In-Sync Exotics, Inc.

Rating: 4.97 stars   292 reviews

Address:

PO Box 968 Wylie TX 75098 USA

Mission:

"To provide a caring, safe haven to some of God's most beautiful creatures. We put their needs above all else; the old, the maimed, the unwanted can find sanctuary here."

Results:

We spent a lot of time this year fundraising for our new animal residents requiring specialized medical care due to their age and present health condition, plus funds were needed to build the cats a new play area, complete with an outdoor splash pool.

Programs:

Animal Husbandry Training Program Volunteer Program Community Outreach Program Enrichment Program

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Rating: 5 stars  

I came to In-Sync Exotics with the intention of seeing whether I could volunteer and help out, as my longtime career goal in life is to eventually work one-on-one with wild animals. I was not disappointed with the place. The animals' enclosures are enriching, spacious, and green, adjacent to their enclosures where they can rest out of the way of the hot sun, and sleep. They seem well taken care of by the staff, who appear to be knowledgeable people in the field with enthusiasm and genuine care for the cats. I look forward to volunteering here in the months, and possibly years, to come, and getting to know the other people involved who share the same love and interest in wildlife as I do.

-Haley Shaw

 
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3 people found this review helpful

I found ISE four and a half years ago. I saw their page on Facebook. I have always been fascinated with Big Cats so I went to visit. I was so impressed I asked about volunteering. The screening process took three weeks and started training. My Zen place was found. The Cats are amazing, they are not pets to is they are our friends. We care for them like friends. Their areas are cleaned every day rain, snow or 105 degrees. They are fed quality meats everyday. They get Vet care my our own wonderful Vet Emily. Staff live on site start at 0700 in the morning and work sometimes until midnight cleaning, feeding and giving meds.
One of the things I have seen that others outside can't is how our new friends change from intake to residency. We take in cats that have been neglected, most with horrid health. They are scared, angry and sick. The patience and love shown them from day one changes them. They bond with us and over time they show us care back. I have seen tigers that would hide in their den at feeding until we left that now chuff and make happy noises to see their feeders. And greet their cleaners with fence hugs. Those are when the cats rub on the fence against you like how a cat rubs on your leg just with a fence between you. Check out our before and after pictures of some of our cats and others.
We even took in a goat that showed up after a tornado hit Wylie. She had two kids. They have become part of the family. As did our two lemurs.
We also have released many Bobcats back to the wild. New intakes of bobcats are watched for a period of time to see if they have been desensitized to humans. If they can be released when they are healthy again they go to a safe release place.
The owner, Vicky Keahy, is one of my heroes in life. Her leadership in care and concern for the Cats health and safety is stellar. ISE is her life.
I now live 2 hours away but I still make my weekly trips to get my therapy. I volunteered to help rescue big cats, they wound up rescueing me.
I love this place. I plan on volunteering until my last day on earth. Then I will meet up with my cat family that have went on before me.
I donate monthly as well because I see how the donations are used. Quality food and medical care as well as housing expansions that are spacious and planned well. The Tigers have pools that they love. The Bobcats, Cougars and Leopard have climbing areas that are safe and comfy. I could go on and on. I will end just by saying you would have to see how they Cats treat the Staff to truly understand to nature of ISE.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I found out about In-Sync from a coworker of my mom's. I was looking into Wildlife and Fisheries at Texas A&M for my major because of my love of animals, mainly exotic animals. I've been a cat lover all my life, and when I heard about this place hidden away only 15-20 miles from where I live, I was ecstatic. That was a couple years ago, and now I've been a number of times. I'm a part of the project volunteer staff and I take friends and family with any chance I get. I HIGHLY recommend it if you are ever in the area of Lake Lavon.

Any donations go straight to the cats, whether it be to fund toys for enrichment, a new vet center for their health, food, water bills from cleaning and refreshing their buckets, or even the new enclosure to house more cats. You can always find the cats happy, lounging about and enjoying the cool pools or their secluded dens, playing with boomer balls or each other.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

When I found out about In Sync exotics I was truly amazed something like this was only an hour away from my house. I started volunteering about 6 months ago and it has truly changed my life. I try to volunteer twice a week because it's extremely important to help these beautiful animals. Cleaning enclosures is my favorite thing to do because I get to be up close and personal with animals. Building a bond with a tiger just wasn't something I ever thought I would do on my life, but In Sync changed that quickly for me. Everyone who volunteers truly cares about the wellbeing of all of the animals. We take our volunteerings duties seriously to keep the place safe for us and the cats. I wouldn't want to spend my extra time anywhere else. In Sync Exotics is the best thing I ever accidentally stumbled upon.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

When I first visited In Sync my first impression was how healthy the animals looked. They all appeared to be well fed and had sleek coats. As my visit continued I also noticed that many of the cats were actually playing with their toys, enjoying waterfalls and pools, and seemed- well- actually "people-oriented". I wouldn't say they were tame by any means, but it was clear that their experiences at In Sync were good ones, and that they were used to positive interactions with the staff. They had large and clean shaded areas as well as large yards, which I was told they rotated to throughout the day so that all the cats had a chance to be in the large yards and play. I also like that In Sync very diplomatically educates visitors with wandering "Animal Ambassadors" who circulate the grounds and answer visitors' questions about the cats as well as educating them about the follies of trying to own a wild cat as a "pet", and about the "cub petting" and canned hunting industry.


On a subsequent visit I was also invited to see the commissary (I was considering volunteering at In Sync). Each animal had their own food menu and plan, based on their preferences (!) as well as health.

I am now a full on volunteer in training. Safety and cleanliness are paramount here. The work is hard and the facilities and tools are very modest, but everyone here truly cares for the animals and works as a team. I am looking forward to spending more time at In Sync and getting to know some of the cats better.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I visited this place for the first time a year ago and I immediately knew I wanted to be apart of what they are doing. When you visit, you see how much love each of these cats get and it really shows. Now that I'm volunteering, I see it even more. I see people sifting through meat to find just the right piece for the picky eaters, I see the money go directly to the cats and their health over decoration to please the public eye, I see people staying up all night with a cat after surgery just to make sure they don't bite at stitches and so they aren't alone, and I see beautiful bonds formed between animal and human. It's been an amazing experience. Visit, and you'll see for yourself.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I first visited in March of 2015 and began volunteering the following month. The commitment of staff and volunteers to these animals is phenomenal. If you are ready to brave bumpy, country roads on the edge of Dallas to find the correct gravel lane that leads to In-Sync, you won't regret it. Inside are happy cats and some tiger pools that are to die for. The newest enclosures can only be accessed by ducking under a horse gate but they are well worth the trouble. I volunteer often and highly recommend In-Sync for a visit to anyone who loves big cats and wants a bit of pastoral adventure.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

In-sync is an amazing place full of people who dedicate their time and energy into these animals. It's truly breathtaking how beautiful these creatures are and without In-Sync most of these cats would be dead. Every time I see the cats I'm amazed at how far they have come since first arriving at In-Sync.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I first visited here two years ago. I spent a great amount of time talking to the volunteers. The cats are so well taken care of and so loved. You could feel how much the cats loved the volunteers back. All the chuffs and moans you can imagine. I was hooked and became a volunteer myself as soon as I could. Come see us! You get so much closer to the cats than you will at a zoo. You can almost count their eyelashes.

 
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4 people found this review helpful

I am a volunteer at In-Sync. I am very proud to be at a facility that cares so much for the cats that are under our care. We strive daily to make their lives more enjoyable. Our only reward is the chuffs and moans we get each day and we treasure each one.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I have been a volunteer at InSync since January. I already feel like its my second home. I am so proud to be a part of taking care of these amazing creatures. We all wish that they could run free in the wild, but that is not to be. Everyone works so hard to keep these cats happy, well fed and clean. It is so heart warming to see them with their enrichment and playing on their playgrounds. They are so very pampered and I am humbled to be able to pamper them. The dedication of all the staff is really remarkable. Come visit us and see for yourself.

 
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I became aware of In-Sync Exotics 11 years ago when my teen age daughter told me about a classmate of hers whose mother ran this exotic cat rescue. I couldn't wait to get over there to see if it truly was a legitimate operation. Wow! I never left after that first day!! In Sync gives each cat individual care and diets determined by their needs and the condition in which they arrived. Medical care is top notch and the staff continually checks blood work, weight, food consumption, etc. to keep good track of their health. The cats are provided with environments that duplicate as closely as possible what they would need in the wild: swimming pools with water falls for tigers - all of whom love to swim; high platforms for lions who love to lay down to survey their domain; ramps, platforms and tall structures for mountain lions and leopards who love to be up high and look down on people. They all have access to large grassy playgrounds. Every enclosure is cleaned every single day, even holidays, and meals are served in bowls with their names on them! (since they are each on their own individual diet). Great care is given to make sure each cat gets individual attention each day and they all get enrichment at least once a week - usually more frequently. The love given to these beautiful animals is palpable as you walk around the grounds and see how relaxed and content they are. Every single one of them is a rescue or has been rehomed to us by owners who found out that they do not make good pets. This place is amazing and all of the animals who call In Sync home would have nowhere else to go if they did not come here, to this welcoming, loving haven.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I have been a volunteer at In-Sync Exotics for nine years and I really cannot imagine nor remember what my life was like before I started working with these magnificent animals. The cats at In-Sync are actually family to all of us who are lucky enough to be near them. We cry when we see them come to us at first sick, frightened, undernourished, covered in open sores, and then the joy begins as we watch them blossom into the magnificent animals they were meant to be. The love that is showered over them by staff and volunteers makes the magic happen. It takes a lot of cleaning, positive vibes, great food, correct medication and great vet care to achieve these successes - none of which comes cheaply. I know for a fact that every penny goes directly to the care of these exotics! I am so proud to be a member of such an outstanding sanctuary - the cats' comfort and well-being comes before all else, and that is as it should be!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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I started volunteering at In-Sync about 8 years ago. I certainly would not still be there if I did not think this was a worthwhile organization! I am constantly amazed at the level of dedication of our volunteers to these beautiful cats who come to us in such need. I have seen tears flow when we see the condition some of these animals arrive in and then the hours of work put into each and every one of them to help them reach their prime. Lions who could not walk end up chasing balls all over their big playgrounds. Tigers who crouch in fear at every new noise when they arrive, come over to their fences to be loved on and to chuff at their favorite keeper. Watching them investigate their swimming pools for the first time is a joyous occasion! Medical needs are met immediately and people are always coming up with new knds of enrichment to keep them stimulated, happy, playful and thinking! It is a place of healing and happiness!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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I have been volunteering at In-Sync for about 7 years. Even though we rely almost soley on volunteer help, there is a great consistency for our beloved cats. We have programs in place where each cat has a "Cat Companion" who goes and talks to "their" cat as often as possible and the cats, in turn, respond to our voices! It is so rewarding to see a large exotic cat come right over to the fence when they hear certain voices. We also are known for rescuing and caring for older and sick cats who no one else will help. We rescued Sabu ( I LOVE him!) last summer from a now closed sanctuary. He was unable to walk without falling over, was 21 years old, did not have mane due to neutering and had no bladder control. We were happy to take him! He now can walk and also run a little, plays with his beloved ball and adores being scratched by our volunteers through the fencng. He has a heart as big as the great outdoors and I am so glad we rescued him!! His is one of many stories you will find at our sanctuary.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I have been a volunteer at In-Sync for almost 8 years and have seen tremendous growth - both in the size of the facility and the number of rescued animals, but also in the programs we have instituted for the further health and well being of our cats. We have had a trainer come from another major facility to help us train our cats to receive basic medical treaments without needing to anesthetize them, which can be dangerous for the animals and certainly not pleasant. We have an enrichment program where each cat has a volunteer who gives them extra attention at least once a week with things that help stimulate their minds. We also have a Cat Companion program where each cat has a volunteer who just sits outside their enclosure and talks to them for extended periods - getting them comfortable with the human voice and feeling safe and secure in their environment. Of course, every enclosure is cleaned every single day and water tubs are cleaned and water drinking barrels also. We have taken in very elderly cats with serious medical issues - ones no one else would want - and allowed them to live out their lives in peace, dignity and without fear. To see their eyes change from frightened and withdrawn to bright, alert and curious about their surroundings is worth every single minute and dollar involved to get them there.

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

watching health and vigor return to animals we have rescued. I have also enjoyed watching children learn about the problems involved with exotic animals in circuses and any of the entertainment industries. Seeing them respond to animals they can see so clearly and up so close and knowing that this has made an impact on how they will view wild animals in the future - this has been a very mportant part of my experience with In-Sync.

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

Find a way for us to not have to worry about finances! This is a very expensive undertaking ( if done properly ) and we could help even more animals if money were not such an issue.

 
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In-Sync does actually do everything that it's Mission Statement says. Every penny raised goes to the big cats ( tigers, lions, serval, cougars, bobcats, lynxes). The sanctuary is run almost totally by volunters with only 1 full time paid position - the head zoo keeper. The animals are always treated with dignity and receive the best vet care available. They are given enrichment daily to help keep their minds active and they receive individualy prepared meals - just to their liking! Some prefer their meat in chunks, some prefer it ground up and that is how they get it daily! Each cat is talked to and individually inspected daily for any signs of injuries or illness. The tigers all have access to pools while the other cats have climbing apparatus in their playgrounds or whatever best fits their needs. It is an awesome place where, as I said, each and every pnny goes directly to the care of the exotic cats.

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

person.

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

not change anything!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing the vast improvement each cat has made after his/her rescue and placement in In-Sync.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated and very hard working. They were also exceptionally well-trained since safety is a major issue when dealing with large, exotic cats

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

build an on-site veterinarian facility, which it sorely needs, and build more enclosures and play areas so many more cats could be rescued. It could also educate many more people about the plight of exotic cats and all other exotic animals in our society.

Ways to make it better...

It could not have been better.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

raising money to build new enclosures for the many more cats who need rescuing in Texas.

One thing I'd also say is that...

visiting there is a life changing event. One realizes the many stupid things we have done in our lives and supported in our lives that have led directly to the abuse and horrible mistreatment of these magnificent animals.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

 
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