Mariah and Her Friends.


Carson is Mariah’s Featured Friend this Month.

PLEASE Help get Carson on the calendar.     Please vote for Carson so he can be featured on the Furever Rescued Calendar!  Thank you! He is wearing the blue coat and this is the link.  You will need to “Like” the Page before you can vote.


MARIAH is an 8 year old mustang mare, she has been at the sanctuary since she was 11 months old. Captured in Nevada by the BLM when she was five months old, Mariah somehow  ” lost”  her mother during this BLM roundup. She spent 6 months with BLM, and was transported to 3 different facilities in 2 states during this time.

Mariah has deep emotional scars and joint damage (DOD), probably from a combination of being chased at least 12 miles by a BLM helicopter (according to their records) as a tiny baby and from being fed straight alfalfa, with no minerals added to balance the ration. I wrote an article about her which was published in 2004 by both Natural Horse magazine and The Horse’s Hoof. She is another example of a perfectly happy and healthy wild horse with permanent damage from BLM abuse and mismanagement.  Despite it all, and her small size, she is our alpha mare and still has quite a lot of spirit.


SCOUT is a ten year old mustang gelding. He was abused, neglected and worked too hard at too young an age. A nervous wreck, had injured neck and back muscles, damaged joints, overgrown bruised hooves, teeth and temporal mandibular joint were out of balance. These conditions made it very painful for SCOUT to eat. We have provided chiropractic care, massages, dentistry, natural hoof trims, and joint supplements. In addition, Scout has the freedom and friends he needed to feel as good as possible, despite some permanent injuries.


Serena and Jovita


SERENA is a thirteen year old wild burro, captured by the BLM in 2004. She was very under weight and pregnant, along with back injuries. There is a video of the BLM “wranglers” using her and other wild burros for roping practice. Serena is deeply terrified of men and the sight of a rope. She trusts women and loves to have her long ears rubbed.
If you watch Len Johnson’s DVD, “Last of the Spanish Mustangs”, you will see film of baby burros at the Kingman, Az. BLM corrals a few years back, hog-tied and left lying in the dirt as “wranglers” used them for roping.

JOVITA is SERENA’S seven year old daughter. She developed inflammatory disease set off by a snake bite. We tried many holistic remedies and finally found one which worked magic. (Jernigan Neuro Antitox).

She is now a healthy and playful burro here at the sanctuary.


The history of Journey’s End Ranch Animal Sanctuary (JERAS) is intrinsically linked to the history of its president and founder, Catherine Ritlaw. A lifelong animal lover and veterinary technician for many years, Cathy has been nursing, rehabilitating and rescuing animals since she found an orphaned woodchuck at age ten. Determined to save the animal, Cathy studied it’s particular needs, and lovingly cared for it until it was able to be successfully returned to the wild.

Cathy was a practicing veterinary technician until a severe back injury forced her to pursue other career interests. After several life changes, including developing debilitating chemical sensitivities that make it nearly impossible for her to be around any chemical products, enclosed environments or people, she returned to the animals, resolving to dedicate herself to animal rescue and rehabilitation as part of her own “personal” rescue program.

In 1994 Cathy began actively rescuing dogs, cats, pigs, burros and fostering wild horses, focusing her efforts on animals with special needs, and learning about ways to effect rehabilitation and continued care. In 2002, Cathy fulfilled a dream when she purchased 37 acres in the high desert of Southern Arizona, officially forming Journey’s End Ranch Animal Sanctuary—a place of respite and rehabilitation for all who reside there. In 2010, Journey’s End Ranch Animal Sanctuary obtained its 501(c)(3) status and began a campaign for sustainability and educational outreach.

Catherine is the sole provider and caretaker for the ten dogs, seven horses, two burros and one pig that currently have found sanctuary at Journey’s End Ranch. Would you like to meet them?

Click on this LINK to meet all of Mariah’s Friends, including Wilbur the Pot Bellied Pig.


Wilbur is a ten year old mini pig. He escaped an abusive home and traveled across five miles of treacherous desert to arrive at JERAS  doorstep eight years ago. When JERAS  located his owners and discovered they had been abusing him, they were informed  he would be staying with me. He is a funny little guy with a bit of an attitude. He loves dogs and horses. belly rubs, and daily mud baths in the warm weather.


Horse Health

First of all, horses need companionship. It is cruel to keep a horse separated from others of his own kind. Horses need and deserve to be loved and respected for who they are. They are living, thinking beings which should not be expected to perform like robots. Horses thrive with 24/7 turnout. Horses are designed by Mother Nature to cover 10-15 miles per day in their daily activities and search for forage. This movement is also needed for healthy hoof development and circulation. A shed or open barn should be available for them to seek shelter away from the sun or inclement weather.  “Paddock Paradise”, by Jaime Jackson, describes ways you can duplicate a natural environment for your horse.

Click  HERE to read more about  Holistic Living and Animal Care at JERAS.


CLICK HERE  to Sign up for the $1.00/Month Donation Plan.  Cathy is Supporting All these Animals on her Disability Check of $800 per month.  If just 700 Friends would sign up to give $1.00 Month, Cathy can continue her Loving Care of these Wonderful Animals in their Forever Home at the Journey’s End Ranch.

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