Help us provide the best care possible to the animals of FSS by purchasing a calendar, ordering a Calendar Tribute, or becoming a Guardian Angel monthly sponsor.
The Animals Really Need Your Help This Fall
Free Spirit Sanctuary is desperately needing help to make sure we have enough hay to feed all of the animals in our care this winter. FSS is a registered not-for-profit located 30 km NW of Cochrane Alberta. For over a decade we have been providing lifelong sanctuary for domestic and wild horses, donkeys and a small number of farmed animals rescued from neglect or slaughter, as well as inspiring compassion for all living beings, and advocating for the protection and freedom of Alberta's Wild Horses.
This has been a difficult year for the sanctuary due to a very dry summer leading to a lack of pasture and unprecedented hay prices. This was followed by the arrival of cold, snowy weather in mid-September, bumping up our winter feeding schedule by several weeks. The increased cost of hay, in addition to significant veterinary expenses over the past few months, has pushed our finances to the limit this fall.
Here is How You Can Help:
Donate directly to our “Urgent Winter Hay Fundraiser”
Purchase our 2019 Calendar
Honour a Loved One with a 2019 Calendar Tribute (Deadline October 28th)
Become an FSS Guardian Angel Monthly Sponsor
1) FSS Urgent Winter Hay Fundraiser
Goal = $12,000
Free Spirit Sanctuary needs your help to make sure we have enough hay to feed all of our rescued horses and farm animals for the winter. We recently discovered the hay we thought was reserved for us had all been sold, leaving us scrambling to find a new supply very late in a year with drastic shortages and prices nearly double what they were last year. We have now run out of hay and have had to resort to hay cubes and compressed timothy bales.
1) ** Preferred Donation Method = INTERAC e-TRANSFER to:
(no service charges to FSS & we receive the funds immediately)
A donation of any amount is greatly appreciated! (The value of a bale is set at $10 for ease of donation. We will not know the exact cost until we secure a new supply, which will likely be a combination of small square bales and large rounds)
$10 = 1 hay bale: Feed your favourite horse for 2 days, or the donkeys or cows for a day
$25 = Feed Little Appy, Buddy & Ramsey, the cows, sheep & goats for a day
$50 = Feed your favourite horse for 10 days
$100 = Feed the Donkeys for 10 days
$200 = Feed the FSS Wildies for 1 week
$250 = 25 bales: Feed the Cows for 1 month or the FSS Drafties for 10 days
$500 = For all donations of $500 or more receive a free FSS 2019 Calendar
** If donating via Interac e-transfer**
Please email FSS so that we can get back to you to acknowledge and thank you for your donation
(The notice we receive when you make a donation via e-transfer includes your name, but no contact information)
Please also include your mailing address (unless you prefer not to receive a mailed out Thank You card)
Other Donation Options:
2) GoFundMe: FSS Urgent Winter Hay Fundraiser
3) By Credit Card (through this website)
4) By PayPal
5) By cheque to:
Free Spirit Sanctuary
PO Box 1562
Cochrane, AB T4C 1B5
In the past we have brought in loads of 500 small square bales at a time, spreading the cost out over the winter months. Unfortunately, our regular supplier didn't have a crop this year. With such limited supplies and high demand, producers are offering their hay first come, first served with no holds, so we need to have enough funds on hand as soon as possible to purchase our entire supply through to next summer.
We need 2400 small square bales. We do not have a tractor that can handle large bales and I do all the feeding myself, so we have always used small squares. Although it would add at least a couple of hours of work to my daily routine I am willing to go to rounds this year if need be. We require about 132,000 lbs of hay to make it to next summer. Depending on price this will cost us anywhere from about $14,000 to well over $20,000 that will need to be paid out as a lump sum upon finding hay.
Free Spirit Sanctuary has never been in such an urgent position before, so we are reaching out for help from the community. Donations of any size are greatly appreciated.
Sandie & the Animals of Free Spirit Sanctuary
Re:. Not-for-Profit Status
FSS is a registered non-profit organization in the province of Alberta. We are not a registered charity with the CRA, so we are unable to issue tax receipts.
We have chosen not to seek charitable status because of the significant restrictions that would place on our ability to advocate for an end to horse slaughter and protection for the wild horses of Alberta. As well, the administrative burden involved is beyond our capacity to take on at this time. We can assure you that 100% of funds we receive go directly toward providing the best care possible for the animals of FSS. Thank you for your understanding.
Scroll down to order a 2019 Calendar
FSS Needs to Find a Truck ASAP
*Seeking 3/4 ton truck with some spunk left*
(before our poor, ailing Avalanche dies)
Our truck is more than ready to retire. It has close to 250,000 km on it and needs at least $4000 in repairs, including work on the steering column and front end that are borderline safety issues.
The tail gate doesn’t close anymore due to a bent post that can’t be straightened. I have replaced some parts by salvaging them off of old trucks at the wreckers, but I think it’s time to call off the resuscitation efforts. A truck with a for real box would be super (Avalanches have dinky little boxes that don’t fit many hay bales)
We don’t have funds set aside for this (hay and vet care come first), so we’re hoping to find a used, but mechanically sound truck, that is as inexpensive as possible. Please contact us if you have any leads. Thank you!
2) FSS 2019 Calendar
A great way to support your favourite rescued animals here at FSS and admire them on your wall year-round.
They are also awesome Xmas gifts that make a difference!
Calendars are $25 (includes shipping)
** Preferred Payment Method = Interac e-transfer
(No service charge to FSS and we receive the funds immediately)
1) Interac e-transfer
2) Credit Card (through this website)
4) By Cheque
Please make cheque payable to “Free Spirit Sanctuary”
Include shipping address
Calendars will not be mailed until cheque has been received and processed
Free Spirit Sanctuary
PO Box 1562
Cochrane, AB T4C 1B5
Special Calendar Tributes
A chance to honour a loved one (animal or person) & help the animals of FSS!
We are offering the opportunity to make a donation in honour or memory of a special animal or person and have a tribute featured in our calendar.
Tribute submission deadline for 2019 Calendar: Sunday, October 28th
Tribute options include making a donation:
On behalf of a special animal or person
In Memory or Honour of a loved one
To mark a Birthday or other special day
Calendar Tribute Levels:
minimum donation of $50
Text tribute will be featured on the month of your choice
Calendar for $20 ($5 discount)
minimum donation of $100
Includes a photo tribute featured on the month of your choice (see samples on the right)
Calendar for $20 ($5 discount)
“Fur-ever” Loved Tribute
minimum donation of $250
Includes a large photo on a separate page of the calendar (opposite 2020 at a glance) with a dedication (up to 3 lines)
Receive an 8”x10” Photo Print of your favourite image from our calendar
Donations for Calendar Tributes can be sent by Interac e-transfer or PayPal to:
Please send your photo and tribute text to the same email address
4) Become an FSS Guardian Angel Monthly Sponsor
Guardian Angel Program
Become a MONTHLY SPONSOR for your favourite animal at FSS, or if you have trouble choosing, you can help support the entire herd! The Guardian Angel Program is our most important source of ongoing funding to ensure we can continue to provide the highest level of care for the rescued animals here at the sanctuary.
Your donation can help FSS continue:
This fund is specifically for assistance with the expenses incurred for veterinary care of the FSS herd.
You can also donate directly to our account at:
Cochrane Animal Clinic
Credit card payments can be made over the phone
* FSS is a registered non-profit organization in the province of Alberta. We are not a registered charity, so we are unable to provide tax receipts.
* We have chosen not to seek charitable status because of the significant restrictions that would place on our ability to advocate for an end to horse slaughter and protection for the wild horses of Alberta. (Registered charities can only devote 10% of their resources, including volunteer hours, to lobbying the government for changes to laws, etc.)
We truly appreciate your support and hope that you understand our position on this matter.
Note: As a sanctuary, we provide a lifelong home for the animals who come here, and do not adopt animals out.