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!
I attended two events at Cj Acres. Each time the pigs had bleeding sores on the ears and the volunteer with the tattoos said there are many reports to the local animal control. When I was there the volunteers kept talking about the lawsuits filed against this rescue. I asked them why this was happening and they said the owner was never there and he kept lying to the public and losing animals. Last year six animals went missing and he didn't let them look for the lost animals.He told them to take down the missing flyers. I asked the man who runs the events if he worked outside of this rescue and he said no. He owned the rescue and didnt need a job. So does that means that the money donated has been used to fund his lawsuits and pay attorneys fees. That is against the law. I asked him why he auctioned off animals and he told me that he never did. I found court papers that show the truth. When you look at the animals and facilities when you are on the grounds it looks like a petting zoo that one sees at carnivals the animals are in severe neglect. I do not believe that this place serves the public. Why are there so many lawsuits and why are donations used in direct violation of laws that direct non profits. Also there is a group of people that harass and attack and lie about those who have complained about this place. That is the well kept secret that the volunteers all tell you. If you complain the attacks begin. I think this place should be closed down. If you go to events there is a huge difference from what you see on their social media. The animals on social media are not at the Keystone Hieghts location. Where are they. The volunteers described the horrible castration of the animal auctioned off in the lawsuit they said he almost bled to death and that no one cared.
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.
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.
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.
I have watched this "Rescue" and I have many concerns.
They posted on July 7, that they are taking in PIGS that are coming from PETA.
This week, they have been exposed as having lied about this.
They posted on their own FACEBOOK Page that people should donate to CJ ACRES for PETA and these pigs.
The pigs are NOT coming to this Rescue.
PETA has publicly tweeted this fact.
Why would anyone donate to PETA via an intermediary?
Why would any reputable Rescue lie about this?
It is obvious that now PETA is onto this scam and their legal department is involved.
On Social Media, via Facebook it is OBVIOUS this 501 is lying to the public to get their money.
I cannot imagine how the people of Jacksonville and North Florida are so fooled by this place.
I have seen in my Animal Circles on Google + and my Horse groups that there is a Mustang here named STAR, and that she may be being starved as well.
The photo that has gone viral does not look good for this 501 (c).
First a Mustang being starved and then the FAKE claim about getting Pigs from PETA.
This is shameful.
They even have posted that they want $35.00. for these pigs.
PIGS THAT ARE NOT ARRIVING HERE.
PETA has emphatically stated this publicly.
There is duplicity going on at this Rescue.
Again, if you donate for PETA, in 2014, you can easily donate DIRECTLY to PETA.
I understand from PETA's Tweets on Twitter, their CID is now involved.
This "Rescue " has shown, that they are not really compassionate.
They do not care about animals.
I have watched them and spoken to people who have worked as "volunteers".
I noticed that when the "REVIEWS" began to feature photographs of animals that are here
especially the Horses and especially questions, again, about another PIG incident.
The "REVIEW" feature was hidden.
A purchase made by this Rescue, with the Receipt provided by a prior member of the board of directors, that the FACEBOOK page suddenly HID the "REVIEW" Feature and then completely
got rid of it.
They also changed the ability to post photos on their page.
What is going on here?
What has this Rescue to hide.
Save your money.
Give to those that are reputable and that do excellent work.
This 501 (c) has only been around since 2009 and by 2014 they are lying and using PETA's name?
This is not right.