As Turpentine Creek receives no federal, state, or city funding, and no financial reimbursement when an animal is rescued, visitors to the refuge are asked to pay a small admission fee to assist in ensuring future financial reserves for the care of the 100+ Big Cats and other animals.
Other avenues of fundraising are special events; educational school programs; overnight accommodations on site; sale of gift shop items, photographs, and Turpentine Creek calendars; membership/adoption/sponsorship programs; and donations by supporters and the general public.
In addition to financial donations, many supporters and visitors donate products in kind to assist with the construction of cages and natural habitat areas, as well as donations of products to be used in conjunction with office work and our overnight accommodations (paper products, office and cleaning supplies, etc.)
Much of the meat and animal food products for our carnivores are donated by several major corporations. Typically TCWR feeds between 800 – 1,200 pounds of raw meat per day to the animals under our care.