A Vist to Rooterville is Fun for the Whole Family!

Experience a place where animals are Friends, NOT Food!  Y'all come visit us!
NEW:  Beehive with window & Butterfly Garden, Mini Horses & Baby Goats too!

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About Us in 90 Seconds

Looking for an AMAZING Animal Experience?
Rooterville 
Animal Sanctuary-
FUN for the whole family!

There's no place like Rooterville Animal Sanctuary when it comes to an awesome family-friendly experience with happy rescued farm animals. It's a great place for parties, camping and more!  

Rooterville is conveniently located right off of a paved County Road 315, just a hop, skip and jump away from Jacksonville, Gainesville, High Springs and St. Augustine here in quaint little Melrose, FL.  Rooterville is run by some mighty friendly folks who can't wait to share it and the awesome animals here with you.  A visit to Rooterville is the experience of a lifetime, we know you're going to love it!

These delightful animals are God's creatures, except for their appearance, they're no different from our pet dogs and cats.  Every animal has emotions, intelligence & personalities.  ALL animals deserve to be treated kindly, even the Bible says in Proverbs 12:10 that a "wise person cares for the needs of their animals" while a "wicked person is very cruel even when they think they're being kind."

Our animals are ambassadors for the billions who live in misery on factory farms.  They're 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, mini horses, peacocks and a few dogs and cats.  (Ginger and Gracie the Chiweenie sisters are the BOSSES of Rooterville and steal the show from the pigs! Kids love them).

Rooterville Animal Sanctuary is currently home to over 100 rescued animals who can't wait to meet you.  We're open weekends from 10AM til 2PM, weather permitting, so folks like YOU can come and enjoy an unforgettable experience with these amazing animals in their beautiful home. 

Michael, our conductor, gives trolley train tours Sat & Sun at 11AM and 1PM, you won't want to miss that!  Buy a train whistle to help him toot as y'all travel around the sanctuary.

In all the excitement, don't forget to visit the bees and our butterfly garden!  Our beehive has a window so you can watch the bees at work and maybe even spot the queen as she inspects everything.  They're fascinating!

Guests are welcome by appointment for private visits, field trips, parties, overnight stays and MORE!  Y'all come see us!

 

Looking for an AMAZING Animal Experience?
Rooterville 
Animal Sanctuary-
FUN for the whole family!

There's no place like Rooterville Animal Sanctuary when it comes to an awesome family-friendly experience with happy rescued farm animals. Just look at those happy animals and their smiling faces, its cuteness overload here at Rooterville!

Rooterville is a great place for parties, events, groups, camping and more too!  

Rooterville is conveniently located right off of a paved County Road 315, just a hop, skip and jump away from Jacksonville, Gainesville, High Springs and St. Augustine here in quaint little Melrose, FL.  Rooterville is run by some mighty friendly folks who can't wait to share it and the awesome animals here with you.  A visit to Rooterville is the experience of a lifetime, we know you're going to love it!

These delightful animals are God's creatures, except for their appearance, they're no different from our pet dogs and cats.  Every animal has emotions, intelligence & a personality.  ALL animals deserve to be treated kindly, even the Bible says in Proverbs 12:10 that "a good person cares for the needs of their animals" while a "wicked person is very cruel even when they think they're being kind."

Our animals are ambassadors for the billions who live in misery on factory farms.  They're 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, mini horses, peacocks and a few dogs and cats.  (Ginger and Gracie the Chiweenie sisters are the BOSSES of Rooterville and steal the show from the pigs! Kids love them).

Rooterville Animal Sanctuary is currently home to over 100 rescued animals who can't wait to meet you.  We're open weekends from 10AM til 2PM, weather permitting, so folks like YOU can come and enjoy an unforgettable experience with these amazing animals in their beautiful home. 

Michael, our conductor, gives trolley train tours Sat & Sun at 11AM and 1PM, you won't want to miss that!  Buy a train whistle to help him toot as y'all travel around the sanctuary.

In all the excitement, don't forget to visit the bees and our butterfly garden!  Our beehive has a window so you can watch the bees at work and maybe even spot the queen as she inspects everything.  They're fascinating!

Guests are welcome by appointment for private visits, field trips, parties, overnight stays and MORE!  If you'd like to host an event or party at Rooterville, we'd love to help make it incredible for you.  Creating memories to last a lifetime is our specialty here.  Y'all come see us!

 

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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Come on out and Visit us!

Visit us on the weekends or by appointment to meet our awesome ambassadors and learn the incredible stores of their lives before Rooterville. Enjoy a truly hands-on experience on our park-like 20-acres.

You will get to interact with, touch, and visit our animals in their own homes 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 & Sunday 10 am -  2 pm . If you can't make it on the weekend or want private time with the animals, please make an appointment.  We love visitors and we'll do what we can to accommodate you.

Suggested donation to visit on weekends is only $15 per person, $45 for a family of 4 and $25 per person for a private tour/experience.  Cow and Goat cuddling is additional and well worth it if you really want a special experience.

We appreciate your generosity as all proceeds help us care for the animals and keep our gates open for awesome folks like you to visit.

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! We can't wait to meet ya!

Volunteers, donors, and GEMS are always welcome at any time on any day!  Just let us know you're coming by. 

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, decor, jewelry, animal-themed products, gifts for your fur friends, and even some designer shoes. accessories and apparel that ALL helps us fund our magnificent sanctuary and our important work.  It's the only place where money truly does buy love. 

Use code ICARE to save 10% off your first order!  Shipping is FREE on USA orders over $75 and CA orders over $150.

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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 https://smile.amazon.com/ 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 is located in Melrose, FL.  Rooterville 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, mini-horses, horses, 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 you help us 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/ThePinkPigs.com shows that you are a compassionate, caring, and kind person who values the welfare of animals.  Your donation can make a huge difference in an animal's life.  Visit our online store today. www.thepinkpigs.com


 

What type of animals live at Rooterville Animal Sanctuary?

 

Rooterville Animal Sanctuary is home to over one hundred farm animals. Our wide selection of animals includes cows, horses, goats, chickens, 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 in our online store, The Pink Pigs.  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 products but they'll really love knowing their gift helps farm animals in need.  Our products 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. www.thepinkpigs.com
 

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 shopping with ustuary 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's mission is "Encouraging Compassion and Inspiring Change.  Encouraging folks like you to meet and interact with real farm animals and make kind choices is the most important work we do.  Getting the word out that a whole-food, plant-based diet is not only good for animals but also the environment and our own health is crucial to helping turn the tide and making life better for everyone.  

We are also dedicated to rescuing abused, neglected, and desperate farm animals all over the United States. Some we are able to bring to our sanctuary. Some we are able to save through working together with other rescues and good folks who pitch in to help get an animal in need to safety. If you would like to support our mission click on donate at the top of the page or purchase awesome products like jewelry, decor, gifts and clothing from our online store, www.thepinkpigs.com .  Please tell your friends, co-workers and relatives too! 

 

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 www.ThePinkPigs.com  100% of the proceeds go to helping care for our animals. Our products make great gifts for the animal lovers 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!