Critter Creek Farm Sanctuary Inc

Promoting compassion for farmed animals through rescue and education.

Gainesville, FL   |  https://crittercreekfarmsanctuary.org

Mission

Critter Creek Farm Sanctuary is a 501(c)3 non-profit founded in 2016 with the driving mission to help farm animals through rescue, advocacy, and education. Another core part of our mission has always been to support other farm sanctuaries--we believe strongly that we are all in this together for the animals.

Ruling year info

2019

President

Dr. Erin C. Amerman

Vice President/Secretary

Ms. Jamie Woodrum

Main address

12626 NW County Road 231

Gainesville, FL 32609 USA

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EIN

83-2914563

NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

Other Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition N.E.C. (K99)

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Critter Creek Farm Sanctuary aims to decrease the suffering of farmed animals and promote compassion for these creatures who are so often forgotten. We accomplish this through two broad programs: 1. Animal Care and Rescue Program; and 2. Public Outreach Program.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Bovine Rescue

To provide lifelong sanctuary to different bovine species, to include appropriate shelter, veterinary care, diet, mental engagement, and emotional support.

Population(s) Served
Adults

To provide lifelong sanctuary to pigs, to include appropriate shelter, veterinary care, diet, mental engagement, and emotional support.

Population(s) Served
Adults

To facilitate community interaction with sanctuary residents in order to promote compassion for farm animals; to provide education about farm animals, factory farming, and a plant-based lifestyle.

Population(s) Served
Adults

To provide lifelong sanctuary to different equine species, to include appropriate shelter, veterinary care, diet, mental engagement, and emotional support.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Garden Grant 2021

Whole Kids Foundation

Affiliations & memberships

Humane Society of the United States 2021

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of animals with freedom from hunger and thirst

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Bovine Rescue

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of animals with freedom from discomfort

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Bovine Rescue

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of animals with freedom to express normal behavior

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Bovine Rescue

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of animals with freedom from fear and distress

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Bovine Rescue

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of animals rescued

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Bovine Rescue

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Future intakes will decrease to ensure we have adequate space and staff to properly care for all residents.

Number of clients participating in educational programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Education and Outreach

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Public events were put on hold for much of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Critter Creek Farm Sanctuary aims to:

1. Provide sanctuary to farmed animals who have suffered abuse or neglect or were in danger of imminent slaughter.
2. Promote plant-based eating.
3. Educate the public about the lives of farmed animals, the suffering they endure, and how these animals are no different than those we all already love.
4. Assist other animal organizations with rescue efforts to save animals in life-threatening situation.
5. Support the sanctuary community.
6. Provide a natural habitat for wildlife.

Critter Creek Farm Sanctuary accomplishes its goals in the following ways:

1. Taking in animals who are in the greatest need and providing them lifelong, state-of-the-art care.
2. Hosting public events and tours to facilitate the interactions of members of the public with the resident animals.
3. Hosting plant-based vendors at events to encourage the public to experience plant-based foods and beverages.
4. Engaging in a proactive educational social media campaign to expose the realities of the industries that profit from these animals.
5. Assisting in the direct rescue of animals in need.
6. Supporting other sanctuaries by hosting such organizations at our events; sharing the work they do on social media; and directly providing monetary assistance when possible.
7. Allowing 125 acres of one property to remain untouched to act as a wildlife preserve.
8. Restoring longleaf pine habitat on one property to aid in the recovery of threatened species.

Critter Creek Farm Sanctuary has two facilities--Critter Creek and Critter Hills--totaling 415 acres. Each property has a live-in caretaker to ensure the resident animals have round-the-clock care. Critter Creek has roughly 50 acres of wooded and grassy areas for the animals;the remaining 160 acres is dedicated to wildlife and infrastructure. Critter Hills has roughly 180 acres of pasture for the resident animals.

The Critter Creek facility is set up to host events and tours. It has an expanded parking area; an open-air "mall" where vendors and sister sanctuaries may set up tables; and a stage for musical acts and speakers. The sanctuary has an extensive network of volunteers who assist with events and tours.

To date, Critter Creek Farm Sanctuary has rescued 167 cows, 22 pigs, 10 donkeys, 12 horses, 12 birds, a water buffalo, and a bison. Each rescued animal has been provided: a safe, loving environment; living facilities designed with their happiness and needs in mind; a veterinarian-approved diet; and medical care, including initial screenings, vaccinations, and any necessary ongoing care.

Since 2018, Critter Creek Farm Sanctuary has hosted four large-scale events, 12 "Farmers Moo-kets," over 50 public and private tours, and four bicycle races. We have expanded our social media reach to include approximately 70,000 supporters. In addition, we have partnered with local media and organizations such as The Dodo to bring the stories of our residents to a much broader audience.

Our future goals include:
1. Publishing a series of children's books featuring the stories of our animal residents.
2. Resuming tours and events when it is safe to do so, from a public health perspective.
3. Continuing to rescue animals as needed, when facilities and resources permit.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Although our mission is animal-focused, our outreach efforts focus on people. Per a recent survey of our social media followers (February 2022), most are female (> 80%) and between ages 40-59 (approximately 50%). About half of our followers indicated that they consume animal products; the other half identifies as plant-based or vegan.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Suggestion box/email, Reviews on Facebook and other social media,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Based on feedback from visitors to our March Moo-dness event in March 2019, we made the following changes to our Oinktoberfest event in October 2019: -Added an ADA-compliant toilet facility; -Added a sink/handwashing station; -Increased the size and offerings of foods at the vegan tasting table; -Increased the number of volunteers to better facilitate tours and animal interactions; and -Invited local animal rescues to table at the event to better promote the animal rescue community. In addition, we conducted a survey in 2022 of our social media followers. The data from the survey helped measure our impact and adjust our social media messaging to be more effective.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Decisions relating to our animal care and rescue programs are firmly in the hands of the board, staff, and animal care professionals (veterinarians, dentists, and farriers). However, our public outreach programs are largely directed by the community we serve. We adjust public and private events based on public feedback. In addition, we adjust our social media outreach program to better meet the needs and expectations of our audience.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Critter Creek Farm Sanctuary Inc

Board of directors
as of 06/13/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Erin Amerman

Critter Creek Farm Sanctuary

Term: 2018 - 2022

Jamie Woodrum

Critter Creek Farm Sanctuary

Chris Amerman

Critter Creek Farm Sanctuary

Sheena Drost

Critter Creek Farm Sanctuary

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/13/2022

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Leadership

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Sexual orientation

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