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5 Bears, 2 Habitats, and 1 Way You Can Help

March 28, 2017

Arkansas Gives: A Day of Giving

April 6, 2017, is Arkansas Gives Day. This is a day to show your support to your favorite Arkansas-based non-profit.

Anyone can participate in Arkansas Gives Day. It isn’t about where you live; it is where the non-profit is located.

Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge is an Arkansas-based non-profit, and we are participating in Arkansas Gives Day again this year.

Participating Non-profits will ‘compete’ to earn Bonus Dollars and prize money for raising the most money in a single day.

The more you donate, the more Turpentine can ‘earn.’ Your donations will go further on April 6, 2017, then on a normal day.

To qualify for bonus dollars or towards prize levels, you will have to donate through the Arkansas Gives website www.ArkansasGives.org on April 6, 2017. Donations made through our website, by phone, or through the mail will not qualify for bonus dollars but will still be accepted.

Joins us for a fun fundraising day full of fundraising updates and our amazing animal residents.

Click Here To Learn More About Arkansas Gives Day

Cat Of The Week: Spyke

In May of 2008, TCWR staff members returned from Hoosick Falls, New York, with four new cats – two tigers and two leopards – from a zoo which had temporarily lost its license.

The leopards, Zambo, a black leopard, and Santania, a spotted leopard, had been a breeding pair for years. Zambo was neutered his second day at TCWR, but Santania was already pregnant.

On August 15, 2008, Santania gave birth to two little cubs, one spotted, one black. The spotted one died soon after birth, sadly Santania rejected Spyke so we had to remove him but the team worked hard, and hand raised Spyke. He grew quickly and turned into a beautiful leopard.

Spyke is a very playful cat and loves to stalk, chase, and pounce at certain staff members. He has been a participant in the Behavioral Training Program, implemented in January of 2016, and enjoys playing with his enrichment tube.

Many of the animal residents are still in need of Sponsors and Adopters. Spyke luckily has Sponsor, but many of the other animals are still in need of your support.

Click Here To Learn More About Our Adoption and Sponsorship Programs

Building the Bear Necessities For Our Newest Residents

We are working hard to get the two new bear habitats built. It is a lot of work, but we are confident with your support we should be able to finish the habitats in the next few months.

We’ve already raised over $34,000, but we still have a long way to go to get to our goal of $150,000. These are our largest two habitats built to date, and we are excited to be able to give our bear two large spaces where they can be bears.

These habitats will have large pools, lots of trees, plenty of natural enrichment, and space to enjoy life as close to freedom as we can provide in captivity.

We need your help, we’ve already begun construction with the funds we’ve already received, we cannot finish these habitats until we’ve raised the whole amount.

Every little bit helps, please donate $5, $10, $50, or event $100 towards the goal. If everyone who received this email just donated $10, then we would be at our goal already. Please help us, help them donate now.

Click Here To Donate Towards Getting The “Bear Necessities” For Our Newest Bears

Upcoming Events

Thursday, April 6, 2017, All Day. Join us for Arkansas Gives day. Everyone is invited to join us for a day of online fun and fundraising for TCWR. Click Here For More Info On Arkansas Gives Day

Saturday, April 22, 2017, starting at 6:30 pm, join us for Cats at the Castle, an evening of fun, food, drinks, fundraising, and festivities. Spend time with the TCWR team and help us, help them. SOLD OUT!

Sunday, April 23, 2017, starting at 9 am join us for our 25-year anniversary celebration! We will be having a light breakfast, commemorative t-shirts, a habitat opening, fun, games, and intern Olympics. Click Here for more information about our 25-year Anniversary and to get your tickets now

Bear Necessities Needed

Weekly E-Newsletter

Your Furry Friends Need Your Help Now

March 22, 2017

Construction Begins on 2 New Bear Habitats

Our newest bear residents are eagerly awaiting the completion of their new homes. These new habitats will be permanent housing for the five bears from Colorado and possibly other bears that call Turpentine Creek home. Currently, the new bears are living in altered big cat habitats, but this is only a temporary housing solution for our bears.

Bear habitats have different requirements than big cat habitats. We also want to make sure our bears get the chance to be as wild as possible in captivity. Giving our animals the best lives possible in captivity is why we are taking on the massive challenge to build our two largest habitats to date!

So far, we have raised just over $31,000 of the $150,000 needed to complete the two habitats. Although we have a long way to go on fundraising, we have already begun building the two habitats. We will construct the habitats gradually as the funds become available, that way the habitats are completed as soon as possible.

 

Cats at the Castle: Filling up FAST!

Cats at the Castle is a beautifully, elegant event that allows our supporters to spend an evening with some of the Turpentine team and your fellow animal-loving supporters.

This annual fundraiser combines the beauty of Castle Rogues Manor, amazing food, drinks, music, live and silent auctions to offer you an amazing evening to support Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge.

Space is limited and almost sold out! If you want to join us for the 2017 Cats at the Castle event reserve your spot now while there is space left.

SOLD OUT

 Cat of the week: Sadie Bobcat

Sadie was brought to TCWR on July 10, 2001, at the age of 2-months-old. Her previous owners had found her in the woods near their home, lingering by her mother who had been shot and killed.

Having previously raised a bobcat kitten, they attempted to raise her as well. They soon discovered, however, that little Sadie was wilder than they had anticipated, and was a danger to their young child.

Today, Sadie lives in a habitat with Dillian and is known to have a mind for mischief. Exceptionally playful, Sadie is very affectionate toward certain members of staff. This beautiful girl is the queen of her habitat and loves to claim the highest perches for herself.

Sadie and many of our other animal residents are still in need of adopters. Some even still need sponsors. Our adoption and sponsorship programs help us to give the animals that call Turpentine Creek home the best lives possible in captivity. Please consider adopting or sponsoring one of the many animals that call Turpentine Creek home.

Upcoming Events At Turpentine Creek

This Saturday March 25, 2017, from 10 am until 4 pm Turpentine Creek will be hosting our animal Kite Fest. It is free to join the festivities and fly kites but to see the animals is normal entry fees.

Thursday April 6, 2017, All Day. Join us for Arkansas Gives day. Everyone is invited to join us for a day of online fun and fundraising for TCWR. Click Here For More Info On Arkansas Gives Day

Saturday April 22, 2017, starting at 6:30 pm, join us for Cats at the Castle, an evening of fun, food, fundraising, and festivities. Click Here To Get Your Tickets For Cats At The Castle Now – Limited availability

Sunday April 23, 2017, starting at 9am join us for our 25-year anniversary celebration! We will be having a light breakfast, commemorative t-shirts, a habitat opening, fun, games, and intern Olympics. Click Here for more information about our 25-year Anniversary and to get your tickets now

Boomerball Bobbin Donation

Enrichment Donation

March 14, 2017

The owners of Boomer Ball stopped by Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge to visit and donate two bobbin toys to the animals at Turpentine Creek. Turpentine Creek purchases large permanent enrichment from Boomer Ball frequently. These huge toys are made specifically with tigers and other large animals in mind. The hard toys are made to stand up to sharp claws and powerful teeth for an extended period of time.

The Turpentine Creek staff decided to give one of the newly donated toys to Khaleesi, Joey, Aurora, and Lakota. They were given a bright yellow bobbin to play with. Watch the video and see how much the animals appreciate the donation!

 

Permanent enrichment is vital to the mental and physical health of the animals that call Turpentine Creek home. Donations of Boomer balls, bobbins, and other enrichment toys help keep our animals entertained and healthy.

If you would like to provide permanent enrichment for one of the many animals that call Turpentine Creek home you can donate through BoomerBall.com directly.

Toy recommendations: Big Animals – Jungle Ball – $140 Large Heavy Duty Bobbin – $100

Small Animals – Heavy Duty Small Ball – $48 Small Heavy Duty Bobbin – $60

Cats At The Castle

Annual Fundraising Event

March 13, 2017

Join us on Saturday, April 22nd at 6:30 pm for our annual Cats at the Castle fundraising event. This year Cats at the Castle will be held at Castle Rogues Manor just off of Highway 187 in Beaver, Arkansas. Be ready for a night of glam as we celebrate our 25th year rescuing in style with a “Hollywood” themed event. Walk down the red carpet and into an evening of elegance, but watch out for the paparazzi!

Enjoy a fun-filled evening out with the Turpentine Creek team members and other Turpentine Creek supporters. Spend the evening listening to the live band and eating great food with your fellow animal lovers. You can also participate in the evening’s silent auction as well as a live auction, proceeds from both auctions will go back to the refuge to help care for the animals that call Turpentine Creek home. Tickets are very LIMITED so get your tickets now while they last, every year we sell out. Tickets for Cats at the Castle are $100 per person.

This year we are also celebrating our 25th-anniversary rescuing animals in need. On Sunday, April 23rd starting at 9:00 am we are also hosting our 25-year celebration, at Turpentine Creek. For those individuals who wish to attend Cats at the Castle and the 25-year celebration, you can purchase a single ticket for $140 and get entry into both events.

The 25th-anniversary party will start at 9:00 am with a light breakfast. A commemorative t-shirt, breakfast, and entry into the refuge are included in your 25th-anniversary ticket price.

Purchase your tickets now while they are still available. Once sold out no more tickets will be available.

CATS AT THE CASTLE IS SOLD OUT