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NWA Gives Day Is Here!

April 2, 2020

We’ve been looking forward to this day for some time now. Today, April 2, is NWA Gives Day, always known for providing 12 hours of giving from 8 AM – 8 PM. This year, we have set a goal to raise $25,000, but things are going to look pretty different than they have in the past.

As most of you know, we are temporarily closed to the public for the first time in almost three decades. Spring and Summer are typically our busiest times of the year, with almost half of the money used to care for our animal residents coming from visitors during these months. All funds raised on NWA Gives Day will provide support to every feline, bear, and all those in between as we settle into what is likely to be our new normal for at least a little while longer.

However, we know everyone is facing a “new normal” right now. Many of you are scared; you may have lost a source of income or be concerned about your future ability to provide for yourselves and your family. We understand. That is why we want you to know that yes, on NWA Gives Day, we will be asking for donations, but no, that is not our primary focus. We want to use these 12 hours to celebrate you!

You have shown up for our animal residents during this trying time either monetarily or by sending words of support, sharing our social media posts, and tuning into our videos. Even though the world is…indescribable right now, you are still educating, still advocating, and still thinking about the exotic animals we have rescued. We know many of you are missing us right now; you had plans that have already been postponed, or you have an upcoming visit to the Refuge that you’re unsure you will get to go through with. From 8 AM – 8 PM on Thursday, April 2, we want to give you the chance to feel like you’re right here with us. We want you to forget about your troubles and fears, even just for a moment, and have fun.

During NWA Gives Day, we will be doing hourly giveaways on our social media platforms. No donation required to enter! We will also be filling your feed with extra live videos, games, posts to allow you to interact with other members of the Turpentine family, and some extra creative items that are stemming from our “new normal.” We will be asking for donations, but we want to stress the fact that we understand times are hard right now, and we don’t want anyone to choose our big cats over caring for themselves or their family. This is your pass not to feel pressure or guilt to give what you do not have.

If you feel like you can’t do anything but wish to do something, perhaps consider being a dollar donor. Last year, we raised countless dollars from people coming together to give a single dollar! Those donations contributed to us being the 3rd largest fundraiser during NWA Gives Day 2019! How many people choose not to give simply because they feel $1 (or $2, $3, $4, $5) doesn’t matter? That number adds up quickly!

You can also create a personal fundraiser on Facebook. This allows friends and loved ones to donate on your behalf. This link shows you how, but if you have any questions, please reach out to us!

For those able to give a little bit more but don’t know where to start, please consider donating the price of admission, $25. If you want to go beyond, every $100 provides two interns to care for our animal residents. Two hundred dollars is the cost to provide a dental examination for each TCWR animal resident.

You can give directly through the NWA Gives official website, which will qualify us for additional “prize money” from the NWA Gives team.

We also welcome donations through our website at, via Facebook, over-the-phone, and via the mail. Please be sure to specify on your check that the donation is for “NWA Gives Day 2020.”  

For more information on NWA Gives Day, please visit

We can’t wait to celebrate with you! Stay safe.

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