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CJ Acres Animal Rescue Farm

Rating: 4.47 stars   45 reviews 2,134

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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Reviews for CJ Acres Animal Rescue Farm

Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Overall, CJ Acres is fun place for adults and kids, as well as animals! The animals are so friendly which speaks well of how they’re cared for. Throughout the year there are some great fundraisers that include tours, vegan food and wine, naming new rescues, and silent auctions. Don’t miss ThanksLiving and Wine With Swine!


This gorgeous, life-affirming haven for rescued animals is a testament to compassionate living and very restorative to the spirit. The farm is spacious--with many well-cared for sheep, goats, pigs, cows, ducks, chickens, dogs, cats and donkeys. You can spend your time volunteering or, you can just take a tour and enjoy the relaxation that comes with being surrounded by friendly animals and people. The people who work on the grounds are super laid back, pleasant, and informative. No snootiness. The volunteers we saw there were all working hard and deeply committed.


It was great to get up close and personal with all the animals and Lead Mare, Lee, is a compassionate and entertaining guide! He provides such insight into each of the rescued critters you’ll meet while subtly educating people on factory farming. On my first tour, Lee held a special “freedom ceremony” for a new chicken. She had a number tag on her- 32651 if memory serves. He brought a young man up and together they held the chicken, cut her awful number ID tag off and set her down saying this is your new home… WELCOME!


I guarantee you will be moved by the wonderful personalities of these animals and the dedicated people at CJ Acres caring for them. I was struck most by how loving, social and intelligent a turkey could be! Then there are goats goats goats! Who can resist little Athena Goat? How about feeding bread to giant pigs? Or rubbing the belly of a sleeping pig? You will be met with enthusiasm by a bunch of hens and their one lucky man! You will surely think twice about that food in front of you. Even if vegan is not your thing, just go and support the good work that they do and have some fun talking to the animals!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

CJ ACRES is not just a sanctuary for the animals, whose many lives are saved there.
It is also a haven for the people who give tirelessly of their time, their passion and their love to care for them.

One might not generally think of a barn and its environs as a magical place but that is most certainly how I see CJ ACRES. Very recently, I found myself in an incredibly difficult and emotionally-charged situation in regards to my 16-year old cat Patch. Without going into the details of the for-me-very-sad story, suffice it to say that I reached out to Lee Sacket, the "lead mare" at CJ and after a series of important and appropriate questions, he took her in without hesitation. Had it not been for Lee and the sanctuary, Patch would not have made her way further into an ideal setting and home to live out the remainder of her years. I will always miss her, but I know in my heart that I did the "right" thing by taking her to CJ ACRES.

I do not know the number, but I venture to say that there are VERY few farm animal sanctuaries in existence. For me, this is some of the most important work that is being done on the planet. It speaks not only to the rescues who live at CJ, but to a greater global consciousness and awareness. I highly recommend that anyone who finds him- or herself in the area (or nearby) inquire about receiving a guided tour of the farm. I even MORE highly recommend that everyone consider becoming a donor. It is very easy to create a recurring donation directly from your bank account. One can choose to be an active participant for as little as $12 per month by becoming a member of the Compassion Club.

I could go on and on as I cannot say enough good, glowing and glorious things about CJ ACRES, but for now, I'll leave it right here. PLEASE DONATE and MAKE A DIFFERENCE!



 
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I was introduced to CJ Acres by a friend when we went to a "farm day" event. What an amazing experience! We learned about all the animals stories and even did a few "chores" that made us all feel useful but not overworked. We got to interact with them, feed them, and truly see their different personalities! Lee was very careful to make sure we (and the animals) knew the boundaries. Overall a fabulous experience that I believe everyone should have the chance to experience!
Since then, I've had the opportunity to go back on a couple occasions (they hold fundraiser events that are tons of fun - like wine with the swines), and it's always the same, fantastic, educational experience.

 
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(Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

We appreciate your kind words and support and look forward to seeing ewe at the sanctuary soon!

Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I began volunteering in June of 2015 and it has been one of the best experiences I have ever had and so rewarding. Lee is caring, very knowledgeable and dedicated to the animals and I wish more people had his passion for animals rights. CJ Acres is truly an awesome organization.

 
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(Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

So thankful to have ewe as part of our volunteer herd. Looking forward to creating MAREvelous memories for the animals in the future!

Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

Such a wonderful farm! The animals are obviously so loved and well cared for.

 
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(Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Thank ewe for the kind words, Megan. Our volunteer herd works hard to ensure our rescued residents receive aMOOOzing care! :)

Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

Love this place.

The animals are so clearly respected and given as much freedom as safe and reasonable. It's not overcrowded like some sanctuaries and the animals seem genuinely happy and Lee is dedicated to the mission.

 
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(Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Awww...thanks for the nice comments. We strive to provide top-notch care for our rescued residents and are happy to see both visitors and volunteers notice.

Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

CJ Acres is home to a variety of animals including pigs, cows, chickens, horses, a donkey, sheep, lamb, and turkeys. You can tell how well they are treated by how well-socialized the animals are (even after being rescued from situations where humans did not treat them well). All the animals are eager to meet human visitors! I volunteer there quite frequently, participating in feedings and helping maintain the farm. It's always an incredible experience to interact with these loving animals. For the comments that are accusing CJ Acres of abuse, those claims are false. I highly recommend volunteering here, or helping in any way (such as sponsoring an animal). It's a great way to find a connection with the animals we often that people often don't interact with, and to give them a better appreciation and understanding of why it's so important to rescue and care for these loving beings.

 
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(Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Thanks so much for the incrediBULL review and great photos! We look forward to your continued help at the farm!!!

Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I've been volunteering with CJ Acres for over a year now and it's been incredible! As someone who cares deeply about farmed animals and animal rights, there's nothing better than seeing and working with these animals up close. I can't recommend them enough!

 
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(Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Awww...glad ewe are enjoying your time with us and appreciate all your assistance over the past year!

Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

Love this place and all the good that is being done for formerly neglected, abandoned or abused farm animals. Will continue to give my time and talents to help this great charity!

 
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(Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Thanks Roger...we appreciate your help and look forward to seeing ewe soon!

Rating: 1 stars  

5 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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