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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

1 Terry99

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What an amazing facility. The animals are well cared for and the grounds are fantastic. The volunteers and staff are friendly and knowledgeable. Well worth the drive to see animals living out their lives comfortably and happy.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an amazing sanctuary that gives the creatures in its care all of the needed security, feedings, healthcare, life enrichment, and clean indoor as well as spacious outdoor enclosures.... many having their own spaces. The sanctuary strives to educate both visitors to it's venue, as well as the ccommunity at large through tv, newspapers and it's website and Facebook pages. This is wonderful and worthy non-profit that serves both the creatures in its care as well as those who visit, volunteer, donate to ensure the well-being of the volunteers.

Sincerely, PF Siri

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

BPAS truly cares about not only the animals but our community as well. They do so very much with very little resources and money. The volunteers and small paid staff put their hearts and souls into each day. It amazes me how they do it and they do it very well! I am a proud supporter.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Black Pine Is wonderful place for people of all ages...very clean..friendly staff..and healthy looking animals!! Never get tired of going there.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Before visiting Black Pine Animal Sanctuary, I thought interacting with exotic animals seemed like a "once in a lifetime experience."
...Then I learned the dark side of this type of "experience." It has completely changed my view of animal life held in captivity. BPAS does a fantastic job of moving the focus from "this is entertainment for me!" to "this is how the animals experience your 'entertainment.'" What an eye opener. I remember having an "uneasy" feeling going to the circus as a child. BPAS put proof behind that feeling, when I couldn't put it into words myself. What a gift... We need this important message to reach as many children (and adults!) as possible!

1 Mary476

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The staff of Black Pines really cares, not only about "their" animals, but about the treatment and protection of ALL animals. It is a great place to visit, and I love the pictures they have on the site of the enrichment for the animals. What a great way to help share the love for all of God's creatures!

1 Pamela129

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Black Pine goes way beyond expectations with the animals in their care. One visit and you will see how comfortable and relaxed these creatures are.

1 Rachel192

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A wonderful place to visit and learn about the animals.

1 Karen449

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Black Pine Animal Sanctuary is an amazing place where exotic animals, who formerly lived in less than desirable situations, can live out their final years being treated with the live and respect they've always deserved. We love visiting and seeing the progress made and the newcomers......

2 Michelle396

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Black Pine Animal Sanctuary is amazing! The staff is caring and knowledgeable. The guided tours are informative- I learn something new every time! They take the time to tell about each animals story and help to educate the public on why exotic animals should not be kept as pets and the dangers of exotic animal businesses. The animals are well cared for and the facility is always being upgraded /improved to bettelr serve the animals as well as guests.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am very conscience about which organizations I support. I am a huge supporter of the folks at Black Pine Animal Sanctuary. They do a fantastic job providing proper environments for all of the animals that they take in. They try to keep the animals in habitats similar to what they would have in the wild. They are very conscience of the animals and that they are not disturbed by our presence when we visit. I cannot say enough good things about this organization!

1 gerarde2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The most wonderful refuge for animals to spend some happy times. I go there often and I am always impressed! The animals are always put first and are well taken care of. I've seen big changes in animals in their first year at Black Pine.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As and animal lover, and especially a cat lover, this is the most wonderful place I have ever been. I get an annual pass every year and go as often as I can. What a great place!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been visiting Black Pine pretty much since the beginning. The staff, volunteers and interns are totally dedicated to ensuring the animals in their care are well taken care of and well loved for the rest of their lives. They continue to amaze me with their unselfish love and hard work. I'm sure a lot of those that visit BP will never see what all it takes to keep it going on a daily basis. When one of the animals die, they feel a great loss no matter how long the animal has been with them. Black Pine will continue to be near and dear to us as they continue to strive to give each loved animal the best of the rest of their lives.

Writer

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is one of the greatest groups that really take care of wild animals and do it with respect. My family love animals and you see a place like this helps to let the children see what needs to be done to insure that places like this continue helping.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization takes animals so that they can have a safe place to live out their lives in peace. I donate when I can with supplies hat are needed.

Annette35

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My family loves black pine, whenever we are in the area we stop to see the animals, they are caring for the animals that were at one time abandoned or neglected, these animals are at their forever homes.

Chelsea27

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My family and I love Black Pine! We love being about to walk around the peaceful sanctuary and look at all the animals. The staff is so knowledgable and kind. It's sad to hear all the stories of the animals from before they were rescued but it's nice knowing they are well taken care of for the rest of their lives!

Julie284

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My sisters & I have been going here every year during our family vacation for the past few years. We wouldn't miss it and now our young children are growing up going yearly too. Amazing place, amazing staff.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

For my best friend's birthday I planned a behind the scenes tour which was AMAZING! We both learned so much that day we still talk about it today.She said it was the best birthday gift ever!I love the idea of rescue animals which my husband and I rescue dogs and give them plenty of love.

Deb_61

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We love Black Pine Animal Center. Great place and the volunteers know so much about the animals and their history. We went this October for a fundraiser and we are planning on returning next summer to see it again. If you haven't gone, don't overlook a fantastic place for wild animals to retire.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My parents use to take my son to Black Pine when he was young. He loved it there and has such great memories. He is now a senior in college studying zoology. He needed to complete a paper and the first place he thought of to study animals was Black Pine. His goal is to work with big cats at a rehabilitation site. Black Pine started his love of animals. I feel so fortunate to have them in Northern Indiana.