Event: Lions, Tigers & Beer Black Pine!
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Event: Lions, Tigers & Beer Black Pine!

Black Pine Animal Sanctuary in Albion provides a home for nearly 100 displaced exotic animals who, since captive-raised, cannot be released into the wild. Therefore, the sanctuary provides a place for these animals for the rest of the animals’ lives. On Saturday, Oct. 4, the sanctuary is putting on their 8th annual Lions, Tigers and Beer, Black Pine! event from 6 – 9 p.m. The event will feature a beer tasting, dinner, sanctuary tours, music, silent auction and fall fun among the animals. Souvenirs and Park Pal memberships will also be for sale at the main attendance gate. Registration is $25 in advanced and $30 at the door. Advanced tickets can be purchased here. Check, Visa and Mastercard are all acceptable forms of payment for the silent auction. Senior animal keepers, members of the Board of Directors, paid staff and other supporters of the sanctuary will also be on hand to meet with guests. Black Pine provides a home for animals such as big and small cats, canines, bears, primates, birds, reptiles and many others. Over 50 species are represented in the park’s animal population. Their mission is “to provide permanent refuge to these animals and to educate people about responsible pet ownership.” Sanctuary founder Karen Hoag and her husband and daughter basically started the roots of the sanctuary in the late 1980s by utilizing their vacant farm land to take in and care for exotic animals. At first, that started with ostriches, potbelly pigs, llamas and black Welsh mountain sheep. They adopted a pair of mountain lions and two Siberian tigers who were retired from the circus. In 1995, Karen sold her hair salon to work with her animals full-time and by 2003, Black Pine grew with educational programs, volunteer programs and more animals. In 2004, Karen turned the sanctuary into a non-profit organization. Since then, a Board of Directors has taken steps to ensure the best possible care of the animals that come to the sanctuary. The sanctuary is primarily funded by visitor fees and merchandise and membership sales.  This weekend’s event raises money to offset the care of the animals throughout the winter months. Habitat sponsorships, individual, business and in-kind donations are also ways Black Pine offsets the costs of caring for the animals they take in. No taxpayer dollars are received and in addition to the small paid staff, Black Pine is also supported by many volunteers. For more information about the events and the sanctuary, visit their website....

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