Professional Animal Retirement Center

Rating: 4.9 stars   214 reviews

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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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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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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My family enjoyed our day at Black Pine Animal Sanctuary last year, and can't wait to get back this year. My kids are still talking about what they learned about the felines. It was very interestibg to stick around for the feedibg afterwards.

 
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Black Pine treat each and every animal that they have given a forever home to as their own. They learn as much as they can and provide them anazing enclosures that are as close to their natural habit that is possible. Everyone working will answer questions from anyone and be happy to help. This is a place I have been going since I was in middle school and now at 32 take my son. Such a positive place.

 
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Black Pines Sanctuary is a first class operation. They spend the time and care to make sure every guest is educated on where the animals came from, what medical conditions they have due to previous treatment and how they are being helped now to live out the rest of their days in this wonderful sanctuary. Black Pines is in a wooded area to keep the animals shaded and every animal has a shelter in his cage. They do a wonderful job for the animals.

 
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I have been to & have followed Black Pine for many years now & they are an amazing place for large animals to spend the remaining of their lives. These individuals care so much about the animals that they receive the best care that can be given. They try to give them decent living quarters for both warm temps & middle of winter.

 
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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.

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?

2011

 
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Black Pines does great work with the animals fortunate to call it home. I like the way they educate people about wild animals.

 
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My husband and I had a great visit. The staff was friendly and informative. We stayed for a feeding, it was very interesting watching the animals react when food was being "served". We love this place and can't wait to go back in October. :-)

 
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I visited Black Pine with my sister, her husband and their 4 young children in early August for the first time. We all really enjoyed the visit and had no complaints. The tour was very down to earth and informative, the animals looked very well cared for and loved and appeared healthy and happy in their environments. The facilities were clean and well laid out and the people were friendly. We enjoyed having a small picnic lunch and purchased a few souvenirs in the gift shop. Loved getting up close to many of the animals and would like to return to take a feeding tour someday.

 
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The first time my son heard a lion was at Black Pine. Such a wonderful place for the animals and families

 
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