#MyGivingStory about Turpentine Creek Wildlife Reguge
Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge located in Eureka Springs, AR. Turpentine Creek rescues Tigers, Lions, Cougars, Bobcats, Black Bears, a Grizzly and other assorted creatures that come from private homes and facilities that can no longer take care of these beautiful creatures.
My husband and I were struggling financially, my husband needed a second job. Scott Smith hired him to drive the tour trolley, he has many skills but was grateful to have this job. This blessing of a job helped us make ends that were far from being met, to being met. About 6 months after my husband started working at TCWR they got a call that turned out to be their biggest rescue ever. A woman in Mountainburg, AR had a very large collection of Tigers in very poor conditions and, as we found out later, very poor health. My husband and I went from being grateful for this income, to having hearts sold out to helping these magnificent creatures. In order to rescue all 28 cats, that were eventually transported to TCWR, homes needed to be built for them. My husband took his vacation from his full time job and helped weld homes for them on Rescue Ridge, the new area for these new residents. We saw some very sick animals come to Turpentine Creek and we wished we could help financially but we were barely getting by. I volunteered time in the office while my husband worked but we wanted to do more. Specially for the ones needing extra healthcare.
Today, if one of the animals is sick and they can not be treated on site they need to be anesthsised, transported to the vet (about 40 miles away) kept under anesthsia while being treated and then while being transported back. A very serious situation for the animal, as well as staff. It's always been a dream at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge to build an onsite Vetinary Hospital. Something my husband and I wished we could make happen. Something that seemed totally out of reach but very necessary.
In April of 2014 my husband and I were blessed with a very big windfall and one of the first things we did was make a very large donation towards building the Vet Hospital at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge. A campaign kicked off and all the money for the building has been raised but what good will the building be with no equipment? So now there is a big need-some $150,000 or so to equip the Vetinary Hospital-I believe about a third has been raised so far. It would be such a blessing to have this project completely funded. Building has begun on the Vetinary Hospital, we feel so blessed to have been able to help build the Hospital, won't you please help fully fund it? BamBam, the Grizzly, Duke, one of the Tigers, Elvis, one of the Bobcats, and all the other 100 or so residents of Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge would be so grateful...we humans would be pretty thrilled too!
Review from #MyGivingStory
Small town. Small sanctuary. Staff and interns that are large in heart and effort to provide lifelong homes for those that have been victims of human ignorance. Animal habitats, diet, veterinary care, etc. are overseen by a fantastic group of interns and staff. These animals should not have been bred, BUT, they are now in caring hands for the rest of their lives. Please donate for their care.
Turpentine Creek rescued three tigers from our small rural community when their owner was no longer able to care for them. NO QUESTIONS ASKED! They took these tigers on without questioning their health or history. Immediately they provided surgery for one of the tigers who was suffering from complications from a bad declawing surgery that had become infected. They later found out that this tiger had testicular cancer. Unfortunately, he had to be euthanized. The other two tigers (three years later) are healthy and well cared for by the staff at TC. After reviewing their financial information, I am amazed at all the staff are able to provide for over 100 tigers, lions, and bears with very limited funding. TC can stretch a dollar farther than I thought possible. They do it by enlisting dedicated interns to help provide care and have negotiated in kind gifts to help provide food sources for the animals. In addition, they are currently raising money to provide on site veterinarian services to provide more vet care for the animals at a lower cost. They are affiliated with national groups that endorse their work and provide a high standard of oversight. TC is a five star organization doing a 10 star job! The staff are rock stars that deserve our support and recognition as they provide a much needed service for exotic animals that are victims of human neglect.
Review from Guidestar
I first visited this sanctuary many years ago with a friend and began taking my elderly father there to see the big cats. He fell in love with them, especially Hercules for his feisty personality. He decided to donate money to build one of the safari lodges (guests can stay overnight and listen to the roar of the lions), and we made sure it was handicap accessible so that others in wheelchairs (like my father) could enjoy this awesome experience. We spent many a pleasant evening watching the sun set over the Ozarks while sipping a glass of wine on the porch and listening to the various animal calls throughout the park. Often deer would visit the meadow nearby, including an unusual white faced doe. We became annual supporters and have donated money to several of their special projects (Bam Bam's new cage, for example). I am also impressed with their internship program. Many graduates go on to serve as curators for zoos, work as vets, or in some cases, become permanent employees of the refuge. Everyone who works there (interns, employees, volunteers, owners, board members, etc.) cares passionately about the best care for these majestic animals. They are limited only by the financial resources they have to run this amazing facility.
My spouse and I visited this rescue facility in Arkansas during summer of 2011. We actually spent parts of 2 consecutive days there since they have a small RV campground adjacent to their fenced area (which makes for a unique camping experience). It seemed to be well run, and the financials on file here indicate that salaries to the key people are quite low.
Review from Guidestar