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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

23 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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a supporter of Spirit Acres for 8 years and just wish I could do more. Kat has done a wonderful job caring for abandoned and neglected horses. When volunteering there I saw first hand the incredible effort she put towards their care and the love and compassion she showed to all the horses at Spirit Acres.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The people I met while volunteering at Spirit Acres were wonderful as were all the new four-legged friends who I met there. Especially one little Appaloosa mare that I think of every day. She was so smart and sweet - a friend like no other.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Spirit Acres continues to be the best place in this part of the world for abused or neglected horses to find a safe and loving sanctuary. My two aged mares are comfortable and well cared for there, and I love seeing how each of the horses there find their place in the herd. They deserve your support.

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Donor

Rating: 4

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.