Colorado Project

 Colorado Project

On September 21, Turpentine Creek, in partnership with Tigers in America (TIA), purchased the property and equipment of a Colorado-based animal facility, whose owner was in ill health and wanted to ensure the well-being of the 110 animals on the property. He donated the animals, which included more than 70 tigers, to TCWR with the understanding that they would put the welfare of the animals first. This was a daunting challenge, but our founder and president, Tanya Smith, senior management, and the board decided to take it on.

On that day, the number of animals in our care more than doubled. Many of the animals from Colorado are in need of veterinary care, and an enormous amount of work needs to be done before winter comes to Colorado in earnest.

So far, we have moved 27 big cats to our Arkansas property and TIA has committed to placing and transporting the remainder of the animals who need new forever homes to the best big cat sanctuaries in the U.S.

Turpentine Creek has assembled a team of our keepers and former interns to care for the cats in Colorado, while we perform safety improvements and emergency veterinary care. Our goal is to downsize the facility as fast as possible to be able to manage the animals as winter sets in, in Colorado.

This is an enormous undertaking, and the cooperation and generosity of the animal sanctuary community cannot be overstated. This is an unprecedented showing of sanctuaries working together to make sure no big cat or exotic animal will be left behind. Everything that we do is for the animals, and we want to thank everyone who has helped accomplish this monumental task. Thank you all!

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Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

239 Turpentine Creek Lane

Eureka Springs, AR 72632

Attn: Colorado Project