CJ ACRES is not just a sanctuary for the animals, whose many lives are saved there.It is also a haven for the people who give tirelessly of their time, their passion and their love to care for them.One might not generally think of a barn and its environs as a magical place but that is most certainly how I see CJ ACRES. Very recently, I found myself in an incredibly difficult and emotionally-charged situation in regards to my 16-year old cat Patch. Without going into the details of the for-me-very-sad story, suffice it to say that I reached out to Lee Sacket, the "lead mare" at CJ and after a series of important and appropriate questions, he took her in without hesitation. Had it not been for Lee and the sanctuary, Patch would not have made her way further into an ideal setting and home to live out the remainder of her years. I will always miss her, but I know in my heart that I did the "right" thing by taking her to CJ ACRES.I do not know the number, but I venture to say that there are VERY few farm animal sanctuaries in existence. For me, this is some of the most important work that is being done on the planet. It speaks not only to the rescues who live at CJ, but to a greater global consciousness and awareness. I highly recommend that anyone who finds him- or herself in the area (or nearby) inquire about receiving a guided tour of the farm. I even MORE highly recommend that everyone consider becoming a donor. It is very easy to create a recurring donation directly from your bank account. One can choose to be an active participant for as little as $12 per month by becoming a member of the Compassion Club.I could go on and on as I cannot say enough good, glowing and glorious things about CJ ACRES, but for now, I'll leave it right here. PLEASE DONATE and MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
Cj Acres is an awesome place! It is a safe haven for rescued animals and also for us humans! As soon as you walk into the farm, you feel at peace with the world. The animals run free, are happy as can be and welcome you with open arms, especially if you have some bread. Lee has a devout love for all the CJ Acres’ residents and it shows in how he cares for them. We are so happy that we found this farm and that we are part of its mission!
CJ Acres 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!
I went to visit CJ Acres Rescue Farm to volunteer. I loved my experience there! The animals are all very well taken care of, they are very safe and happy. I loved interacting with the animals and getting to see their unique personalities. I recommend this place to everyone who is looking to donate their time or money to a good cause. I look forward to visiting Lee and the animals again!
I 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.
That fifth star, "far exceeds expectations", is definitely appropriate for CJ Acres Animal Rescue Farm. From it's mission to it's methods, CJ Acres is a great model for a small farm animal sanctuary. The animals who find themselves at CJ's receive thoughtful care and kind affection. The community is welcomed at interesting and engaging special events and volunteer sessions, which are frequent. Beyond this, countless other farmed animals benefit from the farm's commitment to promoting a compassionate, plant-based lifestyle. We can't recommend CJ Acres highly enough!
I have been a volunteer at CJ Acres Animal Rescue Farm for nearly a year. I have worked with many of the other volunteers and board members who come weekly to care for and share their love of these animals. I have read the negative reviews from people who obviously have an agenda to spread hate, tell lies, and try to destroy an organization that does nothing but rescue animals from deplorable conditions, hoarders,and people who never should have had animals in their possession. I can personally attest that the animals at CJ Acres are cared for daily by numerous volunteers who feed and love these animals and have genuine concern for their well being. These volunteers travel long distances weekly to provide care to the animals on this farm and would not do so if the animals were not fed properly or enough, not have proper shelter and given proper vet care. This sanctuary has had events open to the public and has volunteer sessions frequently. Why would an organization invite the public to events if they had something to hide? Common sense would tell you that this is the last thing they would do. I happened to be voluteering on a day that the vet came to do some inoculations and look at possible treatment for a couple of the animals. He stated that the animals were given excellent care and any conditions that some animals may incur such as cancerous tumors or sores that may look concerning were not due to any lack of care or neglect in any way. One reviewer stated that the animals were dirty. This is an absurd statement. This is a clean, well maintained farm and the barn cleaned several times a week. Any dirt on the animals is from them rolling in the dirt to keep flies and bugs away or to allow them to be out in the sun when they choose to graze, eat or swim in water holes. There are ample water troughs with fresh clean water. As a volunteer, the troughs are cleaned twice a day and filled with fresh water. This organization has very high ratings with the exception of a few negative reviews that are obviously related to each other and have been thrown in to the site strategically to antagonize the organization and intentionally lower the rating for the poster's personal reasons. I would ask the public to look past reviews that are done for personal reasons or to promote hate and understand that there will always be people who do not tell the truth, act meliciously by using public forums and want to destroy organizations that are truely reputable for their own personal gain. I feel it necessary to speak out as a volunteer and animal advocate to say that CJ Acres Animal Rescue Farm is a fine organization with an outstanding board of directors and numerous volunteers who make sure the animals who come here and will come here will be cared for with the highest degree of compassion and love for the rest of their lives. I would never connect myself or volunteer with an organization that would abuse, neglect or mistreat animals. Great job CJ Acres! Keep up the good work.
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 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
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.
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!!!
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...