Black Pine earns honor from nonprofit site

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ALBION — Black Pine Animal Sanctuary was named a top-rated nonprofit organization by an online nonprofit review website.

Black Pine recieved a Top-Rated Award from GreatNonprofits, a site that compiles information about different groups and allows users to leave reviews. On the site, Black Pine has close to 300 reviews and a 5-star rating.

“We are excited to be named a top-rated 2017 nonprofit,” Black Pine Executive Director Lori Gagen said in a news release. “We are proud of our accomplishments over the past year and appreciate the support of our community and animal lovers near and far away.”

Black Pine was part of the inaugural group to qualify for this year and will be added to GreatNonprofits’ #GivingTuesday Guide, an interactive guide to top nonprofits throughout the years.

“Savvy donors want to see the impact of their donations more than ever,” Perla Ni, CEO of GreatNonprofits, said in the news release. “People with direct experience with Black Pine have voted that the organization is making a real difference.”

Being on the top-rated list gives donors and volunteers more confidence that the organization is credible, according to GreatNonprofits, and the reviews by volunteers, clients and other donors show the on-the-ground results.

Black Pine continues to grow at its location on C.R. 300N, just west of Albion, and add new rescues from zoos, roadside attractions and exotic pet owners. In October, Black Pine completed a new habitat for Eragon, the newest and largest tiger, who was rescued from Colorado in December 2016.

The organization also completed a major paving project this summer, which replaced the rough crushed asphalt walkways with smooth blacktop. That’s helped increase accessibility for the elderly and for families with wagons or strollers.

Black Pine Animal Sanctuary exists 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. More information and resources to contribute or plan a visit are available at or by phone at 636-7383.

GreatNonprofits is the leading site for donors and volunteers to find reviews and ratings of nonprofits. Reviews on the site influence 30 million donation decisions a year, according to the organization. Visit for more information.