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!
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
We appreciate your kind words and support and look forward to seeing ewe at the sanctuary soon!
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.
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!
Such a wonderful farm! The animals are obviously so loved and well cared for.
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! :)
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.
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.
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.
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!!!
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!
Lee S. 07/20/2016
Awww...glad ewe are enjoying your time with us and appreciate all your assistance over the past year!
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!
Lee S. 07/20/2016
Thanks Roger...we appreciate your help and look forward to seeing ewe soon!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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!