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Spirit Acres Farm Equine Rescue and Sanctuary

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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?

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Community Stories

84 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Dee R.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I met Kat in 2007 & have been volunteering there whenever I get the chance. Spirit Acres is a wonderful place, for the sweet horses that are rescued & rehabilitated, as well as for the people who spend time there. Recently, Spirit Acres took in 2 of my beloved horses. They had been with me for 13 years. About a year ago they both became depressed & started losing weight. I tried everything I could think of but nothing helped. Kat took them in & they are thriving! She watches the horses that come in & learns their personalities, likes & dislikes, & makes every effort to put them where they are comfortable. Every horse that is taken in has their own story & Kat knows each one. With the number of horses that are (truly) cared for & (genuinely) loved there is a huge expense. You can be assured that every penny donated goes to these horses & their needs, as they have always come first. No donation is too small. Please help Kat take care of these beautiful creatures. Better yet, go see the operation for yourself. You may not want to leave!

Rj H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great place and even better people! Kat is very knowledgeable and passionate. The farm is a great place to learn more about horses and help these wonderful animals. I always look forward to my time here!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Spirit Acres took in my aging Paint Horse and cared for with giving her good food, good horse friends, and a last goodbye hug when she passed. Thank you.

Donor

Rating: 5

Wonderful caring home of our rescued equine friends.

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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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Donor

Rating: 5

Kat does a tremendous job every year finding homes for horses and caring for horses at the rescue. Montgomery, TX is fortunate to have her as a resident as she provides a vital role in the community caring for the needs of our unwanted and abandoned equine friends.

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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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debihensley

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently began volunteering at Spirit Acres Farm. In the short time I have been there it is clear that Kat and her small band of volunteers all have the equine residents' well being as their priority. From the miniature horses to the 18 hand Thoroughbred, Apollo, each is attended to individually whether it be medical care, hoof needs, to the very special needs of the several senior horses on site. No one is turned away. Volunteering and TLC goes a long way but with nearly 50 head of horses funding is needed desperately. Please make Spirit Acres Farm your choice and give today!

Donor

Rating: 5

Kat does a remarkable job taking in and caring for horses of all sizes and shapes. The last time we visited she had several horses she was nursing back to health from ills contracted prior to their coming to Spirit Acres. Feeding and caring for the large number of horses is very expensive and I would encourage all who can afford it to make a donation to this wonderful organization.

Donor

Rating: 5

I was contributing to Sprit Acres until for some unknown reason it was dropped from listing on greatnonprofits? I have visited the farm, a rescue facility for horses abandoned or for some other reason find their way to this sanctuary with all kinds of maladies and are taken care of by Kat Matrician and her helpers. She does a noteworthy job of caring for these animals until they can be adopted by someone. This is a wonderful labor of love for these animals. No one in the horse community or horse lovers could find a better way to help with this endeavor than to contribute to these needs. The labor of love is their but they need finances to feed and care for the horses.

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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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Stephanie199

Donor

Rating: 5

Spirit Acres Farm Equine Rescue and Sanctuary is a wonderful place where rescue and retired horses can live and be cared for and loved by many volunteers within the community, as well as at-risk youth in the community who benefit by learning to care about and care for animals in need.

Kat Matrician does a wonderful job of making these horses a priority and by engaging with and educating the community to participate in any way they can.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thank God for Spirit Acres Farm Equine Rescue & Sanctuary. The work that Kat does for horses in need of rescue and care is wonderful. We could certainly use more generous, hardworking people who care about animals the way that Kat at Spirit Acres does.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found Spirit Acres Farm Equine Rescue and Sanctuary about a year ago and have volunteered there ever since. Kat's standards for these horses is very high and it shows in the faces of these beautiful creatures. Whatever their background is, these horses know they are in a safe place.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found Spirit Acres Farm Equine Rescue and Sanctuary about a year ago and have volunteered there ever since. Kat's standards for these horses is very high and it shows in the faces of these beautiful creatures. Whatever their background is, these horses know they are in a safe place.

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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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.

1 Larry43

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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It was always a challenge to come up with a gift to give to my elderly mother at Christmas. She certainly did not need another blouse or something to dust. However my Mom always had a soft spot for the American Mustang. Searching in my county, I found that Spirit Acres did indeed have a rescue mustang, Sally, who had been abused. Since then, I have "adopted" Sally in my Mom's name. It was a pleasure to my Mom and myself, as well as a comfort, to see Sally getting the care she deserves. Sadly, both Sally and my mother have passed away (within 5 days of each other!) but I am certainly they are both enjoying themselves up in heaven.