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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.

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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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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
1 person found this review helpful

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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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April 11, 2013
1 person found this review helpful

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1 previous review
August 12, 2011

I heard about In-Sync about a year and half ago and finally got to go there back in June with my daughter and two small grand kids. It was amazing, the grand kids are ages 1 and 4, they were captivat... more

April 11, 2013
1 person found this review helpful

Went to visit In-Sync with my daughter and 2 small grand kiddo's almost 2 years ago - Let's just say they had me from day one. In-Sync is an incredible magical place, it is a place of love and care, the animals here are top priority and their needs will be met whether it be nourishment, enrichment or medical they receive all that is needed to continue a protected and happy life. This is what In-Sync and their founder Vicki is all about, providing a special haven for those that were at the end of their road for hope or home, there are not many options available to what is considered your not so average adoptable creature - Vicki, staff, volunteer's, contributors and visitors make this all possible. I've always been a big cat fan, even since childhood, big cat pajama's, big cat art, nicnaks, and this and that, etc, etc. The most wonderful feeling after a day of volunteering for these big beautiful cats is, WOW, this is one of the most awesome opportunities in my entire lifetime - Those big cats sure do make my day, they are like sunshine - they are the most awesome furry friends to ever to be blessed with.

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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 12, 2011
1 person found this review helpful

I heard about In-Sync about a year and half ago and finally got to go there back in June with my daughter and two small grand kids. It was amazing, the grand kids are ages 1 and 4, they were captivated and in awe of everything around them at In-Sync, their attention was focused on the beauty of all the cats and the four year old had question after question. He latched on to a volunteer, I don't think she got a moments peace with all he wanted to know but she took the time and patience to answer all of his inquiries and if she didn't know, she'd find out. He still asks me about the cats when I see him, he hasn't forgotten about them or the lady.

I signed up to volunteer at In-Sync and loving every minute of it. The staff and volunteer's truly hold the well being of all that come to live in sanctuary here. So many of the residents had horrible lives and were neglected, abused and starved before their journey brought them to In-Sync. Some of them never had an opportunity to see daylight or have the opportunity to lay in the grass and just be a carefree feline. So happy to say they have it all now and its all because of In-Sync and all of its devoted staff.

If I lived closer, I'd be volunteering more than 1 to 2 days a week. The place brings such happiness while out there, I'm loving it! It would be great if there were more laws prohibiting people from having these large and exotic animals including side shows/circus's, breeders (same as puppy mills), But until then I'm so thankful for the blessings of In-Sync, they turn the cats lives around and give them a new and happy beginning. This place Rocks and Rawrrrr's ;x

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April 9, 2013
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April 9, 2013
2 people found this review helpful

This is by far the best volunteer opportunity I've had here in the Dallas area. I have always loved big cats and being able to care for them is beyond my wildest dreams! What Vicki, owner, and the rest of the volunteers do is simply inspiring. They are very compassionate, loving and caring towards these magnificent animals. I will be volunteering on a regular basis to help with this great cause!

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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 8, 2013
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1 previous review
January 9, 2012

I began volunteering at In-Sync Exotics in October 2011 and I have never seen so much dedication and love for animals as I have in my time there. Everything they do is for the cats. Rain, shine, ice o... more

April 8, 2013
1 person found this review helpful

I have been a volunteer with In-Sync Exotics since 2011 and its been an incredible experience that I will never forget. I volunteer most Saturdays and spend my whole week looking forward to my day spent with the cats. I usually work with our tigers and servals and have developed a love for them that I could have never imagined. They truly mean the world to me. As any of the volunteers up there would tell you, there is no better joy than having a cat be happy to see you. Chuffs from the tigers, moans from the lions and even a hiss from a certain serval (fellow volunteers, you know who I mean) are the best sounds in the world and a day at In-Sync is not complete without them. I don't think I have ever seen a volunteer (or visitor) leave without a smile on their face.

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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

January 9, 2012

I began volunteering at In-Sync Exotics in October 2011 and I have never seen so much dedication and love for animals as I have in my time there. Everything they do is for the cats. Rain, shine, ice or snow the dedicated staff and volunteers are out there making sure the cats and other animals have everything thing they need from a "fluffed" cozy den to enrichment to keep them busy throughout the day. The animals that come to In-Sync, for the most part, have undergone hardships and devastation like you would not believe but it is the tireless effort of the volunteers and staff that have turned so many tragedies into "happily ever afters". I encourage you to go to the website: www.insyncexotics.org and read some of the background of the cats that call In-Sync home and be sure to have a box of tissues handy because you will surely need it. I will never forget the first time one of the cats actually recognized me out of a group of people. I was visiting the refuge with my family and one of the lionesses I had worked with the week before was in the playground area. I called out to her not expecting a reaction really but to my surprise, she stopped what she was doing, walked over to the fence and stared right into my eyes and started rubbing on the fence and moaning like she was so happy to see me. There are no words that can describe what an incredible feeling it was to have a big cat walk across an enclosure just to say hello to me. I have never felt more at home and accepted as I do there because we all have a common goal, protecting and caring for our beloved animals. You are truly missing out on a treasure if you do not visit the amazing animals that call In-Sync Exotics home.

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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

April 8, 2013
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April 8, 2013
1 person found this review helpful

Insync exotics has been such a great place to volunteer. The compassion and service that everyone does is amazing. Being able to be there has greatly impacted my life. For me it's a place to come out and leave the hectic world behind. Getting to help these magnificent cats live a good life is so rewarding. Even though I wish that sanctuaries didn't have to exist. I'm thankful that these cats have found their forever home. A home filled full of people wanting to cater to them. I am also very honored for every week I see my name on the schedule. I've done a lot of volunteering and this by far is the best place.

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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?

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

April 8, 2013
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1 previous review
January 16, 2012

I love In-Sync so much I decided to volunteer thee on a regular basis. The facility and people who care for the animals love what they do and put the animals first always. The care goes above and be... more

April 8, 2013
1 person found this review helpful

In-Sync Exotics has changed my life. I have been a volunteer there now for a year and a half and I treasure the time I spend there each week. I started because I love animals, cats especially, and I wanted to serve and learn more about wild cats. Mostly I help clean cat enclosures and what little I contribute, when you consider the magnitude of what it takes to run this facility, has been returned to me in the form of deep joy and lasting love. Though the sanctuary is for the resident cats, Katie the dog and our beloved Nugget who is no longer with us, it is a place where we humans can find refuge and healing too. I can honestly say my life is better because of In-Sync and I have no intentions of ever leaving!

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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?

2013

January 16, 2012

I love In-Sync so much I decided to volunteer thee on a regular basis. The facility and people who care for the animals love what they do and put the animals first always. The care goes above and beyond what is required and it is obvious when you are there the passion everyone has for this animals and all animals. It is a wonderful place and I have experienced such joy from being a part of the volunteer team.

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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?

2012

April 6, 2013
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April 6, 2013
1 person found this review helpful

I started volunteering this year, but In-Sync Exotics has already made a huge difference in my life. I don't have any children and was looking for something meaningful to fill my spare time. I didn't realize how I would be drawn to the center and the cats. It's hard to leave at the end of my shift and my mind often goes there while I'm at work. Just getting a chuff hello from one of the tigers makes my day. I go home with aches and pains from the hard work keeping these beautiful cats happy, but my heart is lifted and spirit light.

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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
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April 5, 2013
1 person found this review helpful

In-Sync Exotics is a great place to spend your time! Whether you're a visitor or a volunteer, you're guaranteed to have a great time, learn a lot, and help a great cause!

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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

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