Spirit Keeper Equine Sanctuary
501(C)(3) Non-Profit Charity
2020 Maintenance Needs
Our 2019 Sustainability Fundraiser unfortunately did not take off. In 2020 we have had to cut additional services and cut corners on ranch maintenance and some of the horse care. As of August 2020 we are trying to keep up with feed/hay and farrier expenses. Dental work for the horses and routine veterinary care is on hold until we have funds to cover these things. Sanctuary income is down by an average of $2008 per month which has had a devastating impact on our ability to maintain the facility and horses here. During August and September 2020 we have two Facebook Fundraisers running, items listed for sale, and a few animals for adoption who were donated to us for fundraising purposes, they were not relinquished. Of course, all the usual ways to contribute are still in effect as well. Thank you for your help and support!
Fencing and housing needs are still on the table:
Spirit Keeper Equine Sanctuary is seeking assistance with fencing up-grades to accommodate our growing number of blind, disabled, cognitively impaired, and elderly residents. Who are some of these horses? Jenny, who has had to have both of her eyes removed because of cancer; Lacey, blind in one eye because of an injury; Daisy, who has cataracts in both eyes causing her to be 90% blind; and Cytar, who has neurologic disease causing a lack of proprioception are just a few of them. Pur immediate goal is to replace 5 acres of wire fencing and add cross fencing to create additional turn-out areas. These new and re-done areas will be safe and secure for the equine residents mentioned above! In March/April 2018 we were able to install 1 of our 6 planned enclosures, and bought materials for a second. Materials are being stored on site until we can pay for installation. To complete the installation of this 2nd of 6 planned areas we need $7500.00. We are looking for sponsors, individual donors, companies, and grants for contributions to make this project a reality!
Spirit Keeper Equine is, to the best of our knowledge, the only animal sanctuary or rescue in El Paso County whose mission is specifically to care for special needs equines. We are contacted by those seeking to place blind, lame, elderly, and psychologically damaged horses; or those with chronic conditions requiring on-going medical care. These are vibrant, healthy, happy horses when cared for according to their individual needs. One of those needs is safe living space appropriate for their individual special condition. Typical horse fence has not proven appropriate for this special population: the blind, disabled, and elderly horses showing dementia. We in 2017 we had 3 horses injured getting tangled in wire fencing or running through panels when they became startled or confused about their surroundings. One of the horses died due to her ordeal. This has been heartbreaking and difficult for our caretakers and volunteers; we need the community to understand what a difference the right fencing will make in the lives of these fabulous horses and step up to help! Horse safe fencing sturdy enough and constructed of material safe enough to handle a blind horse running into the fence for example, is expensive. To continue to serve this growing population we must make changes to our facility and are seeking public support.
The long-term goal is to replace all 35 acres of our facility with safe and durable fencing for all residents and to install cross-fencing on all 35 acres to allow for more pasture areas The cost estimates for all 35 acres depending on the company and type of materials is up to $525,000! If you would like to help us now DONATE HERE to our fence fund!
Some of the Horses who will Benefit from this Fencing