Creative Acres

A nonprofit organization

To operate a Quality of Life, No-Kill, Free-Roam Animal Sanctuary.To educate the public and other animal organizations for better treatment of animals. To set higher standards for the professional caretakers of animals.
To bring bonds between humans and animals


A Real-Life Dolittle
By C. K. Reporter Anna Lieb, July 3, 2001

DENVER - Do you ever wonder if there really is someone like Dr. Dolittle; someone who can talk with animals, as well as hear them? If you think that no one could be like Dr. Dolittle, think again. Maxine Mager, who runs a no-kill, free-range animal shelter called Created Acres, is amazingly similar to the fictional Dr. Dolittle
Maxine Mager may not be Dr. Dolittle, but she is similar in the way that she communicates with animals and heals them. Most important of all, she shares with Dr. Dolittle, a love of helping animals, and the world is a better place for it. Unfortunately, one of Maxine's goats ate the rest of my notes (he even gave me a kiss in apology) so this concludes the story of the real life Dr. Dolittle.

by Vicki Smith, The Brighton Standard Blade
May 2, 2001
Have you ever visited a local pound, pet shop, or humane society and felt sorry for the creatures trapped in such small areas? You know that the animal's life depends on his purchase or adoption with a specified time. Sometimes the animals are in what is called a "no-kill" shelter, again caged in small areas. But then there are those rare shelters called "no kill-free roam" -- Creative Acres is one such shelter.(Read More On Website)

Maxine's dedication to the animals and her knowledge of so many different species has made Creative Acres a valuable shelter. Working with such a unique shelter has been a rewarding experience."

James LaBonde, D.M.V.
Homestead Animal Hospital

"Maxine trained and domesticated the animals until some have become almost like children. . . . [Through the years, Maxine has noticed unique bonds form between animals and people with emotional and physical disabilities."

Sentinel Newspaper

Maxine has been a veterinary client for more than 12 years during which time she has changed from a novice to very capable in animal husbandry and animal care. . . . Maxine's dedication in caring for ill and stray animals of any kind is extraordinary. She does not shy from giving her full attention to any animal, sick or well."

Alan R Rice, D.V.M.
Brighton Animal Clinic

"Creative Acres have been rescuing farm animals from Adams County... We have inspected her facility and found that the animals were well taken care of and in excellent condition. The sanctuary was very neat and clean."

Mildred Beck, Animal Control Manager
Adams County Government Animal Control Center

"I believe this to be a wonderful home for all homeless and abused animals. I wish all shelters and sanctuaries could be like this."

Jamie Jackson
Northern Colorado Animal League

The staff of the Children's Library would like to thank you for your program on thursday, August 16, 2001. As always, your animals were beautiful and obviously well cared for and loved. All the kids and adults present enjoyed seeing them and learning about your organization. Thanks again for a great program. We hope that you'll do more with us in the future!"

Kristin Arnold, Children's Librarian
Denver Public Libary

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To operate a Quality of Life, No-Kill, Free-Roam Animal Sanctuary.To educate the public and other animal organizations for better treatment of animals. To set higher standards for the professional caretakers of animals.

To bring bonds between humans and animals

Background Statement

Maxine Mager founded the sanctuary in 1988 and she manages it still. It was created to protect animals from harm in a safe and healthy environment. Creative Acres has maintained this way of life for the animals constantly throughout the years. The response to Maxine's efforts has been incredible to see how only one person, on a very limited budget, has been able to perform such an enormous task of caring for hundreds of animals at the facility throughout the years. In recognition of this organization's successes, public support and nationwide media coverage continues to grow each year.

Creative Acres has been called a unique sanctuary. It currently houses hundreds animals of different species which include emus, cats, dogs, guinea pigs, ferrets, chicken, sheep, horses and many others. Creative Acres offers ways to learn how to interact more humanely and non-abusively with animals. We do this through educational programs, personalized training, lectures and by providing information to the public on how they can be involved in changing how animal rescue organizations will be defined in the future. Another way Creative Acres is unique is that it also works with high-risk children, special needs people, the elderly, military terminally ill and the physically challenged.

Some of the animals have amazing stories of survival. There are cancer survivors ranging from ferrets, cats to horses. There are animals that are diabetics. There are also blind and deaf animals who have been taught to live normal lives. There are animals that have been mutilated who have been restored to forms of beauty. There are stories of abuse and abandonment which brought fearful animals to us but now the fear has been replaced with courage and trust

Maxine is also dedicated to medical care and research for animals. She has

recently started the Buddy Foundation, which will hopefully create knowledge for research for improved and new animal medical care. Maxine also lectures on a variety of subjects such as animal welfare, maintenance and behavior. She is well known for her ability to communicate with the animals. She has been asked to educate the public by representing her organization and other organizations on the many different ways to honor the animals for their part in enriching our lives in so many different ways. Maxine has also been an expert in court cases to educate the behavior of animals and their surroundings to protect the animal rights. She was asked to appear before the Colorado Senate to discuss animal rights issues. She and Junior the pig were the spokespig and spokeswoman for the American Diabetes Association. Many testimonials have been written about Creative Acres and Maxine's knowledge and dedication.

Most resent was the tribute from the House of Representative honoring Maxine Mager and Creative Acres.

It is Creative Acres' goal to always take care of the animals at this sanctuary and continue to expand our facilities. It is, however, also our wish that we may influence other rescue organizations to change their positions on operating their shelters to more closely resemble our philosophy of a quality of life no-kill free-roam sanctuary.

Organization Data


Organization name

Creative Acres

Year Established


Tax id (EIN)




Organization Size

Small Organization


P.O. Box 1143
Brighton, CO 80601

Service areas

Adams County, CO, US