These are the faces of some of the friends we made while in Eureka Springs. We spent an afternoon with them thoroughly enjoying their company. These beautiful cat faces belong to some of the residents of Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge.
The refuge takes in all kinds of big cats that need a home - usually because someone thought they could keep a wild cat as a pet. Then one day the bobcat started spraying all over the house or the cougar shred the couch. Or the tiger began to show some aggression acting like, .... well, a tiger. Imagine that?!
What in the world makes people think they really can make a pet out of these cats? No one loves them more than I do. No one would absolutely love having a lion lying around the studio more than I would. But its just not realistic. And even if you could, it isn't fair to the cat to be so confined.
Turpentine Creek is a sanctuary so they do not do any breeding or selling of the cats. They simply provide them with a safe home. They attempt to make their habitat as conducive to what is best for the cat as is possible. They are a non-profit organization. So, funds are always an issue. Some of the cages are smaller than is ideal while they wait for funding. I wish I had a bundle to share with them to make all those cages as large as possible
My son is a gifted photographer. He took lots of great shots for me. I will be able to use them for art reference. I'm so excited to get started.
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