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February 16, 2011

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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.

February 16, 2011

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February 16, 2011

I visited IEAS on January 27th, my birthday. I was very pleased to see the special attention all animals are given. I was pleasantly surprised at the size of each animal cage. I have been to other so called sanctuaries and this is the best by comparison. The staff truly is at the animal's service. Their first priority is their comfort, safety and all around well being.

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I am in the initial stages of trying to help.

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

None other than to try and recruit more people to volunteer and donate.

February 16, 2011

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February 16, 2011

My husband and I went to the IEFS Sanctuary for the first time sometime in the early 2000's, when we still lived in Denton, TX. I had known about the Sanctuary since 1987, when my mother was a reporter for the Bridgeport Index newspaper and had covered the news that - due to a drug bust in Chico, TX, the judge in that case determined that three "repossessed tigers" would be best served by going to the Sanctuary which served Wise County. However much of a "novelty" that sounded like, I didn't actually want to go to IEFS myself because of what I'd heard about snow leopards with glaucoma, starved and beaten cats, etc. I guess I thought it would be acres of "depressed cats" and I was afraid I would cry myself to death.

What precipitated our first trip to IEFS is that my husband and I were looking for something "new and different" to do one weekend, and the choice was the Fort Worth Zoo or IEFS. I pulled up the zoo web set and saw a web-graphic tarantula, of which I am mortally afraid, and we decided on IEFS. It was that arbitrary.

On our first trip, we took a three-hour tour and met all 67 resident cats at the time. We were so impressed on our first visit regarding the knowledge and compassion our guide showed regarding the experiences, needs, and strategic care required for the animals.

We started visiting IEFS regularly, and eventually we adopted Onyx, a male black leopard, and we planted trees and plants (for shade) for a number of cats. One fact I think all the volunteers, interns, etc., would agree on is that each cat has a personality, and a memory. Like people, these animals have tastes, desires, and opinions. They also have a deep respect for the nature they have not forgotten.

I have no real criticism I can offer of the Sanctuary, other than to say that the interns should not barbecue meat on the hilltop when the wind is blowing, because every cat gets a whiff of it and they start licking their chops. But, it is no fault of IEFS that a Tater Junction operates down the road and wafts scents worthy of the State Fair of Texas.

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Over a three-year period, as occasional visitors, we saw the improved behavior of several cats with backgrounds of abuse or neglect, and we saw these cats become socialized and trusting over a period of time.

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I'm so satisfied with how IEFS is handling things, but if "I HAD TO MAKE CHANGES" I would improve the communication structure between the facility and the general public. IEFS has a great website and a great newsletter, but it would be nice if people could call and reach an accessible human being during business hours.

February 16, 2011

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February 16, 2011

I have enjoyed sanctuary for several years. I have watched the habitats become more progressive from my initial contact to present. They provide excellent care for the animals that they wouldn't at other places. The animals show amazing emotional stability that comes from the space, time and diet that meets their needs not their human caretakers. It is a wonderful place to spend time and enjoy nature and see some big cats and bears up close.

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enjoying nature and get close to some of the awesome creatures that are a part of this world.

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nothing

February 15, 2011

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February 15, 2011

I have visit the International Exotic Animal Sanctuary several times in the last few years when I'm in Texas visiting my mother. The first couple of times I went by myself or with my daughter and enjoyed viewing the animals with the other visitors. Then I invited my sister and her children, then my mother. All of us thoroughly enjoyed seeing these magnificent animals being so well taken care of by the staff there. They have ample room, food and water and diversionary toys. The tour guide is well-informed and often had a new animal to show us that we hadn't seen at the previous vist. This park is a vital service, rescuing many unwanted animals who are taken through no fault of their own from their natural habitat, and who might be a danger to themselves or others if left alone. Thank you IEAR!

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visiting their site to hear about how the animals are donated, usually abandoned or illegally imported.

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

provide even more funding for more and even better housing

February 15, 2011

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February 15, 2011

IEAS is one of my favorite places in the world. I didn't know quite what to expect when I showed up for my first tour of the sanctuary. As we started roaming past the big cats and learned about their species, I began to feel like I was really meeting the animals. They would talk to us and seemingly strut for us. One, who is very special to me, named Lexus (in the picture I have attached) shared a moment with me where we just looked at each other. It was very moving.

The "cages" that the animals are kept in are really quite large and much larger than those at similar facilities. Larger cats have approximately a few backyards to themselves, and the cheetahs seem to have an acre or two. Many of these animals were abused and neglected as exotic pets, and this place truly is a sanctuary for them. I feel so lucky that it is near me, and I can enjoy a tour of the animals whenever.

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walking by and witnessing the animals in their habitats.

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expand as much as possible to give even more big cats and bears a wonderful home.

February 15, 2011

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February 15, 2011

This is an outstanding nonprofit organization! You see majestic animals in a healthy and natural environment and in close proximity to you. On each tour I've taken of the IEFS, I swear we could actually feel the rumbles from the big cats in their cages. It is awesome to see that the animals have items to play with like tires and balls so they don't get bored. They also have perches like they would have in their natural environment. It is apparent that the staff of the sanctuary are extremely knowledgeable about the animals, and they prioritize the needs of the animals over the needs of the tour groups. I take anyone who comes to visit me out to the IEAS to experience it, and it's always a bit hit.

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I've taken multiple tours of the facility.

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Provide it with more land so they can help more animals.

February 15, 2011

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February 15, 2011

we have visited the IEFS Sanctuary several times over the past few years and it is always a wonderful rewarding experience! The animals are very well cared for and are a lot of fun to watch! Haven't seen the bears yet, but plan on going out there soon, highly recommend this place to everyone remotely interested in big cat conservation.

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on site

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somehow move it closer to Dallas so I could volunteer

February 15, 2011

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February 15, 2011

The facilities were clean and well-kept. They were big enough to support the animals inclosed in them. The tour guide was very informative and gave us information about each animal in the sanctuary and the stories of how they got there.

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the capacity as visitor.

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Make none.

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February 15, 2011

We enjoyed a tour of IEAS in 2010 while visiting our son and his fiance, who happens to be an employee. We really enjoyed the experience. The facility is well-maintained and all of the animals seemed content. We look forward to a return visit in the future.

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touring

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no changes

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