PROFESSIONAL ANIMAL RETIREMENT CENTER

Rating: 4.87 stars   129 reviews

Issues: Animals, Children & Youth

Location: 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
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 33-1020728
260-636-7383
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I completed an internship about 5 years ago at black pine animal park. Now I'm an education curator at a small zoo I love to visit and continue to see the incredible improvements. My co workers are also impressed with black pine's success. The difference the staff makes in these animals lives is remarkable. Black Pine is a must see for any animal lover.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have visited Black Pine Animal Sanctuary many times and I am amazed at the amount of care that goes in to taking care of these rescued animals. I can tell the staff genuinely loves and cares for these animals and I can't imagine where these animals would be if it were not for Black Pine. They do such a wonderful job also of educating the public on the plight of exotic animals and the danger of owning one. I cannot recommend Black Pine enough.

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Life-changing

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2012

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I have been to Black Pines many times, and each time I go, I am amazed at all of the hard work that goes into caring for these animals that otherwise would not have a home. They have a wonderful group of volunteers that genuinely care for the animals, along with their minimal staff. I can tell all of the hard work is done out of love for these animals, and without Black Pines, these animals would still be suffering. In addition, the wonderful education that is done concerning the sad life of exotic animals that are kept by humans, is so needed. There are so many people that do not realize what goes on with these animals that are kept as pets, or for "show", and Black Pines brings attention to this problem. I admire everything they do for these animals and thank goodness for Black Pines Animal Sanctuary.

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I've now been to Black Pine on several occassions and each time I come away more impressed with the professionalism of the staff and volunteers. While the animals are obviously the main attraction, the grounds and habitates are lovely with lots of room for the inhabitants. The staff/volunteers are friendly and very knowledgable about the animals in their care; they can not only relate specific stories about each animal but also provide a lot of information about the breed in general.

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Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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I love Black Pine for the service that they provide to the animals they protect. They also educate the public and provide a safe environment for the animals and the public.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

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

A lot

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2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

Went with my daughters preschool class and the staff were very good with them and understanding if there lack of patience. This is a GREAT place for young children or anyone really to learn about excotic animals in the wild and how u are suppose to take care of them.

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

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Quite well

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2012

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Black Pine has partnered with dedicated volunteers, local refuse service companies, and visiting educators to provide recycling services on site to encourage good stewardship and GREEN living! The animals enjoy natural habitats. Organic waste is composted daily. The sanctuary's septic system features one of only a handful of constructed wetlands for natural, organic breakdown of waste. BPAS is GREEN! Bravo!

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Quite well

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

Life-changing

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Definitely

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2012

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I love visiting - it was such an up close experience in seeing the animals, and the care that is tendered them is so very clear. I intend to see much more of this place.

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A lot

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2011

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My husband and I LOVE Black Pine! The animals' health and safety and happiness come first and foremost and that's good to see. Everyone involved with Black Pine is friendly and knowledgeable and visiting is a pleasure. We try to go every year, and it's exciting to see the place grow.

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2010

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2 people found this review helpful

I am an animal lover that hates to see wild animals being raised by regular individuals that find out later in life there's a lot more to it than being a cute animal. At Black Pine they have taken these animals in that cannot be put into the wild & have given them a lot of love & care in their handling. They take great care in the animals they have received over the years. Black Pine is a facility that I have great respect for in many different areas.

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Life-changing

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2011

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Black Pine is a must facility with some of the most dedicated volunteers and board members I have ever seen in this profession! I share their beliefs and I am continuously amazed at how much they sacrifice to save animals of all different taxa. A wonderful facility that will always be close to my heart!

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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