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Professional Animal Retirement Center

Rating: 4.9 stars   214 reviews 7,196

Nonprofit Issues:

Animals, Children & Youth

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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260-636-7383
www.blackpineanimalpark.com

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Role: General Member of the Public
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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Rating: 5 stars  

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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Rating: 5 stars  

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

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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!!!

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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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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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Black Pine Animal Sanctuary at Albion, Indiana is such a great place to visit and spend time with family. They are very professional with their care of the animals in their keeping. They think of new and exciting enrichments for the animals so they don't feel bored or lonely. They inform all visitors about how the animals have come to them and advocate more humane treatment of animals through out the world. I love to take my grandchildren here to learn about what they can do to help make sure that the mistakes of the elders do not continue to trickle down. They learn that the animals that we share our planet with have rights that should be respected. With the help of places like Black Pine, maybe the next generation will not repeat our mistakes.

 
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I have been to Black Pine many times, taking my camera with me. Every time I share my pictures, more and more of my friends become enamored with Black Pine Animal Sanctuary.
This year, my sister and I took my daughter, my grandson and his friend to this wonderful place. I was a little worried that the boys (ages 13 and 12) would be bored, but the were not! We went for a general visit and they both want to go back for a tour so they can learn more about the beautiful animals that call Black Pine their forever home. None of these animals came from very good places in their past and it is just a joy to see them relaxed and contented in a sanctuary that caters to their needs, not to the public's needs.
During this summer break from school, my sister plans to take my other grandchildren during the week for a tour. I would like my son and his wife to also be able to go. My son loves wolves and Black Pine has a wonderful pack.
If you are in the Northern Indiana area, it is worth a trip to see the magnificent animals that live their lives here, in safety and grace

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

Make it bigger so they would be able to rescue even more exotic pets. There are so many animals that would benefit from having these loving and caring people as their forever family.

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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