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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

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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64 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

17 dalestine

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Excellent volunteering experience at a caring sanctuary. Volunteer leaders were very friendly and animals were very social and healthy. Loved every minute and will be back!!!

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5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

2 Ariel H.1

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

7 Louisa W.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5


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!!

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

9

Donor

Rating: 5

Amazing amazing animal sanctuary! Such an incredible experience with all the animals! Lee is an amazing person to work with!

16 Allyson B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

14 Johannes2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

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.

13 Heather274

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

16 Ana_36

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

15

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

16

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

15

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

14

Donor

Rating: 5

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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Lee S. 07/20/2016

We appreciate your kind words and support and look forward to seeing ewe at the sanctuary soon!

15

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Lee S. 07/20/2016

So thankful to have ewe as part of our volunteer herd. Looking forward to creating MAREvelous memories for the animals in the future!

15 Megan123

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Such a wonderful farm! The animals are obviously so loved and well cared for.

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Lee S. 07/20/2016

Thank ewe for the kind words, Megan. Our volunteer herd works hard to ensure our rescued residents receive aMOOOzing care! :)

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Lee S. 07/20/2016

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

CJ Acres is home to a variety of animals including pigs, cows, chickens, horses, a donkey, sheep, lamb, and turkeys. You can tell how well they are treated by how well-socialized the animals are (even after being rescued from situations where humans did not treat them well). All the animals are eager to meet human visitors! I volunteer there quite frequently, participating in feedings and helping maintain the farm. It's always an incredible experience to interact with these loving animals. For the comments that are accusing CJ Acres of abuse, those claims are false. I highly recommend volunteering here, or helping in any way (such as sponsoring an animal). It's a great way to find a connection with the animals we often that people often don't interact with, and to give them a better appreciation and understanding of why it's so important to rescue and care for these loving beings.

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Lee S. 07/20/2016

Thanks so much for the incrediBULL review and great photos! We look forward to your continued help at the farm!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with CJ Acres for over a year now and it's been incredible! As someone who cares deeply about farmed animals and animal rights, there's nothing better than seeing and working with these animals up close. I can't recommend them enough!

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Lee S. 07/20/2016

Awww...glad ewe are enjoying your time with us and appreciate all your assistance over the past year!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Love this place and all the good that is being done for formerly neglected, abandoned or abused farm animals. Will continue to give my time and talents to help this great charity!

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Lee S. 07/20/2016

Thanks Roger...we appreciate your help and look forward to seeing ewe soon!

18 Brad1976

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

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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Lee S. 07/20/2016

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at CJ Acres for over a year. I think of it as my happy place! It's such a pleasure to socialize with the animals and other volunteers. Lee Sacket, the Lead Mare, always gives great educational information. I learn something new each time I volunteer. It is so wonderful to see these animals being so well taken care of, after living a horrific life on a factory farm. CJ Acres gives these animals a wonderful place to live out their lives. It truly is one of the happiest places on earth!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at CJ Acres several times and am proud to be a member of "the herd." Under the guidance of Lee, the farm is a great place for both volunteers and animals. Volunteers have the opportunity to learn new skills, grow as people, and help the animals, while the animals themselves get to live in a compassionate environment where they receive plenty of food, water, love, and attention, and have plenty of space to run, play and live. I am happy to have found CJ Acres to volunteer at and I think it is a worthwhile cause.

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered at CJ acres several times so far & it's an absolute blast! The animals at CJ acres al alll have sad stories of their previous lifes but they are now all living a happy life! Volunteering at this rescue is very hands on & it's amazing to be able to socialize w these animals. I love everything about CJ acres & I recommend it to everyone as a place to volunteer,visit, donate towards, etc

20 Lynda16

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

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.
With SCISSORS.
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.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Afer just my first visit I found the experience to be absolutely wonderful I plan on making CJ's rescue farm a permanent part of my giving back.

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I helped shear Moses the ram and Ralph his little son. The farm is impeccably clean and the animals are happy and tame. Only humane and gentle training is used. It is a fun, upbeat and happy place!
Virginia (day job- bilingual school psychologist and Master Teacher)

5 Amy_179

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at CJ Acres regularly for almost four months and have had nothing but positive experiences. The animals are beautiful, well-fed, cared for and respected. They take great pride in providing a safe environment for all of the animals in their care and every person I've encountered has been a loving, hard-working individual dedicated to the care and well-being of all of the animals.

I have never seen one animal in a poor state of health nor any negative conditions at all. I am proud and pleased to be able to be a part of the great work at CJ Acres and am grateful that there are other people near me who care so deeply and work so passionately to protect the animals that the majority of society prefers to forget. Kudos to CJ Acres and all its personnel and volunteers for all the hard work they do every single day not only with the animals in their charge, but also in their efforts to educate and encourage compassion in their fellow man.

21 AliciaCabreraThomas

Donor

Rating: 1

Animals at this "FARM" are all in terrible states of health.
SIX have died in SIX MONTHS!~~
They arrive here & they die.
One arrived in late March & by April 16th, 2014 we saw posts of his almost NEAR DEATH!
Photographs of blood and an animal NOT SEDATED.
The owner by his own admission allows his sheep to carry 50 + pounds of wool in the HORRIBLE Northeast Florida heat because to quote him " I cannot catch them" .
I recently saw photos from this past weekend of these sheep and their coats are
disgusting dirty and matted and filled with their excrement in the rear.
How can they eliminate if their wool is matted?
In April, CJ ACRES almost KILLED Two " NEW" RESIDENTs.
They gelded a donkey & by their own Admission that donkey "BLED OUT" and almost died.
On the same day a ram had an "ALLERGIC" reaction to anesthesia & also almost died.
Two botched procedures in one day?
Kevin the Rooster arrived in August 2013 and was dead by November 2013.
The Rescue posted photographs of the gelding procedure and the Donkey was NOT sedated, there is a man ( the man who runs the rescue) wearing gloves - holding the donkey's legs with a rope that is
SO TAUT that you can see the muscles in the donkey's leg moving -
which meant the DONKEY, a terrified & sentient being was indeed NOT sedated.
A sentient animal at a " rescue" GELDED and not sedated? Why?
Anyone familiar w/animal husbandry and equine KNOWS you do NOT Geld Donkeys
especially if they are over 12 years old as was the case with this one.
He, then posted a " plea " for monies to cover this botched procedure -
which took place on GRASS with no sheet and no clean area.
The donkey is SHOWN bleeding on the grass.
Grass means bugs, ants, and dirt and infection.
But the owner of this rescue DOES not have any common sense.
No responsible animal owner allows a 2 hour bleed out & a surgical procedure done ON GRASS!
Five to Six animals died between September 2013 and February 2014.
There is a revolving door of volunteers and NONE of them are familiar with animal husbandry.
Photos have been posted of the Mustangs coming out of winter with their Hip Bones
And RIBS showing.
These are the alleged "MIRACLE " Mustangs.
Any Horse Vet would tell you it is a miracle they did not DIE due to exposure & lack of food at this locale.
Florida was hit by the Polar Vortex TWICE this winter and to see mustangs so thin their ribs show- makes it evident that CJ ACRES does not tend to its animals and is UNDESERVING OF ANY MONIES.
This 501 (C) is currently being sued over the above mentioned donkey & a few other animals on his farm. Most 501 (c) deserving of money do NOT go to court and fight to keep animals they almost killed.
His pastures are filled with sand and weeds up to the horses withers.
Talk to the previous members of the Board of Directors and you will learn they ALL RESIGNED
as they could not work with the man who runs this "RESCUE"
He has even gone so far as to buy cute piglets and then post that the responsible owner he bought them from was actually "Being Investigated" again SO FAR FROM THE TRUTH, that when she learned of this
She advised him to remove his slanderous posts on Facebook & he did.
There is no "REHAB" at this locale, I understand the Mustangs are so feral they cannot be properly Vaccinated for East West Nile Virus, nor from what I could see at the Fundraiser I attended,
have they seen a Farrier in years.
As we all know an equine's hooves are it's health.
We have documented hooves so long on videos and photos the equine seem to have an odd gait.
The man who runs this "Sanctuary" has never adopted an animal out in the past two years,
I visited CJ ACRES & was shocked at the horrible conditions of the pastures and the extremely thin horses. Recently at an event I saw Esteban the Turkey, who appears to have been attacked by another animal.
I asked the owner, who does their hooves, in one breath he claimed he did & in the next he stated he could not CATCH the sheep nor the mustangs to tend their hooves.
SAVE YOUR MONEY AND DO NOT DONATE TO CJ ACRES!
Animals arrive and then die.
So many BAD REVIEWS went up on the FACEBOOK page that the administrator
moved the " REVIEWS" ~ so one has to SEARCH for them ~they are now hidden!~
That should speak to the integrity of this 501 (c)
He cannot afford a 500.00 Vet Bill ( Posted on Social Media)
but he can afford an Event called "WINE WITH THE SWINE"
Should this 501 ( c ) spend the money on his animals instead of wine?
Why is his board of directors ( if it exists) so silent on the many deaths & terrible states of the animals?
IF Farm Sanctuary is the GOLD Standard -- CJ ACRES ANIMAL RESCUE FARM should be shut down.
Or have their 501 (s) status revoked.
SAVE YOUR MONEY
GO TO OTHER 501 (c) who do NOT have a revolving door or volunteers.

9

Donor

Rating: 5

I am proud to have donated to CJ Acres numerous times over the past several years. It is completely volunteer-run, which means your money is going directly to help the animals. CJ Acres in an incredible place, both for it's rescued animal residents, and for the inspiration and education it provides for its visitors. I highly reccanend visiting, volunteering, and donating!

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with the farm since January 2014 and have loved every minute of it. The animal residents are so very taken care of by Lee Sackett, caregivers and the steady volunteers. I am there twice a week, sometimes more, and consider the sanctuary my happy place :). These animals came from neglect, abuse and/or abandonment and now live a care free life filled with lots of love and open space to roam happily with lots of friends!!!

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering here on March 15, 2014. I was so taken with the farm, the animals and the other people who volunteer I haven't been able to keep track of the number of times I've been back since then. I only wished I lived closer (57 miles one way) so that I could be there more. It is the most peaceful place that I can be....the animals are happy, they smile and they are loved! It is so rewarding also, to be around other like minded people who really love and care about the well being of animals---and not just the ones on the farm. I can't say enough good things about CJ Acres...

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering on the farm since January. It has quickly become my happy place. I have built bonds with some of the animals as well as volunteers and these bonds are impacting me in such a positive way. Lead Mare Lee Sackett is a compassionate animal advocate and amazing leader and educator. Because of Lee and the animals of CJ Acres, I have been inspired to become more active in doing something that really matters. Definitely a place worth getting involved with!!!

6 Anna58

Volunteer

Rating: 5

CJ Acres is an amazing organization. I've been volunteering for over a year and everything is always very organized and animals have everything they need and more. I love this place!

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5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love CJ Acres! It's my favorite place and I met some great people while volunteering there. Animals are well cared for by Lee and the herd of volunteers. I'm glad there is a place like this. Farm animals need our help!

6 Gabrielle3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

CJ Acres is by far one of my most favorite places to be! It is a very peaceful place. The animals there have been through worse situations than most people can imagine but are still so loving. It shows that with kindness and care any animal can be given a second chance at a beautiful life. That is what CJ acres is to these animals. I am so glad that a place like this exists here in Florida. I have been volunteering there for 2 years and I have never had a bad experience. Lee and the volunteers are all very caring and wonderful people that I enjoy volunteering with!

5 Jon_19

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

5 Deborrah H.

Donor

Rating: 5

We and the rescued animals are beyond fortunate to have CJ Acres here in Northeast Florida. Lee Sackett's tireless energy and dedication benefit not only the lucky animals who call CJ Acres home, but also the community. Here's how: In addtition to their fundamental rescue mission, CJ Acres educates and reaches out the community, With Lee's expertise and sensitivity, the animal ambassadors provide information and are living testimonials to help people make the personal connection between farm animal exploitation and their plates. The CJ Acres team does a great job participating in outreach events that help bring CJ Acres to the public, as well as organize ongoing events that bring people to CJ Acres -- all the while prioritizing care of the animals.

5 Danielle48

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

5 Bill67

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

6 Angela75

Volunteer

Rating: 5

CJ Acres is a great place to volunteer and support! I have been doing so for almost 2 years and seeing those pigs run out of the woods never gets old :) You get to be very hands-on with these animals and learn their stories. Lee is great at promoting compassionate consumption (if you love animals- don't eat them!) and taking great care of these wonderful creatures. I'm proud to be able to be a part of such a great organization and to see the farm grow year after year.

5 BrianLaRoche

Volunteer

Rating: 5

One of the most rewarding volunteer activities I do! I have been a volunteer at CJ Acres going on my 2nd year and have loved every minute of it. I enjoy caring for the animals and making sure they have a happy & peaceful life. If you are looking for a rewarding experience that will make you smile from your heart, then look no further. It's more than just a community of people that love animals, it's an extended family of great people I am proud to call my friends.

Please check out a few video of mine from the farm:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFlXk2uELbA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFI4hqyL2oo

5 Kristin V.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started going to CJ Acres Animal Rescue Farm 3 years ago and have started volunteering as of June 2013. The events held on the farm are fun, the fundraisers are great, and the volunteer sessions are also a great time where you get to help with the farm and also interact with the 75 animal residents. I love how this organization is 100% volunteer run so when donating you know that all of your money is going directly to helping those animals which have spent their lives abused and neglected until they were rescued and brought to a great, safe place. This is SUCH a great cause and I would recommend that anyone who can send a donation to help the animals and come volunteer. The found of CJ Acres is constantly working to keep things going, putting in tons of volunteer time and out in the field rescuing animals from dangerous situations. Farm animals are so lucky to have a fantastic place like this!

6 Diana52

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering at CJ Acres for more than two years, as well as contributing financially and attending fundraisers. To hear the stories of the animals' dreadful pasts and sometimes harrowing rescues, then to see the healing that happens and the joy that results is amazing, rewarding, and life-changing. Working hands-on with the animals provides unique insights into individual cow or pig or chicken personalities, insights most city- and suburb-dwellers never get to experience.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began volunteering at CJ Acres Animal Rescue Farm early this year and I can honestly say it has been a life changing experience. I love to be around animals and care for them any way that I can. At CJ Acres you get to spend real quality time with the animals, you get to learn about then and you get to help tend to their needs. I was also able to become a farm-tern and while it could get very warm working outside it has been an amazing experience that I will never forget. I can't wait to go back and see my animal friends.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first volunteered at CJ Acres back in March of this year, and have since been back to volunteer 5 additional times. The place is incredible. You really get hands on opportunities to work with a very wide variety of animals. It is rewarding work - kind of therapeutic to get out of the city and day to day life and into a caring farm environment. More importantly, the organization helps to promote compassion for animals who otherwise are treated horribly. The volunteer staff are knowledgeable and incredibly hard working. I recommend anyone with an interest in working with animals and helping promote a better understanding of the realities of factory farming to attend one of the many volunteer sessions at CJ Acres. It is both rewarding and fun.

5

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer and a donor to CJ Acres Animal Rescue Farm. I can't think of a more deserving charity. All the money goes to the care of the animals--nobody takes a salary from this organization. Everyone, including the Lead Mare (Executive Director) is a volunteer. The animals receive the best care. The animals may be adopted, and if not, they end up with a wonderful home for life right there at CJ Acres Animal Rescue Farm. CJ Acres is straightforward, honest, and does a fantastic job.

7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering at this rescue farm is the most rewarding experience. The Sacketts are very learned and helpful in assisting volunteers with a clear understanding of the needs of each of the animals they have rescued. It is the hands on that is very exciting. Everytime we volunteer, it is a little different so you can never get bored by going month after month. The animals grow on you in such a way that when one of them acts in a way that they didn't before - you will know it. It is awesome to see a piggy finally eat because she trusts you .. or a horse come by and sniff your hair and recognizes you..or a sheep that stands close enough to see their remarkable eyes. As it is, I go out to the farm regularly but know if I lived closer I would be there all the time. The surrounding environment is peaceful and quiet. You can lose yourself in this amazing nature. Will I go back -- OH YEAH .. Do I reccomend it to others -- MOST CERTAINLY! Thank you Sacketts for all you do and stand for. I am proud to be your volunteer.

5 BGN

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have known about CJ Acres since they came to Keystone Heights and was fasinated with the fact that the Sacketts cared so passionatly about what they do, they would relocate the animals with them. Seeing the changes in the animals is a wonderful thing. CJ Acres Animal Rescue Farm provides for the animals that are not the common household pet - horses, pigs and ducks. They are truly the "in-need" animals of negelect and abuse.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a 14-year-old who volunteers for this farm and I really love it. I especially love the horses and spending time with them. The other volunteers are nice and I really like all the animals that they help. I've been here for about a year and I hope to continue with them until I graduate cause its fun and they help animals.

5 CJ Acres Animal Rescue Farm

Board Member

Rating: 5

You may have heard the saying "I don't know if animals go to heaven when they die, but if they don't, I want to go where they go." This always reminds me of CJ Acres Animal Rescue Farm as many of the animals who come from abused and neglected lives are "reborn" when they arrive at this special, all-volunteer run charitable organization. Horses that were starved find all the hay, grain and fruit they could dream of. Dogs who were abandoned now have friends (both human and canine) to play with. Pigs, once contained in small 2' x 7' crates in condemned factory farms, upon arrival, are thrilled to have acres to explore. And, goats who were malnourished on what little scrub they could find in their "previous lives" are now quite pleased with their diet of grain, hay and fresh vegetables. The volunteers, board members, and founders all share a passion for rescuing, rehabilitating and reintroducing in-need animals. It's a magical place with nothing but happy endings.

5

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have had the good fortune to be associated and board member/officer of many non-profit organizations over the past 20 years. In that time you get a feel for the quality organizations that live and believe in their purpose and those that are there for all the wrong reasons. CJ Acres is one of those quality organizations that lives for their purpose. The founding members and caretakers of CJ Acres have a passion for the lucky animals who are fortunate to be adopted. The organization realizes that they are all about the animals and making their lifes better. Another unique feature is CJ Acres addresses the plight of needy farm animals. There are lots of worthy organzations that take care of domestic pets, wild animals and endangered species but very few that provide a safe haven for abused, neglected or needy farm animals. CJ Acres meets that need. Through donations and volunteer time CJ Acres can continue to grow and make a difference in the lifes of farm animals that need a caring and nurturing environment.