In-Sync Exotics, Inc.

Rating: 4.96 stars   256 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: 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  

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!

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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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.

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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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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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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.

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

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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!

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 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.

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 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.

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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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!

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

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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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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 started volunteering at In-sync after I graduated from college with my BS in Wildlife Biology. I have always had a special place in my heart for large exotic cats and I wanted to experience what daily husbandry was like taking care of these extraordinary animals. I immediately fell in love with everything In-Sync was about. Vicky has built a wonderful facility and has an exceptional team of staff, interns, and volunteers to help make In-Sync a forever loving home for a variety of exotic felines that didn't have the best start to their lives. In-sync inspired me to follow my dreams to a lifelong career in the conservation of large exotic carnivores. I'm not sure where I'd be or what I'd be doing without the inspiration and guidance In-sync provided me with and I am forever thankful to have had the oportunity to be a part of the family they have built.

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 have been a volunteer for over a year now and absolutely LOVE the oragnization. In-Sync Exotics has the most caring volunteers and the cats will win your heart over for sure. This is the best place ever to regain your sanity after a long work week or horrible day of stress. I find much peace in In-Sync Exotics and am very honored to be a small part of such a wonderful team.

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 for this organization for 9 years, and it has changed my life. Watching cats who are terrified, hurting and sick, learn to enjoy life again and to trust people again is amazing. We have taken in so many cats with serious medical issues and geriatric cats, and shower them with the best medical care, excellent nutrition, enrichment and toys, and TONS of love. I am truly honored to work with this amazing group of people, who are dedicated to giving these cats the best possible lives that they can.

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 have been involved with this organization for 8 years, and am still constantly amazed at the dedication of everyone who cares for these magnificent animals. Every penny that is donated goes directly to the care these animals deserve, including excellent veterinary care, quality diets and supplements, tons of enrichment, pools to play in, and so much more. These cats are loved like family, and it shows when you see the care and attention lavished on them by the staff and volunteers. The facility is highly rated by the USDA, American Sanctuary Association, and the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries.

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 am very proud of the work I have been able to do with In-Sync Exotics. In the past year, we have become accredited by the American Sanctuary Association, and verified by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries. We provide a safe, loving home to 59 exotic cats, the majority of whom were rescued from horrific conditions (some were voluntarily surrendered by their previous owners). Many of our cats are the ones that no other rescue wanted – very elderly, sick cats, who no one thought was worth the effort to care for. We have taken in many cats who only had a very short time left, and who needed extensive medical care. We ensure that for whatever time they have left, they are loved, well fed, comfortably housed and receive the best veterinary care available. We have taken in cats who literally could not walk, could not stand, who no one expected to live. These cats are now lively, happy, playing, running, and enjoying their lives. Last year, we took in 6 tigers, two of whom were extremely elderly. They had never been outside of their tiny little concrete cages, and had numerous and serious health problems. Watching them become physically comfortable again, and then watching them walk out into their playgrounds, lie down in the grass, look up at the sun, and sigh, made everything that we do worth it.

We have an excellent animal husbandry program, that has been recognized as exemplary, in which we use positive reinforcement training techniques (clicker training) to help our cats learn to cooperate with basic medical procedures, such as injections, subcutaneous fluid administration, blood draws, etc., without fear or anesthesia.

We have been involved in the care and rehoming of several large groups of cats. The most recent example occurred this summer, when a private owner passed away, leaving behind 20 exotic cats. Our dedicated volunteers and staff spent almost a month caring for these animals in their existing home, which was extremely difficult to say the least (due to the state of the facility), EVERY day – driving back and forth between our facility and the animals’ home, cleaning, feeding and repairing as much as possible of the facility to make it as safe as possible. This was all being done while our director worked tirelessly to try to find homes for these cats (we could not take in all 20 of them). We eventually transported 12 of them to sanctuaries in Indiana and New Jersey, and brought 8 of them home to our sanctuary.

I have been volunteering there for almost 8 years, and have never met a more dedicated, devoted and hard-working group of people. We may not be a huge facility, but we are extremely proud of the work we do, and anyone who sees our cats will understand why. They are happy, healthy, receive tons of enrichment, and tons of love.

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

Seeing the dramatic changes to the cats, after they come to live with us!

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

I would love to see enough funding available for additional paid staff members

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

How did you learn about this organization?

Visited 8 years ago, have been volunteering since

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I starated volunteering at In-Sync about 7 years ago, after visiting and falling in love with the place. I have now served on the board of directors for almost 5 years, as the Volunteer Coordinator, and also serve as the Enrichment Coordinator. Being a part of this organization has truly changed my life, in so many ways. Watching cats who came to the sanctuary terrified, sick and injured, slowly blossoming into healthy, happy, active cats is an incredible experience. Being a part of their lives, and working with this amazing group of people, has given meaning to my own life. We are run almost entirely on volunteer labor (we have about 80 volunteers, and only 2 paid staff members), and our volunteers give so much of themselves to these cats. All the cats are loved so much, and have great enclosures, excellent diet and medical care, enrichment and affection.

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

person

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

I would love to see In-Sync with the financial resources to expand, so that we could offer a loving home to more cats who are in desperate need.

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?

I visited about 8 years ago, and was so impressed by the quality of the enclosures, and the happy, healthy cats.

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

To secure funding to build an on-site vet clinic.

What is its top priority in the long run?

Long-term financial stability, and potential for growth.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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