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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EIN 75-2283460
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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

I've taken multiple tours of the facility.

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

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

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

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

somehow move it closer to Dallas so I could volunteer

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Rating: 4 stars  

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.

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

Make none.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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

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

no changes

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Rating: 5 stars  

IEFS is a great charity. They take care of large animals, mostly cats,that have been abandoned, abused, etc. and need special care. On my first visit, I was extremely upset at one point by the stories of how the cats came to be at IEFS and how their background contributed to any specific health or emotional issues that they faced. Thank God, there are good people who want to take care of these special animals. It is great to see that the animals will regain their trust in humans due to the attention that they receive. I would recommend a visit to anyone who cares about cats. It is a moving and wonderful experience. My only regret is that I can't get into the enclosures and play with them myself!

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

Caring for the animals.

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

I don't know of any changes that I would make.

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Rating: 4 stars  

This is a wonderful place. You can tell once you are there that the animals are happy, healthy and well-cared for. They enjoy their habitats (as much as can be expected) and interact with the caretakers in a meaningful manner.

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enjoing the results of the animals well-being.

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

nothing

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Rating: 5 stars  

We visited IEAS about 2 years ago, our first time to visit. We really enjoyed the tour. I was impressed with how well the animals are taken care of. This organization needs all of the support it can get, to help keep the great homes for the animals. thank you

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Boyd, Texas

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

just give it all the support it can get

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Rating: 5 stars  

This haven for wild animals is really concerned about the animals in their care. They even branched out to accept bears. There are too many people out in the world who think they can keep a wild animal as a pet and when they find they can no longer do this they look for someone to bail them out. I'm really glad IEAS is there to "pick up the pieces" of an animal's life and make things better for them. They really try to meet all the animal's needs and I think they do that VERY well.

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By keeping up with the organization and seeing the work that they do.

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

I wouldn't.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

I am a volunteer docent at Zoo Atlanta, Atlanta,Ga. In early 2002, I found IEAS on the web - only then it was IEFS (International exotic feline sanctuary). I had plans to drive to Houston, Tx. that August for our annual AZAD (Association of Zoo and Aquarium Docents) Conference.
I made plans to visit the sanctuary in Boyd, Tx located above Fort Worth on my way home. I love all animals, however, cats are very special to me.
I made arrangements for a tour. I was greeted by very nice people and a very nice gentleman who was a volunteer took me on a tour. I got to meet each cat and the volunteer related the story of each cat to me. The sanctuary was very clean and orderly and I could tell that each animal was cared for very well.
I have not had an opportunity to go back to Texas since that time, but when I do, I will visit the sanctuary again!
Since my visit, I have kept up with the sanctuary on the internet and was very happy to hear that they expanded to house bears and like the cats that I saw, I am sure that all of the bears are happy there also.
I would like to encourage everyone who can to visit the sanctuary and if you live locally, I encourage you to check out their volunteer opportunities.
Bonnie, Atlanta,Ga.

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I have seen animals who had been homeless, abused or neglected rescued, given a good home, excellent care and lots of love!

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

Grant them the money to have a full time fund raiser who would be able to visit business in the area and let them know of the needs of the sanctuary. I would also grant them money to be able to take more animals. The people at the sanctuary are good people and they love helping animals and giving them a healthy, loving, caring environment!

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Rating: 5 stars  

This facility has the most spacious habitats for their large cats that can be found most anywhere. All the tigers have swimming pools, and all the cats have many enrichment items. In addition, there is a unique Emotional Enrichment program in place that tends to the animals' emotional well-being; perhaps the only facility in the country with such a program. The bear orphanage has 10 acres of meadows, forests, thickets, ponds, and meadows for the bears to enjoy and play with. Truly the bears have no feeling of even being in captivity.

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

enriching the lives of all the resident animals at the facility.

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

see if more species of animals could receive the same care and treatment with more funding.

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