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!
Where do I begin! I found CJ Acres Farm Animal Rescue after deciding that I wanted to contribute to World Day for Farm Animals (October 2, 2018) this year within my community. CJ Acres was the closest farm sanctuary to my home. My absolute life’s dream is to start a sanctuary of my own, so I find myself being pulled towards sanctuaries & rescues where I can give my love, time & resources. I created a last minute fundraiser and in addition to my personal donations, I was able to fill my truck with food & supplies for my sanctuary visit. I was in contact with Lee Sackett (owner/founder) from day 1 and was delighted with the quick responses and professionalism he and his volunteers bestowed.
Upon arriving at the sanctuary, my first feeling was just....... peace; like what you would feel when you think of “sanctuary”.
I almost immediately met a few of the resident pigs...Hemingway & JJ, but at that time, didn’t know their names or stories. I was greeted by Malissa, a sweet, faithful volunteer, who recently moved from Texas (she volunteered much of her time in Texas doing similar farm animal sanctuary work). Moments later, founder, Lee appeared from the private home located on the property. Yes! He lives here too. After our introduction, Lee began telling me about his personal history, his startup, the sanctuary’s history etc. Little by little, I met all of the sanctuary’s residents. There was a recent litter of piglets born (currently 4 months old) that followed us around at the beginning. Their mother was pregnant at the time of her rescue. It’s amazing how smart pigs are! Lee and Malissa have been working with them on behavioral/training techniques such as “sit”, “stay”, etc. Techniques one would find most common when training domestic dogs! I was shocked with how well the piglets listened!
Lee’s mission is very clear... rescue, rehabilitate and reintroduce. CJ Acres is 100% volunteer operated & donation based. I was also delighted to learn of the various events they host such as “Wine with Swine”, which is a dinner & wine tasting experience that takes place in stations inside each of the habitats.....100000% vegan of course!
I had the great pleasure to meet every single resident at the sanctuary and learned their stories. I captured lots of videos and pictures of the residents and shared them (& their history) all to my Facebook page (Kristen LovesRescue) in detail, of where they came from, what horrific actions people did to them, and was able to enjoy time with them now, at peace, living out their remaining years.... fully LOVED & CARED for!
I wish every community had a CJ Acres. I’m happy mine does, as I plan to spend as much time as I can, volunteering and contributing to events, so they can continue saving animals. I still have sooooo many more amazing things to say about CJ Acres, but I encourage you to schedule a visit and experience the greatness yourself. I’m a huge animal advocate and I’m truly grateful to have spent time with these beautiful sentient beings, to share their struggles and constantly be a megaphone for them. All lives matter!
We Are Their Voice!
I love CJ acres! I’ve been there and met the animals. They are taken care of very well and always treated with respect. Lee, the human who runs CJ acres loves animals and spoons almost all of his time with them Lee, the human who run CJ Acres loves animals and is very devoted to them. I recommend anyone visit or donate here.
I have taken in 3 formerly abused cattle, now safe and sound, but keeping up with their food supply is difficult for me at times on an ARMY widows pension. I reached out to Lee at his Rescue farm and he donated some much needed bales of hay. What a life saver! I drove out to his rescue farm and it is AMAZING! The animals walk around freely in the part I was in- it was neat to have "Amanda" the horse greet me and than a pig at my feet(sorry I didnt catch the little pigs name :-)) I dont know how he, Lee, keeps up with all that work, he was sweating bullets today, it was hot as heck, but he kept on working and loading the bales of hay for the cattle. Gosh I will never whine about having 3 and the work I have after seeing how hard he works and all for the love of the animals. Definitely an inspiration. When i die-I want to go to Cj Acres Animal Farm rescue because that is the HEAVEN I envision! Love the place, thanks Lee for everything and Thank you to Amanda the horse for sharing her hay.
Wonderful place. Been volunteering for several months. It's my home away from home. Lee the founder is great have learned alot from him, learn new stuff all the time. Very happy I found cjacres.
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!