Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge was established in 1992 as a no-kill facility dedicated to rescuing abused, abandoned and unwanted big cats. Our goal is to provide a lifetime refuge for rescued animals with the care, safety, and well being of the animals being the number one priority. All animals are treated with the dignity and compassion they deserve. TCWR has developed a reputation for this compassionate care across the country with law enforcement, universities, and others sharing a commitment to the Big Cats and other animals.
TCWR is one of the largest facilities of its kind open to the public anywhere in the U.S. Being open provides opportunities to educate the public on the plight of unwanted animals and to discourage humans from owning these animals as pets.
In 1997 TCWR established an internship for students desiring more experience in the care of exotic cats and animals. Intern applicants are college graduates in the fields of biology, zoology, animal psychology, veterinarian science and other related animal areas.
Big Cats have been rescued from many states across the country including Arkansas, Colorado, Missouri, Texas, Oklahoma, New York, New Jersey, Kansas, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Montana, and Tennessee and are provided a home in a caring and nurturing environment.