OUR 30-ACRE SANCTUARY IS
OPEN FOR VISITORS
We are now open to the public for tours on Saturdays and Sundays! We'll be open from 10 am to 3 pm, with guided tours starting at 11 and 1. There is no fee to visit Rooterville, but the suggested donation is $10 per person and $30 for a family of 4. If you would like to visit during the week, please call ahead to schedule a visit. We look forward to seeing you!
** DO NOT USE YOUR GPS TO NAVIGATE DIRECTLY TO ROOTERVILLE **
We recommend that you navigate to Abilene Baptist Church in Putnam Hall, then follow Rooterville’s driving directions listed below. The address for Abilene Baptist Church is 187 Putnam Loop Road, Putnam Hall, FL.
From the church, turn right onto Bellamy Road (it is dirt) and take your third left at Darwood Street about 1/2 mile down the road. Turn left onto Darwood Street and Rooterville is about 1/2 mile down the winding dirt road. Our entrance gate is clearly marked with our sign and our gate is not locked – it is just chained.
If there are 2 large white dogs at the gate, they are friendly but prone to running away. Please park away from the gate entrance and walk to the main barn after securing the gate behind you.
If no large white dogs are at the gate, you can open the gate and park near the main barn in the shade. Please remember to secure the gate behind you.
*****WHEN YOU GET TO THE CHURCH, TURN YOUR GPS OFF! If you listen to it instead of using our directions, you may not get to Rooterville! Your GPS might lie to you and we are not responsible if you get lost or stuck on a road we tried to keep you off of. That's a call to a tow truck and a ruined day, don't let it happen to you.
TOURS ARE SEASONAL
AVAILABLE MARCH - DECEMBER WEATHER PERMITTING
ROOTERVILLE TOURS ARE UNAVAILABLE FOR JANUARY & FEBRUARY
IMPORTANT TOUR INFORMATION, PLEASE READ:
The steady stream of news and information about the COVID-19 (coronavirus) has touched us all. At Rooterville Animal Sanctuary, the health, safety, and well being of our guests, our staff, and our community is our number one priority.
Our sanctuary will remain open as long as we can offer a safe and healthy environment for you, our animals, and our team.
Our hours of operation will continue, with limitations – we will only be allowing up to 10 people on our grounds at a time, for a span of 2 hours at a time.
PLEASE USE OUR DIRECTIONS, DO NOT TRUST GPS TO GET HERE. Our roads are good, WELL TRAVELED roads. If you are on a sketchy, sandy road you are probably lost.
If you get lost or stuck on a nasty road, it will ruin your day and we do not want that for you. We have signs up from 187 Putnam Loop Road.
From 315, stay straight on Lake Bundy Road to Darwood St, just past the cemetery on the right. DO NOT turn onto Blazing Star Road.
Rooterville is open to the public for self-guided tours every Saturday and Sunday from 10 am - 3 pm. We offer complimentary tours of the sanctuary on these days at 11 am and 1 pm. The recommended donation for your visit is only $10 per person, or $30 per family of four. If you cannot afford that, we still want you to come!
Tours are free. All donations and purchases at our gift shop go directly toward helping the animals you meet on your tour! Our gift shop is full of beautiful, fun and unusual things so don't forget to bring your wallet! Every dollar you spend with us helps the animals you'll meet during your visit!
We welcome people of all ages from Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Middleburg, Orange Park, Flemming Island, Gainesville, Orlando and MORE to visit our kid-friendly facility. Expect to have the experience of a lifetime interacting with our sweet animal ambassadors.
Please keep in mind, we are a functioning animal sanctuary. We are not here to entertain you and we are not a "petting zoo". We are inviting you to experience farm animals in an environment that meets their needs and lets them live the lives they deserve to live. Visiting is a PRIVILEGE, we are inviting you into our home. Please conduct yourself accordingly.
Dress appropriately! You will likely get dirty. We have plenty of hand washing stations to help keep your hands clean, please use them. There are animals roaming the property so there will be poop, it's life. Watch where you're walking and please wear boots or closed-toe shoes. Sandals are not appropriate.
This is the animals' home! That means: Respect the animal's space. If an animal moves away from you, leave it alone. Children are to be under control and supervised at ALL times. You will be around large animals, you must be mindful of where your kids are and how they are behaving around the animals. Yelling, screaming, running, or acting in any other manner than calm, slow, quiet, and gentle around the animals will not be tolerated. Be kind, be gentle, and be quiet around the animals. Enjoy watching them as they go about their day.
Big pigs love back scratches and small pigs love belly rubs. Hair standing up usually means that they are enjoying what you are doing and they may fall over for a belly rub! Don't reach for an animal's face, they may think you're handing them a snack and bite your fingers. Ouch!
Feeding of animals is allowed only in designated areas. We wish you could feed them all, that would be amazing! You likely only brought a few snacks so to keep you safe but don't worry, we have two places where you can feed animals til your heart's content. Please ask us where you can feed the animals.
Best snacks to bring: Baby carrots, sliced apples, strawberries, grapes, etc. Small things you can hand feed. Our chickens love berries and greens (spinach/mixed greens/salad greens) Don't forget them! Snacks will make your experience more fun.
Our animals are our greatest ambassadors here at Rooterville! Rooterville residents are happy, fun to be around, and quickly show all of our visitors that they have individual personalities and feelings exactly like more common pets such as dogs and cats. In fact, pigs outrank dogs on the intelligence scale! They are the most intelligent domesticated animal and have learned to play video games faster than chimpanzees! The best way to understand this is to meet them all for yourself. It’s an experience that you and your family will treasure for a lifetime.
If you appreciate the work we are doing, please consider becoming a monthly donor (member) as you get special privileges with membership like visiting whenever you want! It's a great feeling to be a part of something that is helping make this world a better place for all of us.
If you fall in love with a special animal, ask about adopting them! (virtually of course!) We'd be honored to have your support! We look forward to meeting you!
IMPORTANT: PLEASE USE OUR DIRECTIONS, DO NOT TRUST GPS TO GET HERE, OR YOU MAY NOT! OUR ROADS ARE GOOD, WELL TRAVELED ROADS. IF YOU GET LOST OR STUCK ON A NASTY ROAD, IT WILL RUIN YOUR DAY AND WE DO NOT WANT THAT FOR YOU.
Rooterville is open to the public for self-guided tours every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 9 am - 3 pm. We suggest a $10 donation per person. At the gate, please take a map of the Sanctuary. On the back, the map includes some highlights of Rooterville to help you find your way! It’s an experience that you and your family will treasure for a lifetime.
The recommended donation for your visit is only $10 per person, or $30 per family of four. If you cannot afford that, we still want you to come! We also have a lovely and quaint Gift Shop. All donations and purchases at our gift shop go directly toward helping the animals you meet on your tour! Our gift shop is full of beautiful, fun and unusual things. Every dollar you spend with us helps the animals you'll meet during your visit!
YOUR VISIT TO ROOTERVILLE INCLUDES:
Hands-on interaction with all of the animals you will meet.
A chance to feed snacks to the friendly pot bellied pigs in the Farm House yard (you are welcome to bring small snacks that are easy to hand feed, like baby carrots, sliced apples, romaine lettuce, grapes, popcorn, etc.). Tinsel the steer loves bananas in the peel, fyi.
Photo opportunities with special animals like the friendly rooster, Tinsel, the ginormous cow, and Poppy, the adorable piglet.
Sign up for our newsletter to receive Rooterbucks! A $10 gift certificate to use in our gift shop.
Our 30-acre sanctuary has pot-bellied pigs, farm pigs, cows, horses, chickens, turkeys, goats, and more. Come out and make new friends! Take a look at our beehives and beautiful butterfly garden, too.
Tour our barns for the opportunity of a lifetime and meet hundreds of friendly animals! You will hear the incredible stories of their lives before they made it to Rooterville.
Our animals are friendly and approachable. Pigs love to have their bellies rubbed! You will get the best photos to share with friends and family. A golf cart is available for anyone who has a walking impairment.
General tours are free, but we would greatly appreciate a donation of $10 per person or $30 per family to help us feed and care for our wonderful animals. For $25 per person, you can book a private tour with our founder, Elaine West
**Rooterville is holding guided tours for the public every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. We offer tours with staff or private tours by appointment with our founder Elaine West.
All tours are seasonal and available March - December weather permitting.
If you cannot come for a tour on Friday, Saturday or Sunday please contact us at:
firstname.lastname@example.org or call (386) 661-2287 .
ENJOY A COMFORTABLE STAY AT ROOTERVILLE ANIMAL SANCTUARY
For our guests who are traveling from out of town, we have two convenient options to stay right here at Rooterville! Join us for a comfortable bed-and-breakfast style stay, or book our barn for a "Glamping" style camp-out! We also have plenty of space to accommodate RV’s or trailers, perfect for Gator game days!
*Pets are not allowed at Rooterville. If you are traveling with a pet, please arrange to have them stay at a kennel for the duration of your stay.*
Seasonal Availability: March - December weather permitting
**Overnight stay is unavailable until further notice**
For an up close and personal overnight experience at the sanctuary, you can sleep in Rooterville’s beautiful screened-in barn. Enjoy the calm of Rooterville at night, and listen in as all of the animals settle in and doze off for the evening. Similar to a camping experience, only better! We provide the sleeping cots and a 1/2" foam mat, all you need to bring is your own bedding. We are happy to provide you sheets, a blanket and a pillow for an additional one time charge of only $10 per person. We also have plenty of personal care products on hand that we are happy to give you as needed.
The barn is outfitted with a full-sized refrigerator, microwave, Keurig coffee pot with a selection of coffee and teas and ceiling fans to keep you cool and breezy all night long. Your overnight stay in the Rooterville barn also comes with a shower, coffee, and light breakfast in the morning, too! This is a once in a lifetime experience that you will cherish for the rest of your life! A tour is included as well, please schedule the 11 AM or 1 PM slot.
Overnight accommodations in Rooterville’s rustic barn are available for $50 per person per night and $25 for each kid under 12. We try to keep this experience affordable but please remember that ALL proceeds help the animals here at Rooterville so please be reasonable and generous. All of our paying guests will receive a $10 coupon to use in our gift shop to make it more affordable for everyone, just remind your tour guide!
Note: Please be aware of the weather before you book your stay and as your date approaches, as there are no heaters in the barn. We do not allow overnight groups if the temperatures drop below 55 degrees Fahrenheit unless you're a serious camper with appropriate gear.