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Animal Sanctuary
Animal Sanctuary
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Welcome to Rooterville

Animal Sanctuary!

Rooterville Animal Sanctuary, located in Melrose, FL, provides a safe and compassionate refuge for rescued farm animals. These precious farm animals are sentient beings that deserve to be loved and cared for. We provide our rescues with a healthy diet and a comfortable, loving home. Our residents, which we kindly refer to as ambassadors, are the lucky ones who have come here from all sorts of situations but primarily as the result of abuse, abandonment, and neglect.  They include pot-bellied pigs, farm pigs, cows, goats, turkeys, and a few dogs and cats.  (Ginger and Gracie the Chiweenie sisters are the BOSSES of Rooterville and steal the show from the pigs!).


Rooterville Animal Sanctuary currently provides a beautiful home to hundreds of rescued animals.


If we had one wish, it would be that we could save them all!  

Sadly, we have to turn many animals away because like most farm animal sanctuaries, we are full. We wish we could create more happy endings and that is where you come in! We'd love for you to learn more about us, come out for a visit to our sanctuary, and see what we do and get involved by donating, volunteering, helping with outreach and events. You also have the opportunity of growing into a position on the board of directors. We have something for everyone; we just need more good folks like you that are willing to help us encourage compassion and inspire change!  One person may not be able to do much (unless you're rich or famous!) but together, we can accomplish big things! Email or call today to see how you can help Rooterville do more to make this world a kinder place! 

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Stop By and See Us

Visit us on the weekends to meet our awesome ambassadors and learn the incredible stores of their lives before Rooterville. Enjoy a truly hands-on experience on our 20-acres. You will get to interact with, touch, and visit our animals in their own habitats and enjoy priceless photo opportunities with special animals along the way.

Visitors are welcome to come and spend time with the animals and explore the sanctuary on weekends, Saturday and Sunday between 10 am -  2 pm .


Suggested donation to visit is only $10 per person, $30 for a family of 4.  We appreciate your generosity as all proceeds help us care for the animals and keep our gates open for awesome folks like you. If you cannot afford a donation, we still want you to come and meet the animals and learn about the impact of making kinder choices in your daily life! Visit us soon.

Volunteers, donators, and GEMS are always welcome. 

Support Our Sanctuary by SHOPPING! 

Animal Sanctuary

The Pink Pigs Compassionate Boutique

Every dollar spent in our gift shop helps us care for the rescued animals at Rooterville & beyond!  There is something for everyone and every budget.  We have a beautiful selection of gifts, jewelry, animal-themed products, gifts for your fur friends, and even designer shoes. accessories and apparel that ALL helps us fund our magnificent sanctuary and important work.  It's the only place where money truly does buy love. Use code ICARE to save 10% off your first order!

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Plan Your Visit to Rooterville

Rooterville is open to the public for visiting and tours (by appointment) every Saturday and Sunday from 10 AM til 2 PM. We provide awesome environment for kids of all ages. Sign up today for a fun field trip in the country and spend time with our amazing animal ambassadors.

Donate Your Extra Supplies

From extra paper towels and blankets to batteries and bird seed, you can make a difference by simply donating items you have on hand or can purchase off of our Amazon Wish List. Sign up for Amazon Smile to contribute to Rooterville every time you shop on Amazon at no extra cost to you! Go to to learn more! It's an easy way to donate that costs you nothing!

Shop at The Pink Pigs

Inspired by pot-bellied piglet sisters, Lilly and Daisy, The Pink Pigs is our online retail boutique where you will find fun and unique treasures ranging from gifts and jewelry to apparel and more! ALL proceeds go directly towards helping care for the animals at Rooterville and making this world a kinder place for all of us. Every $25 you spend feeds an animal for a week! Money DOES buy love in our gift shop!

Sponsor an Animal

"Adopt" one of Rooterville's awesome animals! They'll stay here and we'll do the hard work though! Your quarterly gift will help provide necessities to keep them thriving and enjoying life at the sanctuary. You will receive an adoption certificate, a meet and greet, updates on them and more! The best part is the monthly pictures provided by our amazing caretakers make! You're always in the loop on your animal's life.

Become a GEM or Sponsor

Our monthly donors are super heroes who play a critical role in sustaining Rooterville and helping us care for the rescued animals living here. Enjoy GEM-only benefits, such as special discounts & events, quarterly picture updates on your sponsored animal & more! One of the BEST benefits is our "Open Gates" policy, monthly donors are welcome to stop by at any time, any day. 24/7, 365! It's a great perk if you're nearby. Y'all come!

Choose a Kind, Plant-Based Lifestyle

Many of our animals come to us after suffering the horrors of life on factory farms. Making the switch to a plant-based diet not only removes your support from the brutally cruel animal ag industry, but also offers a variety of health benefits like healing heart disease and type 2 diabetes too! Find your BEST health ever, it's easier than you think!

Every dollar you spend is a vote for something. Vote for things that matter and that do GOOD. For your health, for the environment and for the animals, the BEST choice is VEGAN!

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A Kinder World Begins With You!

Help us give abandoned and neglected farm animals a second chance.  Your donation to Rooterville Animal Sanctuary makes a big impact on an animal's life. 


What is Rooterville Animal Sanctuary?


Rooterville Animal Sanctuary, located in Melrose, FL, provides a safe and compassionate refuge to rescued farm animals. These precious farm animals are just like us in that everyone is an individual who deserves to be loved.  We provide them all with a healthy diet and comfy home filled with love and good care. Our residents, which we kindly refer to as ambassadors, are the lucky ones who have come here from all sorts of situations but primarily as the result of abuse, abandonment, and neglect.  They include pot-bellied pigs, farm pigs, cows, goats, turkeys, chickens,  and a few dogs and cats.  (Ginger and Gracie the Chiweenie sisters are the BOSSES of Rooterville and steal the show from the pigs!)   Rooterville Animal Sanctuary currently provides a beautiful home to hundreds of rescued animals.

Rooterville was founded by Elaine West in 2004 to care for the many unwanted, abandoned, and abused pot-bellied pigs in need of a safe and loving home. Unfortunately, most animal control agencies or Humane Societies will not take in unwanted pet pigs, so many of these former pets end up meeting a gruesome fate simply because no one is there to help. Since our humble beginnings, Rooterville Animal Sanctuary has grown from 5 to over 20-acres and provides rescue, care, and a permanent home for hundreds of rescued farm animals of all types.


Why donate to Rooterville Animal Sanctuary?


When you donate to  Rooterville Animal Sanctuary 100% of your proceeds go to helping care for the animals at Rooterville. Your kindness allows us to continue providing second chances to animals in need and encouraging more people just like you to make kinder choices in their daily lives.  We can't save them all but together, we can make a HUGE difference in the numbers of animals being raised in brutally cruel conditions on factory farms.  Together we are a mighty force for positive change!   How you spend your money is important and is a statement about what issues matter to you. Shopping at Rooterville Animal Sanctuary/ shows that you are a compassionate, caring, and kind person who values the warfare of animals.  Your donation can make a huge difference in an animal's life.  Visit our online store today.


What type of animals live at Rooterville Animal Sanctuary?


Rooterville Animal Sanctuary is home to hundreds of primarily farm animals. Our wide selection of animals includes cows, goats, turkeys, a few dogs and cats, and primarily pot-bellied pigs and farm pigs. 


What types of jewelry and clothing does Rooterville Animal Sanctuary offer?


Rooterville Animal Sanctuary offers a wide variety of jewelry and clothing inspired by our animals.  Our designs are beautiful and meaningful. Our clothing and jewelry makes a great gift for any animal lover because they will not only love the design but love knowing their gift helps a farm animal in need.  Our clothes and jewelry are signs of love and compassion towards animals. Shop today to buy beautiful necklaces, rings, and earrings with an amazing massage. Or support Rooterville Animal Sanctuary with one of our gorgeous clothing items. Please check out our store and know that every purchase is also an important donation to an animal in need.

Where do the animals on Rooterville Animal Sanctuary come from?


Rooterville animal sanctuary rescues farm animals that have been abused and neglected. We strive to save as many animals as we can. By purchasing jewelry and clothing from Rooterville Animal Sanctuary you can help us not only take care of the animals on our farm but save more animals from dangerous and desperate conditions. 


What is the mission of Rooterville Animal Sanctuary?


Rooterville Sanctuary is dedicated to rescuing abused, neglected, and desperate farm animals all over the United States. Some we are able to bring to our growing sanctuary. Some we are able to save through helping spread the word about what each of us can do to help. If you would like to support our mission click on donate at the top of the page or purchase jewelry and clothing from our online store today. 


How can I help Rooterville Animal Sanctuary?


An easy way to help Rooterville Animal Sanctuary is to click on donate or purchase from our gift shop The Pink Pig. 100% of the proceeds go to helping care for our animals. Our jewelry makes a great gift for the animal lover in your life because you are also giving to a great cause. Other ways you can give by symbolically adopting an animal. Rooterville is home to hundreds of amazing animals — from cats and dogs to cows and chickens. Oh, and pigs, of course! We need your help to give these animals the best possible life. With Rooterville’s Adopt A Rescued Animal program, you can symbolically adopt an animal and help us with all of their necessities — food, shelter, and health care. You choose what kind of animal you would like to sponsor, and we will match you up with a Rooterville resident. If you want to adopt a specific animal, just let us know! We also offer The Rooterville Rescue GEMS. Starting at just $15 a month, Rooterville Rescue GEMS gain unlimited access to the sanctuary, exclusive updates and savings at our store, where every dollar you spend helps rescued animals! Finally, if you would like to give your time instead of money you can volunteer at Rooterville. Volunteers are an important lifeline for Rooterville. Help care for rescued animals, educate people in compassion, and save animal lives. We provide hands-on training for all individuals and groups wanting to offer their time to meet the ongoing needs of our rescued animals. By becoming a volunteer you can help in the following areas:

  • Feeding and Watering

  • Bedding Down the Animals at Night

  • General Farm Maintenance

  • Vehicle Maintenance

  • Building Maintenance and Cleaning

  • Marketing and Event Planning

  • Clean-Up of Stalls After Feeding and General Poop Pick-Up

  • Bathing and Grooming

  • General Gardening Chores

  • Tractor Work and Mowing

  • Beekeeping

  • Office Work

  • Fundraising

  • And a Lot More!