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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

26 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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!

1 Patty72

Donor

Rating: 5

This is such a wonderful place for animals retiring from various places as well as a sanctuary for those who were abused . The staff are amazing people who give many hours of care and unending love to the many inhabitants. A wonder organization to support and a cool place to visit.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I've been involved with many animal non profits over the years. By far, Black Pine is the best. The care the animals receive is top notch. The volunteers are as devoted as is humanly possible. The leadership works harder than any other facility I've been involved with. They do more with each dollar than I thought was possible. These people care and it shows.

1 Lynne K.

Donor

Rating: 5

We never knew this wonderful place existed, until an Indianapolis television station done a story about it.. We live about 2 hours away and decided to check it out.. We fell in love with it and continue to support it. The grounds were very clean and the staff super friendly. The work they do is outstanding. We can't wait to visit again this summer

1 Abbey W.

Donor

Rating: 5

This facility is amazing, not only for the service they provide but the friendliness and community awareness they bring to their cause. They have some of the best community events (wine & beer tastings, silent auctions, etc) all while you get the chance to walk around the sanctuary. When you talk with the workers you can definitely tell how passionate they are about what they do.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The first time I visited this place I was in awe. It's truly a magnificent place and the people who work there are truly awesome people. I'm truly grateful for this place for the animals well being. Please keep this place going. And please bless all who work there and god bless the animals!

1 Linda450

Donor

Rating: 5

What an amazing place. It does my heart good to know these animals have a place like this to live out the rest of their lives.

Donor

Rating: 5

Black Pine Animal Sanctuary is a wonderful true "for the rest of their lives" sanctuary for animals. The staff is very friendly and skilled and put the animals first, which is how it should be. The guided tour is very educational for everyone ages 5 -100. The staff and volunteers work very hard and do great work in what can be very heartbreaking and challenging circumstances. This is a wonderful nonprofit that should be the standard for other sanctuaries. Highly recommended!

1 Chris58

Donor

Rating: 5

Black Pine's dedication and caring staff say it all! They do so much with so little.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Black Pine Animal Sanctuary will always have a special place in my heart. I wish I had more time to give them and help with their worthy mission. They do so much good for so little. Those people and volunteers are true unsung heroes. I will continue to support them financially as long as I am able.

Review from Guidestar

1 Sandy101

Donor

Rating: 5

I had heard of Black Pine for ages, thought it was a great charity and had donated a few dollars here and there if something crossed my newsfeed. I had seen a picture on another friends page of a tiger and then started looking through the other pics, ended up just liking the page because I love animal pictures.
FINALLY we went and I cannot say enough about how cool the experience was. We went to see a tiger get a bubble bath. It was so wonderful and they loved it and they would bite at clusters of bubbles and you are so CLOSE. The environment blends in so well and it's all so Nature Lodge-ish and then here, you're 6 feet from a sleeping lion. The stories behind the animals the caretaker told as she took us around, they were fascinating. We've been back since several times and will continue to come back forever! Plus, can I say, for grown-upsI think it's way more engaging than the FT Wayne Children's Zoo and WAY less expensive for a much more intimate experience!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I was so impressed with this little sanctuary with a big heart. Animals seem happy, volunteers knowledgeable and caring and a very important role being filled. Wonderful place

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Donor

Rating: 5

I had heard of the Black Pine Animal Sanctuary for a number of years but for one reason or another, had never been to see it. Then a couple of years ago, I took my grandchildren there and was amazed at the work they were doing there for the benefit of the animals! Having always been an animal supporter, I became a donor to this facility. They are truly concerned about each of these rescued animals and give them wonderful care and surroundings in which to live out their lives!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have a lot of respect for this organization. Everyone seems devoted, organized, and very happy at their work.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My friend, Amy, has been volunteering at Black Pine for years. I know of how well this sanctuary is run and how happy these animals are in their existence. They deserve this honor!

Monica Mies

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Donor

Rating: 5

We have been donating for several years. It has been very educational to take the kids thru, as well as a learning experience for the parents. Always a great experience with well cared for animals.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a donor to Black Pines for the past few years. I LOVE visiting this incredible animal park and wish I lived closer so that I could join the amazing group of volunteers there. To realize that there are only 3 paid staff at this facility is mind boggling! The animals are cared for beautifully and loved unconditionally! I love hearing the stories about each animal and knowing that they have such a wonderful home for the "rest of their lives".

1 Brenda39

Donor

Rating: 5

Black Pine is an exceptional exotic animal "rest home" and very different from other places you may have stopped. This dedicated staff build shelters as needy animals request a home. Located in a gorgeous pine woods, you'll find a group that really knows how to stretch a dollar and market their location with out of the box techniques. Definitely worth a stop when you are in the area!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Black Pine Animal Sanctuary adopted our red-footed tortoise, "Footloose".
We loved him dearly, but he outgrew his enclosure and we knew for him to be happy, he needed a lot more room. In the summer he would stroll around a large deck where we gave him free reign, but in the winter, the big wading pool we had for him just wasn't big enough. I know this may sound a little strange for a tortoise, but Footloose loves people.... When we came near him, he would bob his head showing he was glad to see us. At Black Pine, Footloose has interaction with kids through their education sessions. He is so happy and has grown much bigger in his large enclosure.
We will always be grateful to the wonderful folks at Black Pine for giving Footloose not only a great home, but also a "job" that he loves!
Black Pine puts the animals they care for first.. Folks get to enjoy them, but their well-being supersedes all else. We are so proud and happy that our little buddy is in their capable hands! It's no wonder Black Pine has been awarded "Top-Rated Charity for two years running. Let's help them make it three!!!

1 Sheri K.

Donor

Rating: 5

I gather meat that ny friends have that us getting old in their freezer and make a trip or two every year. I can't think of another facility like Black Pine close to my area. The service they provide is so needed, they help the animals and all the people that enjoy seeing happy animals. I think they are very creative in their fund raising, I attend ad many events as I can, and have introduced many of my friends to the Black Pine experience. I also donated to their silent auction, and will every year.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at Black Pine Animal Sanctuary for over 8 years and have been a Board member for over 6. I have seen the organization struggle and grow, meet adversity and over come it. The passion of the staff and volunteers both is incredible. The support they have received for their mission has been constantly increasing as they continue to educate the public. I have volunteered for many nonprofits and have never experienced the energy, passion, and dedication that is present at Black Pine