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August 5, 2011
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August 5, 2011
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I started volunteering and donating to In-Sync after seeing a report about the rescue of the Leona 6. In-Sync not only provides sanctuary for these magnificent animals but they educate the public on their importance to every creature on the planet.

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When Aasha came to In-Sync she was in very bad condition. In just a few months she is healthy and happy due to the dedication of all the volunteers.

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August 3, 2011
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August 3, 2011
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In-Sync Exotics is truly amazing, almost a cure for the stupidity of so many humans who selfishly exploit animal well-being for monetary profit, ego or nefarious purposes.

Each animal is rescued from sometime horrible, always pathetic environments and cared for humanely. Not like a
zoo, but in a caring, more individualized environment that promotes responsibility of humans for other creatures of our Earth.

My first experience there nearly knocked me off my feet .... seeing the huge cats so closely. It' both humbling & inspiring.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

knowing my dollars and caring DIRECTLY benefit animals & educate humans to their responsibility to other creatures.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

replicate their work for all mammals, on land & in water.

August 2, 2011
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August 2, 2011
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When we moved into our new house across the lake from Wylie, I thought my husband was going nuts when he told me he was hearing the quiet roar of lions in the evening. Determined to prove him wrong, I went online and found In-Sync Exotics just a few miles away from us- we had to check it out! After church one Sunday, my husband, our four young kids and I loaded up in the van and set out on an adventure.

Upon arrival at In-Sync, we were pleasantly surprised by the nice gift shop and clean restroom. The entry fee was a little high, but considering all they do for these large cats, it was worth it. We left the large gift shop/registration building and strolled down the gravel walkway to the first set of enclosures.

All of the enclosures are fairly large and tall and have the chain-link cage that the cats are in and then another one surrounding the first with a walkway between the two for the workers. The enclosures were surprisingly clean and there was very little (if any) bad smells. All enclosures were shaded and some had toys for the cats to play in or large pools for them to swim in. You could tell that great care and attention is given to all of the cats.

When we got close to the first enclosure, a giant white tiger lunged towards us and let out a giant roar. We jumped back in shock and our kids wrapped themselves behind our legs. A very kind lady ran out of another building and informed us that the tiger is afraid of strollers and walkers and that we're not supposed to have them there. Needless to say, we didn't hesitate in putting the stroller away!

Besides that one intense moment where we inadvertently broke the rules and scared the kitty (but are secretly thankful it happened to us because it was a once-in-a-lifetime thing- hopefully) we loved In-Sync Exotics. The cats are large and beautiful, an amazing sight to see. It made us fear them and love them at the same time. We would love to volunteer in the future and are so proud to be a part of a community that not only cares about each other, but about creatures that can be misunderstood and feared, but definitely deserve to be respected.

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Wylie, TX on a trip to In-Sync Exotics for a fun family outing.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

post signs that stated no strollers or walkers and give the reason (they scare the animals). I'm not sure all of the volunteers are aware of the rule because we passed a few of them on our way down to the animal enclosures and no one said anything until after the tiger let us know he was there. We felt awful for scaring it (even though it was neat to see it's reaction) and definitely would have followed the rules had we known.

August 2, 2011
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August 2, 2011
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Absolutely WONDERFUL Organization. When I went out there, they had just rescued some cats from Poetry. The two cougars where inside being treated for Malnutrition and Dehydration. These beautiful cats were the center of attention for the crew at In-Sync. They do such great work. I can't wait to go see them now that they are being properly cared for.

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Watching unhealthy mistreated cats turn into happy healthy ones. What a great place

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None, other than more money for more inclosures to care for more cats.

August 1, 2011
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August 1, 2011
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These poor felines, whose stories would break your heart, look to be in absolute heaven in their 'homes." When I visited, I was shocked to see how close you are able to get to them. It was an amazing experience to say the least.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

By becoming informed on how the animals came to be at this sanctuary

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Do nothing, it's great

August 1, 2011
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August 1, 2011
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I have been a volunteer at In-Sync for almost 6 months now and truly love working out there. It is an awesome place where people actually care about every animal. I would highly recommend this facility to anyone who really wants to see big cats that are taken care of, utterly spoiled, and VERY happy. I never knew what chuffing was or that I would actually like it!

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watching them deal with the cats and truly love each one of them. The are truly dedicated to these cats and they are 100% taken care of and loved.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

wish them 100 more acres and all the money that they need to expand and continue with the awesome work that they do each day.

August 1, 2011
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August 1, 2011
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I first heard that DFW had exotic cat sanctuaries by a news story about another local sanctuary. I tried for 4 months to contact them regarding being a volunteer with no success. A friend at work told me about In-Sync Exotics and provided me with their website. Within 15 minutes I had my first interview setup! That was impressive.

I remember my first few times out thinking that maybe I was making a mistake. Maybe I really didn't want to be around exotic cats. Maybe I wasn't cut out for this kind of work anymore. (I say anymore because its alot like the farmwork I grew up doing.) Fortunately, I didn't act on those thoughts and kept showing up and doing what I was assigned.

Now two years later, I have learned so much and done so many different things I can hardly believe those earlier thoughts crossed my mind. What I love so much about In-Sync Exotics is that the cats are #1; many of the people I work with are like family. All of the cats have become family to me.

Each and every day, dishes are washed, diets prepared, enclosures scooped and washed, waters changed, medicine dispensed and various other duties performed. It's like a 5 star hotel! The expectation is that the cats live in the cleanest environment we can provide and get the best food, water and companionship as well. Thats a tall order and it happens day in and day out all for the cats benefit.

I would strongly reccommend this organization to anyone that loves animals and is willing to work to make their lives better!

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I have seen the lives of so many animals go from pitiful existence to healthly and vibrant. Two examples are Jazz and Shazaam. These are two male lions that could not walk when I began volunteering. I learned they had been severly malnutritioned among other things. I have watched them heal, grow and learn to use their legs!! It took alot of love, food, medicine and patience.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Compel more people to donate and volunteer. You can never have too many of either. If we got more donors, then we could build more enclosures, an on site vet clinic and numerous other projects that wait for funding!!!

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

A coworker.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Their residents welfare.

What is its top priority in the long run?

Their residents welfare and being able to sustain them and grow when the need arises.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

August 1, 2011
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August 1, 2011
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I volunteered for a short period of time at In-Sync Exotics in 2009, but it provided me with a lifetime of unforgettable memories! The passion and care the staff take in caring for these majestic creatures goes above and beyond the imaginable. No shortcuts are taken to make sure the each cat lives as long and as healthy a life as is possible. Everyone should visit this place at least once to not only educate themselves on the realities of how these cats once lived and to experience the awe you'll feel when you becomes surrounded by so many beautiful creatures!

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

through seeing the happiness these cats feel at home in In-Sync

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get them more funds to keep up the good work!

August 1, 2011
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August 1, 2011
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In-Sync provides cats who were formally without hope with love, hope, and so much more. I visited there for the first time not too long ago, and was amazed to see how content and happy the cats all seem. They are provided with all the play, love, food, and general care that they need - and more. Their environments are clean, well-maintained, and tailored to that cat's individual needs. These cats have come from varied backgrounds but most of them involved some level of abuse and/or neglect - how wonderful to have a place to truly call home and feel safe. Like people, animals respond to love and have their own way of recognizing when it is there or when it is not. I am touched by all that In-Sync is doing and wants to do.

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following up after my visit to read all the animals' stories on In-Sync's website, facebook pages, and blog. I feel like I know each of the cats and, in reading the stories of those who have passed away, grieved for them along with the staff of In-Sync. The pure love and devotion felt for these cats is more than apparent when you spend a few hours on any of these sites - if you can't go visit in person. Each and every cat matters and is loved. How wonderful is that?!

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

continue to write stories and post pictures across all venues - facebook, blog, website. I won't pretend to be an expert and I only have the best things to say about everything I have seen and observed here, but I would hazard a guess that there are many dreams that they have about things to do in the environments (or to add more environments) so that they could make life even better for their current cats or add more cats in need of rescue.

August 1, 2011
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August 1, 2011
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In-SYNC EXOTICS.....just can't say enough good things about it!! Loving staff, the cats seem to be comfortable and cozy....they have great enclosures with lots of toys....it's not only peaceful for the cats who have been rescued...it's a peaceful place to visit....you can look into the cats eyes and see that they are happy with their surroundings.

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Watching the progress of rescued cats....

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If it ain't broke...don't fix it!!

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