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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Our Mission is centered on the belief that life has its own value. Throughout the millenia, horses have shared a special relationship with mankind; and it is this spirit that our organization attends to the needs of our equine friends. Our basic steps are the 4 r's rescue rehabilitation, revocation, retirement Our goal is to provide for the care and security of our horses in a natural lifestyle, to work with local humane orgs to care for any horse in need, to provide education to the community concerning the health and care of horses, and to provide support for the youth at risk and the community service requirements at the farm that often change a negative focus on life.

Results: We have in the past had varous events to raise funds for medical demands and what ever the need may have been for equipment repair or loads of hay, medical demands.. We are having trail ride that is focused on rasing money for emergency equine eqp. that can contribute to saving lives 1. a glide(gurney) $2000.00 for moving a downed animal, various accesories to protect the animal(a horse). A Sling to help a downed animal be raised up and support life forces while it heals. A must in many cases as in fires for air lifting horses to safety. . We raised funds to surgically remove a large tumor on a 21 year old mare thought to be not worth the medical challenge by some and she has done well with gifted surgical hands at work and is back at play and a year has gone by and she has been a grand survivor! We fund raise using Global Giving as part of the focus for medicines and much needed money for Vets services , this is only part of the challenge, This year our fundraising focus has gone to feed and to needs that are a daily drive to provide for the many horses we care for our feed cost averages $900.00 (US) a week. Farrier needs for horses hooves is a regular focus as it is a health need as well and we must raise $500.00 a month to keep up, dental funding is raised as it is an Annual care routine at $5,000.00 total a year on the average and this service requires a Dental Expert so all emergency needs can be met . So many horses need dental work when they come into rescue we can't imagine the pain they feel in those lovely heads with loose , broken, sharp points on teeth, and yes infections, We also look to the future, as we will need a new location for the rescue and sanctuary our growth and potential community demands and needs direct this vision. Another need is a trailer outfitted for emergency work that can be used as an ambulance to serve whereever when a horse needs to get to a Veterinarian, hospital etc.., a need many horse owners face unsucessfully as it may take special handling and experience to accomplish this need. We are a TLAER certified rescue, which refers to our work and Techniques with Large Animal Emergency Rescue.

Target demographics: any horse in need and youth at risk

Direct beneficiaries per year: countless horses and some kids/youth at risk.

Geographic areas served: Texas, Southwest and USA

Programs: Learn to ride , clinics and seminars to educate in responsibilites of horses and being a guardian (replacement word for owner), TLAER education and preparedness, why you want to be prepared for disasters and accidents that will strike us all with our animals, Schooling horses so you can be with this horse forever, Why Rescue?

Community Stories

73 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

Kat continues to work hard and do a great job caring for our equine friends. We continue to support her efforts. We were fortunate to work there for several years and adopt three wonderful horses.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have supported Spirit Acres for many years. Kat has worked tirelessly to care for and provide a home for neglected and abused horses. We are fortunate to have people like Kat in this world who cares for horses.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have financially donated to Spirit Acres and have supported Kat in her endless devotion to the care and well-being of the Horses who end up there there for a number of years now. Feeding the Horses, caring for their physical needs (farrier, vet, etc.) and maintaining the property are costly, and Kat works tirelessly to make sure all is taken care of. It's a lot of work to do so! Kudos to Kat and the wonderful volunteers there who improve and enhance the quality of life of the Horses in their care. Kat has an excellent head for business and knows how to utilize financial donations to the greatest extent and benefit possible for the Horses. Donations of any kind and volunteers are always needed to ensure all needs are met for the Horses. This is a top notch non-profit organization which deserves and would greatly benefit from your assistance/support. No donation is too small; all is appreciated.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Spirit Acres and Kat are a safe haven and a loving advocate, respectively, for horses who have been neglected, abused and/or abandoned. Kat works incredibly hard to ensure that horses who live at the Farm are well cared for in all regards. This non-profit rescue is most deserving of donations, and is always appreciative of new and seasoned volunteers helping to make life for the horses the best that it can be. Kudos to Kat and volunteers for all that you do!

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Donor

Rating: 5

i have been involved with Spirit Acres for 8 years. I contacted them about their services when i had to move back into town with an alzheimers wife and needed to do something with 2 horses we had. They were very helpful and i have grown to know Kat Matrician and her work since that time. She takes in horses from government agencies that find horses on the side of the road, in abandoned acreage and many other sources like mine, any horse that needs help. All need food and quite often medical attention. She turns away none! Her work is one of endless love for the horses and she needs considerable help, physical and of course financial. I am a constant contributor and wish i could do much more. I highly recommend this organization and Kat for any help that you might be able to give.
Paul Burchfield-Houston, Texas

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Donor

Rating: 5

I had a need for a place to take a horse when i was moving and needed out of the horse business a few years ago. My daughter found Spirit Acres's website and i personally talked to Ms. Matrician and she offered to take my horse in and attempt to have the horse adopted. As it turned out, the horse got very sick before the transfer and died at the vet clinic before the horse was moved. I checked Ms. Matricians facility at the time and became a contributor to the excellent work she was doing. I have since visited the farm on a couple of occasions and have grown to appreciate all the hard work and passion for what she does in caring for these horses. Many times it becomes very difficult to find the resources to fund this work and as i said, i continue to be a contributor to this very worthy charity. My contributions are a very minor part in the success of this project. Without Ms. Matricians and other volunteers hard work and ongoing thankless effort, this worthwhile project could not exist and many horses would not continue to live.
I highly recommend this charity and suggest any and all horse lovers, or not, to help with this project to care for these abandoned horses.

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Ruth70

Donor

Rating: 5

I live near Kat and all her rescue babies. I get the opportunity to see the working of the rescue year round and I can tell you these people work tirelessly to take care of their rescue babies. You can be sure your donations are put to good use and I would definitely recommend supporting this rescue.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I visited Spirit Acres a couple months back. We stayed for a few hours, I didn't want to leave. The horses just drawn you in. They are so beautiful and so sweet. Thank God for people like Kat and her husband, who own the sanctuary. They take great care of the horses. And Kat knows them all by name and the backgrounds of each horse. She just loves them and it shows.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love volunteering at Spirit Acres & spending time with the horses, and also with Kat. It is very evident that each animal, no matter how small, or how old, or how much vetting they need, is equally loved & cared for. Kat is great with each horse & it is obvious that they love her too. Please donate to this rescue/sanctuary so that Kat can keep helping those in need.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I met Kat in 2006 when I had to give up 2 of my horses. I started volunteering and helping out with the horses (and dogs and cats and pigs and anything that needed a home). Kat knows all their stories and she goes above and beyond to make sure they all know love. I have met many of the adopters, Kat finds wonderful forever homes for as many animals as possible. If you visit Spirit Acres you will instantly feel the loving and welcoming spirit there. Please do visit. Volunteer. Get to know Kat and the horses. The beautiful horses. While helping them you'll find you have helped yourself.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found spirit acres online and contacted them about volunteering. I took a tour of the facilities and although I do not have much experience with horses, I could tell that each one is loved and cared for. This is a rescue that I will definitely be giving my time to in the future.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I loved volunteering here at Spirit Acres. It's so heartbreaking seeing what people did to innocent horses but absolutely amazing to see that these wonderful people put their hearts and souls into these horses. The people and horses I met there are the sweetest things ever. The photo I uploaded is a miniature horse named Pocahontas. She's so beautiful and sweet. She isn't able to walk right because her arthritis is so bad. That's an expensive surgery. I know it would make me and the owners of Spirit Acres HAPPY if people donated enough to help Pocahontas.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

An organization that truly fulfills their mission statement. Spirit Acres is a sanctuary, rescue and retirement facility for horses whom would otherwise be doomed to slaughter.
Kat and the horses have changed lives. She is compassionate and caring for many animals, including humans. I only hope that Spirit Acres continues to grow and thrive because they are greatly needed.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a person to take in all these abused horses and keep them safe and happy for the duration of their lives never saying no to those critters in need we need more people that will give not thinking of themselves but these needy beings

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Kat is a wounderful person for doing more than anyone could expect the horses are fat and happy cared for with love the person that wrote these horrible things must be the guy that wants to take Her land. He lives in front and made it almost impossible for her to get needy horses to her place he should be ashamed and what goes around comes around