CJ Acres Animal Rescue Farm

Rating: 4.47 stars   45 reviews

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: 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: 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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Rating: 1 stars  

13 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.

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(Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

It's interesting that ewe felt this way Brad as we have no record (signed visitor agreement, event ticket sale, completed volunteer agreement) of your being on-property. As for your comments on Star, depending on your knowledge of equine body scoring, you may or may not know that any score between a 4.0 and a 6.0 is deemed normal. Also, as the scores are somewhat subjective, the same horse could be reviewed by two different examiners within a day and receive different scores (within a half point). That doesn't mean the horse got better or worse in just 24 hours...it just means the judgement of the individual was different. We are happy to report that Star recently receive a body score of 5.5 during her bi-annual exam and was in perfect health. We'd love to show you her progress and encourage you to contact us at 904/600-7676 to schedule an appointment.

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Hands down this is the place to be! You can learn a lot about the true nature of life by being in the presence of pure love, forgiveness, compassion and beauty. The animals, caretakers and Lee (lead mare) are beacons of change igniting the words of Gandhi, "be the change you want to see ." It is a place I will continue to draw to for peace for many years to come!
Dr. Jon Repole
Jacksonville Health and Wellness Center

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Definitely

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

This place is beyond amazing and if it were closer, I'd be there every weekend. Lee and his staff have given these animals a second chance and it makes your heart melt. You can't help but smile and laugh as you interact with these special beings. Each animal has its own unique rescue story and you really get to connect with each one! On the day that I went, Lee had recently rescued a Turkey from a factory farm. It was still very weak. Lee allowed me to cut off the turkeys clip from the factory and I named him Estaban! It was such a rewarding experience.

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?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

CJ Acres Animal Rescue Farm, in my visits, seemed to be a virtual Garden of Eden; a place of shalom between humans and non-humans. The obvious love for the animals exhibited by the director, Lee Sackett, and the devotion of his volunteers is warming and awe inspiring. They do the work needed to keep blameless folk safe.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I have had the honor and pleasure of visting CJ Acres Farm this year. I was treated like a family member upon my arrival, given a personal tour of the farm by Mr. Sackett and his wife and was able to meet ea. and every resident (fur and feathered) personally and hear their story. The harmony and blissfulness of the animals and the farm was truly inspiring. I encouraged everyone to go to the farm, volunteer some of your time and experience what I was able to first hand and will never forget.

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?

2012

 
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