Critter Creek Farm Sanctuary, in Gainesville, FL, is unlike any other animal preserve you may have ever seen. Instead of exotic animals like chimpanzees or pythons, they rescue and provide a forever home to cows, pigs, donkeys, and other domestic farm animals!
Lions, tigers, and bears may get all the press but they’re not the only animals that find themselves in need of rescue. Critter Creek Farm Sanctuary rescues the animals most of us take for granted, if we think of them at all: domestic farm animals.
Just like their more exciting cousins, domestic “work” and “production” animals like pigs and chickens can get injured or be abused and neglected. This is where Critter Creek’s 200-acre farm sanctuary and wildlife preserve, just north of Gainesville, comes in.
Over 70 Cows – and That’s Not All
Critter Creek has rescued hundreds of animals over the years. The sanctuary is currently home to more than 70 cows, making it one of the largest cow sanctuaries in the country. The facility focuses on cows because they have the room needed to house them as so few other facilities do. Cows require a lot of space!
But cows aren’t the only residents at Critter Creek. 8 donkeys, five chickens, a horse, and nearly 20 pigs also have a happy home here.
To the untrained eye, the facility must look like any other farm but Critter Creek features one main difference. Here, the animals aren’t the commodity. Instead, it is their well-being that is the focus.
Erin and Chris Amerman founded Critter Creek Farm Sanctuary in 2016. Their mission from day one was to help farm animals through rescue, advocacy, and education. They also work to support other farm sanctuaries.
In 2019, the Amermans sacrificed building their dream home for buying Critter Hills, a 200-acre ranch just up the road from Critter Creek. Critter Hills will provide more space for rescues as well as fields to grow hay for their own and other farm sanctuaries.
Visiting Critter Creek Farm Sanctuary
12626 NW CR-231, Gainesville, FL 32609
Critter Creek offers farm tours and a number of special events throughout the year. These are announced on their Facebook page, which also currently serves as the Sanctuary website.
Be sure to dress accordingly when visiting Critter Creek, as you will get dirty! Make sure you wear clothes that you don’t mind getting a little muddy from eager piggy kisses. You’ll also want to wear sensible, close-toed shoes for getting up close and personal with four-legged friends.
Oinktoberfest at Critter Creek Farm Sanctuary
Oinktoberfest, Critter Creek’s Fall open house, is scheduled for Saturday, October 26, from 2pm to 7pm.
The event will feature tours, live music, and a raffle with animal-cruelty free prizes. Local providers will also be on hand with vegetarian food and craft brew offerings!
Best of all, admission is free! Learn more about Oinktoberfest here.
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