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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

12 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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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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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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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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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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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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.

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

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!