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Cheri Roloson

"To save the farm!"

Alton, NY, USA
female, age 58
married, 2 children
Speaks: Animal communicating!
Joined Dec 14, 2008
What I Want to Do: send good karma
Activities: The farm

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Hi Everyone!  I am new to Care 2's site.  My husband and I opened Cracker Box Palace - Farm Animal Shelter back in 2000 (actually, we started back in 1997, but it took a long time to research, visit other shelters, including Farm Sanctuary, a few Humane Societies, Days End Horse Rescue and several other private shelters to find out how to do this).  We take in abused, abandoned, neglected and retired farm animals.  When we opened the first year, we started with 30 critters, now we have over 160! 

We opened with the idea that anyone could come out and help with the animals.  The song Cracker Box Palace was our theme.  Our animals have been great teachers, healers and guides to so many people, (they are a pretty amazing bunch).  And we always hope people walk away with a new understanding of the farm animals, horses and any compassion for not just the animals, but of a farm, the environment , other people and how precious the open spaces of our world are and how they're shrinking all the time. 

We moved to Alasa Farms back in 2004 as we just plain outgrew our other farm!  Alasa Farms is this beautiful, old, historic Shaker Farm that has several barns, houses and 680 acres of pastures, fruit trees, row crops, forests, creeks, trails and a wonderful community that supports our efforts.  And it all overlooks Sodus Bay.  Its the perfect place for the critters! 

This past February we had a fire in the Main Shaker House.  And although it was tragic, we were very fortunate that no one was hurt and it did not spread to the barns.  But the damage to the old Shaker Dwelling has taken its toll on us all.  We are now in the process of trying to save the house with several historical groups, and trying to preserve the farm.  It is our wish that Cracker Box could own the farm and leave it a farm forever.  So our latest mission has been to raise an endowment fund to support the farm for the future, buy the farm or at least get it in trust and save the buildings on the farm now.  If we can, we hope to add some of them back that have fallen in and add an indoor arena and some more barns and pastures for critters in the future.  Its a huge undertaking for us.... but its so worth while! 

So I'm adding to sites to try to get the word out and find as much support as we can.  You can see us on My Space under my name, Face Book too.  Or just check out our web site at  Of course a rich billionaire philanthropist that loves farm animals would be our heart's desire, but we also would love ideas, prayers, expert advise, expert services, or just plain good wishes and karma sent our way! 

Thanks for any help!


Cheri Roloson, Farm Manager and all the critters of Cracker Box!

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Joined Dec 14, 2008 Activist Aspirations Rabid 
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Birthday April 23, 1960  
Languages Animal communicating!  
About Me I'm always looking for ways to keep our farm animal shelter up and running and getting better to keep all our critters healthy and happy!
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Pets We have over 160 animals at the shelter  
Activist Aspirations Rabid
Political Leaning
Religions Animals  
Eating Habits Never regular!  
Wild Fact About Me I have a wild passion to save our farm and protect the critters that come here!
My Philosophy Farm animals and horses get the short end of the stick all the time, even though they pretty much give up their lives for the human race. I would think they should be the MOST protected animals on the planet and yet....
What Gives Me Hope I see all the volunteers, supporters and other shelters that take in the big animals and I watch how they interact with them. I deal with the worst of the worst and the best of the best in the human race... its a wierd business to be in.
If I were Mayor, I'd make the world a better place by If I were president, I would definately quit giving all that money out to big businesses and banks, and invest all that money in every American 21 years and older. That would save the economy FAST!!! Think of all these people that would pay their mortgages, pay off their student loans, buy new cars, go shopping, invest again, if we, the little people, had the money! I just don't get why they continue to invest in the ones that only abuse the system.
What/who changed my life and why My Dad.... He trained horses my whole life as a "hobby". His philosophy was it was pretty much the owner's fault if the horse was doing something wrong. And he was usually right! He took in mostly horses that the owners would say, 'if you can't train him, he's going for glue'... But found he usually had to train the owner more than the horse!!!! That's where I get it from, most definately!
What Bugs Me People that don't 'get it'  
Passions Animals and my horse, Melvin  
Inspirations Melvin, my horse  
What Scares Me Stupid people  
Role Models My Dad  
Quotation Talk to the Hoof! Nobody Rides For Free!
Interests Everything!  
Books Vet manuals and grants  
Music all kinds  
Movies Horton Hears a Who  
TV Shows Earl  
Favorite Foods This pink stuff my neighbor makes!  
Favorite Places Any trail with my horse  
Can't Live Without Wide open spaces  
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