For today’s FurBall Friday, I would like to feature a wonderful non-profit animal rescue organization, not far from home, called Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge. While I do not support zoos or marine/aquatic facilities who aim to profit on the captivity of wild animals, I do support facilities such as Turpentine Creek that provide care and a safe, loving home for animals that have no viable option for life in the wild.
Turpentine Creek is located near beautiful Eureka Springs, Arkansas. If you haven’t been to Eureka Springs, this quaint, eccentric little town is worth a visit all on its own. The fact that Turpentine Creek is nearby is definitely an added bonus.
Turpentine Creek’s mission statement is this:
To provide lifetime refuge for abandoned, abused, and neglected “Big Cats” with emphasis on Tigers, Lions, Leopards, and Cougars.
You can learn a little bit more about Turpentine Creek by watching the following short video:
Visiting this wildlife refuge is something that I have always enjoyed and is something that I can still enjoy, even with chronic pain. Unfortunately, it takes nearly an hour to get there from where we live, so my husband is unable to tolerate the lengthy car ride. We tried it once, after the onset of his cervicalgia, and the pain that he experienced made it evident that he wouldn’t be able to go again, until (if and when) his condition improves.
Here are some photos from our last visit. Despite Billy’s pain, he, myself, and my parents had a lovely day.
Caring for and providing a lifelong home to these beautiful creatures is not cheap. They need housing, A LOT of food, veterinary care, toys, and many other things. For those who can or wish to donate to a very worthy cause, please feel free to visit the “donations” section of Turpentine Creek’s website here for more information about general donations, donating to a specific cause or animal, items that the facility regularly needs, or to become a member.
❤ Wishing you all a low pain level day! ❤