This sanctuary is a gem that deserves to be more well-known by the public and imitated by all other animal sanctuaries not just across the country but all over the world. The professionalism is like that of a major metro-zoo, but the humility, dedication, and intimacy offers what no other institution can provide which is, ironically, a more personal and human encounter with the animal residents. Black Pine Animal Sanctuary is place that has certainly "earned its stripes" and anyone with a passion for animals should make it their business to know about this park and not just their animals and history but also their message.
I am extremely disappointed in Black Pine Animal Sanctuary-The mission stated here has changed to suit the need to find new donations from Animal Rights Extremists-They encourage boycotts and bans on animal ownership now-This is a political agenda.
They themselves rather hypocritical by having tours and allowing people to roam the facility-This is considered 'exploitation of animals' yet state they are against anyone else doing the same.
Apparently, it's now all about the money and not the animal at this facility-Extremely disappointed. I give it -0- stars but required to give it a rating and the only reason I gave it -1- star.
Attacking others on FB does nothing to help a single animal.
topcatsroar should provide some proof of their unfounded allegations. Encouraging people to make informed decisions is not a call to "boycott" anything. This organization has no political involvement. Zero. Providing links to relevant proposed legislation so the public can make informed decisions is hardly "political". Rather, we see it as "educational". Black Pine doesn't and has never stood against "anyone else" who allows the public to visit and see animals in captivity. What Black Pine DOES stand firmly against are those who continue to do so under the guise of "rescue" work at the same time they are breeding and selling more animals, and/or putting both animals and the public at risk through irresponsible activities. Thousands of dangerous wild animals are born and kept in cages every year in America, the vast majority of which having nothing to do with helping to save their endangered counterparts living in the wild. False allegations, lies, and smear campaigns are a part of our world, which is one of several measures of our success as we continue this fight to protect animals and people.
When the State of Ohio changed its exotic animal laws, we reached out to Black Pine to help the four remaining big cats at our sanctuary, and provide them sanctuary with quality care for the rest of their lives. They stepped up to help us & the tigers, and they were moved to Black Pine in Oct. 2012 with the help of many other devoted supporters, the new enclosures are now under construction, and hopefully by spring will be completed, and the tigers will be able to enjoy living the remainder of their lives! We are excited for Sammie, Delilah, Taz, & Ticha as they and all the animals at Black Pine deserve to live their lives with peace and happiness! Thanks to all the staff, volunteers, and those who have donated to this great cause! We look forward to many, many visits, and volunteering with the animals!
Black Pine Animal sanctuary is well on its way to excellence in Exotic Animal Care, & Rescue. They have a wonderful Staff, great people running the Facility, and the animals are happy & healthy. It takes allot of dedication, heart, soul, & hard work, and they have proved that! Now they have stepped up once again to take in four tigers, and help out a fellow rescue facility in Ohio that had no other options but to find new homes for the animals they have rescued and cared for many years.This shows their capabilities as a organization, to go forward in helping animals in need, to the best of their ability, and paves the road for others in the future!
I have worked in the animal field for 17 years now. Through all of my Vet Tech work, work in zoos, wildlife centers, and other animal related industries, I can not think of a better place to receive the award as a great nonprofit! The 2.5 paid staff members and team of volunteers are amazing and put the care of the animals first! They have a huge community that supports them as much as Black Pine supports its community! They are also trying to help on a state and federal level with the laws regarding exotic animal ownership. The director went to OH to testify during their making of the new laws recently put into place. So, it's not only the animals that call Black Pine home that this organization cares about, it's all animals. They are also helping other organizations with training! Having the members of the Tri-state CART exotics team come to our sanctuary to learn and train on what to do and how to handle situations with escaped exotic animals and how to transport them safely with out the danger of sedation. I can't say enough good things about this organization! Working with Black Pine staff and volunteers has been life changing for me! They deserve to win this great award!
I completed an internship about 5 years ago at black pine animal park. Now I'm an education curator at a small zoo I love to visit and continue to see the incredible improvements. My co workers are also impressed with black pine's success. The difference the staff makes in these animals lives is remarkable. Black Pine is a must see for any animal lover.
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Black Pine has partnered with dedicated volunteers, local refuse service companies, and visiting educators to provide recycling services on site to encourage good stewardship and GREEN living! The animals enjoy natural habitats. Organic waste is composted daily. The sanctuary's septic system features one of only a handful of constructed wetlands for natural, organic breakdown of waste. BPAS is GREEN! Bravo!
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Black Pine is a must facility with some of the most dedicated volunteers and board members I have ever seen in this profession! I share their beliefs and I am continuously amazed at how much they sacrifice to save animals of all different taxa. A wonderful facility that will always be close to my heart!
Black Pine animal Park is a great facility tha needs as much help as they can get. They do a wonderful job with limited resources. I encourage anyone to go there and observe what they do for animals and become educated about the problems that many of their rescued animals face. Without dedicated individuals and organizations like theirs, many animals would die or have no where to go when their owners grow tired of them or cannot handle them any longer. They deserve recognition, admiration and whatever resources can be awarded to them for their valiant efforts!
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