PROFESSIONAL ANIMAL RETIREMENT CENTER

Rating: 4.87 stars   131 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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Black Pine is an excellent refuge for the animals they take in "for the rest of their lives"! The staff and volunteers are extremely dedicated and caring-it takes special people to give of themselves as they do every day of the year. I love visiting Black Pine and it is an exceptionally fun and learning experience! Please donate to this very worthy facility-your donation will be appreciated and used responsibly!

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I have been a donor to Black Pines for the past few years. I LOVE visiting this incredible animal park and wish I lived closer so that I could join the amazing group of volunteers there. To realize that there are only 3 paid staff at this facility is mind boggling! The animals are cared for beautifully and loved unconditionally! I love hearing the stories about each animal and knowing that they have such a wonderful home for the "rest of their lives".

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Black Pine is an exceptional exotic animal "rest home" and very different from other places you may have stopped. This dedicated staff build shelters as needy animals request a home. Located in a gorgeous pine woods, you'll find a group that really knows how to stretch a dollar and market their location with out of the box techniques. Definitely worth a stop when you are in the area!

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Black Pine Animal Sanctuary adopted our red-footed tortoise, "Footloose".
We loved him dearly, but he outgrew his enclosure and we knew for him to be happy, he needed a lot more room. In the summer he would stroll around a large deck where we gave him free reign, but in the winter, the big wading pool we had for him just wasn't big enough. I know this may sound a little strange for a tortoise, but Footloose loves people.... When we came near him, he would bob his head showing he was glad to see us. At Black Pine, Footloose has interaction with kids through their education sessions. He is so happy and has grown much bigger in his large enclosure.
We will always be grateful to the wonderful folks at Black Pine for giving Footloose not only a great home, but also a "job" that he loves!
Black Pine puts the animals they care for first.. Folks get to enjoy them, but their well-being supersedes all else. We are so proud and happy that our little buddy is in their capable hands! It's no wonder Black Pine has been awarded "Top-Rated Charity for two years running. Let's help them make it three!!!

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I gather meat that ny friends have that us getting old in their freezer and make a trip or two every year. I can't think of another facility like Black Pine close to my area. The service they provide is so needed, they help the animals and all the people that enjoy seeing happy animals. I think they are very creative in their fund raising, I attend ad many events as I can, and have introduced many of my friends to the Black Pine experience. I also donated to their silent auction, and will every year.

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I have volunteered at Black Pine Animal Sanctuary for over 8 years and have been a Board member for over 6. I have seen the organization struggle and grow, meet adversity and over come it. The passion of the staff and volunteers both is incredible. The support they have received for their mission has been constantly increasing as they continue to educate the public. I have volunteered for many nonprofits and have never experienced the energy, passion, and dedication that is present at Black Pine

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Each time I go to Black Pine I am immediately struck by the wonderful, caring people working and volunteering at the sanctuary. I overheard and saw so many moments of true passion for animals as I walked along the paths to visit with the animals. To me, it's especially telling when you hear a center staff/volunteer "chatting" with tiger/bear/Tarzen when no one is looking! The animals at Black Pine are truly in a loving environment that gives them the honor and care they deserve!

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Black Pine does so much to help animals who have nowhere else to go...We love to visit and see all the progress they've made since their move from the original location. This past week they took in 2 new tigers.

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Black Pine serves such a wonderful purpose and helps so many animals in need. They also try to teach people that exotics are WILD animals and not 'pets'. I hope that someday there is no need for such places to exist, but while they are needed, I'm SO glad Black Pine is there. The staff and volunteers are always helpful to visitors and truly care about the animals.

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Black Pine Animal Sanctuary will always have a special place in my heart. I wish I had more time to give them and help with their worthy mission. They do so much good for so little. Those people and volunteers are true unsung heroes. I will continue to support them financially as long as I am able.

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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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