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Professional Animal Retirement Center

Rating: 4.9 stars   214 reviews 7,377

Address:

1426 W. 300 N. P.O. Box 02 Albion IN 46701 USA

Mission:

We exist to give rescued and retired animals a safe haven and to educate people to positively impact the conservation and preservation of exotic and endangered species and encourage responsible pet ownership.

Results:

Approximately 15,000 people tour the sanctuary annually to observe and learn about more than 45 exotic and endangered former “pets” and retired performers, issues related to the exotic pet trade, and conservation of endangered species and habitats.

Target demographics:

Children ages 4-17, adults, students

Direct beneficiaries per year:

5-12 animals are adopted each year

Geographic areas served:

Indiana, midwest

Programs:

Sanctuary tours Camps for kids ages 3-12 Field trips Web resources

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I started visiting Black Pine AnimalSanctuary/PARC about ten years ago on occasion, and then about seven years I started visiting on a monthly basis during their open months. I did this because of my interest and affection for the animals. Each is an individual, and learning the stories of each animal reinforces that. One generally has the opportunity to see the animals more "close up" than is often possible in zoos. I started volunteering a year a half ago and my interest and affection has only increased. Added to my feelings for the animals is my high regard for those who are keepers and volunteers. The dedication of these people to the animals is a joy to watch and it only adds to my passion about BPAS. I thoroughly recommend it as a great place for anyone who is interested in animals, particularly those who believe that animals have the right to be treated respectfully, have nutritious food, and appropriate shelter. It is not a fancy facility but it is a caring facility.

 
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I have regularly visited PARC (more widely known as Black Pine Animal Sanctuary) for 6-7 years because I find their mission of rescuing and caring for exotic animals vital to the needs of such animals who have been bred for personal gain with little or no concern for their well-being. The touring has been most gratifying to see the animals so close and to learn their stories. I feel so strongly about their mission that when the opportunity presented itself, I started volunteering last year. I have only become more impressed with the care and respect the animal residents receive there. It is a very worthwhile place to visit and support financially.

 
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I visit Black Pine Animal Sanctuary (current name) about once a month during their open season. I always look forward to seeing the animals having "known" some of them for 5 years of visits. New animal residents are always exciting to meet. It is wonderful to see a sanctuary where the animals come first--because it is THEIR forever home. I thoroughly recommend it as a place to visit for anyone who loves and respects animals. It is also a place that one feels good about helping with donations. Donations is how they survive.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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I've been visited Black Pine Animal Sanctuary, aka Professional Animal Retirement Center for 6-7 years and I've grown to love it more each year. The animals that call it home have come from a variety of situations, some deplorable and others from caring homes--they just didn't belong in homes because they ARE wild animals. The staff shares their stories, and their love and concern for these animals is obvious and contagious. I don't see how a visitor could leave the place without being touched and wanting to help in someway. The staff is mainly volunteer which says a lot about how important the mission of this sanctuary is. They work so hard to make this place not a good place, but a great place. BPAS rocks!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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I have had the opportunity to visit PARC, better known as Black Pine Animal Sanctuary on about a monthly basis for 3-4 years. As an animal lover and advocate, I am greatly appreciative of the fine work they do, caring for animals that needed a home for a variety of reasons. I think it is amazing all they accomplish when most of their staff are volunteer. I think it says a lot about an organization when it is able to draw so many volunteers to help--and help on a regular basis. That is a labor of love. BP also serves in educating their visitors to the plight of the individual animals and the animals they represent. I recommend Black Pine as a place to visit, enjoy, and support.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Since I last wrote about PARC (better known as Black Pine Animal Sanctuary), much has happened. More animals are now in larger enclosures and more animals have moved to their new "forever" home. Instead of two black bears, there are now five and they will soon be moving into a new habitat constructed specifically for them. Additional residents are a female cougar, three wolves, and a marbled fox. The staff is still dedicated and work hard for the betterment of the residents. It is a MUST for any animal lover who is in the area. And there are now permanent bathrooms--the decor is another MUST see.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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I have had some wonderful experiences at what I refer to as Black Pine (Animal Sanctuary). I've visited it frequently in the last couple of years and am always excited when I turn down the last road and into the facility property. The animals are so special and interesting. Some are retired performers and others have been rescued from terrible situations. There are quite a variety of animals, some farm and some exotics. My favorites are the tigers and bears, but there are also lions, leopards, several species of primates, reptiles, various birds, etc. Some of the older ones (Mr. Bear, Isaac, Caesar, India, Cody, Coby) have died in the last few years and I miss them all, but new residents are added when space and finances allow. The staff are wonderful--only 2 are paid a salary and all the others are volunteers. They are so dedicated and willing to share their love and experiences with the animals. For anyone in Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio (& anyone visiting in the area), who loves animals and their welfare should plan a trip there. Their website is: http://www.blackpineanimalpark.com/

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

being able to go behind the scenes and really being able to be closer to these amazing animals, than one typically finds in zoos.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

encourge marketing--I'm always finding people in the area who have never heard of it--but marketing costs money.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the closeness to the animals and hearing the tigers chuffing--the first time I heard one I was thrilled--and now I have heard them dozens of times.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

ARE dedicated and devoted to the animals.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

build larger enclosures for the animals that don't have them yet. Also a new sewer system is needed, and the ability to have more paid positions.

Ways to make it better...

it were closer to me--I have to drive an hour.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

money.

One thing I'd also say is that...

it is addictive--I am always ready to go back for a visit.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

I LOVE Black Pine and they love their animals as much as I.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

We love visiting Black Pine! They take wonderful care of the animals!! You can tell they are happy, healthy, and well cared for. If you haven't been, I highly recommend checking it out! We go as often as possible.

 
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Awesome and caring staff. They share the funny stories along with the sad stories. It's impossible to tell who are paid and who are volunteers because they are all so dedicated.

 
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They rescue animals from deplorable situations and ensure that they enjoy a wonderful atmosphere for the rest of their lives.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

Great place to unwind and see some amazing animals in a wonderful atmosphere

 
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my husband and I went to Black Pine animal rescue in Albion , in and I have to say it was a great way to see Gods creatures. there is a healthy respect for these animals while providing a safe home for them to live out their lives after usually a very harsh cruel existence in other situations. the tours are informative and educational. I plan on going back with my grandchildren on a regular basis .

 
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Black Pine is a forever home for exotic animals who can not return to the wild due to human actions. These animals are given as close to natural habitats as possible, they are cared for and treated with dignity and respect. The mission of Black Pine is the animals, their safety and allowing them to live out their natural lives as best they can given the impact human contact has had. Many of their stories are tragic, but now they will be loved and cared for as the animal they should have been in the wild. And this home is forever!!!

 
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I have followed the awesome work of the staff and volunteers at BPAS for the last several years. First learning about it when Lori Gagen accepted her job there and being curious about what had taken her from her current job and her passion about the animals. Being an animal lover myself and a lifelong cat owner, it was only natural I would follow the BPAS story.

Not being able to visit BPAS since I am home bound at this time, I have so enjoyed the fantastic way the public is kept updated with social media. From the move to the addition of animals, building of new habitats, various illnesses, some deaths, more animals, special programs, tours and so much more. The public is part of BPAS story, the community is involved, even though I am not there, the names the organizations frequently are local, the vet, the construction crews, the winery for the night fund raiser. It is a passion for all, to give the animals the best forever home they can. The friends I have sent rave about the facility, and the fantastic experience their children had.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Although I am home bound I have followed the great work that BPAS is doing for animals on FB. Their exceptional care and support for their animals is evident in how the facility has grown and expanded to meet the needs of the animals that come to them. Whether it is a black bear coming from a concrete slab corn crib to a habitat where she can run and play and sleep in comfort on her own hammock or a pack of wolves reunited in their own habitat, or lions and tigers. It is amazing to watch, the community involvement, the volunteers hours, the staff creative innovations to raise awareness not only of BPAS needs but also the universal needs of the exotic animal trade, raising our awareness of abuse and need for legislation to be passed. With the use of social media and videos, we are kept very involved in their cause, forever homes for animals.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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I am a Homebound person who has knowledge of Black Pine only through the Internet and knowing Lori from outside contact. When she went to BPAS I became interested because I love cats, and have had one all my adult life as a pet. I have learned so much about "exotic pets" through Lori's postings and the BPAS's website and activity on Facebook. I then pass it on and share wtih my network as well. Lori and BPAS are truly making a difference in our neck of the woods!!!

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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Black Pine is doing great things for these animals! I know a few people that volunteer there and they truly care for the animals there so much.

 
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Black Pine: This animal sanctuary located in a small town does a BIG job in providing a forever home for its inhabitants. It doesn't stop there either. Its staff helps educate visitors about the animals and spreads the word using Facebook and other methods of how people can encourage lawmakers to pass laws that protect animals and stop cruelty. The volunteers genuinely care about the animals in their charge. Donations are put to good use at this animal sanctuary.

 
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