Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge receives no federal, state, or city funding, and no financial reimbursement when an animal is rescued. In order to care for the 100+ animals at the Refuge and continue rescuing big cats and bears across the country, visitors to the Refuge are asked to pay an admission fee that assists the General Fund.
Other avenues of fundraising include special events, school programs, onsite nightly accommodations, the sale of gift shop items, photographs, and Turpentine Creek calendars, Membership programs, the Adoptions, and Sponsorships program, and donations from supporters. In early 2017, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge was awarded the Bob Barker Company Foundation Grant –a grant of $100,000 to assist in the important work that we do.
In addition to financial donations, many supporters and visitors donate products that assist with the construction of natural habitat areas, as well as donations of products to be used in conjunction with office work and our overnight accommodations (paper products, office supplies, and cleaning supplies).
TCWR feeds between 800 – 1,200 pounds of raw meat per day to the animals under our care. Much of the meat and animal food products are donated by major corporations, including Tyson Foods, Inc.