PROFESSIONAL ANIMAL RETIREMENT CENTER

Rating: 4.87 stars   132 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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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Wnen I first started attending events at Black Pine I was amazed at how many volunteers dedicated hours every week to helping at Black Pine. As I heard the stories of why each animal was at Black Pine I had a whole new respect for all that has been accomplished there. Last year we were asked to take on a group of tigers that would have been hard to place and through the hard work and determination of many people and the financial support of so many people we were able to say yes to bringing all 4 tigers to Black Pine, so they can live out the rest of their lives surrounded by people that love and respect them. With the help of staff, volunteers and supporters we will be able to continue to help even more animals live out the rest of their lives in comfort. I am proud to say I am now a part of the Black Pine "family" and look forward to helping our close to 100 animals, birds and reptiles for the "rest of their lives".

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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?

2013

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I have never worked with any not-for-profit organization that has been so focused on doing what is the best for the animals who need the help the most. It is sometimes easy to place domestic animals with a loving family, but who can take care of the "exotics" with all their special needs? Black Pine is one organization that ALWAYS puts the best interest of the animals first and will go that extra mile to make sure these animals are well cared for, and most importantly, well loved for the rest of their lives. The community, the people, the volunteers and the very small staff work tirelessly 365 days per year to make sure these animals are well fed, comfortable and loved....and sometimes it is done on a shoestring and a prayer. I highly recommend Black Pine as an organization that is good for the soul and for the heart.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Black Pine is such an inspiration on so many levels-from being a savior to animals in need of rescuing or needing a home, to being the "heart" of so many volunteers and neighbors. The organizations, staff and volunteers that keep Black Pine alive are truly amazing in how they can do so much with so little. It is obvious that the animals are well taken care of and truly loved which makes their final years comfortable and comforting. I highly recommend that everyone take just one trip to Black Pine Animal Sanctuary and I can guarantee you will be "hooked"....

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

the building of the habitats and the efforts at fund raising so more animals can be rescued and taken care of throughout the rest of their lives

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

Expand the buildings and animal enclosures so we could take even more requests for help. It is unfortunate that we have to turn down animals due to lack of space/money.

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Rating: 5 stars  

PARC is a last chance home to several animals that people can no longer maintain on their own. Several of the animals were originally pets to owners who did not understand that you cannot keep them in your home. The staff is well educated and provide the best care possible to the animals in the sanctuary. When taking a tour of the park the staff educates people on the animals they are seeing and how it came to live at the park. It is a wonderful place to visit for all ages. Be sure to visit soon.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have allways enjoyed visiting the Park and seeing how well the animals are taken care of and how much the staff enjoys the day to day care of the animals. I was encouraged to join the Board of this organization in the initial start up when it became a nonprofit and I continue to serve on the Board because I feel that exotic animals should not be kept as pets and they deserve to have the best life possible and I feel the Park provides this.

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

Being involved with the decisions to rescue as many animals as we can possible care for or to help find them homes with other organizations.

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

Find a way for monies to be avilable so that it could help even more animals in the future. The animals are well taken care of and you would love to see more of them cared for by this organization.

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I am so proud of everyone who does so much for all the animals that are fortunate enough to get to spend the rest of their lives at Black Pine. Except for a very small staff, the sanctuary operates 365 days per year with hours and hours of volunteer time. So many people are involved in helping our animals. The whole sanctuary is build piece by piece, using the natural environment as much as possible. We reuse as much as we can and try to keep the habitats as close to natural as we can. It is a beautiful little place tucked away in rural Indiana. I am proud to help this sanctuary as much as I can.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I first came to Black Pine when I was a teenager and was amazed. When I was 22 i was living just down the road and started volunteering. I have always had a BIG heart for BIG cats and other animals in need. A few years later I was asked to be on the board of directors and I was SOOO honored!
Our mission is what my heart feels. Black Pine, and everyone involved, lives and breathes the mission and caring for every resident that has called Black Pine their home. Some stories are sad on why they are there, and some stories are amazing. All in all every animals is treated as an equal and they know they are loved and in good hands with their keepers.

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

Our first BIG rescue (i think) with Darly, Montrose and Luna from a man in southern Indiana.

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

Not change a thing!

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