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February 6, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 6, 2011

Known as Black Pine Animal Sanctuary, PARC is dedicated to providing permanent homes for captive raised exotic animals of all kinds. Birds, primates - great apes and monkeys, tigers, lions, reptiles, as well as farm animals that need homes. The second and equally important part of their mission is to educate people about the care required by these animals and that they are not meant to be pets. To accomplish the education part of their mission they are open to the public for a nominal fee, providing guided tours by dedicated volunteers who share the sometimes tragic stories of their charges. Supported by entrance fees, a few annual fundraisers, and donations from local corporations, with 1 paid staff member and approximately 40 volunteers, they make sure that the animals never lack for proper shelter, food, medical care, and mental and physical stimulation. For a small facility they do a remarkable job, and I am proud to be associated with them.

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

watching a rescued African lion regain his health after spending 4-5 years in a neglectful situation.

Ways to make it better...

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

set up an endowment to insure funds for medical care for all the animals.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

New friends; taught me about exotic animal ownership and exotic animal sanctuaries

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

It has been a blessing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 6, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 6, 2011

I have visited the park for the Halloween visit they put on. The animals are very well taken care of, they are in good health, have the proper housing and the volunteers are very knowledgeable and caring. They provide a wonderful place for exotic animals that would otherwise have to be put down (as they were before they came into existence) as the previous owners lacked the proper facilities, knowledge or expertise to keep them, neglected or abused them- or were tossing away an animal they had because it could not do the job it was purchased for.

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

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in October 31 of 2010.

Ways to make it better...

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

Give the park more funding so they could continue to do an amazing job with more animals.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

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

Life-changing

How did you learn about this organization?

Word of mouth, signs and event schedules posted- they are located near me.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Review from Guidestar
February 6, 2011

I have watched Black Pine grow from a very small almost farm type setting to what they are today. This has taken place because of all of the wonderful people involved. There are dedicated staff to take care of these animals. I have also witnessed how the volunteers handle the death of their beloved animals. This is more than a "zoo" type of organization, it is a group of truly involved dedicated loving people taking care of animals who NEED and deserve the love and care provided to them. I am proud to say I am from the same area! These animals are treated as if they were their own pets or even part of the family. Bless them for taking the time and effort.

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

I wish that I had the time and dedication to give to this org., but I have helped with donations, but nothing else.

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

change nothing, it is great!!

February 6, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 6, 2011

My first time visiting Black Pine was when my grandchildren were little and BP was in their old facility. How magical it was for the little ones as well as for me! Not only a place of refuge for retired, neglected, abused or unwanted animals, it is a terrific resource for our entire area. We all came away "full" and carrying our favorites of the BP "family" with us.

When one of the grandchildren grew to high school age she become a volunteer and loved every minute of her time with the staff, other volunteers, public and especially all of the critters there. I know that she would still be there volunteering if she hadn't become so busy with work and studies and such things.

BP is not only a refuge but an asset and source of pride for the wider community. Many of us suggest it as a place to visit for anyone new to, or visiting the area and others follow the BP news on their Facebook page. A true source of both the teaching of compassion and animal rescue work as well as alerting those on Facebook to urgent needs of other beings needing rescue or situations that may need changing.

Thanks to the BP family and extended family for all you do!

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

The meaning it means to both children and adults along with experiencing the work that even the smallest facility can provide in animal rescue, care and hope.

Ways to make it better...

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

Nothing. They're doing a great job of both growing and developing healthy habitats for all of their rescues.

February 6, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 6, 2011

We visited Black Pine this fall at their Halloween festivities for the first time. It was a wonderful park! We were able to see the animals closer than our traditional zoo and learn their history. The people who worked there were very friendly and took time to discuss each animal. The park offers so much for the community, not only to assist the exotic cast aways but to enrich the lives of our community members by showing compassion for their animals and promoting responsible pet ownership. My family as well as anyone who will listen to me will be visiting Black Pine and supporting Black Pine for years to come! Thank you Black Pine for all you do!

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

My children have a better understanding of why keeping exotic pets is not appropriate. The also have seen the compassion displayed towards animals and have learned to appreciate wildlife better.

Ways to make it better...

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

I would donate all the money in the world to expand this sanctuary and ensure its survival as it is a place that is needed. Places like these are wonderful, but also struggle to make ends meet financially and rely on generous donations.

February 5, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 5, 2011

At Black Pine it's personal. From the gift shop to the map and the tour, PARC involves you in the lives of the animals. You get to know them, their names, their stories. It makes you want to go back and see how they are doing.

And with Black Pine it's personal. They are trying to work
themselves out of a job, advocating for exotics who should stay in the wild, and educating the public to stop the senseless practice of having exotics as pets.

For Black Pine patrons it's personal as well. One thing I really love is that you can trade their "wish list" items for entry into the sanctuary. It gets the public more deeply involved and shows that it's all about the care and welfare of the animals.

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

Seeing how they care for the animals and fight to stop the practice of owning exotic animals. Also seeing how the community is involved from Master Gardeners handling the grounds and designing and environmentally friendly septic system to the students from a local University putting up a new enclosure suitable for a chimpanzee.

Ways to make it better...

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

Give them more of everything, more money, more equipment, more land and more staff.

February 5, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 5, 2011

Black Pine Animal Sanctuary offers an opportunity to meet exotic animals, learn their stories, and understand the enormous need for sanctuaries and the need for regulation of the private ownership of exotics. Get closer than ever to a lion, tigers, bears, a chimp, monkeys, birds, reptiles and more. It is an experience that you will never forget.

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

The ability to make a difference and sometimes save a life of an animal in need provides meaning to my life

Ways to make it better...

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

There needs to be stricter regulations about the private ownership of exotics and stricter standards for the care and safety. Right now we need more sanctuaries as dedicated as Black Pine to the enrichment of lives of animals in need. I would hope for the day when the need for sanctuaries is non-existent.

February 4, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 4, 2011

It was back in 2006 when my family and I visited Black Pine for the first time. I was so impressed with the animals and the way they were cared for, that I know I wanted to be a part of it.
After talking to one of the volunteers I decided to volunteer. What started out "just for
something to do on the weekends" has turned into more than I could have ever imagined. Now that I put in more and more hours. OK enough about that.
At Black Pine you will get closer than you probably have ever been to the big cats. We pride ourselves on trying to show every guest what we do and what we are about. After all we could not do what we do without guest's in the park.
Black Pine takes in all kinds of exotic animals, most of which are from people how just can't care for them anymore. We do are best to inform people of what it takes to have these animals as pets, how long some of them live, and what cost are involved in feeding them.
Well anyway you need to just come out and see for yourselves, spend the afternoon with the animals. Also during the summer we have feeding tours in witch you can observe most of the animals being fed. It's a great time.
Thank You And I hope to see you there.

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

being involved

Ways to make it better...

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

none

February 4, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 4, 2011

We have visited Black Pine on several occasions including preschool field trips. Every visit has been wonderful. Black Pine provides a guide for groups who explains the organization and tells about each of the animals you see. From my experience, our children gain a ton of knowledge and compassion for animals because of the extra care Black Pine gives to each visitor.

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

My children's memory of what they saw at Black Pine and what they learned.

Ways to make it better...

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

Getting a broader audience involved in the work of the organization.

February 4, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 4, 2011

Well there is so much to say about Black Pine Animal Park. The goal of this sanctuary is to help and care for animals that are abused, mistreated, or were just to much for their said owners to take care of. As a small example of a rescue is the black bear Wrigley. She was abused terribly. She has so many problems I could write this entire letter about them. However to move things along she was basically chained to a tree and mercilessly attacked by dogs trained to hunt bears. And their are countless cases of abuse and sadness present and past. But when their nightmares are over, they are sent to Black Pine Animal Park, where they will live the rest of their lives, not having to worry about when their feed next, if they will have clean water, or whether or not they will be properly taken care of medically. However Black Pine is not perfect we still have many flaws. As the economy becomes tougher we are not able to continue making permanent habitats for the animals where they will be able to walk, run, and feel like more than an animal in time out. Not all the animals at Black Pine Animal Park come with a terrible tragic story. But they all deserve a good home.

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

An example of their amazing care. Kovu who recently passed on came to the park in terrible condition. He was malnourished and had some very serious medical problems. But it wasn't long at all before he made a huge comeback and was over all his illness.

Ways to make it better...

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

I would not change anything. Other than to keep creating enclosures and permanent habitats for the animals.

More feedback...

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

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