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 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.
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.
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 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.
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
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.
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.
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.