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Professional Animal Retirement Center

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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

165 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Diane216

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I lived in NE Indiana for most of my life and visited Black Pine Sanctuary many times. The work that the workers and volunteers do there is amazing. Exotic animals that had been used in circuses, road side zoos, some animals that had never felt grass before.. all of them don't have to worry anymore. They have beautiful, large enclosures for the rest of their lives. You can tell when you visit that it is not a zoo; this place does not exist for the public to view the animals. It exists for the animals to be at peace. With many states not having any sort of law prohibiting exotic pets, many people who buy them and own them, can not keep them. It it weren't for places like Black Pine, these poor animals would have no where to go. It is a beautiful area to visit and get to see such magnificent animals, but more importantly, it's a great place for the animals to spend the rest of their lives.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Black Pine Animal Sanctuary is a fantastic facility for rescued animals! They receive first rate dedicated and loving care from the hard-working staff and volunteers! Visiting is always an interesting and learning experience--take the time to visit, donate or volunteer--it will be an enriching experience!

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Donor

Rating: 5

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!

Jody40

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My family & I visited last summer & we loved it! It was very interesting to lean all the animals stories as we toured the facility. The staff was very friendly & you could tell that the animals were loved & well taken care of. We look forward to visiting again soon.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I took my daughter there and she loved it so she applied to be an intern for her senior year. She "volunteered" 4 days a week even though it was a 35 minute drive each way and ate up the gas budget. She came home every day with stories of how wonderful everything was and how great the animals were.

Leslie113

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love what they do! Black Pine runs a wonderful operation with great people. They're knowledgeable, friendly, and caring about the animals. I highly recommend visiting if you haven't done so.

1 Rachel204

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I use to go there as a kid. I always loved seeing the animals, going on tours, and learning about all the animals, and what their story was.

1 tigerpower

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A friend told me about Black Pine a few years go and I started following them on facebook.. For Mother's Day last May my daughter's gift was a trip to Black Pine. We didn't make it until Labor Day weekend but I can honestly say it was one of the best experiences I've ever had. It's clean and pleasant. There are two several shaded picnic areas. The gift shop is great. The animals are loved and we'll cared for. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable and willing to answer any question asked. We spent from the time they opened to almost closing walking around enjoying the animals. We will be taking the 2 hour trip again (hopefully more than once) this summer. I share every post I see on Facebook and several of my friends are also planning trips. Even my sister is planning a trip on her way to Michigan from Missouri.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My adult daughter and I drove 2 hours to Black Pine on Labor Day weekend on a recommendation from a friend. We were not disappointed. The facility is nicely set up, for the most part easily accessible, very clean, and in a wonderful wooded setting. The animals are obviously loved and we'll cares for by the staff. The staff is knowledgeable, answers any and all questions asked and are informative on the 2 tours available. There are nice rest rooms and two great covered picnic areas. There is a wonderful gift shop with affordable, nice souvenirs. I was beyond pleased with our experience and pleased to get to know the animals I have been seeing on Facebook for several years. We will be going back again in the spring. It was a wonderful experience!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I absolutely love Black Pine! Everyone is so nice and knowledgeable. My son loves it as well, and he is really excited about our private tour coming up. I also enjoy their Facebook posts about what the animals are up to, esp the enrichment activities. Wonderful place with great people for the animals we all love and want the best before. I believe these animals are very lucky to call this place home.

1 Trudy H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful place that treats animals with respect and love. Its amazing the work they do. You can tell the animals are happy and healthy. I love to visit with my family every summer.

2 Vicki86

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We make the trip a "girls day out". We all love animals and this is just perfect for a walking around, enjoying the animals and spending time together. Try to go several times a year. Each season they have something special for the animals, like pumpkins for Halloween. Too cute.

2 Sally79

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization that really loves the animals and the work that they do. Very educational and informative! Love going there!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They are a class act all the way. I love going to black pines and seeing the animals living out the rest of their lives happy, healthy and loved. Each animal has a story( usually sad and awful) , they work so hard to get the animals to where they are. Will always support this organization.

1 Lovintheup

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Black pines does so much good. The education they share is so valuable to help the future generation. The animals they care for are lucky to be in such good hands. They have made such a difference in both human and animal lives.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have supported Black Pines in one way or another for years. It is great to see animals get the chance to live out the rest of their lives in a safe place with lots of TLC.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a wonderful caring place for wild animals to enjoy what is left of their life. As Black Pine takes animals who have been abused during their life before Black Pine. BP is a great learning center for all of us on proper care of al animals including birds.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My first visit to Black Pines Animal Sanctuary was July 2016. We were vacationing nearby and decided to take grandchildren to see the animals. I had very little knowledge of animal sancutary philosophy and how they operated. As many people do, I thought of them as a different type of zoo. But with the help of a very knowledgeable and outgoing guide, I learned about the difference a place like Black Pines Animal Sanctuary makes in an animal's life. I instantly fell in love with the philosophy and BPAS. I have continued to visit BPAS and to support their nonprofit organization.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I visited BPAS with a young man who's on the autism scale. We had a private "behind the scenes" tour and both of us were fascinated, informed, and awed by the animals and the TLC they receive. This is not a "zoo" but a visit to the life-long homes of an amazing variety of beasts and birds

1 Michelle412

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My family and I have been there twice with a few years in between the visits. Both times we were amazed by what we saw and the latest one we were amazed by how much it had grown. The tour is amazing and very informative. Each animal has a name and they share that name with you, giving that animal more meaning and a longer lasting memory. The male lion we met on our first visit was the same one on the second and we remembered him. To see him there again was just wonderful. The animals all look happy and healthy and they finally look like they're at peace, living out their days the best they can. This is a great place to go and we're planning another visit soon.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It only took my first and second time visiting to see the amazing care and compassion the staff and volunteers have for the animals. As it should be the animals always come first.
I am an avid supporter and love my time visiting the animals. The efforts they extend to make the experience for the visitors educational is exemplary. Its nothing new that again and again is been shown there are so many out there that have no regard for animals as living and feeling creatures that deserve life without suffering or being used for profit. It makes my heart happy to know every single animal at Black Pine will know nothing but the best care possible for the rest of their lives.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a senior citizen grappling with a few things, when I visit Black Pine, I leave feeling hopeful. Hope is a big gift in my life so they are not only giving deserving animals hope, they inspire it in humans as well.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a society we are staggeringly slow to adopt legislation to protect animals. Because of this, there are far to many animals in urgent need of sanctuary. BPAS is not a zoo, it is a forever home for animals who have been surrendered, abandoned, seized by law enforcement or acquired through other circumstances. Many of their animals have lived in deplorable conditions prior to coming to BPAS. They have been exploited, used for profit, breeding or simply been owned by private citizens that had no idea of the magnatitude of their care. BPAS gives these animals the love, care, nourishment, and enrichment they deserve. The staff is amazing, loving, knowledgeable and dedicated. In addition to caring for these animals in need, they do so much to educate people. I don't know anyone who has ever visited BPAS that has not been impressed with and moved by this extraordinary facility.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My father had Alzheimers disease and went to adukt daycare three days a week. Wednesdays were field trip days and he got to Black Pine sanctuary. He loved it and wanted to go back. I never got a chance to take him back but I have gone and understand why he loved it.