing work Catherine does with at risk animals by pointing me to her Facebook page. I check the JERAS page daily because of the amazing animal stories, pictures and important information Catherine posts throughout each day. I find myself inspired to share stories and network animals in need of rescue because of her tireless dedication and energy. Catherine efficiently manages all donations she receives, successfully finds homes for animals and effectively uses the media. She is incredibly loving and obviously cares for each and every one of her animals which can be seen by viewing any of the videos she posts on the JERAS page. I hope one day I can offer the same help, kindness and love to as many animals in need as Catherine does.

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wetarez 11/10/2012

Thank you, Bridget!

2 Judy56

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a Journey's End Ranch Animal Sanctuary supporter for some time and follow the news from JERAS via Facebook and newsletters. I personally know Catherine and can attest to her dedication to caring for all the animals at the sanctuary in a manner which facilitates their healing and happiness. In addition to providing a home to 30 rescued animals, JERAS tirelessly advocates for and networks other animals at risk.

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wetarez 11/10/2012

Thank you, Judy, & thank you for your help and support!

2 Joyce19

Donor

Rating: 5

I first became aware of JOURNEYS END RANCH ANIMAL SANCTUARY in 2010 when I was living in New Mexico. I found Catherine and her Sanctuary through a Facebook posting of someone trying to save a senior dog. Being in the SW I immediately became interested, I have become so educated to animal abuse and neglect through Catherine. She is the "voice of the voiceless". This is a one woman show, she does it all: caring for the animals in her care, homing and networking for abandoned and abused animals, setting up donation drives for her rescue, all while suffering from her own medical issues. Catherine never puts herself first, her life is the animals. Any and all donations make a large impact to help her care and save animals in distress. I would ask anyone who has a little extra to consider supporting her. If everyone of my Facebook friends gave just $1.00 per month it would make a large difference. I will always keep Catherine and JOURNEYS END RANCH ANIMAL SANCTUARY as one of my donations as long as I am able. She makes a difference. Having had a career as a Vet Tech, Catherine's animals are very fortunate to have her. This woman gives so much of herself, I am honored to know her. Joyce Sbarbaro

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wetarez 11/10/2012

Thank you, Joyce and Ozzie!