INTERNATIONAL EXOTIC FELINE SANCTUARY INC

Rating: 4.92 stars   277 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: PO Box 637 Boyd TX 76023 USA

Mission: Care for abused, abandoned and illegally obtained large cats and bears IEAS currently cares for 66 large cats and 10 bears IEAS also serves as an educational facility for visitors
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 4 stars  

I learned about IEAS through the internships they offer. This facility is not only an appropriate place for these magnificent animals, but it is also a learning environment for recent grads and for the public who visits. Thank you for finding ways to educate the next generation.

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I experienced the IEAS virtually on my computer.

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

No suggestions.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I really loved the white tigers that they had. Tigers are my favorite! I was happy to see the space that the animals were provided and the care that they seemed to recieve. We were so much closer than a zoo, and the animals were far more relaxed. I heard pleny of interesting details about the animals and their personalities which was great and i would definately come back and bring others with me.

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

in december, it was a very nice place. though since I was only here once, I can't really remark to greatly on complete operations but they looked good to me.

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

Expand to provide homes for more animals, and help with funding.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 4 stars  

I've always loved exotic animals and when i came out with my family we weren't disappointed. They had everything from bobcats to tigers! The information was great and so were the animals. I hope that this place can continue in the future to do such a great job with their animals and continue to talk to people about them!

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

last year

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

have better paths

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

I visited IEAS for a tour in the spring last year and i loved it! All the animals were so well taken care of and the staff answered all of our questions. It's so nice to see places like this taking care of the animals and giving them quality of life!

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

In spring 2010

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

none/ get more funding!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I actually was an intern at IEFS, and let me tell you it was the most amazing sanctuary I have ever visited. It has phenomenal enclosures, well prepared meals, good enrichment activities, and a great director. Those animals are so well treated, I wish all sanctuaries could be on par with this one. I had a magnificent time working there are getting to know all the animals that IEFS has saved.

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

Bettering the lives of abused and neglected animals that had nowhere else to go.

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

Get more space to be able to help even more exotic animals that need a 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?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

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Rating: 4 stars  

I have visited IEFS some years ago. They are doing wonderful work in making homes for these animals, many of whom have been in abusive situations or kept in cages far too small for the animal's needs. Since my visit the bears have been added to the facility. The pictures show they have also been given a wonderful new home.

J. Watkins

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visit

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

no change

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Texas is a big state. There are lots of people here, and sadly, lots of exotic animals as pets. I used to work at the Austin Zoo, and taking care of big cats is a lot of work and expensive too. They can eat anywhere from five to fifteen pounds of meat a day! I've never been to IEAS, but I do follow their news letter. It's very detailed and informative, as is their website. Having never been there, I still feel very confident that these animals are well taken care of. I am so glad that someone in Texas has dedicated their life to protecting and rescuing these beautiful creatures.

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

reading their news letter.

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

work for them!

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

A while ago I went on a walking tour of IEFS and got to experience the daily activities that go on at the sanctuary. The staff was very experienced and helpful and they were great with the animals. I was surprised to see how big the enclosures/areas were for each of the animals. IEFS built areas big enough for each animals and made it to be as close to the animals' natural environment would be if it were still out in the wild. They did a wonderful job! Keep up the great work IEFS!!!

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

Monthly newsletters/emails that the organization sends to me and I donate to IEFS as well to support their wonderful cause.

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

I would do nothing to change it. The staff is great and they take wonderful care of the animals there.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

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

A lot

How did you learn about this organization?

a friend

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

About two years ago, my mother, boyfriend, and I went on a live tour of IEFS sanctuary and it blew my mind. It was so wonderful to see so many abused/neglected animals that IEFS has saved over many years and the wonderful quality of life the sanctuary has given them. They all had their own huge habitats to live in especially made for each animal. The staff was so caring and knowledgeable and the best part is that they even have interns at the sanctuary that live there for months at a time so they can interact and gain the necessary experience they need for their field of study with animals. These animals at this sanctuary are treated so well and they are all well fed, they all look great. I would like to nominate IEFS to win this contest because they could really, really use the money for the animals/sanctuary and it would also bring more recognition to this organization and show the rest of the nation the good work they do for these animals day in and day out. I plan to visit IEFS again this spring...I can't wait!!!

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

My heart! After I visited this organization, I regularly keep up with the animals and what is going on with the organization. I donate to them often and its for a great cause.

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

No changes at all. This organization is run wonderfully with the best caring staff!!!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

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

A lot

How did you learn about this organization?

I really can't remember, it was years ago, I believe my mother told me about IEFS and then we visited the sanctuary and took a tour of it.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was so amazed at the facility for these wonderful animals. IEAS really tries to cater to the animal's needs, above even visitors. It was great seeing these beautiful animals so close up but they really seem to enjoy their surroundings - toys, perches (even if it is a nearby tree), water ponds if appropriate for that animal, and great food.

Their personality came out especially when the tour guide explained their situation. It was wonderful to see Simba (I think that was her name) came out from the back and posed for pictures. Dominic, however, only tolerated us walking by and gave a little noise which seemed to establish his territory.

It is amazing how much they eat, when, and everyone knows who get what! The bear's tray was so colorful with a variety of fruit, nuts and even a donut!! What a life. And to hear each ones story, this is such a much better life.

Thank you IEAS for doing all you do for these beautiful animals. We loved the tour.

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

I have not experienced the results of this organization, but can see where they have been a great help to each and every animal that is at the facility. Have seen or heard of abuses of these wild animals when people try to have them as pets. I understand the lure. They are so beautiful you just want to hug them, but they are not into that type of affection!!

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

More money coming in to help more animals, and pay those that attend the animals more. I am sure they do it for the love of being with the animals. It shows in how they are taken care of and hearing how the tour guides know each personality of the animals. But if you only rely on donations and grants, it is tough. I could not see anything I would change. Looks like it is working great.

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