Professional Animal Retirement Center

Rating: 4.9 stars   214 reviews

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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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I volunteered here a few years back with my college Purdue University North Central. To this day, I mention Black Pine to anyone and everyone that I can. It was a wonderful experience for me to volunteer and I got to do some things I never expected I would have done. It gave me a new outlook on certain animals as pets, as well as animals used in circus shows and the like. Even today with my middle school students- we read an article about bringing wolves back into wildlife and their near extinction in 1997. I told them all about Black Pine and how yes baby animals can be cute and fuzzy, but most people with those same cute and fuzzy babies end up dumping them or getting rid of them because they are not qualified to take care of them when they are older. Thank you Black Pine for educating me for life, even though I was only there for one day!

 
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I had a great time! Staff were very friendly, the grounds were clean and the animals looked healthy and well cared for. Awesome experience.

 
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We need to start treating animals on this earth with some respect. Places like this are so benificial to keeping them safe and we'll taken care of. Dedicated staff and doners helping these magnificent animals.

 
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I can't say enough good things about this place! Their passion ad care for the animals is the best of anywhere I've worked. Their fight to help change laws and speaking up for the animals is like none other. What a wonderful place to be an animal!

 
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We visit Black Pine at least once a summer. We like the up close and family feel of the facility. The kids love to go on the tour and hear stories about the animals and how they arrived at Black Pine. The staff does a wonderful job with the animals.

 
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This organization is well structured and the staff are always helpful. I am constantly impressed by their level knowledge, attention to giving the best care to their animals and educating the public. I recommend Black Pine to my family, friends and even complete strangers if the mood is right. They are valuable asset to our area and I hope they continue to spread their message far and wide.

 
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A few friends and I visited the Black Pine Animal Sanctuary last month. It was so nice to see all of these animals being kept in comfort till their end of days. They are doing a wonderful job there. Very interesting place to visit.

 
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Black Pine will always be one of my favorite places. They truly care about the animals they help and their cause (ending the exotic pet trade).
The enrichment and habitats they build are well thought out and the critters are as "happy" as they can be, outside of the wild.

 
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This facility does the most wonderful work spreading information about wild animal misuse and also in providing homes for abandoned exotic animals. I love their dedication!

 
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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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