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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

39 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

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!

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.

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.

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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.

Review from Guidestar

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.

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

Donna194

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.

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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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.