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August 20, 2013
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August 20, 2013
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i became a volunteer in January 2012. This place has truly changed the lives of many cats that had been neglected. In-Sync doesn't see those beautiful animals as cats. They are family! I have given many tours and i always ask the visitor to look at before and after pictures we have. All of the visitors always have the same response. That being that they can't believe the difference that ISE makes. I have witnessed many leaving with tears in their eyes and the gratitude in their hearts for people like ISE that take the time out of their lives to help these beautiful family members (cats). It is the most heart warming, fulfilling feeling ever. Love + In-Sync Exotics = Healthy, Happy Cats! Chuffs to you all!

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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?

2013

February 1, 2012

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February 1, 2012

It's a great facility with a wonderful mission. The staff, volunteers, fellow board members do an amazing job taking care of the amazing cats, nugget, and Katie. I hope people will help support the facility now and for years to come. This is an important cause. Please continue to support us in our efforts to educate the public about these amazing animals.

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

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

April 5, 2013
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October 2, 2012

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 directl... more

April 5, 2013
1 person found this review helpful

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.

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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

October 2, 2012

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.

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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

January 3, 2012
6 people found this review helpful

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.

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

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

Ways to make it better...

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

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

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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

July 11, 2011

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.

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person

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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.

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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

August 30, 2011

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August 30, 2011

The dedication of the officers and staff of In-Sync are amazing. I started as an ordinary volunteer and have seen the dedication of all who volunteer and work at In-Sync. Much personal sacrifice on their part helps to insure that as many of the magnificent creatures subject to abysmal conditions are rescued.

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

many animals rescued

Ways to make it better...

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

insure that they had unlimited funds to perform their work

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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?

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

news article

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

make the animal residents as comfortable as possible

What is its top priority in the long run?

go out of business...when there is no longer a population of suffering animals there will be no need for In-Sync

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

August 21, 2011

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August 21, 2011

I've been volunteering at InSync for over 4 years and a Board member for 2 years. InSync is a wonderful place! The owner Vicky, our Lead Keeper Mak, Board members and ALL the volunteers are the best to work. Everyone takes their duties seriously in making InSync home for these magnificient cats. The cats receive excellent care and LOTS of love!

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

I've seen cats come in near death and within a few weeks see them on the road to a healthly life. A wonderful experience!

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

I don't think there is anything that I would change.

August 16, 2011
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August 16, 2011
2 people found this review helpful

The Wylie connection magazine wrote an article on Insync Exotics 3 1/2 years ago. I still have it. I wrote the volunteer coordinator an email and haven't regretted it a minute in my life ( okay maybe when I'm cleaning mohans poopy tub I'm cussing her out a little in my head :-) J/k). Vicky K. Has created a beautiful environment for these cats. The staff and volunteers do an amazing job keeping the area clean and healthy for the majestic cats. You can tell that everyone that help/works there is proud to be part of the organization and proud to be part of a great and important cause.

It has been a life changing experience and I hope it would continue to e for a long time to come. I'm excited to see the changes that are yet to come. It should be fun if they are anything like the past years. The place and people restore my faith in humanity and kindness. Thank you to all the staff, volunteers and board members.

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person

Ways to make it better...

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

obtain additional funding, to improve the lives of more big cats in need

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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?

Magazine article

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

August 1, 2011
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August 1, 2011
4 people found this review helpful

I first heard that DFW had exotic cat sanctuaries by a news story about another local sanctuary. I tried for 4 months to contact them regarding being a volunteer with no success. A friend at work told me about In-Sync Exotics and provided me with their website. Within 15 minutes I had my first interview setup! That was impressive.

I remember my first few times out thinking that maybe I was making a mistake. Maybe I really didn't want to be around exotic cats. Maybe I wasn't cut out for this kind of work anymore. (I say anymore because its alot like the farmwork I grew up doing.) Fortunately, I didn't act on those thoughts and kept showing up and doing what I was assigned.

Now two years later, I have learned so much and done so many different things I can hardly believe those earlier thoughts crossed my mind. What I love so much about In-Sync Exotics is that the cats are #1; many of the people I work with are like family. All of the cats have become family to me.

Each and every day, dishes are washed, diets prepared, enclosures scooped and washed, waters changed, medicine dispensed and various other duties performed. It's like a 5 star hotel! The expectation is that the cats live in the cleanest environment we can provide and get the best food, water and companionship as well. Thats a tall order and it happens day in and day out all for the cats benefit.

I would strongly reccommend this organization to anyone that loves animals and is willing to work to make their lives better!

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

I have seen the lives of so many animals go from pitiful existence to healthly and vibrant. Two examples are Jazz and Shazaam. These are two male lions that could not walk when I began volunteering. I learned they had been severly malnutritioned among other things. I have watched them heal, grow and learn to use their legs!! It took alot of love, food, medicine and patience.

Ways to make it better...

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

Compel more people to donate and volunteer. You can never have too many of either. If we got more donors, then we could build more enclosures, an on site vet clinic and numerous other projects that wait for funding!!!

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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?

A coworker.

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

Their residents welfare.

What is its top priority in the long run?

Their residents welfare and being able to sustain them and grow when the need arises.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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