Spirit Acres Farm Equine Rescue and Sanctuary

Rating: 4.8 stars   54 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: 17617 west fm 1097 Montgomery TX 77356 USA

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?
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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a fulltime volunteer at Spirit Acers I have been working here since Febuary . Miss Kat has taught me a lot about horses that I didn't know. the horses are well fed and taken care of . If it wasn,t for spirit acers these horses would have died of starvation or abuse by the people that owned them. I enjoy working with Miss Kat in take care of and loving these beautiful animals.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Spirit Acres is a place that offers safe harbor for animals that have been cast off by their owners and in most cases would have been sent to slaughter or put down. The county this rescue is in has a HUGE horse population and only ONE rescue to service the needs of the neglected. It is IMPOSSIBLE for someone to think or say anything other than good things about a place that is trying to help innocent animals who have been cast off by others. These animals needs are met on a daily basis and they are loved by the people there.

Kat is a wonderful person, very knowlegeable and dedicated to these horses.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Kat and Spirit Acre Farms is awesome! Abandoned and neglected horses find a loving, caring home there...Kat works extremely hard to help these horses get healthy, put on weight, and find new homes. Horses do so much for us- they deserve our support!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Spirit Acres is a place that offers safe harbor for animals that have been cast off by their owners and in most cases would have been sent to slaughter or put down. The county this rescue is in has a HUGE horse population and only ONE rescue to service the needs of the neglected. It is IMPOSSIBLE for someone to think or say anything other than good things about a place that is trying to help innocent animals who have been cast off by others. These animals needs are met on a daily basis and they are loved by the people there.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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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

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Rating: 5 stars  

We are past volunteers, adopted three horses and are thankful that Kat continues to provide homes to neglected, abused and abandoned horses. She has a great love for horses and not only provides a home for as many of our four legged friends at her place as possible, but also actively works with others who do the same. There are so few like her that provide this valuable service to the animals and community. The need is great and it's tremendous that there are people like Kat in this world to help.

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Definitely

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Definitely

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

We have many fond memories of the people we met and our volunteer times at Spirit Acres. We moved many years ago and stay in touch by email and phone as well as continue to support the rescue financially. Despite our distance from Spirit Acres we still feel we are part of the Spirit Acres "family" and share in Kat's efforts to help the many needy and deserving horses in her area. We love watching our adopted horses happily grazing out in the field and remember that they could only be with us now since Kat provided them with a opportunity at Spirit Acres. We have many friends here with a variety of adopted pets and it's great to know that people all over the country, like Kat at Spirit Acres, are helping out in the cause to take care of abandoned and neglected animals.

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Definitely

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

My wife and I were volunteers at Spirit Acres for two years. We learned about Kat and her efforts from a friend who invited us out to see the facility. Our "visit" turned into two years of learning, fun, challenges and a new adventure of living and caring for horses. In addition, I was recovering from an illness and found the association with the horses and friends we met at Spirit as very therapeutic. We have since moved with our adopted horses from Spirit Acres who became an integral part of our new home. We have found similar rescues in our new area and are thankful to Kat's efforts and others throughout the country who help out our abandoned and neglected four legged friends. We have also found that many of our friends also adopt abandoned horses, dogs, cats and a menagerie of critters who need new homes. We continue to support financially Kat and similar efforts locally as they count on not only our time, but dollars to keep their efforts going.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

The facilities and animals are in poor condition. Many horses are brought in and VERY few Ever leave! She is a horse hoarder, not a rescue. The only reason you would want to help is because the horses are Not taken care of.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Badly

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

None

Will you recommend this organization to others?

No

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2014

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Rating: 1 stars  

It is not what it seems: The 418th District Court Montgomery County TX recorded an Agreed Final Judgment (Cause No. 08-05-05150-CV) Apr. 07, 2010 against Spirit Acres prohibiting it from continuing status quo: https://gov.propertyinfo.com/tx-montgomery/

A bad situation!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Shut it down! Conditions are deplorable

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No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A little

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2014

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Rating: 4 stars  

Kat Matrician of Spirit Acres, is a well-kept secret in Montgomery, TX. She keeps up with the rescue and farm that is home to more than 50 horses, a pot belly pig, cats and dogs, that she has rescued over the years. It is her mission to find these animals good homes after she tends to their injuries and abuse that they suffered previously. Kat manages to keep everything going on the farm, but desperately needs more support from the community and horse lovers everywhere.
Please donate a bale of hay or an hour of your time to ensure the safety of these animals.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get the word out for college students, veterinary interns, and at-risk children to enhance their knowledge while providing valuable services to the rescue. It is a win-win opportunity!

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Definitely

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Definitely

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Definitely

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

Spirit Acres is home to 60 horses who, with the efforts of Kat Matrician owner of Spirit Acres and caregiver of her four legged friends, were rescued from homes where they were neglected and/or abused. Some of the owners were going to put their horses down but Kat said "NO!" Her love for the whinnies shines through every day.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get more people to help Kat.

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Definitely

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Definitely

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Definitely

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have taken pictures of Kats place and critters a few times. The love that she shows for her whinnies shines through.

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Likely

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Definitely

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Definitely

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Please keep Spirit Acres as your top rated non-profit organization. Spirit Acres is the best rescue there is and the people who volunteer there are amazing. The horses are so gentle and caring, and the rescue is a safe place for animals as well as humans. TIme with the horses, caring for them, tending to their needs, just an awesome experience.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Absolutely nothing.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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