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 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.
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.
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.