Support Rancho Relaxo's Expansion

$149,514 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 3,539 people in 38 months
What the funds are for:

Today, we are expanding! We recently closed on a 16 acre property (thanks to all of you) which will eventually be used as a volunteer and adoption center. The funds from this campaign will go towards building that center and for rescuing more animals. We will host tours and events! We will save thousands of more lives over the years. This 16 acres is a blank canvas. I truly can't thank everyone who donated to our previous campaign enough -  https://www.gofundme.com/ranchorelaxo. The funds and expansion are so important to our rescue, as we build out the new property with the adoption and volunteer center. 



Who We Are:

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.

Instagram: boochaces
Facebook: facebook.com/ranchorelaxonj
Web: ranchorelaxonj.com

Our Story:

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.

How you can help:

Please consider donating to this campaign, and sharing it with your friends and family on Facebook, email, Twitter, and text message. Each share makes a real difference!

Note: ALL DONATIONS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE.



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NEW CAMPAIGN: GoFundMe.com/RanchoRelaxoBuild

Back in 2012, when I set out to save one horse from slaughter, I had no idea that Rancho Relaxo was going to grow like ivy in the upcoming 7 years. I had no clue that rescuing one horse from a terrorizing death at the hands of a butcher was going to turn into me changing the way I viewed the world and the sentient beings we share it with for the better.

Fast forward to now. We have two properties, a home base location and an offsite location, which amount to a total of over 110 acres. When Rancho Relaxo began, it was being run out of my personal home that was situated on 4 acres right down the street from where we are today. I used to dumpster dive every weekend in order to find materials to build chicken coops, fix our ancient barns, add fencing and more. You would be surprised at some of the things that people decide to toss in the garbage. I used to work as a wedding photographer, a Child Protective Services government representative AND run Rancho Relaxo all by myself. I did not have a single volunteer. Eventually, I allowed people in to help. For such a long time, I remained protective and proud. I told myself that no one could provide for the animals as well as I could. Currently, we have 8 volunteers and 6 employees who are all just as passionate as I am about the well-being of each and every animal under our care. I still work a fulltime job outside of Rancho Relaxo and I do NOT take a salary yet because I have a handful of goals in place for this organization. The biggest goal is the reason I set up this GoFundMe campaign.

On January 29, 2019, we made history. For the first time within the farm-based sanctuary world, two organizations came together for the greater good to purchase an old dairy farm and turn it into a paradise for rescued animals. Twist of Fate Farm and Sanctuary and Rancho Relaxo worked for months in order to make this deal become a reality. The property was immediately split up after closing. Twist of Fate received close to 100 acres of land, a caretaker house and a handful of barns that once caused the pain and suffering of numerous dairy cows. Rancho Relaxo received 70 acres of land. This is where all of you come in like you have so many times in the past. On this open land, we need to build a new pig barn and a new horse barn - as well as put up approximately 30 acres of fencing. Over the last year, we have rescued numerous horses from slaughter and quite a few farm pigs from neglect cases and testing facilities. They deserve the best.

You all have come together to turn a broken down old chicken farm into a beautiful offsite facility. You all have come together to allow us to move from our original property to our current home base location when we were busting at the seams. You all have come together in every single emergency that we have gone through. You all have come together to pay off medical bills for some of our most severe cases. You all have been there for Rancho Relaxo and you are the reason we are where we are today. YOU.

I sometimes get nervous that the support you all provide is suddenly going to stop but I always remind myself that you all care just as much as I do. Just because you aren't here doesn't mean you aren't in it for the long haul. I read your messages that mention how our animals here at Rancho Relaxo have changed your lives. I read your emails that state how our rescued animals have gotten you through hard times. Your stories and your reasons behind following our journey are heartfelt and so real. We couldn't have asked for better supporters than all of you.

Today, I am once again asking for your help. This will officially be the largest project we have ever taken on. The build alone will cost over $200,000! I do have faith that we can pull it off in the next 60 days.

33218424_1549463734473413_r.jpeg33218424_1549463776535376_r.jpegHorse barn $146,420 / Pig barn $29,350 / Lean-tos $53,825! This does not include fencing.

33218424_1549462669706014_r.jpegNahko, who was rescued from a gutter at a slaughter farm, deserves a new barn and more space to root!

33218424_1549462887154821_r.jpegMoody, who was locked in a shed for years and living in his own feces before we rescued him, deserves this expansion!

33218424_1549463016557681_r.jpegJD, who was severely abused then sent to slaughter before we rescued her, deserves a brand new stall to call her own.

33218424_154946313112611_r.jpegStephen and Janet, who were orphaned as newborns, deserve their very first barn!

33218424_1549463219675544_r.jpegLoche, who lived in a tiny coral with 10 other horses and forced to eat nothing but sticks before we rescued him, deserves to come out of boarding and live here at our homebase!

This short list of animals in need of this expansion does not include everyone here at Rancho Relaxo who will benefit from it and it sure leaves out all of the future rescues that could take place if we get this project done. We have over 200,000 followers on Instagram. We have over 40,000 followers on Facebook. Can you imagine what we could do if everyone donated $1, $5, $10? And if you can't donate monetarily, please consider sharing this campaign with your friends and family.

Thank you all for your continued love and support!

Sincerely,
Caitlin Cimini
Founder of Rancho Relaxo
RanchoRelaxoNJ.org
@boochaces on Instagram
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We are doing a joint fundraiser with Goats of Anarchy, Freedom Farm and Twist of Fate! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/no-ear-tags-or-leather-bags-for-the-animals-tickets-38854307279
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We just want to say thank you all so very much for making our offsite property a reality. It still feels like a dream for all of us - and I'm sure the animals feel the same way! I also want to mention how lucky we all are that we exceeded our goal for this campaign because everything ended up being much more expensive than we initially planned.

Most of our goals have been met. The only thing we have to do now is update all of the fencing at our home base - which will be close to $50,000. We ended up launching a new campaign today just for that to keep everyone updated! We don't expect you all to donate again but we will ask for you to share it!

---> https://www.gofundme.com/rancho-relaxo-needs-fencing <---

Thank you again. So much. You are all heroes.
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Guys, we are less than 2 weeks away! Come see the progress we are making at the new offsite property!!!! September 9th, 3-6 PM! To RSVP, email our event and volunteer coordinator @thenamewasmills: caitline624@gmail.com ❤❤❤
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Annmarie Gentile Fileccia
28 months ago

Wow you hit your goal!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️ I just got the chills!!! I love this!!!

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Mandi Lowrance
28 months ago

Wow. The support is truly showing. Amazing woman deserves all of it. Thank you for helping those who can't themselves. God Bless You.

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Georgia Gordon
28 months ago

I am so happy with your success. I spent many years volunteering and working at an animal shelter but it isn't nearly as terrific as what you do. I have 5 dogs, 3 cats all adopted from a shelter that is not a no kill. As much as I would like to donate my own brood keep me pretty broke. But I do want to wish you well and let you know how great I felt reading your story..... It's awesome what you've accomplished.

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Annmarie Gentile Fileccia
28 months ago
8
8

the donations went up over $3000 in just a few hours today! So awesome!!!

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Gwen Reese
28 months ago
7
7

I'm so overwhelmed at the support for this project - there ARE so many good people out there !

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Mare Freed
28 months ago
5
5

Hooray! You've just made goal! So happy for you and the sweet animals!

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Sandy Beyer-pemberton
28 months ago
2
2

the pic here is my precious dog bear he just recently died and my heart is broken along with my husband and my other dog molly we r trying to fill our broken hearts and find a big dog like bear to love if u can help we would love it ty sandy or tickles the clown

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Gwen Reese
28 months ago
2
2

I'm SOOO happy; this has made my day people !! I just kept watching & it's now over $ 104! I am so in awe of Caitlin and her organization. I have always been an animal advocate, but I am humbled 10 fold at her determination & heart!

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Zizi Deb
28 months ago
2
2

keep fighting the good fight and everything else will come to you. God bless you your their champions and all of ours I will repost to my face book page and twitter and lets keep these fur babies safe happy and healthy Keep it going forward......

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Ahmal Baloubi
24 months ago
1
1

My dog my dog was hit by a car 5 days ago and undergoing emergency care. Any help will be appreciated as bills are adding up and my funds are limited to the point that i have to sell personal items.. please see my page , greatly appreciate any help. search for "rexs-emergency-medical-fund"

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Kimberly Murphy
27 months ago
1
1

Yes - I work for Microsoft and I added you to our internal giving database so my donations to you are matched. They said they reached out to you to validate your info so we can finalize the info and get the match done. I gave them your name and the email I found on the website. I hope that gets thru to you!!! Thank you for the amazing work!!! ♥

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Brigitte Starr King
28 months ago
1
1

Milo (my lovely rescue cat) and I wish you a life of happiness and success. You are doing God's work here on earth. Thank you.

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Harry's
26 days ago

Hello, we are Harry's Cleaners seeking donations for our local business that is in need. We are sourced locally in Los Angeles and are asking all platforms of your success be reached to ours. Lets help us so we can help you.

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Valerie
1 month ago

What a wonderful place for all the animals and such caring people to really care about the animals!

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Amy
1 month ago

We are so happy you reached your goal! Please help us or even help by sharing our page! Ty so much!

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Duane
2 months ago

Caitlin, your efforts is what inspired me to reach out to GoFundMe. Our efforts are similar, only mine are on a smaller scale. I know your busy, but I'm running out of time. Can you review keeping usx3.Home. Any input will be helpful. Keep up the great work!! Duane Jensen

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John
7 months ago

You guys bought the farm we used to run. Love what your doing with the place. The owners wouldn't do any of the stuff your doing now. Love it!

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Caroline Sherrill
12 months ago

Please who ever can help search college fund for GMC and donate to help me get back to school this semester

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Jakhai
12 months ago

Please help support my campaign "Help The Lives Of All My Pets " please also consider sharing, thank you.

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Don
15 months ago

urgent family in need of your assistance

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$149,514 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 3,539 people in 38 months
Created June 22, 2016
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JM
$100
John Meyers
15 days ago

Many blessings to you and those involved with your work. May we always carry love in our hearts. Namaste. _/_

DM
$25
Diane Murphy
19 days ago

What Caitlin is doing for these animals affects all of us in this world...kindness should be universal...

$20
Anonymous
1 month ago
LB
$100
Linda Bolle
3 months ago
1
1
HM
$50
HEATH MARR
3 months ago
CG
$50
Christina Gibson
3 months ago
2
2

You are an angel from above. God bless you for rescuing and loving His innocent creatures. Wish more people had your pure heart full of love. Thank you in Jesus’ mighty Name, Amen.

LM
$50
Lauren Matzen
3 months ago

I believe in Caitlin’s efforts & dedication

PL
$20
Patty Lagana
3 months ago

This is a wonderful organization and I wish I could do more

IH
$10
Ivan Hom
3 months ago

Bless you for taking care of God's creation.

SM
$5
Sima Malah
3 months ago

I love animals and anyone who can and does for animal welfare is a hero of mine.

Annmarie Gentile Fileccia
28 months ago

Wow you hit your goal!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️ I just got the chills!!! I love this!!!

+ Read More
Mandi Lowrance
28 months ago

Wow. The support is truly showing. Amazing woman deserves all of it. Thank you for helping those who can't themselves. God Bless You.

+ Read More
Georgia Gordon
28 months ago

I am so happy with your success. I spent many years volunteering and working at an animal shelter but it isn't nearly as terrific as what you do. I have 5 dogs, 3 cats all adopted from a shelter that is not a no kill. As much as I would like to donate my own brood keep me pretty broke. But I do want to wish you well and let you know how great I felt reading your story..... It's awesome what you've accomplished.

+ Read More
Annmarie Gentile Fileccia
28 months ago
8
8

the donations went up over $3000 in just a few hours today! So awesome!!!

+ Read More
Gwen Reese
28 months ago
7
7

I'm so overwhelmed at the support for this project - there ARE so many good people out there !

+ Read More
Mare Freed
28 months ago
5
5

Hooray! You've just made goal! So happy for you and the sweet animals!

+ Read More
Sandy Beyer-pemberton
28 months ago
2
2

the pic here is my precious dog bear he just recently died and my heart is broken along with my husband and my other dog molly we r trying to fill our broken hearts and find a big dog like bear to love if u can help we would love it ty sandy or tickles the clown

+ Read More
Gwen Reese
28 months ago
2
2

I'm SOOO happy; this has made my day people !! I just kept watching & it's now over $ 104! I am so in awe of Caitlin and her organization. I have always been an animal advocate, but I am humbled 10 fold at her determination & heart!

+ Read More
Zizi Deb
28 months ago
2
2

keep fighting the good fight and everything else will come to you. God bless you your their champions and all of ours I will repost to my face book page and twitter and lets keep these fur babies safe happy and healthy Keep it going forward......

+ Read More
Ahmal Baloubi
24 months ago
1
1

My dog my dog was hit by a car 5 days ago and undergoing emergency care. Any help will be appreciated as bills are adding up and my funds are limited to the point that i have to sell personal items.. please see my page , greatly appreciate any help. search for "rexs-emergency-medical-fund"

+ Read More
Kimberly Murphy
27 months ago
1
1

Yes - I work for Microsoft and I added you to our internal giving database so my donations to you are matched. They said they reached out to you to validate your info so we can finalize the info and get the match done. I gave them your name and the email I found on the website. I hope that gets thru to you!!! Thank you for the amazing work!!! ♥

+ Read More
Brigitte Starr King
28 months ago
1
1

Milo (my lovely rescue cat) and I wish you a life of happiness and success. You are doing God's work here on earth. Thank you.

+ Read More
Harry's
26 days ago

Hello, we are Harry's Cleaners seeking donations for our local business that is in need. We are sourced locally in Los Angeles and are asking all platforms of your success be reached to ours. Lets help us so we can help you.

+ Read More
Valerie
1 month ago

What a wonderful place for all the animals and such caring people to really care about the animals!

+ Read More
Amy
1 month ago

We are so happy you reached your goal! Please help us or even help by sharing our page! Ty so much!

+ Read More
Duane
2 months ago

Caitlin, your efforts is what inspired me to reach out to GoFundMe. Our efforts are similar, only mine are on a smaller scale. I know your busy, but I'm running out of time. Can you review keeping usx3.Home. Any input will be helpful. Keep up the great work!! Duane Jensen

+ Read More
John
7 months ago

You guys bought the farm we used to run. Love what your doing with the place. The owners wouldn't do any of the stuff your doing now. Love it!

+ Read More
Caroline Sherrill
12 months ago

Please who ever can help search college fund for GMC and donate to help me get back to school this semester

+ Read More
Jakhai
12 months ago

Please help support my campaign "Help The Lives Of All My Pets " please also consider sharing, thank you.

+ Read More
Don
15 months ago

urgent family in need of your assistance

+ Read More
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