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Causes: Animals, Children & Youth, Wildlife Sanctuaries, Youth Development, Zoos & Aquariums

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

Community Stories

23 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Jody9

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a huge animal lover Black Pine has meant a lot to me for several years. I love being able to visit & watch them continue to love & care for the animals. They put the animals first & that means a lot to me.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been to & have followed Black Pine for many years now & they are an amazing place for large animals to spend the remaining of their lives. These individuals care so much about the animals that they receive the best care that can be given. They try to give them decent living quarters for both warm temps & middle of winter.

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1 Teressa J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Black Pine is the coolest place that I have ever visited. The keepers are very knowledgeable and love to share information about all of the animals that make their forever home at Black Pine. They have rescued numerous animals who otherwise would not be alive today.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Black Pine Animal Sanctuary at Albion, Indiana is such a great place to visit and spend time with family. They are very professional with their care of the animals in their keeping. They think of new and exciting enrichments for the animals so they don't feel bored or lonely. They inform all visitors about how the animals have come to them and advocate more humane treatment of animals through out the world. I love to take my grandchildren here to learn about what they can do to help make sure that the mistakes of the elders do not continue to trickle down. They learn that the animals that we share our planet with have rights that should be respected. With the help of places like Black Pine, maybe the next generation will not repeat our mistakes.

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1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We 'discovered' Black Pine four years ago. We were hooked after the first visit and so fortunate to be only an hour away. These animals all have a story that you hear by going on the tours. We feel like we know each animal after several visits. We follow their stories on Facebook and love seeing pictures of them. We have attended several fund raisers, such as, Roar and Snore and Lions, Tigers and Beer. The staff are so personable and you can just feel the love they have for the animals. We recommend Black Pine to all our friends. We are always looking forward to the next visit!

judy16

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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2 Shane12

Client Served

Rating: 5

Black Pine is doing great things for these animals! I know a few people that volunteer there and they truly care for the animals there so much.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family enjoyed our day at Black Pine Animal Sanctuary last year, and can't wait to get back this year. My kids are still talking about what they learned about the felines. It was very interestibg to stick around for the feedibg afterwards.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Black Pine treat each and every animal that they have given a forever home to as their own. They learn as much as they can and provide them anazing enclosures that are as close to their natural habit that is possible. Everyone working will answer questions from anyone and be happy to help. This is a place I have been going since I was in middle school and now at 32 take my son. Such a positive place.

1 Sandy100

Client Served

Rating: 5

Black Pines Sanctuary is a first class operation. They spend the time and care to make sure every guest is educated on where the animals came from, what medical conditions they have due to previous treatment and how they are being helped now to live out the rest of their days in this wonderful sanctuary. Black Pines is in a wooded area to keep the animals shaded and every animal has a shelter in his cage. They do a wonderful job for the animals.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Black Pines does great work with the animals fortunate to call it home. I like the way they educate people about wild animals.

1 Robin128

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I had a great visit. The staff was friendly and informative. We stayed for a feeding, it was very interesting watching the animals react when food was being "served". We love this place and can't wait to go back in October. :-)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I visited Black Pine with my sister, her husband and their 4 young children in early August for the first time. We all really enjoyed the visit and had no complaints. The tour was very down to earth and informative, the animals looked very well cared for and loved and appeared healthy and happy in their environments. The facilities were clean and well laid out and the people were friendly. We enjoyed having a small picnic lunch and purchased a few souvenirs in the gift shop. Loved getting up close to many of the animals and would like to return to take a feeding tour someday.

1 Julie224

Client Served

Rating: 5

The first time my son heard a lion was at Black Pine. Such a wonderful place for the animals and families

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Took the kid to this park today and it was a great experience! Can't believe we haven't visited there before. We were four feet from a tiger and snapped some fabulous pictures! What a wonderful rescue in our area

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I just took my girls to the Black Pine Animal Sanctuary and we left with huge smiles. This place is awesome. The animals are wild and beautiful and it's a much more intimate view of animals vs. going to a zoo. I have such admiration for the people for work and volunteer there and place like it. We also visited the gift shop which had the cutest items to choose from for reasonable prices. This year we decided to visit Black Pine instead of renewing a zoo membership and we are SO glad we did. We'll be visiting Black Pine from now on.

1 Chad9

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great place. Obviously the staff and volunteers care for the basic needs of the animals, but what is fascinating is how the organization goes above and beyond meeting basic needs. They find ways to give quality life to animals that have lived most of their lives in a cage performing for human entertainment.

Beyond the needs of the animals, the addition of Black Pine has been a huge benefit to a small town. In some ways, it has put Albion on the map!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough about the good works of Black Pine Animal Sanctuary. The staff and loyal volunteers are an amazing group of individuals.

My first interaction with BPAS was in the fall of 2012. I desperately needed to find a home for a domesticated fox who could no longer remain with her owner. BPAS helped me through the process and eventually gave this little fox sanctuary within their facility. For this fox it was her last shot at a decent life. I will always be grateful for the kindness shown and the professional manner in which transitioning this fox to BPAS was conducted.

I continue to maintain close contact with Black Pine and follow them on Facebook and via their website. They are a fine organization in which I support every chance I get. They truly care about their animals. I will be making a sixteen hour trip this month to pay BPAS a visit. It will be worth every mile.

1 Rebecca66

Client Served

Rating: 5

This place is amazing to take the kids! Mine love it!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family watched the documentary, "The Elephant in the Living Room." We are about 2 hours from Black Pine and decided to make the trip with our 4 kids. We all enjoyed the tour, facility and learned a lot that day. We are planning more return trips!

Client Served

Rating: 5

BPAS is a wonderful place for families! The staff explain everything about the animals!! I have been there a few times and have learned something new every time! I would suggest that everyone go atleast once!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Went with my daughters preschool class and the staff were very good with them and understanding if there lack of patience. This is a GREAT place for young children or anyone really to learn about excotic animals in the wild and how u are suppose to take care of them.

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