Frequently Asked Questions:
I've never heard of Lemondrop, why?
Although we have been registered as a nonprofit since 2011, at Lemondrop we don't spend a penny on advertising. We feel any money that is donated should go toward the care of the animals. We are truly grass roots, and anyone who knows about us is because we have had direct contact with that person, either at fundraisers, through one of our outreach programs or through a referral.
Is Lemondrop a nonprofit?
Yes. Lemondrop is registered as a Federally recognized 501c3 charitable nonprofit, this link will take you to the IRS website where you can see our online registry. Lemondrop is also registered locally with the Department of Agriculture, this link will take you to the DOA website where you can check our online registry. And this link will take you to our GuideStar page where we have the platinum seal of transparency (the highest level available).
What is a Sanctuary?
Definition from Merriam-Webster:
noun sanc·tu·ary \ˈsaŋ(k)-chə-ˌwer-ē\
: a place where someone or something is protected or given shelter
: the protection that is provided by a safe place
Can I visit or see the Sanctuary?
Unfortunately no, the Sanctuary is not open to the public for the safety of the animals and for liability reasons. Many Sanctuaries around the USA are private for the safety of the animals (The Elephant Sanctuary is a good example).
Post Hurricane Michael, where much of the Sanctuary was destroyed, we have temporarily moved to foster homes until we are able to rebuild.
Where is the Sanctuary located?
The Farm Animal Sanctuary is in Gadsden County Florida, unfortunately we can't give out the exact location.
What type of animals do you rescue?
We give Sanctuary to Farm Animals - Horses, donkeys, pigs, sheep, goats, cows, llamas, alpacas, turkeys, chickens, geese, peacocks, exotic birds, etc.
Do you take volunteers?
Yes! We have several avenues that we can use help in. Please fill out the volunteer application on our Contact Us page, and email it back to us.
Are you a no-kill rescue?
We are a 100% no-kill facility. We do not euthanize for any reason, including space or behavioral problems.
Do you pull red-lined animals from other rescues?
No. That isn't our focus. We care for Farm Animals who need a safe place to live out the rest of their lives in peace. There are many other wonderful people who's main focus is on saving red-lined animals.
Do your staff receive salaries?
No. All of our staff is volunteer only. None of the monetary donations received go to salaries.
Are the animals caged?
No. Unless absolutely necessary (in rare cases because of violent behavior), we don't cage any of the animals. We feel that we are caretakers of these animals, providing them with what they need so they can live out the most natural lives possible. Each animal-type has their own pasture or appropriately sized area, where they can roam, play, have free access to food, water and shelter.
Do you take dogs and cats?
When we have space we do our best to assist with emergency cases of dogs and cats but it is not our focus. there are many wonderful rescues who specifically help dogs and cats. (Currently we are not taking any cats because all of our spaces are filled.)
Are you accepting Farm Animals?
Currently we are not taking any animals due to post hurricane damage.
What is the process to surrender an animal?
We will need detailed information, pictures and any vet records on any animal in need of Sanctuary. That information will then go to our Board of Directors, who will assess whether or not we can help.
Is there a surrender fee?
No. We never charge a surrender fee to anyone who is seeking help with their animals. We feel that it is counter-productive to charge a fee when someone is in dire need for help, and often will result in the animal being dumped instead.
Will you come and do a petting-zoo event?
No. At Lemondrop our number one priority is to give the animals that are surrendered to us peace and Sanctuary for the rest of their lives. Doing events and petting zoos goes against that. The only time we will have animals out is at pet adoptions.
Can I adopt one of your Residents?
No. Our Residents will never be put up for adoption. But we do have adoption events for smaller animals (Dogs, Cats, Piglets, etc), and occasionally we have Farm animals up for adoption (who aren't permanent residents). We do, however need foster homes for non-residents. Contact us for more information.
You have adoptions?
Yes. We occasionally we have non-resident Farm Animals that are available for adoption and we hold weekly adoption events for smaller animals.
How does the adoption process work?
We will need our standard application filled out and returned to us. If you fit our adoption criteria, you will be contacted for a home visit where we will assess if the animal is a good fit for your lifestyle and family.
Are there adoption fees?
Yes. The adoption fee is set for each animal by our Board of Directors. It is based on how much time, care and veterinary work the animal has required. The adoption fee is non-negotiable and non-refundable.