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Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the DJ & T Foundation. The funds will be used for the sanctuary’s veterinary care program.

Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge celebrated their 27th year in existence May 1. The organization’s mission focuses on providing a lifetime home for abused and neglected big cats, though they frequently take in bears.

In 2016, at the height of the TCWR’s largest rescue to-date, “The Colorado Project,” construction continued on an on-site veterinary hospital to reduce the risks associated with anesthetizing and transporting animals 48 miles round-trip for medical treatment. In 2018, the refuge hired its first on-site veterinarian to provide an even higher standard of care to their 95 animal residents.

The DJ & T Foundation, established in 1995, focuses on animal welfare. They played a vital role in TCWR’s aforementioned Colorado Project through grant funding. Their support allowed TCWR to purchase the Colorado property, which was required for the sanctuary to begin facilitating the removal of 115 animals residing in deplorable conditions at the facility. The 2016 grant also funded staffing to carry out the six-month undertaking of rescuing, rehoming and transporting animals from the Colorado property to reputable sanctuaries nationwide.


April 29-May 3, Girl Scout troops and Girl Scouts — Diamonds President and CEO Dawn Prasifka donated more than 15,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies to student veterans on college campuses and other charitable organizations across the state as part of the council’s annual Girl Scouts Give Back Week. Prasifka and local Girl Scout Troops 5174 and 5327 donated 1,600 boxes of Girl Scout cookies to the University of Arkansas’ student veterans as a thank you to the community and its support of Girl Scouts who participated in the Girl Scout Cookie Program this year.

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