October 25, 2012
Black Pine Animal Sanctuary will always be a part of who I am. In the fall of 2010 I began volunteering with Black Pine Animal Sanctuary, knowing little of what this non-profit was going to offer me! After graduating from college, I was still looking for the right career path, and found Black Pine as a place to escape the never-ending job search. After giving several school field trips/ private tours (to generous donors), learning more about the need for exotic animal sanctuaries, joining the fundraising committee, and familiarizing myself with the animals (of course) and staff, I began to see Black Pine as an opportunity! I started my Internship in December 2010 and was given many opportunities to learn more about non-profit management, fundraising, and donor relationships. I learned so much in this short time and cannot thank the volunteers and (Lori Gagen) for their knowledge and support! After my internship ended, I still continued to volunteer and applied for the part-time keeper position. In August 2011, I began my short career at Black Pine and will never forget the lessons and memories given! The staff and volunteers at Black Pine Animal Sanctuary are all hard-working, amazing individuals! The facility itself is very exceptional. The animals come first, their care consist of clean waters, diets (keepers very informed on what is best for each animal), clean habitats, medications, spacious and enriching living quarters, but most all unconditional love! I wish I could spend as much time as I had at Black Pine, and savor each moment I get to go back! Please support Black Pine Animal Sanctuary!
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