Shasta “Paws” and Flip The White-Nosed Coati Need Your Help
December 20, 2018
Flip the white-nosed Coati might not be able to lead a sleigh through dense fog to save the day and help Shasta “Paws” deliver gifts to all the good girls and boys, but you can help “save” animals in need by donating to Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge today.
This has been an exhilarating year for the Refuge. We welcomed five animals into the TCWR furry family, created a new department dedicated to education, added an advocacy program, built two enormous natural habitats for six bears, hired an on-staff veterinarian, started constructing a new serval habitat with a temperature controlled building, heated multiple dens, ran electric throughout Rescue Ridge and part of the tour loop, installed five storm shelters (with 4 more to go), replaced our 30+-year-old meat trailer which broke down, purchased new vehicles to help team members get around the property, updated some of our lodging, and so much more. It was a year of advancement, improvement, and innovation, but also a year of unexpected expenses.
Although our amazing supporters come to our rescue often to help cover project costs, we rely on our annual visitors and lodging guests to fund our yearly operations expenses. This means that typically 100% of all donations go directly to the care of our animal residents. This year, however, our visitor attendance was lower than anticipated. This left us struggling to cover our high winter utility bills and daily operating costs. Winter is our slowest time, meaning there is very little chance that we will be able to make up the funding gap through admissions. So, this year we are asking you to help just a little bit more in the holiday season to keep the Refuge running.
We could cover the unexpected gap in our operations expenses if:
Everyone who visited our website in a month donated the cost of 1 adult ticket ($20)
Everyone who came to the blog post from social media donated the cost of a Pride Membership ($100)
Everyone who visits our blog donated the value of one small cat sponsorship ($1,000)
We appreciate the support and dedication of our donors, many of whom have recently given to help cover Blackfire’s surgery and the purchase of much needed medical supplies for our veterinary hospital. We want to thank everyone for their support this year and hope that 2019 will be even better than this one.
Thank you for helping us give refuge to animals in need, for supporting our mission, for helping spread the word about the plight of big cats in captivity, and for being the voice of the voiceless. Please help us help them; we couldn’t continue to rescue big cats without you.