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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

Community Stories

98 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Many lovely animals there need your help. Good place to adopt.

Jeremy F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Spirit acres is one of the best around, you wont find another like it. Kathy is one of a kind,a dyimg breed

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering a couple of weeks ago and I have to say that Kat and everyone else I have met through here have been the nicest people and they truly care about the animals that they help! It is very nice to know that there is people out there who care enough about horses and other animals to do so much! It has been a wonderful time!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I first met Kat at the Arabian Nationals in 1998 and have kept up with her and her endeavors ever since. Her dedication to the horse is not only an inspiration to me but I greatly admire her dedication to the rescue cause as well. She consistently puts the welfare of the animal even over her own well being and greatly involves the community with outreaches and volunteer opportunities. I truly would have a hard time envisioning a world without either Spirit Acres Farm or Kat! A few years ago, we rescued a horse which literally consumed our lives until she was turned around physically as well as emotionally. To do it on a larger scale definitely takes a wonderful woman with a compassionate vision. Spirit Acres Farm definitely has my vote.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a fulltime volunteer at Spirit Acers I have been working here since Febuary . Miss Kat has taught me a lot about horses that I didn't know. the horses are well fed and taken care of . If it wasn,t for spirit acers these horses would have died of starvation or abuse by the people that owned them. I enjoy working with Miss Kat in take care of and loving these beautiful animals.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Spirit Acres is a place that offers safe harbor for animals that have been cast off by their owners and in most cases would have been sent to slaughter or put down. The county this rescue is in has a HUGE horse population and only ONE rescue to service the needs of the neglected. It is IMPOSSIBLE for someone to think or say anything other than good things about a place that is trying to help innocent animals who have been cast off by others. These animals needs are met on a daily basis and they are loved by the people there.

Kat is a wonderful person, very knowlegeable and dedicated to these horses.

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Volunteer

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!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Spirit Acres is a place that offers safe harbor for animals that have been cast off by their owners and in most cases would have been sent to slaughter or put down. The county this rescue is in has a HUGE horse population and only ONE rescue to service the needs of the neglected. It is IMPOSSIBLE for someone to think or say anything other than good things about a place that is trying to help innocent animals who have been cast off by others. These animals needs are met on a daily basis and they are loved by the people there.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

The facilities and animals are in poor condition. Many horses are brought in and VERY few Ever leave! She is a horse hoarder, not a rescue. The only reason you would want to help is because the horses are Not taken care of.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

It is not what it seems: The 418th District Court Montgomery County TX recorded an Agreed Final Judgment (Cause No. 08-05-05150-CV) Apr. 07, 2010 against Spirit Acres prohibiting it from continuing status quo: https://gov.propertyinfo.com/tx-montgomery/

A bad situation!

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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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Please keep Spirit Acres as your top rated non-profit organization. Spirit Acres is the best rescue there is and the people who volunteer there are amazing. The horses are so gentle and caring, and the rescue is a safe place for animals as well as humans. TIme with the horses, caring for them, tending to their needs, just an awesome experience.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Finding out about Spirit Acres was the best thing that ever happened to me. Just being on the land around all these horses is beautiful. The large horses and the minis are exquisite animals that get all the love and care they need at the rescue. I highly recommend this non profit to everyone. Just go there and see the beauty for yourself, because you will be amazed.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Spirit Acres is the best horse rescue and sanctuary in Texas and throughout the USA. The horses are very well taken care of, get all the feed, hay, alfalfa and meds they need on a daily basis. The atmosphere is very relaxing, and this allows the horses to be relaxed. I enjoy volunteering there. Spirit Acres ROCKS!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Spirit Acres is an amazing place, and is a magical place too. Just being there around the horses and tending to their needs is a wonderful feeling. These horses get love and attention on a daily basis, and are treated like kings and queens as they should be. Sit back and watch the horses trot or gallup throughout the farm is true beauty. Spirit Acres brings these abused and neglected horses back to life again once they come to the rescue. Love, love, love all that Spirit Acres does for these horses.

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

Kat is a very knowledgeable lady with dedication. The spirit of the horse rescue one to be supported wholeheartedly. needs public donation/ funding to expand and develop. a worthwhile cause

Toni8

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Even a blind man could see the love Kat has for the animals at Spirit Acres. I've visited numerous times to take pictures and just visit the animals. Kat is one of the most amazing people I've ever met. She genuinely cares about the animals who are lucky enough to find their way to her sanctuary.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have done photography sessions at Spirit Acres. Kat gave me the names of all the horses, and dogs, that I photographed. And she knew their names without hesitating. She also gave me the stories behind each horse, telling the horrors that they had gone through. After taking many pictures, I grabbed a brush and went out into the pasture to groom some of the horses. They were all well fed and appeared to be over coming their mistreatment they had endured before being rescued by Kat. She is doing a tremendous job with the horses and is very careful when placing them in forever homes. Each one holds a special place in her heart, just as she holds a special place in theirs.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've worked at the rescue. Kat is one of the most personable and carring people I've ever met.
I love working there as well, she makes me feel at home, and the connection beteewn her and the animals is more like a momma to her child. I look forward to the next time I can volunteer at the rescue.
I hope Spirit Acres continues to provide a safe haven for these beautiful, majestic creatures!

Cremello T.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Spirit Acres is an amazing place of healing and peace. Kat is incredible with the animals and the connection is obvious. I have learned sooooo much from her in the time I have spent there. This is a rescue that deserve help and assistance so it can expand to help more and more horses in need in it's area!!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I can't say enough good about Kat and Spirit Acres and the good work she and volunteers do in taking care of the animals rescued. Her passion and dedication in caring for needy equines is without question. I think the best way to describe the work Kat and the volunteers do for the equine population is to equate that work to the work Mother Theresa provided for humans. In addition to helping equines that she rescues and/or are donated to Spirit Acres, Kat also provides assistance to individuals and their equines. My little mini donkey, Sam, is alive and well today because Kat cared enough to return my call, listen to my concerns for little Sam, and introduced me to the best veterinarians at Brazos Valley Equine Hospital who saved little Sam's life. I am forever grateful to Kat and the veterinarians and support staff at Brazos Valley Equine Hospital for saving little Sam's life. Had Kat not returned my call and introduced me to the veterinarians at Brazos Valley Equine Hospital little Sam probably would not be with me and his buddy CiCi today. Thank you Kat for all that you do to help both equines and their caregivers.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Words alone cannot express my gratitude for Kat and the work she does with Spirit Acres Farm Equine Rescue and Sanctuary. Kat really goes the extra mile when the need arises. I shall be forever indebted to Kat and the veterinarians and staff at Brazos Valley Equine Hospital in Navasota for saving the life of my little miniature donkey, Sam.

Sam and his buddy CiCi are both rescue donkeys who came to share their lives with me, my elderly mare, and her daughter in 2003. Sam and CiCi have been wonderful companions to each of us throughout the years. I don't know who originally rescued Sam and CiCi but I am so glad they did.

Back to my gratitude for Kat. I first met Kat over the phone in December 2008. My little miniature donkey, Sam, was dying and needed immediate medical attention greater than what was available locally. I did not know where to take Sam for the care that he needed. I further knew I did not have the financial resources to take him to the State University Equine Hospital. Sensing the seriousness of the situation Kat reached out to her veterinarians at Brazos Valley Equine Hospital who agreed to see Sam. On the day of Sam's appointment, Kat met me at the hospital. After examination and testing it was determined Sam needed immediate surgery to remove a bladder stone. Brazos Valley worked with me financially and preformed the surgery. Sam and his buddy CiCi stayed at the equine hospital until Sam was ready to come home. Sam had a wonderful recovery and three years later continues to romp and play with his buddy CiCi and bring smiles to everyone who meets them.

By the Grace of God and the caring kindness of Kat and the veterinarians and staff at the Brazos Valley Equine Hospital and their willingness to help, little Sam who had but days to live in December 2008 continues to be a very happy, healthy, little donkey in November 2011.

I will never be able to thank Kat or the veterinarians and staff at the Brazos Valley Equine Hospital enough for saving Sam's precious life.

Since 2008 I have had occasion to visit Spirit Acres Farm Equine Rescue and Sanctuary on different occasions. Words cannot even begin to explain the wonderful work that is being done there by Kat and dedicated volunteers to save the lives of so many horses and donkeys.

As you can see from my story, Kat doesn't limit her assistance just to the equines she personally rescues, but in diverse ways, assists other equines in need.

Spirit Acres Farm Equine Rescue and Sanctuary, like most rescues, needs help to provide for the care, shelter, bedding, hay, grain, veterinary assistance and supplies, farrier, transportation, and other needs. If you can help, through financial assistance, providing feed, services, or volunteering, I am certain you would find your time and money would be well invested.

With Greatest Appreciation
Patricia, Sam, CiCi, and ScooterBelle

Calistar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am retired so now I can devote some of my time to helping others. We recently moved back to Texas and I did a lot of research to find the right place to work at since I love working with horses. Spirit Acres has proven to be just that! The owner is so devoted to helping the horses who have come to her broken or hurt! She takes in horses that others wouldn't and she does everything she can to heal them, not just physically but she also tends to their spirits! She gives everything she has to them!

The best part of all is that being able to work at Spirit Acres has even helped me, it is so refreshing to go up there to help do what I can. The horses are so loving and appreciative that you can't help but want to return as often as possible! This organization is doing such a great thing for these deserving animals!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Spirit Acres is a fun place to spend my time. I can go there as long or as short a time as I want too. The horses just want love and attention. I can give them this, and the horses loved to be loved on. I look forward to volunteering every day I show up at the farm, because I love those horses.

Susan215

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was introduced to Spirit Acres through a dog they rescued. It truly is an amazing place for all the animals. The horses come to the farm in bad shape, and Kat works very hard to make their stay the very best it can be every day. I was shocked to see pictures of horses when they first came to Spirit Acres, because they were so bad, but Kat spends the time and gives the love these horses need to recover. The respect that the horses have for Kat is a wonderful thing to see. This shows me how dedicated this wonderful lady is to the rescue of these magnificent horses. One has to be very dedicated and persistent to heal these horses, and Spirit Acres is the only place I know of that does this 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Although I have not yet been to the Sanctuary, I have donated money for a couple of years now. Kat and I have developed an online friendship because she always responds when I make a contribution. It takes much time and physical stamina to care for large animals so I've no doubt that the time she spends typing a short note to me could be used out at the barn or in the pasture. Her dedication to all aspects of running the Sanctuary is what impresses me and motivates me to continue contributing funds. I recently had an opportunity to meet her in person, and she is just as kind-hearted in person as I've found her to be with her emails. May Spirit Acres and all of its volunteers be blessed for the valuable service they provide!

Donor

Rating: 5

I volunteered at Spirit Acres for 5 years (2007 through 2011). Although I no longer get to the farm to volunteer, I continue to support the rescue with monthly donations. While volunteering, I rarely felt like I was at a rescue beause the farm had a sense of peacefulness to it. Yes, there was always work to be done, but it was the noble horses that gave the rescue its sense of meaning and beauty. The owner, Kat, is a special person. I have no doubt that she speaks and understands the langage of horses. And having been a horse women her whole life gives her the strength, knowledge and insight to care for the horses that come through the gates to spirit acres. I hope that anyone reading this ,or any of the other reviews, who has thought about getting involved with horses will visit spirit acres website and find a way to be a part of a rescued horses new life. It was becuse of the sponsorship program that spirit acres offered, I was able to sponsor a rescued horse (the horse of my dreams) and adopted him soon after.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

From the moment I stepped foot on the farm I KNEW I was in a most special place of healing, recovery and LOVE!! Any free time I have I will find myself there with the horses and the unconditional love that they provide and that myself as a volunteer provide to them. Ms. Kat is extrordinary in her efforts and dedication to the animals there!! It's a VERY Special place ran by a VERY Special Lady!!

Allie B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Spirit Acres is one of the best examples of an organization giving rescue their everything. Kat Matrician has a love for horses of all shapes and sizes, and a heart big enough to encompass them all.

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.