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 have been and continue to be a donor for Spirit Acres because of the devotion to equine rescue and rehabilitation that Kat and volunteers exhibit. The work they do is vital and important to the equines who are in their care. Donations are always needed, and are greatly appreciated. This is a very worthy non-profit to donate to (whether goods, time, funds or otherwise).

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Kat is one of the most kindhearted, loving, and caring women I have ever met. The horses in her care are truly blessed! The Farm/Sanctuary is the only one of its kind in the surrounding area, and it is of great benefit to horses in need.

I continue to donate financially (in general and in sponsorship of one of the horses) to this worthy charity because I've seen firsthand the hard work, the great love, the compassion and respect for the horses that is what this farm/sanctuary is about. I cannot say enough good things about Kat and the Farm/Sanctuary and the wonderful work they do. The well-being of the horses is the priority, and Kat works tirelessly to make that happen. Spirit Acres Farm Equine Rescue and Sanctuary would greatly appreciate any support you wish to provide, including volunteers to help care for the horses. Blessings to Kat and the Farm, from another Kat :-)

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

There are no changes I would make to the organization itself; but I would wish to live closer so I could donate my time as well.

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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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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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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.

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Definitely

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

Life-changing

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Very Well

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2012

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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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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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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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Rating: 5 stars  

When I found out about Spirit Acres I went to visit as soon as I could. I can't express how impressed I was with Kat Matrician and her devotion to the horses in her care. She tends to each one as if it was her only horse. She knows every medical issue that they have and she has rescued 50+ horses. I only wish she had the all donations she needs to address everything on her to-do list. And I also wish she had more volunteers to help her carry the load which is a heavy one. She is an example to us all in her love and compassion to these beautiful creatures.

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

Increase public awareness of the rescue. Kat does the very best she can on limited funds.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I only wish I could donate more to this wonderful horse sanctuary. Kat gives her time and love to these horses that have been abused and neglected. Thank God for such a fine person, we could use so many more people like her.

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

Like for Spirit Farms to be able to expand and help more horses in need.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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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Rating: 5 stars  

Spirit Acres was there for me when i moved and no longer was able to keep or care for a couple of my horses. I have recently visited Spirit Acres and once again found the facility and individuals involved, especially Kat Matrician, to be involved in a real labor of love that few people would be able to provide for these animals on a 24/7 basis. I will continue to support this humane effort by this group to provide shelter, care and moral support for these previously abandoned animals. They are an exceptional organization.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I volunteered at Spirit Acres for 5 years (2007 through 2011). Although I no longer get to the farm to volunteer, I continue to support the rescue with monthly donations. While volunteering, I rarely felt like I was at a rescue beause the farm had a sense of peacefulness to it. Yes, there was always work to be done, but it was the noble horses that gave the rescue its sense of meaning and beauty. The owner, Kat, is a special person. I have no doubt that she speaks and understands the langage of horses. And having been a horse women her whole life gives her the strength, knowledge and insight to care for the horses that come through the gates to spirit acres. I hope that anyone reading this ,or any of the other reviews, who has thought about getting involved with horses will visit spirit acres website and find a way to be a part of a rescued horses new life. It was becuse of the sponsorship program that spirit acres offered, I was able to sponsor a rescued horse (the horse of my dreams) and adopted him soon after.

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Rating: 5 stars  

SpiritAcres is a place that serves as a haven for horses in need. It is run by Kat, who has the heart and determination and resoursefulness to accomplish this great task. I have been there myself and have toured the place with Kat. I've seen the horses and have met some volunteers. SpiritAcres is definately a place that our area needs. Texans have horses...that's a fact. However, some people obtain this great animal without the understanding and knowlege needed for the responsibility. Unfortunately, often times, horses are abandoned, mistreated, starved, even purposely severely abused. In those cases, if the horse is blessed, it is rescued and can go to SpiritAcres. This is an endeavor that I support, though not nearly enough, with enthusiasm.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Even a blind man could see the love Kat has for the animals at Spirit Acres. I've visited numerous times to take pictures and just visit the animals. Kat is one of the most amazing people I've ever met. She genuinely cares about the animals who are lucky enough to find their way to her sanctuary.

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Life-changing

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I have done photography sessions at Spirit Acres. Kat gave me the names of all the horses, and dogs, that I photographed. And she knew their names without hesitating. She also gave me the stories behind each horse, telling the horrors that they had gone through. After taking many pictures, I grabbed a brush and went out into the pasture to groom some of the horses. They were all well fed and appeared to be over coming their mistreatment they had endured before being rescued by Kat. She is doing a tremendous job with the horses and is very careful when placing them in forever homes. Each one holds a special place in her heart, just as she holds a special place in theirs.

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