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Spirit Acres Farm Equine Rescue and Sanctuary
March 15, 2011

I discovered Spirit Acres Inc. when I was given "time with horses" as a Christmas present. I've been volunteering there every week for almost 3 months, and have found it one of the most rewarding and satisfying opportunities that I've ever done.

After talking to me about what kind of work I most wanted to do with the horses, Kat Matrician, the main leader at Spirit Acres, worked with me to find the right fit for my volunteer work. She's taught me bundles of information about handling horses, has been encouraging about my work, as well as been supportive as I've struggled to balance volunteer work and family responsibilities.

Rescue work requires careful balancing of needs and resources. In every aspect of the work at Spirit Acres, Inc. I see honest and careful work. Money, feed, and other supplies are used wisely and shared as fairly as possible among the horses.

Rescue of abused, hurt or abandoned horses is a surprisingly big need, and not just anyone is capable of doing the job. The work at Spirit Acres fills a big need for law enforcement officials and others in charge of making sure local animals are treated well.

I'm grateful for the friendship and compassion I've seen handed out freely at Spirit Acres, Inc. I highly recommend both monetary donations to the work and volunteer time to help these wonderful horses who need a second chance.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I'm learning hands-on experience on what it takes to care for and nurture a horse (a life-long dream I have yet to fulfill). I'm also helping with the fund-raising aspects of the non-profit work, and learning a lot in that area as well.

Ways to make it better...

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

Provide them with more donations. Operating on a shoe-string budget is extremely hard, but they keep at the work.

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I help with the feeding schedule both in the barn and in the fields, muck stalls and do other stable work, groom/pet/comfort horses, and help with shoeing, worming and other horse related duties.

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