Monthly Archives: July 2016

Rescue Report Update

Rescue Progress Report

July 29, 2016

Bobby –

Bobby-2715Bobby the Bobcat was rescued from the state of Ohio in January. Bobby is a 17-year-old blind bobcat. When he first arrived he was put in the other half of Bowden the Serval’s habitat. They swapped days in the habitat. At first, Bobby was very shy, but as he got used to the sounds and smells around him he started to venture out into his habitat more often. On July 25th, we decided to move him and introduce him to Boo Boo, our other senior bobcat. Both Boo Boo and Bobby had spent most of their lives living with other bobcats. Our hope is that by introducing the two older bobcats, Bobby will grow more confident in his surroundings and socialize a bit more. The introduction went well. Bobby and Boo Boo sniffed each other and then went about their day, no growling was heard so they seemed to have accepted each other’s company.

Joy –

joy-6353Joy Coyote was given to Turpentine Creek in June, by a wildlife rehabilitator who believed that the melanistic Coyote would not be able to return to the wild. She had been rejected by her mother due to her coloring and being a sickly runt. Through the care of the rehabilitator, she was returned to health and given to Turpentine Creek. Joy has been given a clean bill of health by our veterinarian and has received 2 of her 3 sets of vaccinations. Once she receives her final set of vaccinations we plan to move her up from Rescue Ridge into the visitor area. She is still very wary of humans. Staff sees her exploring her current night house often, and she loves to dig in the dirt, but if someone approaches her habitat she quickly runs and hides in her den. Only time will tell if she becomes comfortable enough with the staff and interns to let us approach her habitat without running away.

Giselle –

Giselle-7218Giselle the Serval was rescued in July. A woman, who is a pet food consultant with many veterinarians, noticed a baby Serval practically living at one of her client’s clinics. The Serval was front declawed and spayed by her owners. The original owners had 3 children under the age of 10 and through a series of unknown events Giselle broke one of her back legs. Finally, the woman approached the vet to see if the owners would relinquish the Serval to her. She is a supporter of Turpentine Creek and knew that if she could not care for the Serval then we could. The owners agreed to give up Giselle and within a week the woman contacted Turpentine Creek to see if we had space for Giselle. Upon arrival at Turpentine Creek, Giselle was housed at Rescue Ridge for a quarantine period. On July 25th, Giselle was moved up to the other half of Bowden the Serval’s habitat. She loves playing on the grass and climbing all over the habitat. The eventual goal is to introduce Bowden and Giselle so that they can both enjoy the habitat on a daily basis. For now, Giselle and Bowden alternate days while the two servals get to know each other’s scent. Giselle is very curious about Bowden but Bowden is still unsure about Giselle.

All three Rescues are doing well and settling into the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge Family. We are glad that we can help take care of these three amazing animals. All three rescues are still in need of Adoptors. It is only through your support and help that we can continue to rescue animals in need. Click here to learn more about our adoption program.

Letter from the President

Letter from the President:

Thank you for your past and continued support in helping us help the animals at TCWR. You have been a blessing to the Refuge and our mission.

I am excited to announce the grand opening of our on-site Jackson’s Memorial Veterinary Hospital, Thursday, August 18, at 2 p.m. The hospital is named in memory of my family and I hope you can join our staff, board members and community in celebrating this milestone. Beyond functioning as a valuable health care facility, the hospital has live-streaming and video conferencing capabilities, and will serve as an important education tool for future veterinary students and industry professionals. Please arrive at the Refuge 30 minutes early to take advantage of complimentary shuttle service to the hospital, as well as light hors d’oeuvres, drinks and a tour of the facility.

While we have had over 800 supporters donate towards this project, I want to reach out to you before a commemorative sign is made next week. The building is completely funded, but we are approximately $20,000 short of our goal to equip the hospital with the supplies and medication needed to perform surgeries. All supporters donating $5,000 and above will be honored on the commemorative sign, and I’d like to give you the opportunity to be recognized.

We would love to be able to honor you or a loved one on the commemorative sign, but time is of the essence, so please let me know if you can help.

Thank you for your continued support,
Tanya Smith
Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge President

Rescue Report Giselle

Giselle the Serval Gets A New Home

July 5, 2016

Giselle-4849On June 30, we received a message from a woman who had rescued a Serval. She worked as a pet food rep at various veterinary clinics and through her visits had witnessed a young Serval practically living at one of her client’s locations. She lived in Little Rock, AR and on July 1, three staff members made the 4-hour trip to pick up the newest Turpentine Creek family member, Giselle the Serval.

Giselle had been purchased as a kitten from New York and brought down to Arkansas to be a pet for a family. The family had three children, all under the age of 10, and quickly found out that a Serval did not make a good family pet. The family had Giselle front declawed and spayed immediately after they got her, but that didn’t stop her from acting like the wild animal she is. Between her spay/declaw and somehow breaking her back leg, she spent most of her young life living at the veterinary clinic.

Finally, the vet confronted the owners telling them that one of their pet food reps would be willing to take Giselle and either keep her herself or give it to a refuge. The family agreed and Giselle found herself out of a tiny cage and into a big home with two rescue cats.

Image-2The woman who had rescued Giselle knew about Turpentine Creek. She had visited often in the past but had not been to the refuge in a while. She worried that we would not have space for the sweet Serval that she had rescued, so her first contact with us was to see if we could get her more information on the proper nutrition of a 7-month-old Serval.

After only having Giselle for a week, she knew that the big cat would not be happy living with her. Although she had two other rescue cats (regular domestic cats), Giselle was too big to really enjoy playing with her feline friends.

Through conversation, she realized that we had moved Bowden, our other Serval, out of the small compound and into a larger habitat and that we had some space available for a rescue. Once she knew that we had grassy space for Giselle, she asked us to take over Giselle’s care.

Giselle’s rescuer was sad to see her go but happy that she would have a big space to run and play in and hopefully a friend her size. She did her best to get Giselle out of a bad situation and into a proper home.

ImageGiselle is currently staying at Rescue Ridge. She will remain there until she is seen by our veterinarian and her quarantine period is over. Once she is given the “all clear” by our vet we will decide on where she will be living on a more permeant basis. We hope to possibly introduce her to Bowden, but he is an older Serval and we are not sure how an introduction with such a young Serval will go.

Time will tell but we are already seeing a big change in Giselle. Giselle is very vocal and will ‘meow’ at all the staff and interns that come to visit. She is loving being outside and even enjoys people (and mower) watching. The staff and interns have already fallen in love with her and she is a perfect addition to the Turpentine Creek family.