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February 17, 2011

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February 17, 2011

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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February 17, 2011

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February 17, 2011

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.

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reading their news letter.

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work for them!

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February 17, 2011

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!!!

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

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

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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

February 17, 2011

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February 17, 2011

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!!!

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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.

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

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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

February 16, 2011

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February 16, 2011

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.

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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!!

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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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February 16, 2011

IEAS is a sanctuary for big cats and now bears. Our school has an environmental group and we visit every year. The students are in awe of the cats and bears. The guides that take us on a tour share stories about the animal, like how they came to end up at IEAS, their personality etc. This helps the children understand the importance of protecting wild animals and allowing them to remain in the wild.
IEAS is a great facility. Visit IEAS to see for yourself!

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Allows school age children see wild animals up close. Shows them why it is a bad idea to have wild animals as pets. Conservation.

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

Make it bigger, to help more animals.

February 16, 2011

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February 16, 2011

After reading a story in the newspaper about some circus tigers left in small cages and how they needed funds to build the proper facility for the tigers I donated some money. I was invited to come and see the new facilities upon completion. It is a wonderful thing they are doing for these animals. I have been there several times since and it is always run professionally for the animals.

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I have taken several people to tour the facilities.

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

Improve all the animal cages.

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February 16, 2011

I am a homeschool support group director from Cleburne, TX that arranged a field trip for our students to visit IEAS in Boyd. IEAS employees were very knowledgeable of all their animals and shared each one's story on how they got to live at their sanctuary, their appetites, and explained each environment. The tour was very informative not only for our homeschoolers, but the parents as well were pleased with IEAS taking such great care of these animals on such a small budget. Donations and local support is how they were able to create such a great environment for these animals. I believe they are wise in their decisions and have their priorities in line.

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I pray for them often that they may receive the support needed to keep the sanctuary running full speed.

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

give them as many people to write reviews as I can, so they can win.

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February 16, 2011

My husband and I visited the sanctuary a few years ago when they had just received the bears. I cannot tell you what a wonderful experience it was for us. It was almost magical. To be that close to cougars, lions, tigers, leopards and bears was something I will never forget. It helped me realize how many of these exotic animals end up in the wrong hands and need our help to rehabilitate them.
I plan on going back soon and bringing our daughter this time. She is now 9 so she can get in! I just know that bringing her will help to continue the cycle of educating the public on these beautiful animals.

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Just by visiting this sanctuary, I was touched and have referred several people to visit and donate.

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I wouldn't change anything.

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February 16, 2011

I visited IEAS (International Exotic Animal Sanctuary) several years ago and really enjoyed the experience. It was obvious that the animals are well taken care of by people who really care about them. I love animals, so I loved getting to see all of the animals and learning about them. Our guide also told us personal stories about many individual animals at the sanctuary, including what their lives were like before they came to the sanctuary and how they ended up there. It was interesting to learn about what the big cats eat and how much they eat.

The sanctuary works very hard to provide for their animals and give them the best lives that they can have. When I visited, they were in the process of improving parts of their facilities. I look forward to visiting IEAS again in the future. Until then, I keep up with the animals through the IEAS newsletters.

I have nothing but positive things to say about IEAS. All of the volunteers work hard to take care of the animals. Their love and dedication for the cats and bears is obvious to anyone to visits.

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I've personally experienced the resuls of this organization by witnessing several precious animals who have been given a safe home. Without IEAS, many of the animals would not be alive today. IEAS educates the public on the dangers of having exotic animals as pets. They also teach visitors about the habitats, diets, and behaviors of their animals.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would find a way to increase their funding to ensure that IEAS can continue to help animals in need. IEAS is a great organization.

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