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April 16, 2014
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April 16, 2014
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I visited In-Sync for the first time last summer after watching a news story about their fight against an outbreak of canine distemper virus. It only took the one trip for me to know without a doubt that I had to be part of In-Sync. When I saw the love and total dedication to the well being of each and every cat that calls In-Sync home, I was overwhelmed. The complete and utter selflessness of every staff member and volunteer as they tried to fight a disease that threatened everything they loved made me see that heroes don't always wear a uniform or get paid. That love and commitment continues every day at In-Sync. I see it each and every time I am there. The cats are happy and loved beyond anything they ever experienced before. They come first, in everything. Each cat is cared for individually according to its needs because each is different and special. It's amazing to see a tiger feel grass under its paws for the first time when all they have known is concrete. Or to see them play with a toy for the first time when all they have known is boredom. In-Sync is the first safe and happy home most of these cats have ever known. I am so honored to call myself a volunteer for In-Sync.
April 16, 2014
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April 16, 2014
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This is the cleanest and best place for the kitties to spend the rest of their days. Vicky is so amazing at the wonderful care she provides for the cats ! Such nice people too!

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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?

2014

April 16, 2014
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April 16, 2014
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I'm extremely proud to be part of this incredible sanctuary! I visited others many times in the past. Some were nice, some not so much but the first time I visited In Sync, I was astounded at the level of care, love and cleanliness and felt I had to be a part of it. The workers were so very friendly to my friend and I while we walked around. Now that I am a part of this wonderful place, I can honestly say that the cats are definitely number one priority. All donations go directly to the cats. Care is never anything but 100%. If they need vet attention, they have it. Preventive care is a priority and food is carefully prepared every day. But the absolute finest part of this institution is the LOVE each and every volunteer and staff member gives to the cats. Watching new residents blossom is a real treat to behold.

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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?

2014

April 16, 2014
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April 16, 2014
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Originally my family and I were just visitors but my two step-daughters and I have now become volunteers as of March 2014. We have seen the dedication, hard work, love, laughter, tears and overall welcoming into a new family from this amazing place. Respect is top of the list for everyone and every animal here. I can't imagine a better place to dedicate our time to. We will forever be a In-Sync volunteer family!
April 16, 2014
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April 16, 2014
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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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3 previous reviews - show all
January 25, 2012

I started volunteering this past spring at In-Sync. I was and still am amazed by the dediction of Vicky and all the other people that dedicate their time to care for these cats. It's amazing to see ... more

April 16, 2014

This place is amazing! Everyone there is dedicated to the care of the cats. The love and respect for these cats is evident every minute of the day. The focus is always to ensure this is a safe, happy and loving forever home for some of God's greatest creatures.
January 25, 2012

I started volunteering this past spring at In-Sync. I was and still am amazed by the dediction of Vicky and all the other people that dedicate their time to care for these cats. It's amazing to see the transformation of these cats after they arrive. Some are scared, sick and just plain sad. In a very short time and lots of love and attention by the staff, they become the beautiful creatures they were meant to be. The only thing these beautiful creatures need to do is be happy, that is the main priority of In-Sync. The people at In-Sync pride themselves in safety for both the humans and the cats as well as making sure the cats have clean and happy homes. These cats are loved like no other.

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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

August 22, 2011

I am amazed everytime I go to In-Sync and see the level of care and most importantly the love for these babies. When most of these creatures arrive at In-Sync, they are so sick, scared and neglected. In just a short period of time, it's easy to see how the love and care they are given completely changes them. The folks at In-Sync invest their lives and their hearts with these cats. It's heart breaking when one crosses the rainbow bridge and everyone is devastated. When you walk around the sancuary and hear the cats chuffing or singing, you know that all the hard work is worth it. I never tire hearing them sing or seeing them play.

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

attending special events to raise funds, volunteering, bringing friends and family to visit the sancuary.

Ways to make it better...

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

give them all the money and medical care they need so they focus on their care and loving the cats.

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July 11, 2011

The first time I visited In-Sync I knew I was had found something special. The cats are so loved and the first priority is making them happy and healthy. It's an amazing place and they work so hard to provide them a safe place to live out their lives. Walking around the sanctuary and seeing the cats when they recognize their caregivers is just heartwarming. The cats know they are loved.
I have recently become a volunteer and love every minute I can help and be near the cats.
If you ever have a chance to visit, you will never be the same again. Hearing the chuffs and roars from the cats will touch your heart.

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

visiting and volunteering

Ways to make it better...

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

Make it so that money would never be a concern.

April 16, 2014
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April 16, 2014
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I have been a volunteer for over 2 years now and I couldn't be any more honored and excited as I am today. I have seen ISE go through good times and bad times. The care that these beautiful, exotic cats receive is absolutely PHENOMENAL to say the very least. The cats come from a variety of places and often have never felt the luxury of grass or dirt on their paws. What a joy it is to see them being spoiled rotten by such a great group of people. I could go on and on about what a great place ISE really is......but I'll sum it it up in a few short words. The volunteers, staff and interns are fabulous! The cats are the joy of our hearts and they teach us about being better people. Absolutely without a shadow of a doubt, this place is a five start rating!
October 17, 2013
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April 5, 2013

I started volunteering at In-Sync this year and at the end of each day that I'm there I have this feeling that can almost be described as "PRIDE". I'm proud to be apart of such a fantastic organizati... more

October 17, 2013
2 people found this review helpful

I have been a volunteer since March of this year and we have had a emotional year but I wouldn't change a thing about the time that I get to spend with these wonderful creatures and terrific staff. If it weren't for InSync Exotic Sanctuary and Rescue I don't think I would have known about the issues that plague these beautiful creatures let-alone given the opportunity to be a part of this.

Ways to make it better...

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

The only think I would change if it was in my power would be to never let these magnificent animals get sick.

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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

April 5, 2013
1 person found this review helpful

I started volunteering at In-Sync this year and at the end of each day that I'm there I have this feeling that can almost be described as "PRIDE". I'm proud to be apart of such a fantastic organization that has accomplished so much over the years for these wonderful animals. Just listening to the sounds of the Lions singing and the tigers chuffing you will know they are at home and well cared for.

The best way to describe how being at In-Sync makes me feel, just spend a couple of hours there and you will leave with the same feelings.

Val

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Definitely

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

A lot

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

May 30, 2013
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October 16, 2012

I never cease to be amazed by the people & the cats at In-Sync. I have been a volunteer there for a couple of years now, & it just keeps getting better. The cats are amazingly well cared for, & the ... more

May 30, 2013
4 people found this review helpful

I've been a volunteer with In-Sync since October 2010. I can honestly say this is the most rewarding work I've ever done. It is abundantly clear by the chuffs of the cats, their relaxed nature, & their playfulness that they are happy & well cared for by the many dedicated volunteers & staff. I've personally received dozens of compliments on how happy & healthy the cats are, & how clean our facilities are. We put our heart, soul, sweat, blood, & tears into In-Sync each & every day, & it's returned a million times over with each tiger chuff, each purr, every time the cat comes to say hello. Vicky, the owner, is absolutely amazing! She spends time with each of our 61 cats daily, & they all bend over backwards to please her. She is the Big Cat Whisperer!

Ways to make it better...

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

Give them unlimited funds to build their own on-site state of the art vet clinic to care for the health issues of the cats. Many of our cats are older, & most were not well cared for before coming to live at In-Sync, so maintaining their health is very important. I would also build a bigger commissary to accommodate the needs of food prep for 61 big cats.

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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

October 16, 2012
1 person found this review helpful

I never cease to be amazed by the people & the cats at In-Sync. I have been a volunteer there for a couple of years now, & it just keeps getting better. The cats are amazingly well cared for, & the love we humans give the felines is given back 10 times over. It is so incredibly gratifying to know that at the end of a long hard day of work, I've helped make a difference in these cats' lives. Everyone associated with In-Sync, from Vicky at the top down to the newest volunteer, has a heart of gold & nothing but the cats' absolute best interest in mind in everything they do. And it shows... the tigers come chuff their greetings as you approach their enclosure, the lynx' play & entertain you, & the lions are comfortable enough with you to keep right on relaxing like kings. I simply cannot recommend in-Sync enough!!!

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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

January 4, 2012
1 person found this review helpful

I've been on first the visitor then the volunteer side of things at In Sync since last summer/fall. I absolutely love the people & the cats! Everyone is so incredibly friendly & bends over backwards to make sure that the cats are treated like the royalty they are. As a new volunteer everyone went out of their way to answer my questions & show me the ropes. As a result of the attitude of the staff & volunteers the cats are all very happy, friendly, playful, & love to greet visitors. I can't imagine a better sanctuary.

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

Watching the cats benefit from all the love & care given by staff & volunteers.

Ways to make it better...

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

Make sure they had all the funding they needed to build additional enclosures & a new commissary, & never have to wonder where the funds to pay vet bills were coming from.

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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

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Nothing I can think of

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I learned how to clean enclosures, prep food for almost 60 big cats, read behaviour, etc.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Like only you can feel after a long exhausting days work that makes you feel you've made a difference.

August 1, 2011
1 person found this review helpful

I first found out about In-Sync last year when I saw a flyer for their Tiger Trot event. I went out to visit, and was very impressed by how friendly everyone was, both human and feline. The volunteers, though busy cleaning enclosures, moving cats on and off playgrounds, etc, were always very happy to answer any questions I had. After seeing just how well the cats were cared for, how much they were all loved, and hearing stories and seeing before and after photos, I realized I needed to join the volunteer team. I haven't looked back since! It's some of the hardest work you'll ever do, both physically and emotionally (since our cats come to us in such bad shape most times, and having to deal with losing them when they become old or sick), but I wouldn't trade my time at In-Sync for the world! I consider joining the volunteer team the best thing I've done with my life.

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

I've seen the before pictures, heard the rescue stories of all of these cats. They are heartbreaking. But I've never seen a team work so hard, with so much love and dedication, to turn these cats' world around. It's more than obvious when I see our cats that they know they are now loved, and will never spend another day of their lives getting anything less than the best. I am simply amazed at the miracles I see, over and over again, with each new cat that comes through our gates.

Ways to make it better...

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

I would love to find a foundation, endowment, or grant that could supply In-Sync with the funds needed to build new enclosures for the expanding list of cats, build a new commissary that could better handle the volume of food needed to be prepped daily, and pay for the ongoing cost of vet bills needed to keep these guys healthy.

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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

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Nothing that I can think of

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I have learned so much about the day to day operations of caring for almost 70 big cats. Working at In-Sync has forever changed my life. I've met amazing people with hearts as big as the sky, gotten to interact with incredible cats who have the amazing ability to trust again after all they've been through, and learned so much about myself as well.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Like I was making a difference in the lives of these cats. At the end of a volunteer day I'm always tired, sweaty, and usually smell of big cat pee, but I feel like I've done a job worth doing that day. I love the people, love the cats, and always feel incredibly grateful for each and every moment I spend out there.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

April 14, 2013
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1 previous review
August 28, 2011

In-Sync Exotics is an amazing organization doing extraordinary work. They are not only dedicated to saving the lives of neglected and abused exotic felines, but they are also focused on educating the... more

April 14, 2013
1 person found this review helpful

In-Sync Exotics not only changes the lives of the big cats that have come to call this place home, it also changes the lives of the volunteers. In most cases, In-Sync has rescued these big cats from horrific conditions and situations, and having the opportunity as a volunteer to help make a difference in their lives is priceless. The health, happiness, and safety of these amazing animals is put above all else, and the exceptional care that is given to each and every cat is heart warming.

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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

August 28, 2011

In-Sync Exotics is an amazing organization doing extraordinary work. They are not only dedicated to saving the lives of neglected and abused exotic felines, but they are also focused on educating the public. Each and every cat is given a safe home and endless amounts of love! Vicky and the rest of the board members and volunteers have truly opened their hearts to provide the best for these magnificent and beautiful animals.

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donations and volunteering

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

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