Exotics as Pets
Black Pine Animal Sanctuary is one of only a few true sanctuaries across the nation that are dedicated to providing permanent refuge to displaced former "pets" and "performers", not engaged in breeding or exploitation for the sake of entertainment and profit. We take in only "exotic" animals - those that are not native and/or have not been domesticated over hundreds or thousands of years.
Each year we sadly turn away down dozens of exotic animals in need of refuge because we, like our peers, cannot provide for overwhelming numbers in need due to lack of adequate space and funds. Unfortunately, every day, people with innocent, good intentions make poor decisions due to ignorance. Many to try to keep animals that don't make good pets and discover far too late that they are ill-equipped to provide proper care. Many breeders and pet stores whose livelihood comes from the sale of these animals do not properly educate potential owners of what they are about to undertake. To do so would very likely limit their ability to sell and make profits!
The following information is offered to help educate those who are seriously considering owning an exotic animal as a "pet", and those trying to help exotic animals in need. The realities of life for someone who invites exotic animals into their extended family are often shocking, overwhelming, and can even become unbearable. They too often end in heartbreak.
Please, if you or someone you know has any intention of acquiring an exotic animal - a tiger, tortoise, bobcat, snake, beautiful tropical bird, bear, or other non-domestic animal - read on and take our GOOD LIFE quiz. We hope it sheds light and helps people make informed decisions, decisions that will ensure each and every animal lives a healthy, enriched life:
G How much will this animal Grow?
O How Old can this animal live to be?
O Will this animal create Odors I won't like?
D What kind of Diet does this animal require?
L Can this animal be Lethal to me and others?
I Is it Illegal for me to own this animal?
F Just how much Fun will it really be to own this animal?
E What are the Environmental requirements for this animal?
Download a one-page sheet of how we have applied the GOOD LIFE quiz to the keeping of: