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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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 4 stars  

I took a tour in December of last year, I really enjoyed it. The people were friendly and the had a lot to say about the animals in general. The animals themselves were beautiful! Keep up the great work, and hope to come back out for another tour!

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

December 2010

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

none

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am currently and intern here at the International Exotic Animal Sanctuary, and from what I have seen so far, this place takes exquisite care of their animals. They also take the time and effort to teach the interns about animal husbandry and what it takes to run a facility like this. I am grateful for my time here and the experiences that I have gained to take with me into my field.

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

From December '10 to June of '11

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

Have no comment at this time.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 4 stars  

fabulous establishment of a sanctuary, love what they are doing!! good job, keep up the nice work

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

reading about it and checking the website

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

make a better website, make the organization do more for the animals in the sense of repopulating/releasing into the wild

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a current Animal Care Intern, I have seen and experienced first-hand they type of sanctuary IEAS truely is. The care the big cats and bears of IEAS receive is beyond exceptional. Every Keeper, every Volunteer, and all Staff of the sanctuary put the well-being of each individual animal first and foremost. The Emotional, Behavioral, and Environmental Enrichment Programs in place are designed to keep the animals happy, content, and stimulated. Although the growing number of big cats and bears displaced and in captivity is a sad reality, there is no better home for them than IEAS.

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

December 2010 - February 2011.

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

provide the sanctuary with more materials, equipment, and funding.

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a current intern here at IEAS, I have had the opportunity to see first hand how the animals are cared for here. Everything about this place is held to the highest standards of animal care and management. I can honestly say I have never been to a place that takes such awesome care of their animals. It is such an awesome opportunity to be here and learn what they have to teach us. We have gained valuable hands-on experience and have been trained extensively with safety procedures for keeping for all animals. The keepers really strive to train us to be the best we can be!

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I have learned SO much by having the opportunity to be an intern here. I will definitely take everything I've learned to my career in zookeeping for the rest of my life.

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

Everything about this organization is wonderful!

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

The staff at IEAS dedicate their entire lives to caring for these animals and it truly shows. As an intern here for a short 3 months, I have learned so much more than I ever could have imagined about caring for exotic animals. It doesn't take anyone long to realize how happy these animals are because as you walk around the facility, you see cats and bears lounging around on their perches or in their houses, playing with their many toys, and even coming right up to the fence to greet you. One woman who I gave a tour to said that the cashier at a gas station had told her to come here for a tour. The word about IEAS has spread because all who have come here are so impressed and can see what a fantastic place this is for these animals to live the rest of their days.

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

how happy and laid back the animals are.

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

receiving more recognition and support from the public.

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a current intern, I have learned a great deal from this sanctuary. The care and compassion they have for these animals is unmatched by any zoo or sanctuary I have visited or interned at. All of the animals are relaxed and happy. It truly is all about them. I am honored to be here and to experience what every exotic animal care facility should strive to be.

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I have never seen such amazing compassion for animals.

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

I honestly wouldn't. The sanctuary is very clean and the animals receive excellent care.

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

I was an intern at IEAS in 2007. The skills they taught me helped me get my current job. They have a HUGE array of knowledge in the care for exotic animals. Not only do they make sure the animals are healthy but also happy and content with the lives these animals were basically forced into. A big part of their mission is to inform the general public of these animals' tragedies in order to hopefully stop it in the future. They plant the seed of conservation, understanding and respect of these animals. The staff was always professional and assisted any way they could in order help the interns began their career paths. I will always remember the animals, how happy, healthy and content they were. Very few facilities can match the level of IEAS.

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I've experienced the results of this organization in my career. They knowledge and skills they gave me have helped me get my previous job as well as my new one that I am about to start.

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

I can not think of any changes they need to make.

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

When first researching and reading about IEAS, I was impressed with how they described their program and purpose. It wasn't until I was accepted into the program and witnessed firsthand how incredible they are. I spent three amazing months at IEAS, and it gave me some invaluable experience to use throughout my career/life. Whenever I go to a city that has a zoo/sanctuary, I try to incorporate that into my plans. With that I have been to many places, and can honestly say that IEAS is my favorite place I have ever been. The reasons for this are plenty. They treat every animals with the respect they deserve and allow them to live their lives the way they choose to with what life dealt them. The majority of the animals were rescues from horrible cases of neglect and abuse. With this they will natural not trust humans for any reason, and through a lot of time and patience the staff at IEAS eventually gains enough trust from these animals to work around them and in some cases give a lot of emotional enrichment in close proximity to their habitat. One of the biggest reasons I love it there so much, is that the respect we know to give them we push onto all visitors who come to IEAS. We are their for the animals, not for the enjoyment of the people who come to visit. We let the animal decide what kind of interaction they want, not pushing anything upon them. If they don't want any, we just pass them on by and leave them alone. Throughout the three months I made some amazing relationships with certain cats and I know that throughout my life I will be helping out at IEAS in whatever way I can.

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

working side-by-side with the animals and keepers everyday for three months.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

knowing that all the animals there were getting the best treatment they can receive.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide the maximum care available and build more habitats to house more animals in need.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I was fortunate enough to be a keeper at IEAS for 13 months. The Sanctuary is unlike anything I had experienced before. Their mission is to give the resident animals the best possible life in captivity while refusing to compromise their comfort and dignity. The respect and emotional care these animals receive has made it possible for the staff, interns and volunteers to turn heartbreaking stories of previous abuse and neglect into awe inspiring happiness. Some of the animals of IEAS came from pasts that gave them no reason to ever trust humans. But when treated with the consideration owed to another sentient being, amazingly, the animals have been able to overcome their experiences and choose to trust and build emotional relationships with their caretakers. Working in exotic animal care, I know I have become somewhat desensitized to seeing close and in person animals that most people only see on T.V. or occasionally in zoos. However, I was always moved when Mia, an Amur leopard, would hear my voice leading a tour and was waiting when we got to her. Or Rani, a female tiger and oldest resident, who would get up and greet anyone she saw walking remotely her way. Despite trying to be as quiet as possible, one snapped stick or slip on a rock, and she would be on her way over. Getting to see these animals be themselves and get to know their characters and personalities were the greatest and most humbling opportunities. These animals are allowed to be who they are, even if sometimes that means a little mischievous or uncooperative when you were hoping to get some work done. There’s always tomorrow to paint or weave vines. I am proud to have been a part of IEAS. Visitors are expected to show the same respect to the animals and, while they may not see when the cats and bears are feeling playful and active, they are still able to tell that they are, indeed, happy. IEAS also works hard to educate those who visit about the plight of the residents’ wild and captive cousins, but is not concerned about creating “exciting exhibits” out of the animals. The animals of IEAS are home. We are only there to care for them. IEAS defines what a sanctuary is.

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

the comfort and happiness of the animals and their confidence to be themselves.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

getting the opportunity to be a part of the Sanctuary's mission and have a positive impact on the animals' lives

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated and caring.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make the current residents' lives better and help more captive exotic animals in need.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-7-01

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