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Cj Acres Animal Rescue Farm

Rating: 4.33 stars   36 reviews 1,971

Nonprofit Issues:

Animals

Address:

Keystone Heights FL 32656 USA

Mission:

CJ Acres Animal Rescue Farm (www.cjacres.org) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, all-volunteer organization that exists to rescue, rehabilitate, and reintroduce in-need animals suffering from abuse, abandonment, neglect or catastrophic disasters, all while promoting compassionate animal care to the community.

Target demographics:

In-need animals throughout the United States. Currently, our "residents" come from Arizona, Florida, Iowa, North Carolina, South Carolina and even Canada.

Geographic areas served:

United States

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Rating: 1 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I, Caroline McDonald, had a horrific experience with CJ Acres Animal Rescue Farm. Please visit my Facebook page: CJ Acres Animal Rescue Farm Abuses and Loses Animals to read my story, to learn about CJ Acres being sued, Clay County Animal Care and Control abuse investigations including pictures of malnourished animals. If you don't have access to Facebook, email me at mcdo6131@bellsouth.net and I will email all the information. If you truly love animals, please find a true Rescue Farm to donate your time and money.

 
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10 people found this review helpful

I am very interested in the the ethical treatment of animals. As such, I was excited to learn of this rescue farm located near me.

Upon review, though, I was alarmed to find some animals looking malnourished. Furthermore, the condition of the fields in which they were being kept was deplorable. When the host was questioned about these conditions, the answers given seemed disingenuous. I do not feel very confident in this operation.

This week, I began searching online for more information on how the farm was run. Unfortunately, I came across alarming evidence that has dissuaded me from being able to endorse CJ Acres. Numerous animal cruelty complaints have evidently been filed against CJ Acres. Several of them are have been obtained from public records and are presented on the following website: https://goo.gl/3ytSDG

The most disturbing bit of news to me was finding out that over the course of the last year, the health of at least one horse has actually gotten worse, rather than better at this rescue farm. This is evidenced and documented by county officials in the documents posted at the link above. In particular, one of the horses—named Star—has been documented as declining in health from a poor rating of 4.5 a year ago to only 4.0 a couple of months ago.

I do not wish to support a "rescue farm" where the animals that are "rescued" are worse off after being on the farm than they were before. Their health should be improving not declining.

In light of this evidence, I cannot in good conscious recommend CJ Acres and will not be donating money to this charity.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

 
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22 people found this review helpful

This review is an opinion based on personal experience, court documents, receipts, talking to witnesses, and other valid documentation which led me to the following conclusion. CJ Acres Animal Rescue Farm is a scam run by a man who goes by "Lead Mare". Here is why I believe CJAARF qualifies as scam:

According to purchase receipts, Lead Mare bought rare piglets from a breeder, lied to donors telling them they are rescues, defamed the breeder, then, when the breeder caught wind of his lies, Lead Mare was forced to take down the posts.

Court documents show that Lead Mare auctioned off animals for cash because he didn’t want to give them back to their previous owners. The previous owners temporarily fell on hard times, and after they sorted out their troubles, they had to sue CJ Acres to get their animals back. To spite them, Lead Mare auctioned the animals to the highest cash bidder. Did the buyer slaughter the animals? Lead Mare hid this truth from the farm supporters and donors. CJAARF press release does not mention the auction of the animals.

Summer 2014, Lead Mare solicited donations from people based on a total lie. He stated Peta is sending him a rescued pig. A GoFundMe account was set up asking for donations. People donated thinking Peta will send him a pig. Upon contacting Peta, they clearly stated they are NOT sending any pigs to CJ Acres. Despite of this, Lead Mare continued to lie to people and collect donations.

In the Summer of 2014, a horrible picture surfaced of a horse named Star. This horse has been in CJ Acres’ care for years. Regardless of this, the horse was awfully emaciated. When this was brought to the Lead Mare’s attention, he brutishly dismissed it, falsely accusing the photograph is altered. The photograph has been submitted to expert testing, and it is 100% legit. That poor horse was starved, that is why it looked so emaciated. Animal Control had to step in to tell him to feed the horse.

Recently, Lead Mare took in an infected, sick chicken from the Coco Farm raid. Lead Mare wanted to haul this chicken to the NF VegFest. This was supposed to be at least a 5 hour back and forth trip. It is very cruel to submit an animal to such a trip. Imagine the distress felt by the animal, being subjected to a petting zoo style prop treatment. Further, this sick chicken would have been exposed to human interaction. A contagion infecting humans could have easily spread. The venue’s management had to step in to stop this man’s utterly irresponsible, cruel actions. Of course, all this was kept hush-hush.

In August of 2014, Lead Mare was arrested for DUI. He was found guilty of the charge in December 2014. According to the judgement, he spent 2 days locked up in jail. This information can be easily accessed on Clay County Courthouse’ website: http://www.clayclerk.com/ case#: 2014-CT-001247. Lead Mare paid a total fine in the amount of $1,073.25. Was this money taken out from the donations fund meant for the care of animals? As Lead Mare is the sole caretaker and on the Board of Directors of CJAARF, who fed the 50+ animals that rely on him for their sustenance everyday? Did they have to go without food and clean water? Was the Board of Directors aware of this? What actions have they taken to make sure Lead Mare does not cause harm to these animals? If he cannot be trusted with his own life and the lives of those on the road, what chance does an animal in his care have? Currently he's on probation and he's not supposed to drive. If you see him driving, please call the police. This is all a matter of public information. It can be looked up at the above mentioned link.

Overall, there have been many animal deaths that he’s not announcing, yet Lead Mare is still using their pictures to solicit donations for the dead animals’ maintenance. Many pictures on the “rescue’s” Facebook page are old and continuously recycled giving the illusion that all is great.

Lead Mare willingly associates himself with a dangerous convicted felon found guilty of forgery, burglary, theft, assault, and DUI. This convicted felon recently tried to scam a lot of money out of a cancer survivor. The cancer survivor was still grieving after their spouse, whose life was cut short by cancer as well. The convicted felon took advantage of the vulnerable state they were in. Lead Mare is assisting the convicted felon in running a Helping the Homeless activity, which under the guise of a noble cause, looks like an attempt to scam people and entities out of items and money.

I am convinced the Lead Mare uses the animals as props to gain a “hero” status so he can easily swindle money out of people. People tend to be overly passionate about animal causes, hence easily fooled. From what I saw and heard, I sincerely believe that the bulk of the money doesn’t go to the maintenance of the animals. He doesn’t spare the money for farriers to take care of horse’s hoofs, sheep shearers, annual shots, or for any basic veterinary care. The word has spread about this fake rescue he’s running and now the Lead Mare is doing the best he can to bully people into silence through threats and intimidation tactics. This “rescue” is a tax exempt 501c, which means it is a public interest organization. Because taxpayers subsidize it, it’s subject to a higher scrutiny, as it should be. There are many legit animal rescues that do a tremendous job, but because of folks like the Lead Mare, they all get a bad rep. People become suspicious and less likely to support and donate to any rescue. Bad apples like him ruin it for everyone.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Take the animals away from Lead Mare. They are NOT safe with him.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Badly

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

None

Will you recommend this organization to others?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I have been volunteering at CJ Acres for over a year. I think of it as my happy place! It's such a pleasure to socialize with the animals and other volunteers. Lee Sacket, the Lead Mare, always gives great educational information. I learn something new each time I volunteer. It is so wonderful to see these animals being so well taken care of, after living a horrific life on a factory farm. CJ Acres gives these animals a wonderful place to live out their lives. It truly is one of the happiest places on earth!

 
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4 people found this review helpful

I have volunteered at CJ Acres several times and am proud to be a member of "the herd." Under the guidance of Lee, the farm is a great place for both volunteers and animals. Volunteers have the opportunity to learn new skills, grow as people, and help the animals, while the animals themselves get to live in a compassionate environment where they receive plenty of food, water, love, and attention, and have plenty of space to run, play and live. I am happy to have found CJ Acres to volunteer at and I think it is a worthwhile cause.

 
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4 people found this review helpful

I've volunteered at CJ acres several times so far & it's an absolute blast! The animals at CJ acres al alll have sad stories of their previous lifes but they are now all living a happy life! Volunteering at this rescue is very hands on & it's amazing to be able to socialize w these animals. I love everything about CJ acres & I recommend it to everyone as a place to volunteer,visit, donate towards, etc

 
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16 people found this review helpful

CJ Acres has a Go Fund Me Account, where they are LYING about receiving a PIG from PETA.
We have made contact with PETA who have begun an investigation.
The "PIG" that CJ ACRES keeps claiming is being sent to Keystone Hieghts, was NEVER even considered being sent to this horrible farm.
The pig went to Virginia- Why is CJAARF claiming that PETA is sending it here?
They are not legitimate.
Farm Sanctuary does not lie.
No legitimate Rescue lies.
There is no insurance on the 501 (c).
Who lies and runs a scam via GO FUND ME on their Facebook Page?

The man who runs it COLLECTED funds ILLEGALLY in PETA' s name.
WILLFULLY knowing that he would not be receiving ANY abused PIG from PETA.
Call PETA and confirm this or go to Twitter & check out CJAARF and the PETA PIG.
PETA's letters are uploaded
This RESCUE lied. They KILL.
Star the Blind Mare DIED here.
Kevin the Rooster lasted three month.
Star is Starving. Star is a Mustang who arrived healthy & fat almost.
Ask them about Nikki.
We have e mails and phone calls from PETA.
This farm lies and steals from the public.
Riverside Arts Mart, a farmers market in Jacksonville, recieved many protests, when CJAARF claimed that RAM requested they man a booth.
We discovered the truth - CJAARF paid the 25.00 REDUCED fee and was
given a slot just as anyone else that PAID the fee.
The manager agreed that she did not agree they should even be allowed at RAM but they let them.
They are aware of Star the Mustang being starved.
This MAN who runs the "Rescue" lies and lies.
This rescue was SUED in court over the animals he illegally obtained.
So this rescue AUCTIONED them off for CASH.
Moses the Ram ws the subject of a lawsuit, so was Opie the donkey and quite a few other animals.
This rescue SUBMITTED court documents signed by the owner, his name typed & his signature clearly legible STATING that every animal subject to this lawsuit was AUCTIONED off two weeks before the court hearing.
This "Rescue" took in animals in February.
They gelded a 12 year old donkey and almost killed it when it bled out.
That incident caused animal humane agencies to be contacted.
Star the Mustang was photographed in June with her bones exposed and ribs jutting out.
She is my profile photo on Facebook - her photograph went viral
As for the animals in the court case?
They lied about how the animals came to arrive at this location.
They lied about the previous owners and slandered them - calling them homeless and hoarders.
Not the truth.
They were taken to court and the LEAD MARE signed documents under the PENALTY of PERJURY that he and the 2nd "Rescue" auctioned the animals off to the highest bidder.
If you scroll down, you will see that the very RAM he told the Judge he "AUCTIONED" was the subject, of a HORRIFIC shearing party.
No proper animal RESCUE holds a SHEARING party.
They subjected Moses to hours of terrified abuse.
Why didn't they use a professional sheep shearer?
The job would have been done in less than 10 minutes.
It is obvious these people took pleasure in the harming and fear of the poor ram.
The women pose gleefully with scissors and the WRONG type of shearing tools.
Moses has been carrying dirty wool for months.
In March a volunteer, who was undercover photographed is feces & urine stained rear.
She photographed the matted coat and dead insects.
There are animals at this "Rescue" that should be removed.
If you read the comments of people who are "NEW" - it is easy to see they have no idea what they are doing.
No one but a PROFESSIONAL should Shear a "rescued" ram.
And if a Ram has been "AUCTIONED" Off and the court documents speak to that.
Then there is something wrong here.
This "Rescue" lies to Judges.
This "Rescue" lied about PETA and the Pig.
Are they going to REFUND the money to those who donate?
Are they going to write a check to PETA?
Are they going to keep lying and claiming animals are arriving and are not?
When are they going to give us the VET bills and financials that we keep requesting?
What have they to hide?
They MOVED thier last fund raiser OFF SITE.
I believe they are aware that many are revealing the horror of this place.
That doesn't change things.
We SAW on social media THE HORROR Moses went through when he was CRUELLY sheared.
TIED up like a dog.
Sheared on a DIRTY Floor.
With SCISSORS.
There are no real workers at this "rescue".
Just people that come and go.
Social Media is giving us the many photos we need.
As are the undercover volunteers who have decided to give photographs to authorities
Surrounded by people who looked drunk, at least 13 surrounded him - holding his legs as if they were going to put him on a grill and cook him

Shut CJAARF down.
Go to Twitter and look at the many posts about the PETA PIG and thier lies.
Go to Social Media And see what PETA has said about that PIG.
Do NOT donate to this place.
It MUST be shut down.
This place revels in cruelly harming animals.
Gelding Stevo without anesthesia.
Almost killing Moses by anesthestizing him and causing an almost DEADLY allergic reaction in March.
LYING AND PERJURY to the Clay County Municipal Court.
CJAARF must be shut down.
The animals are suffering and the people who go there revel in harming them
Reading that this woman "ENJOYED" the shearing is heartbreaking.
THIS is NOT a RESCUE.
The Florida State Authorities who govern 501 (c)'s and those who govern Matching Funds have been given all of this documentation.
PETA is also on their trail.
This could ONLY happen in FLORIDA.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Close it down and arrest the owner for animal cruelty and bring him up on the perjury charges.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Badly

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

None

Will you recommend this organization to others?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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1 person found this review helpful

Afer just my first visit I found the experience to be absolutely wonderful I plan on making CJ's rescue farm a permanent part of my giving back.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I helped shear Moses the ram and Ralph his little son. The farm is impeccably clean and the animals are happy and tame. Only humane and gentle training is used. It is a fun, upbeat and happy place!
Virginia (day job- bilingual school psychologist and Master Teacher)

 
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I have been volunteering at CJ Acres regularly for almost four months and have had nothing but positive experiences. The animals are beautiful, well-fed, cared for and respected. They take great pride in providing a safe environment for all of the animals in their care and every person I've encountered has been a loving, hard-working individual dedicated to the care and well-being of all of the animals.

I have never seen one animal in a poor state of health nor any negative conditions at all. I am proud and pleased to be able to be a part of the great work at CJ Acres and am grateful that there are other people near me who care so deeply and work so passionately to protect the animals that the majority of society prefers to forget. Kudos to CJ Acres and all its personnel and volunteers for all the hard work they do every single day not only with the animals in their charge, but also in their efforts to educate and encourage compassion in their fellow man.

 
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