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CJ Acres Animal Rescue Farm

Rating: 4.43 stars   49 reviews 2,246

Address:

5728 Jones Creek Road 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

2016 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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904-600-7676
http://www.cjacres.org

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have personally known CJ Acres and Lee Sackett for more than 5 years and have been to the location in person. This sanctuary is one of the best, most ethical and compassionate ones in all of Florida. It's a top notch facility and I have only hundreds of wonderful things to say about it and him based on personal experiences.

They receive abused, neglected, emaciated animals surrendered from extreme animal abuse cases and illegal slaughter farm raids. I have personally witnessed them nurse these animals back to health with proper vetting, excellent diets and nutrient support. Not only do they save animal lives and give them the quality of life they deserve, but they also are real and true advocates for compassion and veganism.

I would highly encourage everyone to donate to CJ Acres and support this wonderful sanctuary. They are the real deal and put the animals first. They are what many other sanctuaries and rescues should strive to be. Animals First. Ethical. Compassionate.

If you want a personal recommendation contact me on Facebook and I am more than happy to provide an excellent one for CJ Acres and Lee Sackett.

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

This is a well run and organized sanctuary that puts the animals welfare and care first. There is nothing to change.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2016

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

That fifth star, "far exceeds expectations", is definitely appropriate for CJ Acres Animal Rescue Farm. From it's mission to it's methods, CJ Acres is a great model for a small farm animal sanctuary. The animals who find themselves at CJ's receive thoughtful care and kind affection. The community is welcomed at interesting and engaging special events and volunteer sessions, which are frequent. Beyond this, countless other farmed animals benefit from the farm's commitment to promoting a compassionate, plant-based lifestyle. We can't recommend CJ Acres highly enough!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I have been a volunteer at CJ Acres Animal Rescue Farm for nearly a year. I have worked with many of the other volunteers and board members who come weekly to care for and share their love of these animals. I have read the negative reviews from people who obviously have an agenda to spread hate, tell lies, and try to destroy an organization that does nothing but rescue animals from deplorable conditions, hoarders,and people who never should have had animals in their possession. I can personally attest that the animals at CJ Acres are cared for daily by numerous volunteers who feed and love these animals and have genuine concern for their well being. These volunteers travel long distances weekly to provide care to the animals on this farm and would not do so if the animals were not fed properly or enough, not have proper shelter and given proper vet care. This sanctuary has had events open to the public and has volunteer sessions frequently. Why would an organization invite the public to events if they had something to hide? Common sense would tell you that this is the last thing they would do. I happened to be voluteering on a day that the vet came to do some inoculations and look at possible treatment for a couple of the animals. He stated that the animals were given excellent care and any conditions that some animals may incur such as cancerous tumors or sores that may look concerning were not due to any lack of care or neglect in any way. One reviewer stated that the animals were dirty. This is an absurd statement. This is a clean, well maintained farm and the barn cleaned several times a week. Any dirt on the animals is from them rolling in the dirt to keep flies and bugs away or to allow them to be out in the sun when they choose to graze, eat or swim in water holes. There are ample water troughs with fresh clean water. As a volunteer, the troughs are cleaned twice a day and filled with fresh water. This organization has very high ratings with the exception of a few negative reviews that are obviously related to each other and have been thrown in to the site strategically to antagonize the organization and intentionally lower the rating for the poster's personal reasons. I would ask the public to look past reviews that are done for personal reasons or to promote hate and understand that there will always be people who do not tell the truth, act meliciously by using public forums and want to destroy organizations that are truely reputable for their own personal gain. I feel it necessary to speak out as a volunteer and animal advocate to say that CJ Acres Animal Rescue Farm is a fine organization with an outstanding board of directors and numerous volunteers who make sure the animals who come here and will come here will be cared for with the highest degree of compassion and love for the rest of their lives. I would never connect myself or volunteer with an organization that would abuse, neglect or mistreat animals. Great job CJ Acres! Keep up the good work.

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I attended an event at this location. My reporter friend wanted a second opinion. I have never seen so many dirty animals. This is supposed to be a rescue. Why were there protestors at this location. Why did the man who runs it tell the group that he had to hire security because people do not understand animals die. We did some digging. and learned this rescues buys animals and then lies and says they were found in deplorable conditions and abandoned. When there are reciepts that reveal the contrary. It is clear the recent reviews are due to the many protests this place keeps incurring. Animals continue to disappear at CJ ACRES ANIMAL RESCUE FARM. You will never see the same people at this location because they use OLD photos.No new photos are ever used. Many photos reveal volunteers who have moved to other states or children that are now five years older than in the photo.Where is the money going. Is he lining his pockets while pigs continue to have bloody ears.It is time for people to wake up.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2016

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people 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  

3 people 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  

4 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  

6 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  

6 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  

5 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.