Celebrating 28 Years Rescuing

Join Us May 5th For Our Online Fundraising Party!

For 28 years, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge has offered a safe haven to big cats, bears, and other exotic animals in need.

You are invited to join us on May 5th from 8am – 5pm CST for an online fundraiser “Pawty” to celebrate TCWR’s 28 years of saving lives!

(WOW! We just had to up our goal because so many people are wanting to offer matches! So, instead of raising $28,000 to represent the 28 year’s we’ve been open, we are going to try to raise $42,000 to represent the 42 animals from our very first rescue in 1991 – which was the whole reason Turpentine Creek opened!)

Our goal is to raise $42,000 on May 5th to represent the 28 years of saving lives! We also have matching donations available to help kick off the celebration!

For the first time in 28 years, we have had to temporarily close our doors to the public due to COVID-19, but that isn’t stopping us from celebrating! We’ve decided to combine our annual anniversary bash, an online auction, and #GivingTuesdayNow to bring you a full day of online fun and fundraising to help us care for our animal residents!

We have a day planned filled with fun games, online auctions, activities, and live videos to help keep our online audience engaged. Throughout all of this we encourage supporters to donate, but that is not a requirement to enjoy our celebration!

We have a lot of amazing items up for auction made BY OUR ANIMAL RESIDENTS! make sure you check out the online auction page to see all the awesome items that are available (such as this awesome neon paw painting made by Rocklyn)!

Because we are temporarily closed to the public, we don’t have our usual income from daily tours or lodging. Thankfully our online community has stepped up and helped fill in some of those financial gaps but we are still down almost 35% in income. We have done our best to reduce expenses, and have laid off a few employees that couldn’t perform their job remotely (with plans to rehire them as soon as we reopen to the public), but we also had projects already in progress that needed finished and very few expenses can be cut since so many of our annual expenses are tied directly to animal care.

We hope you join us from from 8am until 5pm CST on May 5th for this online extravaganza celebration! We look forward to seeing you on our social media accounts!

P.S. You don’t have to wait to donate! Donate for our 28th anniversary online, by phone, or by check today and help us help them! Could you donate $2.80, $28, or $280 to celebrate our 28th anniversary?

Donate Today To Celebrate 28 Years Of Saving Lives!


Ways To Give:

  • Participate in our online auction
  • Donate here or on Facebook
  • Create a personal Facebook fundraiser to get your friends involved. Learn how here.
  • Add a donate button for Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge to your Instagram stories. 
  • Purchase your admission tickets for a future visit. Admission tickets never expire! 
  • Grab an online gift card or gift certificate.
  • If you feel a desire to give more than you’re able to right now, consider becoming a recurring donor! A $5 monthly donation will add up and help our animal residents during COVID-19 closures and for any other unforeseen events to come.
  • Become a “dollar donor.” A some supporters have offered to match the first $15,000 dollar for dollar. This means when you give $1 (or $5, $10, $20, $50) your donation will be doubled by this supporter. If everyone who “only” has spare change to offer made a donation, it would add up quickly for our animal residents. You CAN make a significant difference this way.


Other Ways To Support Survivors of the Exotic Pet Trade

  • Share our social posts with your friends! 
  • Take the 2020 Pledge to support our 2020 Vision: Your Focus, Their Future. 
  • Share your story. Recall a memory or tell people about your favorite animal as a way to celebrate TCWR’s 28 years.