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Support The Ranch Every Month – Part I

Monthly Donations Now Available

Now, thanks to our friends at PayPal, there’s a new way to support the animals of The Ranch Menagerie each and every month, no matter what the weather. You can choose to subscribe and donate $1, $2, $3, $4 or $5 per month for 12 months. PayPal will deduct the amount you choose every month and the payments will automatically end after one year.

How your Donations are Spent

The Ranch Menagerie, as you probably know, is an all-volunteer organization. None of the volunteers are paid. That means every bit of your donations go directly to benefit the animals. Period.

The Ranch has monthly bills, just like everybody else. They pay rent for the property, and also have to pay for electricity. So a small portion of your donation will go toward paying these very important bills.

In addition, The Ranch Menagerie’s farm animals require regular veterinary care. We’re lucky to be located so close to a vet who specializes in farm animals. So of course another small part of your donated funds is used to pay Dr. Hoskett for his excellent services.

But by far The Ranch’s largest expense is for food and supplies for the many animals who live at the sanctuary. Although the sheep, goats, mule and ducks graze and get much of their food that way, that’s not generally enough to keep them healthy, especially in the winter. So their diets have to be supplemented. Even the ever-resourceful Muscovy Ducks must be fed daily. Other necessary items include straw and other bedding materials.

More Month than Money

Every month Nick, who runs the sanctuary, has to stretch every donated dime to make sure all every animal gets the care and feeding it needs. So by donating regularly, every month, you can help to make sure The Ranch Menagerie can pay its bills and buy food and supplies.

Our goal is to have 100 or more subscribers by the end of the year, so please share this blog with all your animal-loving friends!

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These buttons will be posted at least once per week to allow as many people as possible to sign up. All you have to do is select the amount you wish to donate each month, then click on the “Donate Button.”

If you have any questions, please email us at

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What’s New at The Ranch – eBay

The Ranch Menagerie on eBay – What Sells?

If you haven’t heard, The Ranch Menagerie is now selling donated items on eBay. So far, after a few weeks of listings we’ve been pretty surprised at what sells and what does not.

For instance, pristine stamp collections haven’t done very well (so far) while a used pair of vintage Ray Bans sold almost as fast as we hit the LIST ITEM button. We were expecting this antique horseradish jar to sell quickly, but so far no takers.

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We’d Appreciate your Help, and Advice

Even with some items not selling (or selling more slowly than expected) we’ve still made a profit. A small profit, but it’s a beginning.

Do you have something you don’t need anymore that you’d like to donate? If so please let us know! But even if you don’t have anything to give away right now, maybe you have some eBay experience or advice you can share. If you have an idea what sort of items we ought to be looking for, please comment or send us an email. We appreciate any an all helpful suggestions.

We’re feeling really optimistic about our new eBay venture, because The Ranch has always received a lot of support from our community. Remember: check our auctions often.

We’ve been receiving some really interesting items lately. Keep watching; we’ll be listing 3 to 5 things each week.

If you live in the area and have some interesting or even quirky items you’d like to donate, please email us at

CATNIP Will be Harvested Soon!

Local cat lovers look forward to The Ranch’s catnip harvest each year.

This year everyone can share in the excitement even if they don’t live in or around Yellow Springs. While plenty of our all natural, organic catnip will still be available to locals, this year we’ll also be selling bags of our excellent catnip for $5.00 on eBay and also on Watch for updates.

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