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Rooterville a Sanctuary Inc

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Rooterville's mission is to encourage compassion for ALL animals. Factory farming is the greatest source of the most egregious animal cruelty on the planet, killing over 10 billion animals every year just in the USA. The best thing we can do to help animals, our own health and the environment is to adopt a plant-based diet!

Results: Rooterville has had two great events which each hosted approx. 250 people, we have hundreds of visitors and volunteers every year and we have passed out over 300,000 flyers and expect to hand out thousands more to people at pet expos and students at the Univ. of FL and Santa Fe college campus' encouraging them to adopt a compassionate, plant-based diet. We are excited that our new billboards will be going up soon on I-75 and I-95 with cute pictures of baby farm animals and puppies and kittens, asking viewers the question: "Why love one but eat the other?" We rescue dozens of animals every year who have no other hope and many who have endured terrible abuse and suffering. Visit our website to see some of the stories of these "lucky" ones who serve as ambassadors for all animals being raised for food, eggs and dairy products. Every year we show the film: "Farm to Fridge" to hundreds of people and the documentary in which Rooterville was featured, "Eating Mercifully" has been shown to millions!

Geographic areas served: North Florida and the world!

Programs: The sanctuary is home to over 300 rescued farm animals and we have at least two events every year like the Boo at the Roo and Hoggy Holidays Celebration which draw many visitors. We have many volunteer and open house opportunities for visitors and we always welcome them by appointment as well. Meeting the animals is a fun, educational and, we hope, life-changing experience for hundreds of people every year. We have a leafleting program and pass out thousands of leaflets every year at college campuses and events. We have billboards that ask the question: "Which do you love and which do you eat? WHY? " to encourage passersby to think about the fact that when they eat meat, they are causing the suffering and death of a real animal. Life Reclaimed Ministries offers classes to the community to reverse and prevent Diabetes, Heart Disease, lose weight and feel great! Our goal is to reduce animal suffering by promoting a healthful whole-food, plant-based diet.

Community Stories

44 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

A beyond amazing place. Heaven on earth, not only for the rescued piggies, moos, chickens, goats and turkeys, but for all who enter the gates. Spending time with these beautiful animals is truly a special gift. Elaine is one of the kindest souls I've ever met in my entire life, and I aspire to one day be even half the woman that she is.

Donor

Rating: 5

Where do I begin? My visit to Rooterville was an absolutely wonderful and memorable experience. My mom and I were greeted by a kind young man who gave us a great tour of this beautiful sanctuary. It was a privilege to meet these darling pigs and other animals up close and to hear about their stories. The animals at Rooterville are very well taken care of!!! We really enjoyed giving belly rubs to the pigs and sharing fruit snacks with them. I highly recommend a visit to Rooterville!!

1 Laura321

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Rooterville is a well taken care of sanctuary where the animals receive the care they need. Elaine West shows her face as the face of Rooterville but without Doni, the sanctuary manager nothing would be possible. Doni is an amazing woman that always stays when everyone else quits because of the toxic work environment founder Elaine West exudes. If there is anyone out there that would like to take Elaine's position, that would be amazing, and welcomed!!!!!

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piggyparade 10/06/2016

Laura is a disgruntled former employee who could not fulfill the duties of the position she was hired for and she is a very toxic and hateful person. That is why she is no longer part of a successful team.

1 Keith64

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I visited Rooterville a few weeks ago. Rooterville is a Disney World of rescue for pigs. Elaine has a huge heart for the pigs and other animals. The whole place is very well maintained and as I noticed very soon, all of the pigs were healthy and happy.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We visited there with our children and our friend's family. The kids loved getting to pet and feed the pigs and explore the sanctuary. The volunteer hosting us was very friendly and knowledgeable. The playset and shaded area was great and we loved seeing all the well taken care of animals there. Pretty butterfly garden too!

1 Mark218

Donor

Rating: 5

I made my first visit to Rooterville in May and the event really changed my life. Seeing the animals up close, making contact with them, and hearing their stories really brought home to me the reality that they are the same as we humans -- in every way that matters. They have families, interests, and desires, and want to enjoy a life free from pain and want, just like we do. Elaine, Doni, Lynn, Dane, and all the staff and volunteers were friendly, informative and inviting. My friends and I slept in the "barn" enclosure and it was magical to wake up to the sounds of happy animals every morning. I highly recommend this sanctuary to anyone who wants to experience the natural beauty and contentment of farm animals living freely to express themselves -- the way it should be. Thanks for all you do, Rooterville! ♥

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We try to support several animal rescue organizations and do our best to see that the money is well managed and that the animals are really the priority. Love us some Rooterville!!

1 Mickie A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteered and visited! This is a great, wonderful and compassionate place to connect with farm animals. A very well taken care of Sanctuary with happy farm animals, rescued from cruelty or abandonment.
I will return and continue to bring friends to educate and volunteer. Thank you Rooterville A Sanctuary for saving the vulnerable and being a voice for the voiceless!

1 Marinemom0813

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Most amazing place for animals! Most amazing people that care for animals and humans a like.... They transform lives!

Previous Stories
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Client Served

Rating: 5

Rooterville is the epitome of what you expect and love about a life saving and life changing sanctuary for animals to be!

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1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I LOVE THIS PLACE! They take amazing care of their animals. I have done tours and volunteered here, i cant wait to come back! I am so thankful there are people and places like this to help the helpless!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I'm so grateful a place like Rooterville exists! This isn't a petting zoo, it is a sanctuary where animals go to live naturally. Animals that may have been abused and neglected and may have died if not for Rooterville. Rooterville rocks! Check out one of their volunteer days :-)

1 Jasmine20

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I visited the farm on one of their volunteer days and was thoroughly impressed. I was surrounded by hardworking, dedicated people who love helping animals. The animals themselves were so happy and carefree in their environment. I would recommend visiting the farm to everyone because it is a wonderful place to visit.

1 Chris220

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My wife & I spent 2 days & 1 night at Rooterville. The sanctuary was awesome! The animals really are spoiled, and we loved that we could interact with them. We fed them, & learned that cows like bananas :) .. We hope everyone has a chance to visit and see firsthand how cool & friendly these animals really are. Chris & Betty Foster

3 Kelly172

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We finally got around to visiting Rooterville, and we are so glad we did! The love for the residents is evident in all the hard work that goes on there. People who have complained about it being dirty obviously don't go outside very much, let alone to see how animals live outdoors.( by the way, this is NOT a petting zoo!) We found it to be clean and peaceful. We plan on visiting and volunteering regularly.

Client Served

Rating: 1

After looking at the other reviews, I thought Rooterville would be a kind of fantastic petting zoo, but it wasn’t like that at all. We were very surprised. I never write negative reviews, but I think this may be a public service. My family and I love going to animal sanctuaries and zoos, and this is the worst one we’ve ever been to.

It was honestly filthy, gross, and it’s full of pigs swimming around in a big mud puddle. Some of the pigs are pushy and scared our youngest. They only have two ponies, and one of them is too scared to get near you. Plus they don’t tell you they’re Christian and vegan, but those are the focuses of their educational outreach. They spent a lot of time trying to preach to us about being a good Christian by never eating meat again. If you want to get preached to at a dirty, stinky place where you ruin your shoes and get pig snot on your clothes, then perhaps a trip to Rooterville is fine. Otherwise, go to that impressive wild animal sanctuary outside Miami. That was incredible. Or just go to any of the other sanctuaries.

Client Served

Rating: 1

To dirty. Like 300 pigs. Barely anything else. Total waste of our day. Don't understand why their are all these happy reviews?

1 Tammy112

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Rooterville is heaven on earth for sweet animals that would have otherwise had a horrible life!!! Everyone that works there really cares about the animals and welcomes all visitors! What a wonderful place!!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been to Rooterville several times! It is clean and awesome place! The owner and staff are very welcoming! There is a lot of valuable information about animals on the property. Most of all it is a place where animals are loved ! I have volunteered there and loved the experience! It is indeed a sanctuary for all! I can't wait to go back !

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This sanctuary opened my eyes to how animals should be treated. I have since changed my diet and lifestyle and have never felt better. I owe a lot to Rooterville! It is truly an amazing place for animals as well as people.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

A literal piggie paradise on earth.....beautiful grounds /large property set up for every pig need and care there could possibly be.....full of piggie wading pools and shelters and pavillions and piggie toys and Great Pyreness loving guardian doggies and many piggies to socialize and for them to make best friends with each other......24/7 expert staff and an experienced pig Veterinarian always within reach......Simply the best :)