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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Rating: 1 stars  

I am extremely disappointed in Black Pine Animal Sanctuary-The mission stated here has changed to suit the need to find new donations from Animal Rights Extremists-They encourage boycotts and bans on animal ownership now-This is a political agenda.
They themselves rather hypocritical by having tours and allowing people to roam the facility-This is considered 'exploitation of animals' yet state they are against anyone else doing the same.
Apparently, it's now all about the money and not the animal at this facility-Extremely disappointed. I give it -0- stars but required to give it a rating and the only reason I gave it -1- star.
Attacking others on FB does nothing to help a single animal.

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

Change their political policy and if they want to be considered a bonified 'sanctuary' and against showing of animals, it needs to be a closed facility.

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

Badly

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

Some

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No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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topcatsroar should provide some proof of their unfounded allegations. Encouraging people to make informed decisions is not a call to "boycott" anything. This organization has no political involvement. Zero. Providing links to relevant proposed legislation so the public can make informed decisions is hardly "political". Rather, we see it as "educational". Black Pine doesn't and has never stood against "anyone else" who allows the public to visit and see animals in captivity. What Black Pine DOES stand firmly against are those who continue to do so under the guise of "rescue" work at the same time they are breeding and selling more animals, and/or putting both animals and the public at risk through irresponsible activities. Thousands of dangerous wild animals are born and kept in cages every year in America, the vast majority of which having nothing to do with helping to save their endangered counterparts living in the wild. False allegations, lies, and smear campaigns are a part of our world, which is one of several measures of our success as we continue this fight to protect animals and people.

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1 person found this review helpful

When the State of Ohio changed its exotic animal laws, we reached out to Black Pine to help the four remaining big cats at our sanctuary, and provide them sanctuary with quality care for the rest of their lives. They stepped up to help us & the tigers, and they were moved to Black Pine in Oct. 2012 with the help of many other devoted supporters, the new enclosures are now under construction, and hopefully by spring will be completed, and the tigers will be able to enjoy living the remainder of their lives! We are excited for Sammie, Delilah, Taz, & Ticha as they and all the animals at Black Pine deserve to live their lives with peace and happiness! Thanks to all the staff, volunteers, and those who have donated to this great cause! We look forward to many, many visits, and volunteering with the animals!

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?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

When the State of Ohio changed its exotic animal laws, we reached out to Black Pine to help the four remaining big cats at our sanctuary, and provide them sanctuary with quality care for the rest of their lives. They stepped up to help us & the tigers, and they were moved to Black Pine in Oct. 2012 with the help of many other devoted supporters, the new enclosures are now under construction, and hopefully by spring will be completed, and the tigers will be able to enjoy living the remainder of their lives! We are excited for Sammie, Delilah, Taz, & Ticha as they and all the animals at Black Pine deserve to live their lives with peace and happiness! Thanks to all the staff, volunteers, and those who have donated to this great cause! We look forward to many, many visits, and volunteering with the animals!

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?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Black Pine Animal sanctuary is well on its way to excellence in Exotic Animal Care, & Rescue. They have a wonderful Staff, great people running the Facility, and the animals are happy & healthy. It takes allot of dedication, heart, soul, & hard work, and they have proved that! Now they have stepped up once again to take in four tigers, and help out a fellow rescue facility in Ohio that had no other options but to find new homes for the animals they have rescued and cared for many years.This shows their capabilities as a organization, to go forward in helping animals in need, to the best of their ability, and paves the road for others in the future!

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

What is unique about this organization?

They always put the animal's welfare & safety first!

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2 people found this review helpful

I have worked in the animal field for 17 years now. Through all of my Vet Tech work, work in zoos, wildlife centers, and other animal related industries, I can not think of a better place to receive the award as a great nonprofit! The 2.5 paid staff members and team of volunteers are amazing and put the care of the animals first! They have a huge community that supports them as much as Black Pine supports its community! They are also trying to help on a state and federal level with the laws regarding exotic animal ownership. The director went to OH to testify during their making of the new laws recently put into place. So, it's not only the animals that call Black Pine home that this organization cares about, it's all animals. They are also helping other organizations with training! Having the members of the Tri-state CART exotics team come to our sanctuary to learn and train on what to do and how to handle situations with escaped exotic animals and how to transport them safely with out the danger of sedation. I can't say enough good things about this organization! Working with Black Pine staff and volunteers has been life changing for me! They deserve to win this great award!

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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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

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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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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Rating: 4 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Black Pine animal Park is a great facility tha needs as much help as they can get. They do a wonderful job with limited resources. I encourage anyone to go there and observe what they do for animals and become educated about the problems that many of their rescued animals face. Without dedicated individuals and organizations like theirs, many animals would die or have no where to go when their owners grow tired of them or cannot handle them any longer. They deserve recognition, admiration and whatever resources can be awarded to them for their valiant efforts!

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The tour and stories about what the animal residents there have suffered was a very eye-opening experience for me and my students. We were very sad to hear their stories but delighted that they were able to live out their lives at the park now.

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

My hopes for them is that more resources be made available to them, both monetary and volunteers.

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