Black Pine Animal Sanctuary

Black Pine Animal Sanctuary

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How is Taz doing?
For those of you who pray for animals: I just now got this message. Tiger, the domestic kitty at Black Pines Animal Sanctuary in Albion and loved by so many and is in the office and out and about, is sick. He was taken to the Animal ER yesterday and I am asking prayers immediately for him. I got this message late, because I had not checked my pm. "Please Dear God, place Your Healing Hands upon Tiger, who is so dearly loved, and guide his medical team in healing him by listening to You, Dear Father. May Tiger also feel the Comfort and Peace of the Holy Spirit. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen."
Thank you so very much for your faithful prayers! Love to all!
We would like to visit. My dad is 82 and uses a walker, would he be able to do a tour?
About a year ago this photo was shared of Luna. I fell in love with it and her. Such a beautiful girl! I've never forgotten meeting her when I visited. A huge thank you to Arron Declue from Hoodlum Ink in Angola for bringing her to life for me to carry and show off every day! I hope to bring more awareness to Black Pine's cause and hopefully bring in more support for their wonderful rescues!
Side note: neither picture doesn't do the real thing justice! 😄
I am so excited to support Black Pine Animal Sanctuary with a fundraiser for their Enrichment Fund. At the end of the month, as the local representative, I am going to match their order with an additional 10% in earned items.

We negotiated a savings for our sanctuaries, so purchases made through KONG Zoo provide 50%-70% more in Enrichment items for your favorite friends at the facility!

Thank you for being a KONG Zoo Partner, I can't wait to see how many new items your group earns this month!!
Are you guys open today?
Just beautiful!♥️
This was taken about 4 years ago. One of my favorite pictures of that day. Notice his tongue is sticking out. My son took the picture
We had a fabulous time today! Thank you, Sharon for an amazing tour full of information! Can't wait for our next trip :)
When will you open to the public?
Just curious with covid happening, do u guys have a drive thru zoo available right now? Or any visitation goin on right now?

For the REST of their lives. We do not buy, sell, breed or trade animals. www.blackpine.org Download a brochure at: http://www.blackpine.org/images/stories/binder1.pdf

SEND DONATIONS TO:
Black Pine Animal Sanctuary
P.O.

Box 02
Albion, IN 46701

Professional Animal Retirement Center (PARC), Inc., doing business as Black Pine Animal Sanctuary, is a 501c3 non-profit exotic animal sanctuary dedicated to providing permanent refuge to animals in need. Black Pine does not buy, sell, breed or trade animals. Over 80 former exotic "pets" and retired performers, representing more than 45 species, have been given permanent refuge throughout an 18-acre site in northeast Indiana. TAX ID 33-1020728

Operating as usual

07/07/2021

Calling all golfers! There is still time register for the Tee Off For Tigers Black Pine Golf Scramble! $300 per team, fees include lunch, green fees and golf cart! Sign up now to be eligible to win a Solo Stove Bonfire for you patio! Registrations can be made at https://bpsanctuary.networkforgood.com/events/29487-tee-off-for-tigers-black-pine-golf-scramble

Calling all golfers! There is still time register for the Tee Off For Tigers Black Pine Golf Scramble! $300 per team, fees include lunch, green fees and golf cart! Sign up now to be eligible to win a Solo Stove Bonfire for you patio! Registrations can be made at https://bpsanctuary.networkforgood.com/events/29487-tee-off-for-tigers-black-pine-golf-scramble

Photos from Black Pine Animal Sanctuary's post 07/01/2021

At BPAS, a large chunk of our mission is to educate the public via guided tours. In educating, we create future advocates by teaching your children respect for animals and nature. We create a more knowledgeable community. Most importantly, we create a brighter future for the animals we dedicate ourselves to everyday.

Taking a guided tour with one of the paid keepers or dedicated volunteers allows you to engage with people working with the animals firsthand. They provide knowledge about the pet trade, black market, entertainment industry, and irresponsible actions by the roadside zoos.

The tour guides also can enlighten you about the individual animals. What are their favorite activities? What is their favorite food? Do they have a favorite toy? Each animal has their own personality and quirks!

We hope you walk away from your tour more knowledgeable about what facilities and programs you should support. We hope you learn about how you can become an advocate for exotic and wild animals. Together we can create the brighter future we all dream of!

Thank you for your continued support! Please visit the link below for more information about visiting!

https://www.bpsanctuary.org/visit/

06/30/2021

Parents, do you have kids that LOVE animals? Bring your little ones Friday’s at 10am for our toddler and tots tour. You can go to our website or email the address provided to reserve a tour with us! We hope to see you there.

Parents, do you have kids that LOVE animals? Bring your little ones Friday’s at 10am for our toddler and tots tour. You can go to our website or email the address provided to reserve a tour with us! We hope to see you there.

Photos from Black Pine Animal Sanctuary's post 06/30/2021

Whew! It has been steamy these past few weeks!🥵 To help keep our residents cool, they have been receiving ice treats, relaxing in their pools, and get misted by their keepers.

In the photos below, donkey Andy investigates his grass-filled ice treat! This was an exciting snack made with love by intern Alex.

How are you all keeping cool?

06/30/2021

Calling all golfers! Join us for the first Tee Off for Tigers Black Pine Golf Scramble, Friday July 16th! Fees are $300 per team. Fees include a box lunch, green's fees, and a golf cart. Cash prize for first place. Teams can register at https://bpsanctuary.networkforgood.com/events/29487-tee-off-for-tigers-black-pine-golf-scramble. Sponsored by Metazoa Brewing Company, Cap N Cork, and Whitley Environmental.

Calling all golfers! Join us for the first Tee Off for Tigers Black Pine Golf Scramble, Friday July 16th! Fees are $300 per team. Fees include a box lunch, green's fees, and a golf cart. Cash prize for first place. Teams can register at https://bpsanctuary.networkforgood.com/events/29487-tee-off-for-tigers-black-pine-golf-scramble. Sponsored by Metazoa Brewing Company, Cap N Cork, and Whitley Environmental.

06/29/2021

If any of you are interested in seeing this handsome fella and the many other amazing BPAS residents, go on our website and schedule a tour with us!

To book a tour with us visit: https://www.bpsanctuary.org/ then click on the “visit” tab!

If any of you are interested in seeing this handsome fella and the many other amazing BPAS residents, go on our website and schedule a tour with us!

To book a tour with us visit: https://www.bpsanctuary.org/ then click on the “visit” tab!

Photos from Black Pine Animal Sanctuary's post 06/21/2021

Over the last month, BPAS has received over a dozen requests to take in unwanted animals. Unfortunately, we cannot take them all, so they must be turned away. We always give more resources for the owners to reach out to, but so many rescues and sanctuaries are already so overwhelmed that they may not have the ability to assist either. This is just another reminder that we need to educate the public on appropriate pets to own and responsible ownership. We are understanding that situations in the household can change, like financial loss, death in the family, etc. But so many of the applications look identical, such as the owner is moving and cannot take the animal with, they just don’t have time for the animal anymore, etc. So, here is the list of animals we most frequently receive applications for and things to remember if you are considering bringing them into your home.

1. Pot belly pigs. Everyone loves a cute piglet, and why not get a pig who only grows to 30 pounds? This is false. Pot belly pigs typically weigh a minimum of 120 pounds even though the breeder claims otherwise. Pigs are the third most intelligent non-human mammal on the planet, after great apes and dolphins. They need constant enrichment, a strict diet, and other specialized care to ensure they are living their best life.

2. Reptiles. Most snakes live up to 20-30 years old and tortoises can live to be over 100. This is a huge, lifelong responsibility. The specialized care required for reptiles is a large undertaking, providing them with proper lighting, temperatures, humidity, diets, and supplements. There are not many sanctuaries across the US that take in reptiles. Most rescues just rehome them to other private owners because there is nowhere else for them to go. Because there are so few options for owners who no longer want them, they are often released into the wild, forced to fend for themselves, endangering our native wildlife.

3. Parrots. Exotic birds can live to be 60-100 years old in captivity, depending on size and species. They are noisy, destructive, require specialized care, and are too smart for their own good. They require your undying attention and devotion, creating strong bonds with their favorite people. Most birds are tossed around from home to home their entire lives. The instability and constant uprooting makes them untrusting, anxious, and sometimes aggressive.

If you are thinking about adding an exotic animal to your life, research until your eyes hurt and you can’t think anymore. If you go through with getting an exotic animal, have a backup plan for the sake of the animal. Think about “What if I lose my job? What if I have to move? What if I have kids?” Animals, regardless of species, need to be a lifelong commitment. If you are adamant that your lifestyle fits an exotic animal, please go through a rescue, taking in animals who need stability. If you decide an exotic animal isn’t for you, thank you, and please visit your local humane society to adopt a domestic friend!

Photos from Black Pine Animal Sanctuary's post 06/21/2021

Say hello to our newest resident, Roxanne Arctic fox! 🐾

Roxanne was surrendered by her owners who attempted to make her a household pet. Like many foxes in the pet trade, she became too difficult to keep properly as she is a wild animal. Roxanne lasted only one year in their house before they sought out a sanctuary home for her. 🗓

Purchased from a breeder at only a few weeks old, she quickly became a very rambunctious houseguest. She is a playful, energetic predator who spends her days exploring, running, jumping, climbing, and digging; exactly what foxes are designed to best!
This behavior does not change by placing her in a house and feeding her dog food and fast food chicken nuggets, as her previous owners did. 🚫

After only a short time in their house, Roxanne jumped off their dining room table, injuring her left rear leg. She limped around severely for a while and now just limps off and on. Late last week, she was taken to our friends at Northeast Indiana Veterinary Emergency Services for a full work up. This was the first time she has ever received veterinary treatment. She was treated for ear mites and a pelvic x-ray was taken to assess the extent of the injury in her left rear leg. The x-ray is pictured below. ⬇️

She essentially amputated her own femur during the jump/ fall. It is broken off and just floating with the surrounding muscles overcompensating to keep it in place. There are bone shards sitting in the ball and socket joint of her hip, where the femur should be attached. We can’t even imagine the chronic pain she must have been in for the last year.😔

At only a year and a half old, she has plenty of life ahead of her if we can get her the orthopedic surgery she requires to clean up the area. Can you help us pay for Roxanne’s life changing operation so she can begin living the sanctuary life she deserves? Whether you donate $5 or $500, or simply share this post, this all helps us complete our mission and provide her with refuge for the REST of her life. Thank you in advance for your support!❤️

To donate, visit https://www.bpsanctuary.org/donate/ or head to our profile and click the blue donate button at the top of the page.

06/20/2021

Sssssmile! That’s what our keepers do when opening all of the Amazon packages our supports send our way! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Our Amazon wishlist is full of items needed for everyday husbandry, enrichment items, and tools for our maintenance team. Feel free to scroll the list, as we have a huge variety of items with a massive variance in pricing. There’s something for everyone! Below is a list of specific items we need currently, and the link to our wishlist. Also, don’t forget to use Amazon Smile, which donates a portion of your purchase directly to our residents when you choose BPAS as your charity of choice.

1. Toilet wand refills for cleaning our staff and public restrooms.
2. Dog food for our bears, foxes, and wolves.
3. Hose nozzles, because those are always breaking!
4. Fly traps to help keep our compound fly (and maggot🤢) free!
5. Bleach because we have a lot of carnivore pools to clean each week!
Remember, even if you are unable to purchase supplies right now, you can still help! Share this post to assist us in reaching others who don’t know about BPAS, those who may be able to send us a donation, or who may follow our page! THANK YOU!

https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/891CQWU2MA5N?ref_=wl_share

Sssssmile! That’s what our keepers do when opening all of the Amazon packages our supports send our way! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Our Amazon wishlist is full of items needed for everyday husbandry, enrichment items, and tools for our maintenance team. Feel free to scroll the list, as we have a huge variety of items with a massive variance in pricing. There’s something for everyone! Below is a list of specific items we need currently, and the link to our wishlist. Also, don’t forget to use Amazon Smile, which donates a portion of your purchase directly to our residents when you choose BPAS as your charity of choice.

1. Toilet wand refills for cleaning our staff and public restrooms.
2. Dog food for our bears, foxes, and wolves.
3. Hose nozzles, because those are always breaking!
4. Fly traps to help keep our compound fly (and maggot🤢) free!
5. Bleach because we have a lot of carnivore pools to clean each week!
Remember, even if you are unable to purchase supplies right now, you can still help! Share this post to assist us in reaching others who don’t know about BPAS, those who may be able to send us a donation, or who may follow our page! THANK YOU!

https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/891CQWU2MA5N?ref_=wl_share

06/16/2021

Calling all golfers! The Black Pine Tee off for Tigers Golf Scramble, Friday July 16, at Eel River Golf Course. $300 per team. Fees include green fees, cart rental and lunch. Registration opens at 11:30. To register visit: https://bpsanctuary.networkforgood.com/events/29487-tee-off-for-tigers-black-pine-golf-scramble.

Sponsored by Metazoa, & Cap n Cork.

Calling all golfers! The Black Pine Tee off for Tigers Golf Scramble, Friday July 16, at Eel River Golf Course. $300 per team. Fees include green fees, cart rental and lunch. Registration opens at 11:30. To register visit: https://bpsanctuary.networkforgood.com/events/29487-tee-off-for-tigers-black-pine-golf-scramble.

Sponsored by Metazoa, & Cap n Cork.

06/14/2021

Tonight we want to highlight one of our most beautiful, sassy tigers, Millie! She is often overlooked because her handsome lug of a roommate, Top Cat, typically steals the show with visitors. Let’s give her some love!

Millie, like the majority of our tigers, is an American tiger, or a mutt. When breeding cats for entertainment, exploitation, and the pet trade, purebred subspecies do not matter. Most of the general population wouldn’t be able to tell the difference anyway, so breeders just breed to breed.

Did you know there are more tigers in roadside zoos, sanctuaries, and households than there are in the wild? YOU can help to end this. Below is a list of things you can do in your everyday life to ensure wild tiger populations thrive.

1) Support the Big Cat Public Safety Act. This will get big cats out of households, helping to end the pet trade.
2) Support sanctuaries, like BPAS, who are educating the public on the exotic pet trade.
3) Support facilities who are contributing to true conservation programs.
4) Be sure all cleaning, food, and household products you use are environmentally friendly and free of palm oil, which is destroying their native habitats.

YOU can be part of the change. Will you join us in the fight to end the exotic pet trade?

Tonight we want to highlight one of our most beautiful, sassy tigers, Millie! She is often overlooked because her handsome lug of a roommate, Top Cat, typically steals the show with visitors. Let’s give her some love!

Millie, like the majority of our tigers, is an American tiger, or a mutt. When breeding cats for entertainment, exploitation, and the pet trade, purebred subspecies do not matter. Most of the general population wouldn’t be able to tell the difference anyway, so breeders just breed to breed.

Did you know there are more tigers in roadside zoos, sanctuaries, and households than there are in the wild? YOU can help to end this. Below is a list of things you can do in your everyday life to ensure wild tiger populations thrive.

1) Support the Big Cat Public Safety Act. This will get big cats out of households, helping to end the pet trade.
2) Support sanctuaries, like BPAS, who are educating the public on the exotic pet trade.
3) Support facilities who are contributing to true conservation programs.
4) Be sure all cleaning, food, and household products you use are environmentally friendly and free of palm oil, which is destroying their native habitats.

YOU can be part of the change. Will you join us in the fight to end the exotic pet trade?

06/13/2021

Black bear Taz is sniffing out some great deals on Amazon! Visit our Amazon wishlist link below to help us keep our supply of “bear” essentials!

P.S. remember to use Amazon Smile to help support BPAS further!😊

https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/891CQWU2MA5N?ref_=wl_share

Black bear Taz is sniffing out some great deals on Amazon! Visit our Amazon wishlist link below to help us keep our supply of “bear” essentials!

P.S. remember to use Amazon Smile to help support BPAS further!😊

https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/891CQWU2MA5N?ref_=wl_share

06/12/2021

Black Pine Animal Sanctuary is proud to be a member of the Big Cat Sanctuary Alliance! It takes all of us working together.

Big Cats from Controversial Tiger King Park Receiving Care at Big Cat Sanctuary Alliance Member Sanctuaries. To learn more visit:
https://www.bigcatalliance.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/BCSA_Tiger-King-Park-Cats_Press-Release_Website.pdf
(Black Pine Animal Sanctuary, Carolina Tiger Rescue, Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary, Keepers of the Wild, Lions Tigers & Bears, Wildcat Sanctuary, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge)

06/12/2021

Congratulations to our past president, Barb Smith! Barb has served on the board of Black Pine Animal Sanctuary since 2007 and has played an integral role in the development of the sanctuary. What an awesome tribute to an amazing lady! Thank you Barb Decker Smith for everything you do for Black Pine, & the greater Fort Wayne area. We appreciate you!

06/12/2021

They are truly rockstars! Thank you Jordan, Kelsi, Kim, Madeline & Kaitlyn for your dedication, hard work and passion for our animals. You are appreciated beyond words! ❤️❤️❤️

Today is the day! Please help us celebrate Animal Sanctuary Caregiver Day by showing your appreciation for the dedication and hard work of those caring for captive exotic animals to give them the best possible life. We'd like to say thank you to the caregivers at our member sanctuaries - Big Cat Rescue, Black Pine Animal Sanctuary, Carolina Tiger Rescue, Cedarhill Animal Sanctuary, Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch, Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary, Elmira's Wildlife Sanctuary, Forest Animal Rescue by Peace River Refuge & Ranch, Keepers of the Wild, Lions Tigers & Bears, Performing Animal Welfare Society - PAWS, PrideRock Wildlife Refuge, Safe Haven Wildlife Sanctuary, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, WildCat Ridge Sanctuary, and Wildcat Sanctuary!

Summer at Black Pine

Summer has finally arrived and we are open! You can sense the excitement as the activity level has changed. The residents are sunning themselves on clear days and being much more active and playful. The birds are all very chatty, the tortoises are enjoying their outdoor habitats and Black Pine is open to visitors. Due to the CoVID19 virus, Black Pine had to make adjustments as to how we allow visitors to experience the sanctuary. Large cats, canines and primates are all susceptible to the virus and in order to keep both our staff and animals safe the sanctuary adopted some different protocols. We are asking that visitors make reservation via our website for a staff guided tour. You can find our website at https://www.bpsanctuary.org/. Tours are prepaid in order to minimize contact. Tours generally last an hour and half and masks are required. As a GFAS accredited sanctuary whose mission is based on providing education it was felt that these changes would provide the best visitation experience while creating an environment that protected the animals, our staff and the public.

Your donations for Black Pine Animal Sanctuary, a 501 (c) 3 not-for- profit exotic animal sanctuary support our mission: We exist to provide refuge to displaced, captive-raised exotic animals for the rest of their lives and to educate people about responsible animal care and conservation.

The sanctuary is home to nearly 100 wildcats, bears, foxes, wolves, primates, birds, reptiles, and other animals - all former pets and/or products of the exotic pet trade and entertainment industry.

We do not buy, sell, breed, trade, seek out, or use animals for commercial gain or entertainment. We believe:

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Call (260) 636-7383. Sanctuary tours offered year-round.

Due to CoVID, we no longer off general walk-through visits. Visits to Black Pine will now require a tour guide. The guide will be with your group the entire time you are at the sanctuary except when visiting the Wolf Den Gift Shop. Tour times: 10:00 AM, 12:00 pm, & 2:00 PM on Thursday & Friday and 10:00AM & 12:00PM on Saturday & Sunday. We will also continue to offer our Feeding Tours on Saturday & Sunday at 3:00 pm. Tours are limited to 30 people. Reservations can be made by visiting our website at https://www.bpsanctuary.org/visit/tours/ We are closed to visitors Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday.

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General information

Home to nearly 100 captive-raised non-domestic animals, rescued and retired. Providing sanctuary for the "rest" of their lives. We do not buy, sell, breed or trade animals. To plan your visit, go to www.blackpine.org and use the links provided under "Visit Us".