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August 22, 2011

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August 22, 2011

I had worked with exotic cats for many years, but after retiring I missed them. I went to see several facilities in the area. Then I heard of In-sync Exotics and went for a visit. Eight years later I'm still there. In-Sync was created to rescue abandoned or abused exotic cats or those the owner could no longer care for. In my opinion it is what a sanctuary should be, a true safe haven for an animal to live the rest of its life at peace in a natural setting among huge trees and grass.
The Founder and president, Vicky Keahey, lives on the property and works over 12 hours every day for the cats. There are about 100 volunteers on the roster and Vicky will never ask anyone to do anything she wouldn't do or hasn't done herself. She makes sure each cat gets the healthiest diet possible, a huge habitat that is cleaned daily, swimming pools for the cats that enjoy water, enrichment activities for stimulation and the very best in medical care. She has even taken cats hundreds of miles to a vet specialists when treatment was not available locally. Vicky gives 100% of herself every day.
During the past eight years over 50 animals have been rescued and nine new habitats have been built. All done by the love of volunteers and the kindness of donors.
Five years ago a cat training program was started so medical procedures could be performed without having to use anesthesia. I have had the privilege of training three of our tigers.
As a caretaker and trainer at In-Sync the bond I've made with the cats has truly been a reward far greater than the work I've given.

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

its grow over the years. The new programs that have been introduced: Training for Medical procedures, Cat Companion Program, Adopt a Cat program, Children for Cats, The Enrichment Team, Education Outreach, School Tours, Monthly Newsletter.

Ways to make it better...

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

Find professionals to apply for Grants and do fundraising. I would like to find a way to guarantee financial security of In-Sync in the future through a planned giving program.

August 22, 2011

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August 22, 2011

Sometimes people make foolish choices, one being they want a wild animal as a pet! They take on this Illegal endevor not knowing the proper diet, or care for this creature. Sometimes these foolish choices cause the life of the animal, unless the animal is fortunate enough to make its way to In-Sync. There said animal will get the proper care and diet for the remainder of it's life. The volunteers are trained and watched carefully by the staff. It is a safe and healthy environment, that I wish I had more time to be a part of!

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I have seen animals come in covered in scabs instead of fur, so skinny they could barely stand, withen weeks they are starting to look better, then whamo, a beautiful healthy cat, if those cats could talk I am sure you would hear a very sad story with a happy ending. They love their Vickie and everyone who helps them.

Ways to make it better...

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

Bring in a Ton of money and help them expand.

August 22, 2011

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August 22, 2011

I recently became a volunteer at In-Sync Exotics and it has already been an incredible experience! Everytime I am there I am more impressed at how well the animals are taken care of, how clean the facility is, how happy the animals are, etc...

Everyone I have met at In-Sync is dedicated
to helping the cats and making sure they have a wonderful life. It is amazing to see cats when they first arrive and how they are just a short time later. They go from scared, hungry and sick to happy healthy cats.

I also love the fact that they are family friendly, my kids love to go there. They have several events each year (on and off site) that help educate the public and get more people involved in helping bring animal cruelty to light.






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

Prior to working with In-Sync I had no idea that places like In-Sync are so terribly needed.

Ways to make it better...

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

Try to think of more ways to continue educating the public.

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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

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

This volunteer experience makes me feel wonderful. I have always loved exotic cats and the chance to work with this is amazing. I also got a better understanding of just how badly In-Sync is needed!!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

October 2, 2012

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August 19, 2011

At Insync ALL the money from donations is spent on the cats. Some sanctuaries may be prettier but that means they are spending their money on landscaping and not on the cats. Many of the cats have l... more

October 2, 2012

I volunteered for about 2 years at InSync. I was always proud of the wonderful work I was a part of. I have seen cats in horrible conditions come to Insync and be loved into health and happiness. They're work is invaluable, these cats are treated like gold. I also know first hand that all donations go directly to taking care of the cats. This place is a god send for these cats. I wish all exotic cats (in captivity) could live at InSync.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

August 19, 2011

At Insync ALL the money from donations is spent on the cats. Some sanctuaries may be prettier but that means they are spending their money on landscaping and not on the cats. Many of the cats have lived in deplorable conditions. Insync provides food, clean water and medicine to heal their body. Vicky has saved cats that no one thought would live.
Insync provides large (better than required by law) enclosures, playgrounds and pools with waterfalls for the tigers. Who love water.
It is healing their soul that can be the most difficult. Many cats have never walked on anything but concrete or even been outside. This is where Insync truly excels. These cats are LOVED and no matter how long it takes InSync heals their soul.

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

Everyway. The rescue of the cats from Leona and Poetry were especially moving for me. I saw the unforgiveable conditions the cats were living in. I saw how hard everyone worked to get these cats into an environment where they are loved and respected. If someone walked up and gave me 100,000.00. I would give it all to InSync.

Ways to make it better...

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

Have little openings on the outside fences for vistors to use to take pictures of the cats.

More feedback...

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

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

Learning to work in all areas of the Sanctuary.

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

I made some new friends.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Worthwhile. I know I am helping to revive and restore these beautiful animals. I know that because I was here these cats lives were made better.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

August 18, 2011

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August 18, 2011

I have been a volunteer at In-Sync Exotics for almost 3 years now, and it has been an amazing experience! It is truly incredible to see the personalities of lions, tigers, etc are as vast and different as human personalities. The cats are so happy now, which is a miracle considering where most of them came from. The sanctuary is amazing! And it is somewhere I enjoy taking my 3 young sons to every chance I get! They have enjoyed growing up around the big cats and they have become little animal rights advocates in their preschool and elementary schools!

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I've been a volunteer for nearly 3 years and have helped with every aspect of their day-to-day routine at one time or another. They have a great volunteer program!

Ways to make it better...

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

Win the lottery and help fund it privately, so they wouldn't have any financial worries :)

August 18, 2011

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August 18, 2011

I began volunteering at ISE over two years ago and I know, without a doubt, that I have gotten way more from the cats than I have given. Not only have I learned from the cats, but I've learned so much from the other volunteers. The level of care these cats receive is phenomenal. Volunteers show up every day - in good weather and terrible - to clean cages, prepare food, serve food, administer meds, and so much more! The cats have so much room and get so much love! Of course, they give it right back!

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

I've seen animals show up malnourished, scared, diseased, and dying. Within a matter of days at ISE there are tremendous changes. By the time a few months have passed, they are sometimes not recognizable!

Ways to make it better...

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

The cats' cages are very clean but if I had to make changes, I'd say the non-cat areas should be cleaner, more welcoming.

August 12, 2011

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August 12, 2011

I discovered In-Sync during the summer of 2008 and immediately fell in love with the place. I have always been an animal lover, so volunteering at an exotic cat sanctuary was right up my alley. Vicky K. has an amazing heart and puts her cats above anything else. I have witnessed the transformation of many cats from being in such bad shape at rescue, that it would seem they wouldn't want to live anymore. But Vicky and In-Sync gave them a reason to live and they are living out the rest of their lives with the care, love and dignity they all deserve. The sanctuary is located in a beautiful part of Wylie and has many trees shading the property. The enclosures are cleaned daily and the medical care the cats receive is top notch! It is also an educational facility, which raises awareness to the public about the plight of exotic cats in captivity. Safety is one of their upmost concerns and all of the enclosures have double chain link fences and roofs. I highly recommend In-Sync Exotics to anyone who is looking for something to do; and all of the money that is spent on admission or spent in the gift shop goes directly towards the care of the cats. The self guided tours allow visitors to tour the sanctuary at their own pace and take plenty of pictures. There are stories and pictures of each cat posted on the enclosures. Come out and visit, you will love it!

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I have personally witnessed the amazing transformations of many cats over the last 3 years I have been a volunteer. Volunteering is very rewarding.

Ways to make it better...

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

I would not change a thing. Unless I won the lottery, then I would give them money to build a bunch of new enclosures for all of the new rescues that keep coming in.

August 5, 2011
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August 5, 2011
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I started volunteering and donating to In-Sync after seeing a report about the rescue of the Leona 6. In-Sync not only provides sanctuary for these magnificent animals but they educate the public on their importance to every creature on the planet.

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When Aasha came to In-Sync she was in very bad condition. In just a few months she is healthy and happy due to the dedication of all the volunteers.

Ways to make it better...

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

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August 1, 2011
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August 1, 2011
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I have been a volunteer at In-Sync for almost 6 months now and truly love working out there. It is an awesome place where people actually care about every animal. I would highly recommend this facility to anyone who really wants to see big cats that are taken care of, utterly spoiled, and VERY happy. I never knew what chuffing was or that I would actually like it!

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

watching them deal with the cats and truly love each one of them. The are truly dedicated to these cats and they are 100% taken care of and loved.

Ways to make it better...

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

wish them 100 more acres and all the money that they need to expand and continue with the awesome work that they do each day.

August 1, 2011
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August 1, 2011
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I volunteered for a short period of time at In-Sync Exotics in 2009, but it provided me with a lifetime of unforgettable memories! The passion and care the staff take in caring for these majestic creatures goes above and beyond the imaginable. No shortcuts are taken to make sure the each cat lives as long and as healthy a life as is possible. Everyone should visit this place at least once to not only educate themselves on the realities of how these cats once lived and to experience the awe you'll feel when you becomes surrounded by so many beautiful creatures!

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

through seeing the happiness these cats feel at home in In-Sync

Ways to make it better...

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

Get them more funds to keep up the good work!

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