In-Sync Exotics, Inc.

Rating: 4.96 stars   281 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 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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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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3 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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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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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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I first visited In-Sync in December 2012 for their Xmas lights tour. I was hooked, but was too busy with work. Two short months later I was laid off from my job of 35 years - so I decided to just early retire and needed something to do. This is when my life changed - I was a volunteer with In-Sync and hooked. I had always had a passion for big cats, but had never truly understood just how special they are. A short two months after I started is when disaster struck at In-Sync in the form of canine distemper. It was the most heart and gut wrenching time to see these apex predators fall to such a cruel disease. I was just getting to know these cats and then watched them and called keepers when I felt the cat needed them. I never knew my love for a cat could grow so strong in such a short time and then to have my heart ripped out when they didn't make it. I will have to say it made me question my decision to volunteer here at first - but - there were other cats who also needed care and love. The whole experience of this outbreak, getting to know all the cats here, the care and love they receive daily - it made me grow as a person - it made me stronger - it made me a better person and it made my heart full. My passion for this place still grows after 3 years of volunteering here. If you are looking for a place to visit, donate to or volunteer at and you have a love for big cats - this is the place to do it. There is nothing in this world that makes my heart smile as much as this place. While many of our cats came from not ideal situations, they are happy, healthy and loved - and they are with us for the rest of their lives.

 
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I have been volunteering with ISE for just over a year now and it's been such an amazing experience! It is truly a place designed and geared toward the animal's best interests. We are open to the public only a few days a week and even when we're open, we keep things quiet and peaceful for all of the animals. You can come to ISE and really get up close and personal with these beautiful animals without infringing on their space and environment. I always recommend to anyone and everyone I meet to visit ISE. It's honestly an experience you and your family will never forget.

 
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My family and I have been volunteers/supporters of In-Sync for over 15 years. You won't find a more caring, dedicated and hard-working group of people anywhere. All share the same love and devotion for these magnificent animals. We are grateful to be a part of it.

 
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My wife and I visited In-Sync several times and were very impressed with the care provided by the staff and cadre of volunteers. In 2014 we applied to become volunteers and underwent an extensive training program. Having an insider view of In-Sync reveals so much more of the dedication and commitment of the staff and volunteers. It is a very serious sanctuary where the health, safety and happiness of the residents cats is primary at all times.

Tasks are performed to rigorous standards and total focus and discipline are constant expectations. Meals and treats are prepared daily to exacting standards. Every enclosure is thoroughly cleaned daily 365 days a year. Occasionally horrible weather is not an excuse. Each cat gets the medication they need for any health issues. It can be very hard physical labor but no one complains. Everyone realizes that they must do whatever it takes to insure healthy, safe and happy cats.

We have a decades-long history of volunteer work for non-profit enterprises. None more well-run nor more important than In-Sync. In-Sync is an extraordinary place and it it an honor to be a volunteer there.

 
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I've never seen a group of more hard working staff and volunteers! The love and care that is given to these cats is beyond words. The animals that call ISE home are being given the love and care that most have never received in their previous lives. In-Sync works 24/7 to provide this for all who call this home!

 
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This sanctuary is beyond amazing! The animals are all so taken care of down to every detail, it is truely all about them! I have felt extrememly blessed to become a part of this amazing group of people who care for these animals and feel a great deal of happiness everytime I leave and sadnes at the same time to not stay and watch the cats get their love and play time! Their training program is great to keep the cats comfortable, happy, and stress free in their own environment while doing routine checkups. These cats are spoiled rotten and deserve every bit of love and happiness they can get! As a visitor to the sanctuary, the staff and volunteers are so helpful in answering questions about the cats and where they came from to who they are now. The changes and their stories are unbelievable! It's a real thrill to be able to feel so close to these amazing cats ! Highly recommended for visitors and volunteers!

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've been volunteering at insync for less than a month and I can see the love and devotion every staff member and volunteer has for these animals. They are truly blessed creatures to be so loved and so very well taken care of. It's a wonderful atompsphere full of kindness and compassion.

 
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