We Need Your Help
December 15, 2015
Will you help us?
As many of you know Eureka Springs is, for the most part, a destination location. And despite many years of cooperating efforts to bolster tourism during winter months, our beautiful town still experiences the “cold shoulder” of Old Man Winter. Unfortunately, while many local shops and restaurants are able to alleviate annual costs by temporarily closing their doors, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge is unable to share that convenience. So, it is during this time that we need your help the most!
Because they do not hibernate, it’s necessary to provide our exotic population with compassionate care throughout the year. They must still be given food and water. Their habitats must still be cleaned. And they still require veterinarian care, as well as supplements and medication. To be quite transparent, our annual operating cost – with no one receiving large salaries or bonuses – totals approximately $1.9 million; specifically $158, 333 per month, $36,538 per week and $5,205 per day. So, the humble truth is…we need your donations now more than ever.
Knowing full well that a penny saved is a penny earned, we consistently try to reduce daily costs and ask for items/supplies (i.e. office, janitorial, etc.) to be donated on a regular basis. I also discovered years ago that in order for the Refuge to prosper, it was necessary to diversify our revenue streams. That is why we offer so many opportunities for you to support our mission.
In April 2016, my family, friends, co-workers, interns, volunteers and you will have taken care of these animals for 24 years. Our team and the population who call the Refuge home are eternally grateful for your generosity and support. And please remember that any donation made by December 31, 2015 can be used to help ease your tax burden this year.
So, I ask again, will you help us?
Tanya Smith, president