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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, our soldiers recuperating from suffering while in military service

Direct beneficiaries per year: horses and kids/youth at risk and adults to regain focus and inner strength through

Geographic areas served: Texas, Southwest and USA

Programs: Learn to ride , clinics and seminars to educate in responsibilites of horses in life 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? technical large animal emergency rescue information and technique is vital in lifel

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98 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered at Spirit Acres since 2015. Kat Matrician is an example of how all humans should be ... caring, compassionate, and totally dedicated! Spirit Acres has provided a safe and loving home to many horribly abused and neglected horses and also does large animal rescues and community education - a worthy organization indeed! The world is a much better place with Kat and Spirit Acres in it!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have known Kat Matrician and Spirit Acres for about 15 years. She helped me in a time of need when I had two horses and had to move back to the city from our 8 acre tract in Tomball. Kat offered to take the horses in her program and I found her to be the most caring compassionate person in the world in caring for her babies, the horses. Even when she is overrun by horses in need, many abandoned, she keeps her head above water in doing whatever it takes to give the horses the best possible care, in sickness and in health. Kat and her helpers severally need financial help. Horse feed and veterinarian care do not come cheap although some maybe either reduced in cost or contributed. She has numerous emergencies and is in constant need of financial and personal help. All the local authorities that find an abandoned or injured horses bring them to Kat and Spirit Acres in Montgomery, Texas. Although I can not give help in body and soul, I am a monthly contributor to this well deserving cause. Please consider doing the same, every little bit helps.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have known Kat Matrician and Spirit Acres Farm for about 10 years. We had a couple of horses and were moving back to the city and had no way to take care of the horses. Immediately I realize the compassion Kat had for each and every horse she took in and sheltered. It didn't matter if it was my situation where she might be looking for a home for the horses and sheltering them in the meantime or caring for one that the local authorities might have found on abandoned land or even in a ditch somewhere. Kat and her operation need financial help to feed and care for the horses she takes in. She does all she can do providing TLC for the horses but needs considerable financial help to provide that care. Your help would be appreciated.

Paul Burchfield

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Kat runs an awesome rescue she takes in any animals that people bring to her~~ plus when she has 2 goes out & physically rescues animals.. If needed some of the animals lives in her house if needed.. The animals are her priority. She's been doing this over 30 years..

Valerie P.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

While on vacation a few years ago, we came across Spirit Acres Farm. We were very impressed with the care and love given to the horses. The people we met were so giving of themselves. When in the area next time, we will stop and if time permits, help with what we can.

Donna194

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Donna and I have volunteered to help Spirit acres when I'd go on vacation. You couldn't find anyone else that is better with the abused and sick horses or any animal that needed a home. I would say Kat Matrician is one of the people that love animals better then her family. Animals come first with her and her family. A few years ago Kat to have surgery and as sick and close to death as she was I was contacted to see if I could come stay with her and the animals at Spirit acres. She was more worried about her animals then her own life. At the time she fell sick her finances we're very scary. She was not able to raise money as she had done in the past. I love Kat for the service she gives to her animals, we need more caring people like her.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have known Kathy for 29 years. What she does for animals is phenomenal. She puts her animals before friends and family. She is true to the heart about what she does. Spirit acres horse rescue is one of the best around, that I have come in contact with. I have volunteered there when possible for the pasr 27 years.

Carmella M.1

Donor

Rating: 5

I met Kat some years ago when I visited the farm after reading an article about it. Kat and I have kept up throughout the years and I value her as a friend in kind. Being a horse lover, I can truly attest to the fact that Spirit Acres is a special place of refuge for injured and abused animals. Kat has been deeply devoted to her mission for many years and continues to give it her all. I highly recommend Spirit Acres Farm as deserving of the highest possible rating.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have known Kat, for about 6 months now. Kat is one of the sweetest ladies you will ever meet and she treats the horses just like her children. When you see her around a horse it just puts a good feeling in your heart to know that these animals will be taken care of. The work that they do there is truly a work of art and an act of Hope and caring for the horses. Keep up the good work Kat.

Larry43

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have known Kat for a number of years and know she is one of the most knowledgeable persons when it comes to equine health and rehabilitation of horses . She has spent a lifetime helping these abused and homeless horses .She takes them in when others will not and gives a a quality life using alot of her own finances .

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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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Donor

Rating: 5

I volunteered at Spirit Acres several years ago and thoroughly enjoyed helping with the horses there. Kat has such a love for all the horses there and they seem to understand that.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Wonderful caring home of our rescued equine friends.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Kat does a great job of providing a safe and loving home to abused and abandoned horses. It is great that there are people like her that provide for those who are neglected by others

Donor

Rating: 5

I've supported Spirit Acres for many years and I continue to be really impressed by the excellent work Spirit Acres, Kat M., and the care team do - day in and day out - to better the lives and well-being of the Horses in their care!! As anyone involved in rescue work knows, it is a tiring and never-ending process, sometimes emotionally painful but also rewarding in so many ways. The sentience of animals is a blessing to Humans, and Kat understands this. It shows in the passion she expresses about the Horses at Spirit Acres and in general. I encourage other donors and volunteers to support Spirit Acres in whatever way(s) they are able to do that. No donation of any sort (time, money, goods, services) is wasted, and is always much appreciated!

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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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Dee R.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found Spirit Acres in 2007. When I went to visit I was so impressed with Kat, with the horses stories, with the farm itself. Kat works very hard to make sure all the "work" gets done so there is plenty of time to be hands on with the horses; washing, brushing, medicating, whatever they need. And sometimes they just need a human near. Kat has taken in many abused, homeless, and starving horses as well as rescued some from kill pens. Each horse is treated as an individual & they thrive on the love & care that Kat & the volunteers give them.
They need donations though. When you donate you can be assured it all goes to the horses needs. This is a wonderful, peaceful farm. Please help to keep it growing.

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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!

Chica

Donor

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at Spirit Acres farm equine rescue and sanctuary for over 12 years. I love the horses and being able to take care of them gives me a great deal of pleasure. Kat works hard to keep the horses fed and cared for and give them a good life.I wish more people would volunteer at the sanctuary and receive the benefits that I get from helping these wonderful horses

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I met Kat and became involved with Spirit Acres seven years ago. Since then I have adopted five horses and fostered three. Through Kat's guidance, my horses now live a safe and happy life. However, this is not the case for many abandoned and/or neglected horses who find their way to Spirit Acres. It does "take a village" of volunteers who can give their time and funds (when available) to help with the care and feeding of the horses, minis and donkeys who reside at Spirit Acres. I can look out at my "herd" and feel very blessed that they can graze contentedly. Hopefully, through volunteer hours and donations, this can be the end result for Spirit Acres' many rescued horses.

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

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.

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.

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.

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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.

2 Robin N.

Former staff

Rating: 5

I started volunteering at Spirit Acres after going through a difficult divorce that left me broken and depressed. Horses have brought me comfort for many years so I did some research on the internet and found Spirit Acres. I talked with Kat over the phone and made arrangements to visit the farm.
I can tell you, upon meeting Kat and touring the farm I knew I had to be a part of this rescue!
I was happy to help with finances when I could. This farm runs on volunteers who provide whatever is needed, (Monetary donations, farrier and vet expenses, purchasing fed and hay and carpenters to keep barns and fences in good shape.)

I felt happiness and made friends not only with the horses, but with other volunteers. I adopted one of the mares and one of my best friends adopted her colt.
Before I knew it I had been volunteering right at 3 years! I cared for the horses and helped Kat in the office. I made life-long friends and i still try to help Kat when I can even though I live in Tennessee now. I am amazed by the devotion and love that Kat has for animals.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Spirit Acres was a healing place for me as well as the horses. Divorced after 25 years, my life was turned upside down, depressed, etc. The first day I walked through the gate, I knew this was where God had lead me. I arrived in 2004 and spent 3 years working hard every day. Feeding, grooming, bathing, cleaning stalls, cleaning hooves - whatever needed to be done. Kat knows each horse and can tell you each one's story. She has a heart as big as Dallas, but that doesn't feed and care for the horses. She needs donations and volunteers each and every day to make sure these horses get the best care and live out the rest of their lives never knowing pain or hurt again. Most volunteers will also donate either money or feed/hay which is urgently needed. I adopted a mare from the farm, she was an incredible companion for me. I had horses before I got married and this mare helped me find myself again. There are horses at Spirit Acres who were brought there to live their last days in peace and love, and there are good horses there that can be adopted. I still talk to Kat and hope to visit Spirit Acres real soon.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Spirit Acres is one of the most caring and helpful organizations I have ever dealt with. I have volunteered and I have donated supplies and time to them many times. They care for the sick ,healthy ,hurt, abused and unwanted animals that most people would look over. Kat has always been there helping the animals. I have known her many years even before the rescue was formed. Its a great organization and we need many more like it.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have know Kat Matrician for a very long time. She was one of the first people to help me with showing my horses when I was a child. I am now 43 years old. Since then we have became very good friends and I actually enjoy helping her with the rescue horses. I have gone with her to pick them up,doctor,haul and have even fostered a few for her. Spirit Acres is a wonderful haven for all animals whether big or small,sick or well. They are all loved and cared for with such love everyday. Kat is a very giving person and I try my very best to be there for her and the animals anytime she calls and needs some help. The rescue is a very needed place since there are so many unwanted and uncared for animals. Thanks, D'Anna Garza/G Force Ranch

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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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering for Spirit Acres a few months ago and I am still astonished by the devotion and the personal sacrifice that Kat has endured for these animals. She lives without many common place luxuries so that her animals can be well fed and cared for. I pray that she gets the much needed help she needs for these animals. If we all were a bit like Kat the world would be a better place. If you are looking for a place to adopt or donate your time/money there is no better place.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first volunteered with Spirit Acres in 2010 when I lived in the Conroe, TX area. I saw first-hand the quality way the horses were cared for. There are few options for unwanted or abused horses in that area, and Spirit Acres is relied heavily upon by law enforcement who rescue abused animals. I now live in Alaska, but continue to support the farm financially because I believe in the work Kat and the volunteers are doing. it's a worthwhile organization doing a great deal to help horses in difficult situations. We need Spirit Acres Farm Equine Rescue and Sanctuary.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteered at Spirit Acres since 2006. There is a variety of different horses that call S.A home. You have the ones that are what would be considered as adoptable, then some that may need some T.L.C , some who are sick and need extra care, and even some who need something as simple as food, or friendship. No matter the needs , Kat makes sure all are met. This is a wonderful place to volunteer, a great place to learn, Kat's always told me theres never a stupid question. Even though this is a horse rescue many of gods other creatures find there way to S.A., and again Kats on the hunt to find homes. Spirit acres is the best place there is, and Kat theres no one like her i swear theres wings under that workshirt.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Spirit acre is the best around. Best I've seen, kathy has nothing but love for all animals.