What is Rancho Relaxo?
Rancho Relaxo is a New Jersey 501(c)(3) animal rescue farm and organization. The rescue has been running since 2013 privately – and, In 2015, celebrated becoming an official tax exempt nonprofit.
Rancho Relaxo’s sole mission is to help every animal possible and we will not stop until every animal is heard. To date, we have rescued over 300 animals – large and small, all deserving of being free of abuse and neglect.
￼How Did Rancho Relaxo Come to Be?
My name is Caitlin Cimini and I am the President and Founder of Rancho Relaxo. I started this journey on a late September morning, years ago, when I decided to rescue a mustang from the US governement on a whim. I named the mustang Halona, which means beautiful choice, and eventually began searching for a farm so she could live in my backyard.
After moving in and becoming acquainted with the farm life, I began learning more about slaughter bound horses and animals in general. I was then gifted three old hens as a housewarming gift from my fantastic neighbors, Donna and Clarence, and learned very quickly how nurturing and instinctual chickens were. From there, I began helping with transports and networking for other rescues. I also began fostering kill shelter puppies and kittens before they landed forever homes. My mission was clear the day I drove out to a man’s home who had two potbellied piglets listed on Craigslist, headed to an auction – advertised as food for exotic animals. When I arrived, his children were throwing rocks at the babies – laughing about it as if it were normal to behave that way toward innocent creatures. I realized that the only reason these pigs were going to end up in a better place was because their owner was greedy and wanted to get more money for them through a private sale than through auction. I sobbed my entire ride home, just thinking about how scared they were. That was it for me. Animals needed a voice somehow – and I was going to be the one to give it to them … until the day I die. That was what I was going to do.
After a few years, hundreds of abuse and neglect cases, thousands of tears and millions of little heartbeats that will go on and on, Rancho Relaxo is a fully functioning animal advocacy nonprofit and every year we spend all of our efforts turning that volume up for anyone in earshot to hear their voices.
￼Why Does Rancho Relaxo Need Funding?
In April of 2017, Rancho Relaxo's President and Founder, Caitlin Cimini, was chosen as GoFundMe's hero of the month - which launched our last GFM campaign and brought in donations from all over the world. Because of the success brought on by this particular honorable announcement, we were able to raise all of the money we needed to start up our offsite propery. This property has already allowed us to rescue three slaughter-bound horses, two discarded cats, four abused pigs and numerous chickens in just three short months. We also threw our very first open house and it was wonderful to see over 200 supporters in person to show them the progress we have made!
Now that our offsite property is up and running, it is beyond time to work on our home base location. We need more land - which will also demand MORE FENCING. We were all emotional over leaving the property that started it all but it had to be done in order to keep our mission growing. We closed on our new home base location at the end of 2017 and are now trying to add even more acreage to it. We are going to need hundreds and hundreds of feet of strong fencing though - specifically designed to keep 2,000 lbs. animals in and predators out. That is why this campaign is necessary.
￼How Can You Help?
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Note: ALL DONATIONS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE.