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Winter 2014 Newsletter

Letter from the President

President - Tanya Smith

The animals that have been lucky enough to have them are enjoying their new enclosures. WE ARE SO CLOSE to having ALL of our rescued Big Cats, bears, and other animals out on the grass in natural enclosures. Most of you are aware that USDA gave us notice that all cage heights are going to increase to 12 feet tall with a 3 foot jump guard or 16 feet straight up on open topped enclosures. The TCWR team has been rebuilding all habitats that were built before 2005 to accommodate these new guidelines. A big thanks to Tigers in America and the many other people that helped kick off this part of our habitat campaign. We still have a long way to go but we are moving along swiftly. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to everyone who has been able to help!

DonTanyaSince our last newsletter, lots of things have happened. My father, Donald Ray Jackson, Sr., passed from this life on September 7, 2014. Memories have been flooding my mind. I am so proud of my parents for their dedication in starting Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge. Their Legacy as TCWR Founders is one that continues to take so much effort even after they have passed on. The rewards are remarkable but they all come with a price. Not long before my dad passed he was asking/needing more and more of my time. I had to remind him that he wanted the refuge to be big and strong which leaves little time for much else. Everyone that lives and works at the refuge has put the refuge before his or her own needs, which is amazing.

In October my brother, Clif Jackson, was diagnosed with stage 4 brain and lung cancer. Last year, when Clif's health was failing, he moved away from the refuge after devoting many years to our mission. He had had a couple of heart attacks and didn't want to be a drain on the facility without being able to work. Please keep Clif in your prayers.

I am personally thankful for our team at TCWR. Even with the craziest days, we continue to rescue, grow, and maintain the refuge. One of our long time mottos has been "help us, help them" when we refer to our animals and our mission. And with your help we will build an on-site vet clinic and a new education center which will include a gift shop, café, large multipurpose room, and museum expansion. Through these efforts we can grow our educational programs. After we get our vet clinic built and have a veterinarian on site, we will be able to offer preceptor ships to veterinarian students. I believe that we must educate at every level. There is not one day that goes by that I do not learn something.

GFAS-LOGOThe need for rescue never seems to let up. I am happy to announce that the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) has verified TCWR. This sanctuary accreditation organization did an intense investigation of our facility to make sure we are using the best practices in animal care and financial responsibility. With your continued support we are making a difference. Each animal we save and provide lifetime care with love and compassion makes a difference at least in that animal's life. Thanks for being a part of the solution. Until Next time...


Letter from the President
Tanya Smith/ Co-Founder
The animals that have been lucky enough to have the
m
are enjoying their new enclosures. WE ARE SO CLOSE
to
having ALL of our rescued Big Cats, bears, and othe
r
animals out on the grass in natural enclosures. Mos
t of
you are aware that USDA gave us notice that all cag
e
heights are going to increase to 12 feet tall with
a 3 foot
jump guard or 16 feet straight up on open topped
enclosures. The TCWR team has been rebuilding all
habitats that were built before 2005 to accommodate
these new guidelines. A big thanks to
Tigers in America
and the many other people that helped kick off this
part
of our habitat campaign. We still have a long way t
o go
but we are moving along swiftly. THANK YOU, THANK
YOU, THANK YOU to everyone who has been able to hel
p!
Since our last newsletter, lots of things have happ
ened.
My father, Donald Ray Jackson, Sr., passed from thi
s life
on September 7, 2014. Memories have been flooding
my
mind. I am so proud of my parents for their dedicat
ion in
starting Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge. Their Le
gacy
as TCWR Founders is one that continues to take so m
uch
effort even after they have passed on. The rewards
are
remarkable but they all come with a price. Not long
before my dad passed he was asking/needing more and
more of my time. I had to remind him that he wanted
the
refuge to be big and strong which leaves little tim
e for
much else. Everyone that lives and works at the ref
uge
has put the refuge before his or her own needs, whi
ch is
amazing.
In October my brother, Clif Jackson, was diagnosed
with
stage 4 brain and lung cancer. Last year, when Clif
’s
health was failing, he moved away from the refuge a
fter
devoting many years to our mission. He had had a co
uple
of heart attacks and didn’t want to be a drain on t
he
facility without being able to work. Please keep Cl
if in
your prayers.
I am personally thankful for our team at TCWR. Even
with the craziest days, we continue to rescue, grow
, and
maintain the refuge. One of our long time mottos h
as
been
“help us, help them”
when we refer to our
animals and our mission. And
w
ith your help
we will
build an on-site vet clinic and a new education cen
ter
which will include a gift shop, café, large multipu
rpose
room, and museum expansion. Through these efforts w
e
can grow our educational programs. After we get our
vet
clinic built and have a veterinarian on site, we wi
ll be able
to offer preceptor ships to veterinarian students.
I believe
that we must educate at every level. There is not o
ne day
that goes by that I do not learn something.
The need for rescue never seems to let up. I am hap
py to
announce that the Global Federation of Animal
Sanctuaries (GFAS) has verified TCWR. This sanctuar
y
accreditation organization did an intense investiga
tion of
our facility to make sure we are using the best pra
ctices
in animal care and financial responsibility. With y
our
continued support we are making a difference. Each
animal we save and provide lifetime care with love
and
compassion makes a difference at least in that anim
al’s
life. Thanks for being a part of the solution. Unti
l Next
time...

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