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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, 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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99 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Carmella M.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

Kat and Spirit Acre Farms is awesome! Abandoned and neglected horses find a loving, caring home there...Kat works extremely hard to help these horses get healthy, put on weight, and find new homes. Horses do so much for us- they deserve our support!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first became aware of Spirit Acres in 2006 when, due to financial problems, I had to give up 2 of my family's horses. It was a very hard decision but after visiting the farm and meeting Kat, president of Spirit Acres, our decision was a little easier. While our loved ones were awaiting forever homes we visited them often. We were always welcomed and Kat always had stories for us such as who their new friends were, how they all got along, when they had their feet done, what the vet said about them, who liked a stall and who didn't, etc. The volunteers at the farm were also very helpful. Kat found wonderful homes for our horses and we even visited them at their new homes and were able to see how happy both human and animal were. Without Kat and Spirit Acres I can only imagine what might have happened to our horses. My family and I have been volunteers since. All the horses there are very well taken care of. The volunteers at the farm obviously enjoy their work and love the animals. This farm Absolutely deserves this award.