I have been here in the past and just loved seeing the tigers. Starting 2017 I wanted to volunteer here to help the staff and the animals. They take such great care of the animals and they all seem so happy! This place is so peaceful and relaxing!
I first visited Black Pine as a member of a tour group, and after hearing their mission and seeing the respect that they show the animals, I was happy to become a volunteer. As a tour guide, I feel honored to communicate the mission of Black Pine to the public! The animals are all amazing to see as well.
I was an intern at Black Pine Animal Sanctuary for about 5 months, during which time I was able to witness the unparalleled level of care and dedication the staff of BPAS treat their animals with. I have volunteered for many zoos and non-profits and they are often run with a lot of waste. BPAS effectively uses every resource they receive. They have the mission and ethics of a charity and the business sense of a for-profit institution, which is oddly rare in the animal care field. I cherish my time working at BPAS and all that it taught me.
The people at Black Pine Animal Sanctuary are among some of the most educated, dedicated, and passionate people I've ever encountered in the animal industry, and the behavior in the animals has a direct correlation with that! The enclosures are kept clean daily, and the organization within the facility is great! Top-notch organization!
Black Pine is a wonderful place with a great mission. As someone who visited and then volunteered there, it's an important place for folks who love exotic animals but may not be familiar with what it really takes to care for them. The staff here are working because they care about the lives of the animals here, enriching and improving them, and also about helping educate the public.
The animals here may have come from terrible places, may have been cared for by someone ignorant to their needs and at BP they really finally find a home.
If I were an abandoned or confiscated animal I would love to go to Black Pines. The animals are treated like family and EVERY person puts in endless amounts of their own time and passion into taking care of them. Its a wonderful place for animals and for humans alike. I can't say enough what a blessing it is to have such a wonderful Sanctuary and Educational Organization!!!
I have been a volunteer for 1 year now and I cannot say enough about how this facility treats and respects the animals. These animals are so lucky, after being displaced, abused, abandoned!!! We actually do animal enrichment education and make sure that the animals indoor and outdoor cages are cleaned EVERY DAY, food, diets, medical all up to par...visitors comment that they expect it to be messy and smelly (with 100 animals) from turtles to tigers and bears...but not at BPAS... the volunteers and caretakers all the way from the gift shop attendant to diet makers and maintenance, the director and all the countless volunteers.... they all do this out of love for the animals... as do I... this is one place anyone needs to see and support... THEY ARE AWESOME
I've been a visitor for about 10 years, frequent for 8, and a volunteer for two years. I have observed as any visitor would, plus worked behind the scenes. Not to be overly sentimental, but I love this place. The animals are special, seen as individuals, and their welfare is of utmost importance. One has the opportunity to see many species of animals (Primates, Carnivores, large Exotic Birds, Reptiles, and Farm animals) and often close-up--if the animal chooses to be close--and under safe conditions for animals and the public. Anyone who loves and respects animals will enjoy a visit. Anyone who cares about the treatment of animals will be touched by the stories of many of these animals and their past lives, and be thankful for their current home.
I started visiting Black Pine AnimalSanctuary/PARC about ten years ago on occasion, and then about seven years I started visiting on a monthly basis during their open months. I did this because of my interest and affection for the animals. Each is an individual, and learning the stories of each animal reinforces that. One generally has the opportunity to see the animals more "close up" than is often possible in zoos. I started volunteering a year a half ago and my interest and affection has only increased. Added to my feelings for the animals is my high regard for those who are keepers and volunteers. The dedication of these people to the animals is a joy to watch and it only adds to my passion about BPAS. I thoroughly recommend it as a great place for anyone who is interested in animals, particularly those who believe that animals have the right to be treated respectfully, have nutritious food, and appropriate shelter. It is not a fancy facility but it is a caring facility.
Volunteered there for 3 plus years, had to quit for personal reasons. That being said I have never seen a more committed staff volunteers and community that has helped give these animals the respect and the care that they deserve.
I started volunteering here several months ago, and it has quickly become a home away from home. Black Pine is a gem here in the area, and everyone ive talked to loves it! The animals are given the best, most compassionate care possible, and allowed to live their lives how they wish within reason. Overall, brilliant place, brilliant people, and radiant animals!
I volunteered here a few years back with my college Purdue University North Central. To this day, I mention Black Pine to anyone and everyone that I can. It was a wonderful experience for me to volunteer and I got to do some things I never expected I would have done. It gave me a new outlook on certain animals as pets, as well as animals used in circus shows and the like. Even today with my middle school students- we read an article about bringing wolves back into wildlife and their near extinction in 1997. I told them all about Black Pine and how yes baby animals can be cute and fuzzy, but most people with those same cute and fuzzy babies end up dumping them or getting rid of them because they are not qualified to take care of them when they are older. Thank you Black Pine for educating me for life, even though I was only there for one day!