Monthly Archives: December 2016

2016 Recap

Year-End Summary

December 27, 2016

So much can happen in only 51 weeks – the 52nd week is still ‘in progress’ only time will tell what will happen. This year we have been very busy.

The year started off well. We spent most of the winter and spring of 2016 fixing up habitats; raising fence heights, painting, fixing doors, building, etc., it was a calm start to what would be a crazy (but good) year at Turpentine Creek.

Only days after 2016 started we took in our first rescue of the year, Bobby the Bobcat. Half a year had passed before we received our next rescue call, Joy the melanistic Coyote was in need of a home in June, then Giselle the Serval in July. We also took in two black bears, Popper and Michael, at the beginning of September. It seemed like a rather calm year, until September 21st, when we took over a facility in Colorado with 110 animals. From September 21st to October 30th, we added 27 new animals to the Arkansas facility, bringing our total animal residents up to over 110 in Arkansas! We’ve also been working hard to find homes for many of the other animals that remained in Colorado.

This year has been filled with loss and gain. Old beloved animals have passed on, which breaks our hearts but it also allows us to open our hearts and home to more animals in need of new forever homes. It is one of the harder aspects of rescuing animals.

Click Here to Adopt or Sponsor one of the 32 animals that moved to Turpentine Creek in 2016

We have accomplished so much this year at Turpentine Creek. New habitats, a new veterinary hospital, new furry family members, and new staff members. We can only hope that 2017 will be just as amazing, if not even better than 2016 was. We hope that you get the chance to come out and visit Turpentine Creek in 2017.

As the year comes to a close, there is one last thing that needs to be done, end of the year giving. Turpentine Creek is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, which means your donations are tax deductible! Donations that will count for the 2016 tax year need to be submitted by December 31st.

Click Here to make a 2016 Tax Deductible Donation

Winter is a difficult time for Turpentine Creek. The cooler weather means that our bills go up, big cats eat more in the winter, dens need bedding to stay warm, not as many visitors come, less lodging guests stay overnight, and yet we still have to care for our animals and pay the bills. It is only with your help that we can continue caring for the animals that call Turpentine Creek Home.

We appreciate all your help in caring for the animals; it is only with your help that we can continue doing what we do.

Best wishes in the new year from everyone at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge.


Habitat Building

Progress on Habitats

December 19, 2016

Turpentine Creek has been hard at work the last few months. Not only did we add 27 new furry family members but we’ve been working hard to renovate habitats and even building two brand new habitats.

In September of 2015, Turpentine Creek demolished the last of the original enclosures behind our gift shop. All the old, small, enclosures were gone – symbolically ‘out with the old in with the new’ for our animals. The ground was soft from years of use, so we had to give the earth time to settle, dry out, and breath. After over a year of open space, we broke ground on two new large habitats that will stand in place of the old habitats.

These two new habitats will be some of the largest on the property when completed. They show how far we’ve come in the nearly 25 years we have been open. Progressing from quickly built smaller enclosures made just to save lives, to large open spaces built to improve the lives of the animals in our care.

Once we broke ground, progress was quickly made. The flat ground was easy to navigate and utilize heavier equipment to drive posts. Determined team members spent every extra moment cutting, bending, welding, lifting, and painting metal to get habitats built and ready for new residents. In what felt like the blink of an eye one habitat was nearly finished where nothing once stood. What felt like overnight a second habitat began to rise from the ground taking shape into what will become the lifelong home for rescued animals.

If the weather holds out, two beautiful completed habitats will fill the, once empty, space by spring time or early summer. The Turpentine Creek team is filled with hardworking individuals whose main goal is to provide the best housing possible for their furry family members. Thanks to our fantastic supporters we can continue building, improving and expanding Turpentine Creek, and provide excellent life-long homes for exotic animals in need.

Giving Tuesday 2016

A Day of Giving

December 13, 2016

The supporters of Turpentine Creek came together for an amazing day filled with fun and fundraising. Through the incredible effort of our supporters, Turpentine Creek managed to raise $8,195 towards our goal of $25,000. Although we did not reach our goal, it is still a wonderful accomplishment to raise over $8,000 in a single day of giving.

Winter can be a difficult time for nonprofits, like us. Winter is a slow season for visitors, and the bills increase to keep the buildings and animals warm through the winter. The money we raised during Giving Tuesday will help keep the TCWR family (animals and humans alike) warm through the winter.

Turpentine Creek would like to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who donated, shared, or supported us in any way on Giving Tuesday. We also want to thank everyone who continues to support us and our mission to give abused, abandoned, neglected, and unwanted exotic animals a forever home.

Although Giving Tuesday is over, there are still many ways you can continue to help.

Giving Tuesday is running a #MyGivingStory contest on Facebook. Go to the Facebook site and submit the reason why you choose to donate to Turpentine Creek. The first place winner will have $10,000 donated to their charity. Click Here to submit your story to #MyGivingStory on Facebook. 

We have 27 new furry family members who are in need of permanent enrichment items. You can give the gift of fun by donating a boomerball, bobbin, or another enrichment toy. If you don’t have the funds to donate a whole toy you can make a partial donation towards a toy and encourage your friends to help. Enrichment toys can be found at or Sanctuary Supplies, and of course, you can also donate on our website and mention that the donation is for an enrichment toy.

Please remember when doing your holiday shopping, if you shop online through Amazon you can register Turpentine Creek Foundation Inc. as your Amazon Smile Nonprofit. Don’t forget to stop by and check out our Amazon Wishlist as a gift for the animals during the holidays.

It is only through your continued help and support we can do what we do. Thank you, and we hope you have a wonderful holiday season.