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!
Cj acres is EXCELLENT. I really wanted to have hands-on involvement in helping farm animals and I finally found the perfect rescue that aligns with my own beliefs. From the first meeting I had with Lee and the other volunteers, I felt very welcomed and appreciated. Lee took the time to introduce each special resident to us, giving us the history of the farm and the backstories of each resident. Anyone who listens will feel grateful that there are still "humane" beings in the world like Lee and his volunteers. After seeing a few of the negative reviews, I cannot help but feel disappointed in them. I did not grow up on a farm, but I can even say with certainty that some of the statements spewed by the negative reviewers are not realistic. For example, a reviewer claimed to see a few open sores on a few of the pigs. Well to that I say......DUH! OF COURSE YOU MIGHT SEE THAT ON A FARM! If you actually spent more than a day at the farm, you would see that there are lots of horseflies and other insects buzzing around and nipping any chance they get (yes, even nipping at humans) because after all, that's what they do. To the people who were in unfortunate situations and had to give up their beloved animals, I am sorry for your loss, but please don't blame Lee when your expected outcome wasn't met. You VOLUNTARILY gave the sanctuary your pet in hopes of a better life with the unrealistic dream of your pet immediately loving their new home and getting along with the other residents. This is not realistic! You should've thought about the scenario of your pet possibly running away from a foreign environment.
The lesson here is: please don't jump to the worse conclusion possible and accidentally spread ignorance.
To end on a positive note, if you don't want to take my word for it, please check out Cj Acres yourself. They are wonderful in the community and are doing wonderful things for our community.
I had a fantastic time during a fundraiser that the sanctuary held at their main farm. As a result, I volunteered and would encourage everyone to definitely sign up for one of their "Animal Caregiving" sessions. The animals are all very well cared for and very social (especially since they were formerly in terrible situations) and the people are all really nice.
What a fun day we all had spending time at CJ Acres. We got to watch animals in their natural setting that have been rescued from the horrors of factory farming. I wish they all could be free and so well cared for. The animals are treated like family, as it should be. It will move your heart. Lee the owner spent many hours giving us the tour + was a wealth of information. He obviously cares deeply for his “flock”. We got to interact with horses, cows, goats, mama and baby chickens, turkeys + the resident dog and cats. The animals were so gentle and well cared for. After all the animals have been thru.. it touches my soul that they can accept humans with such warmth
I wish that everyone could be educated about factory farm abuse and would take this opportunity to visit this incredible sanctuary for the rescued farm animals. If you’re not Vegan it’s ok they are not “preachy”. This is just a great opportunity to learn about all sorts of things and to be at peace with our gentle earth friends that we share the planet with. If you are an animal lover this is a must!!
My husband and I attended a group volunteer sessions so we could see the farm and of course cuddle animals. The place was run very efficiently and was extremely clean. We spent time with various animals throughout the volunteer time. All the animals were extremely well mannered and very well cared for. I will be going back and volunteering again. If you don’t want to volunteer they offer tours, I highly recommend it, you will learn so much and you will walk away with an entirely different perspective of animals.
I came to be a steady volunteer with C.J. Acres when I moved to Florida in January of 2018 and have found my experience with Lee and all the animals there to be one of the most rewarding and loving experiences to have touched my life. The Florida heat and storms are challenging when it comes to feeding and animal care time but the animals know when those times are and expect us to be there with their food. Out running hard rains and lightening to see a pigs face light up to get their meal or have their water trough being filled by the cold water coming out of the hose during a 95 degree day with full humidity only to interrupt you to be sprayed and lie in the mud hole you are creating for them is an experience you have to have for yourself. Watching the goats figure out the new playground that was just installed, little baby piglets figuring out the big world that's ahead for them and all of these animals get to do this free from harm; learning that their lives matter and they are loved. When the word sanctuary is used in a name for a place where animals are living should be just that-safety, refuge; C.J. Acres Animal Rescue Farm Sanctuary is that and so much more!!! Come visit us and see for yourself!!-Kim Meyer
CJ acres is such a wonderful place. A safe space for not just many amazing animals but also for humans. What they have done a number of animals truly brings a smile to my face. Giving life and treating them with the love and respect they deserve. I had such a wonderful day volunteering there I will definitely be back. It brings me so much joy knowing other people who truly care about animal welfare.
Cj Acres is an awesome place! It is a safe haven for rescued animals and also for us humans! As soon as you walk into the farm, you feel at peace with the world. The animals run free, are happy as can be and welcome you with open arms, especially if you have some bread. Lee has a devout love for all the CJ Acres’ residents and it shows in how he cares for them. We are so happy that we found this farm and that we are part of its mission!
CJ Acres is a truly magical place in which people from all walks of life can come and share in the joy and beauty that rescued farm animals have to share. Lee provides a space for people to bond over the common interest of animal welfare and care and also allows them to learn all about the unique personalities that all of these animal friends have and just how much we have in common with them.
CJ Acres was just the place we had been looking for - a rescue farm that truly cared and sought animals in need to help and find a happy home. They have wonderful volunteer opportunities; they are welcoming, warm, and appreciative of all of the help! We know how hard they work to ensure all of the animals have a safe and healthy home that they deserve. We are so honored and proud to be helping such an amazing organization!
My boyfriend and I live in London, ON. Canada. We drove down to Captiva Island, FL for a friends wedding and we stopped at a few places along the way! My boyfriend searched for rescue farms to check out because he knows how much I love animals! We came across CJ Acres Animal Rescue. When my boyfriend called he found out they did not have any tours going on that day but he explained that we were from Canada and Lee was kind enough to let us come visit the animals! It was an amazing experience, we got to meet, interact and feed the animals, and we learned about their stories and where they came from. It was SO amazing and my heart was so full from getting to see all these beautiful animals. I was also super impressed that we were feeding them 'organic' food, bonus! All of the animals have lots of room to roam and they are very well taken care of!! If you are ever in the area i recommend checking them out and donating to these lovely beings!
Amazing amazing animal sanctuary! Such an incredible experience with all the animals! Lee is an amazing person to work with!
I went to visit CJ Acres Rescue Farm to volunteer. I loved my experience there! The animals are all very well taken care of, they are very safe and happy. I loved interacting with the animals and getting to see their unique personalities. I recommend this place to everyone who is looking to donate their time or money to a good cause. I look forward to visiting Lee and the animals again!
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.
I started volunteering for CJ's back in 2014, and I have enjoyed every minute of learning about farm animals and how to help and care for them. Because of this rescue farm, I have a better understanding of compassion, not just towards animals but towards people who don't treat creatures with loving kindness. This place has taught me to educate with grace, on why animals should be taken care of, not abused, neglected, or killed. It has opened my heart to see them as sedentary beings. I am in awe of how many lessons I take away from cows, pigs, goats, dogs and cats and even the sanctuary's lead mare, Lee Sackett. :) It's all been a positive experience that I have shared with family, friends, and co-workers. And I am happy to see some of them putting their volunteer efforts towards this place as well.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
Lee S. 07/20/2016
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