Monthly Archives: December 2017

New Year New Beginning

2017 End Of The Year Wrap-Up

December 26, 2017

This past year was filled with many accomplishments and celebrations. We’ve spent the year building habitats, rescuing animals, giving daily care and enrichment to 100 animals, celebrating our 25 years of rescuing, hosting an intern reunion, and trying out new technology. This year we’ve saved lives, but we’ve also had to say goodbye to some of our beloved older animals. As with any rescue facility, we only have a limited amount of time with the animals we care for; death is part of the circle of life and cycle of rescuing.

Our 2017, ended on a very high note, we were notified that we have received our Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries Accreditation after working on it for five years. A GFAS Accreditation tells the world, and supporters, that Turpentine Creek meets the highest standards of care for the animals that we rescue. We are proud to earn our place as a GFAS sanctuary and we will continue to strive to better ourselves and go above and beyond the requirements to make sure that Turpentine Creek can give the animals in our care the best lives possible in captivity.

As we look forward to 2018, we know that next year will be even better than this year. We’ve already begun making plans for some events happening in 2018 and all we can say is “stay tuned!” Next year is going to be a fun and eventful year. We’re planning on starting an advocacy program, kicking off our new Visitor Education Center fundraising, building habitats, having grand openings for our two big bear habitats, rescue calls, and MORE!

It is only with your help that we can do what we do. Your donations are what keep Turpentine Creek running and give us the ability to do what is necessary to not only care for the animals but make improvements so that we can give them better lives and meet the higher care standards of groups like GFAS. Please donate and help make 2018 the best year yet!

Donations made the last quarter of the year make up 20-40% of our annual donations. Donating now not only helps you (with tax deductions) but helps us make plans for what we will do in the upcoming year. You can make a donation now and set up monthly recurring donations for 2018 to make your donation even more impactful. Monthly donations help us make plans so that we know how many animals we can care for, and if we have the money/room for more animal rescues. As a 501(c)3 non-profit your donations are tax deductible. Our donations go to helping care for the animals. Donate now and help us help them. 

O’ Chuff-mas tree

Holiday Season at TCWR

December 18, 2017

This year is coming to a close, but even though it will be ending soon, we still have two weeks left in 2017. Turpentine Creek is open every day of the year, except for Christmas so that our team and interns can enjoy the holiday. Yet, even when we are closed to the public, we still provide quality care for the animals that call the refuge home.

Although we are looking forward to Christmas, the team is extra excited about what happens after the holidays are over, seasonal enrichment! Many local Christmas tree lots, the Crescent Hotel, and individual supporters, donate Christmas Trees for the animals to enjoy. It is always fun to introduce different types of enrichment to the animals, and Christmas trees are some of the most exciting enrichment we can provide. Natural enrichment, like snow, is also another benefit of the winter season. Tigers, bobcats, and cougars are big fans of the white fluffy snow that sometimes covers the ground here in Arkansas. It is very fun to build snowmen for the animals and watch them playing in the snowbanks.

We also remind visitors that although the animals LOVE playing in the snow and the cooler weather, as humans we need to dress according to the weather. If it is cold, please wear jackets, gloves, hats, scarves, snow boots, or whatever clothing is appropriate for the weather when you come to visit.

During the final weeks of the year, we also spend a little extra time helping supporters sort out their end of the year donations. Donating is a great way to help the animals and get a little back from what the government takes from your paycheck. Your donation helps us care for the animals all year and by donating now we can plan for projects and special enrichment events in advance. Donate now and help us help them. 

Please be safe this holiday season, no matter what holiday you are celebrating. We invite everyone to come out and visit this winter. Please be aware of our holiday hours if you are planning a visit or trying to contact the refuge.

Holiday Hours:

Christmas Eve: 9a – 2p (last tour leaves at 12p)

Christmas Day: Closed

New Years Day: 10a – 5p (first tour leaves at 11a)

*** We do close if the weather is too severe. We will announce all closings on our social media outlets – Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.


A Local Community Leader

TCWR Honored With Community Award

December 8, 2017

Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge works hard to be one of the best Big Cat Refuges in the United States. We are always improving our procedures, how we build habitats, and how we care for animals so that we can give our animals the best lives possible in captivity. But we couldn’t do half of what we do without support from our local community.

Turpentine Creek is dedicated to helping our local community. We host local cleanup days, send representatives to most local events, and participate in local activities and parades. Due to all of our community engagement, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge was recognized during the annual Chamber of Commerce Banquet on December 7, 2017. The Turpentine Creek Team is very honored to not only be nominated but also to be the recipient of The Community Foundation Award.

During the event, 18 team members accepted The Community Foundation Award on behalf of the whole team. The Community Foundation Award is presented to a Chamber business that has been recognized by the Chamber board and community leaders for their longevity in service towards the promotion, support, and prosperity of the city of Eureka Springs.

Rescues, like Turpentine Creek, need the support of their local communities to be successful. Turpentine Creek is very grateful that Eureka Springs has embraced Turpentine Creek and supports our mission. We hope that the relationship between Turpentine Creek and Eureka Springs will continue to grow over in the upcoming years. Through your support and the support of our local community, are able to offer a safe forever home for hundreds of neglected, abandoned, and abused big cats from all over the nation.

Thank you to everyone who has made it possible for us to not only care for the animals but also our community.


#GivingTuesday Results

Your Donations Make A Difference

December 4, 2017

Once a year, supporters all over the world come together on a single day to help the nonprofits that they love. #GivingTuesday is the kickoff of the end of the year giving season. Most nonprofits get 20-40% of their donations at the end of the year, so this is a very important time for us.

This year for #GivingTuesday, we set a high goal to raise $11,550 so that we could purchase equipment to assist with habitat building. The equipment, a Bobcat Trencher attachment, a Bobcat Auger attachment, a Stihl XL Chainsaw, a Stihl Concrete Saw, and 4 Stihl professional grade weedeaters, will help us to expand into the densely wooded and hilled section of our 450+ acres of property to build bigger, natural habitats for our residents.

Thanks to our amazing supporters we reached our goal shortly after noon! We are always pleasantly surprised, but not shocked, by how quickly our supporters will come together to help us fund projects or get much-needed equipment. Because we reached our goal so early we were able to move onto our stretch goal of $25,258. The additional $13,708 would be used to purchase a 6-month supply of Nebraska and Tripple A meat for our special dietary needs cats (such as Peyton, Rocklyn, and Black Fire).

By the end of #GivingTuesday, we had received $20,489 in donations through Facebook, Paypal, and in-person donations. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation was offering a $2 Million dollar match for Facebook donations, but we have yet to be notified of how much of the $7,537, that was donated through Facebook, qualified for the match. It can take up to 72 days for us to get a notification from Facebook about the #GivingTuesday match, so our official fundraising numbers may go up in the next few weeks.

We would like to thank everyone who donated to Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge on #GivingTuesday. We also want to say thank you to all the wonderful people who participated in our #GivingTuesday activities through Facebook. We gave away 8 paw paintings and a few other amazing prizes throughout the day to participants. It was a lot of fun and it helped spread the word about Turpentine Creek.

With your help, we can do AMAZING things! Thank you all for your support!

Don’t forget to make your end of the year donations before January 1st if you want a 2018 tax deduction. Also, if you are ordering an adoption, sponsorship, calendar, coloring book, membership, or cub club package for Christmas, your orders must be received on or before December 10th if you want to get them before Christmas.