Black Pine Animal Sanctuary is a 501C3 Non-Profit Organization with not only an experienced staff of animal keepers, vet techs, maintenance, guest services, and fundraising, but also has a dedicated group of volunteers and interns, who care for the animals, maintain the habitats and grounds, fundraise, conduct business administration, and run the gift shop. Without the dedication of our amazing team, the extraordinary care of the animal residents and the sanctuary would not be possible. Every day, regardless of the weather, day of week or if it’s a holiday, the Lead Keepers, interns, and volunteers arrive to care for the animal residents. Helping at Black Pine Animal Sanctuary is not only about the animals, but the volunteering is a rewarding and unique experience, as well as an essential part of the Black Pine mission.
Longtime volunteer Judith Ferrell sums up the volunteer experience thoughtfully by stating: “ ‘I love animals’ is probably the first reason a potential volunteer would give for wanting to volunteer at Black Pine Animal Sanctuary. But that is only the starting point. The driving force for making a good-and hopefully great-volunteer is giving the animal residents’ welfare the first priority. Forget the thrill of being near exotic and potentially dangerous animals, or being the envy of your friends, the goal of volunteering at Black Pine Animal Sanctuary is to be a part of a dedicated team, which provides the animal residents with the best care possible. It is about the animals, not the human. Having said that, if one agrees with this and is not afraid of working hard, is okay with getting dirty, and is willing to be part of an extraordinary team, led by hard working and highly knowledgeable Lead Keepers, come join us! I think I can guarantee a feeling of accomplishment, regard, love and respect for the animals who are living at Black Pine Animal Sanctuary for the remainder of their lives.”
Volunteering and contributing to Black Pine Animal Sanctuary is truly an experience that gives back in so many ways. Educating children and adults about the plight of the animal residents, and the meaningless cruelties to them by the exotic animal trade is a mission to be passionate about, and resilient.