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February 15, 2011

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February 15, 2011

I worked as an intern at IEFS back in 2003 and had a fantastic experience there. I can attest to the fact that the staff and administrators of the sanctuary have the animals' best interests at heart and do all they can to give the animals the best possible quality of life. Being certified as a santuary by the AZA also provides evidence of the high standards of the sanctuary.

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I've visited other animal sanctuaries and none have had the quality of IEFS in attention to habitat richness and size, and overall treatment of and respect for the animals.

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I can't think of any changes I would recommend at this time.

February 12, 2011

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February 12, 2011

My daughter had the opportunity to be an intern at the International Exotic Animal Sanctuary in Boyd, Tx. While she was there I had the opportunity to visit and hear the stories of the various animals they care for there. The stories range for distressing to incredible, and the bears and cats are impressive. I am not a great photographer, but I will treasure the pictures I took. The staff was, and continues to be helpful to my daughter, and even without the rest that will make them special in my mind. I got the best pictures of Domino, though he is not a cat I would like to meet outside of his cage. In the end there were Lions, and tigers, and bears ... and I felt fortunate to have been in their company for a short time.

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I listened to the stories of animals that are well cared for now, but that frequently came from less desirable circumstances.

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

Provide better funding to address the needs of the animals they have and to expand for other animals in need. The brown bears looked to have a lot of fun, but their space is limited. The need is more than the available resources

February 12, 2011

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February 12, 2011

This place was an excellent one. I really enjoyed my experience here learning about the different animals. I liked hearing about their personalities and other information that you don't get from Zoos when you walk around by yourself. I really loved thier Leopard Mia. she was so cute and rolled around. All of their cats seemed very happy and content!

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in Feb 2011

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no comment

February 11, 2011

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February 11, 2011

Every morning when I show up to work, the first thing I hear is "Roy...can you fix this?" This is before I even get my first cup of coffee. Though this may be annoying to some, it's quite relaxing working around these wonderful animals, knowing is some way, no matter how small it may seem, I helped them out. To see an organization such as IEAS put the animals needs and emotions first is great. Everything we do out here is for the animals and done to reduce stress on them. Most of these animals have come from sad situations, so I believe they have had enough stress...they deserve the best life they can have, and that is what IEAS does.

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During my work around the Sanctuary

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

Nothing

February 11, 2011

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February 11, 2011

It's an amazing feeling to drive up in the morning and see three white tigers to your right greeting you with friendly chuffing sounds. You can tell they are happy. These animals are treated so well...not only do they receive a proper diet and the best vet care possible, but they also enjoy large habitats full of enrichment. All the tigers have pools to cool off in during the summer, cougars have caves and leopard and bobcats have climbing perches and trees to enjoy. Each habitat is fit for each animals needs. Not to mention Bear Orphanage which has become the highlight of the tours. Bear Orphanage houses the black bears of the sanctuary. There are two huge natural habitats! When you see the bears on a tour playing in a tree, it's just like seeing and bear in the wild. Amazing!

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Conducting tours and hearing the visitor's responses

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Nothing

February 10, 2011

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February 10, 2011

Our daughter is currently serving a 3 month internship at this Sanctuary and she so loves these animals, the care, keeping them calm, safe and happy. Her Fav is Ron the lion. She is also drawn to the grizzlies at the Sanctuary.

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Our daughter is curently experiencing this facility as a 3 month internship which began Dec 3 and ends February 28. She was asked to stay on for an additional 3 month internship however, previous commitments prior to this intership have prevented her from doing so.

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February 10, 2011

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February 10, 2011

I visited the sanctuary and took the tour. A lot of the cats came from really sad situations, so I think that it is wonderful that they have a place to live where they are no longer exploited. The staff was really well informed and really cared about the cats. It was really neat to be so close to the cats, especially since many of them were playful.

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I visited the cats and learned that many of them were illegal pets or used for circuses. If they were not at the sanctuary, many of them would have no where else to go.

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

Allow them to have a bigger area so that they can take in more cats.

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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?

A friend told me about it.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

February 10, 2011

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February 10, 2011

My trip to the International Exotic Feline Sanctuary was very educational and fun. I went on a tour of the enclosures and learned things about every animal. My tour guide Elyse was very excited to talk about the animals. She shared information about each animals backgrounds from histories to habits. It was great to hear how each animal has a personality. It showed that the caretakers really cared about the animals. I really enjoyed my experience.

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Seeing the animals well taken care of.

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

acquire more funding to update the facility.

February 10, 2011

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February 10, 2011

This facility is a nonprofit one. They are dedicated to the best care and welfare of the animal inhabitats. They are also big in conservation education about exotic felines. Some the exotic felines include; jaguars, leopards, tigers, lions, and a few others. The people who work here are there for the animals 100% and come first and for most. They have spacious habitats, pools, enrichment toys, and the best diet possible for the animals. They also have an itern program that can last from 3 to 6 months that gives college students and recent grads the hands on experience to get into the competitive wonderful field. Most of their funds come from donations.

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

December 2010 to February 2011

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

give the Sanctuary more funding for materials and food.

February 10, 2011

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February 10, 2011

I have always been interested in the exotic cats, so I was super excited to come out and seem them here. I was very suprised and happy to see that they magnificent animals were being taken care of so well. They had plenty of space, houses to sleep in and pools to play in! I loved the fact that the animals were so relaxed and doing what cats do best! All I can say is please keeping doing what you are doing in helping these animals, and I hope that others see the good that you are doing!

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December 2010

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

Suggest that they bring more animals in. Though I understand that getting money is hard, but what a great place for these animals to live!

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