You can never say enough about a group of people who volunteer their time to take care of beautiful creatures that mankind decided to use and abuse for their own entertainment.
The sanctuary has given these regal animals their life back, and gives them the ability to live their lives the way the earth has intended, with respect, dignity and everything they could possibly need.
IEAS is working on erasing the negative impact that man has created, giving them back their sense of pride. What could be more important.
I have visited the sanctuary twice and am always impressed with their care of the animals and their professionalism. With the exception of being in the wild, the animals have the best possible environment and are treated with individual respect and love. The personnel are tops and the tours are very informative. I wish I could just sit down by the fence and "talk" to a tiger!
IEFS is a good steward of donations. It is important to kn ow that $$$ is going to the care and enrichment of the animals. A GREAT ORGANIZATION!
I took a scheduled tour several years ago and have been a supporter and email member ever since that time. What the staff provides these mgnificant animals is truly awesome. They are all healthy and as happy as possible under the cicumstances. It is very obvious that the staff truly cares about each and every animal, knows their personlitiy, likes and dislikes, and serves them with love and respect. The enrichment items are terrific, the videos emailed out are inspiring, and I know the money the IEAS would receive would be used responsibly.
A GREAT CAUSE!
I have been supporting this charity ever since I visited there many, many years ago. I am a cat lover, from the smallest to the largest, and at the time I visited back in the early 1990''s all they had were exotic cats who had been purchased as pets and then - well - we all know what happens. Some were also injured and couldn't be in a zoo or returned to the wild for other reasons. When I took a tour of this place I knew that very special and loving people were involved in it. They were working hard to get donations to make bigger and better habitats, and provide more emotional and physical stimulation for these cats. They have continued this work and done great things since then, and now have even added bears! I now live in the mountains of New Mexico and have had many bears coming through my yard. Most of the people up here are afraid of the bears and see them and nuicances and dangers. I see them very differently and I know that the state of New Mexico routinely kills approx. 600 bears every year - and that is not all during bear hunting season. It makes me so happy to know that some of the orphan bears are being taken in and cared for by IEAS so that when they are all gone in the wild, thanks to the ignorance and selfishness of people - my great granchildrean will get to see bears in a happy and stimulating habitat.
We have donated to this wonderful place for many years now. It has been quite a few years since we have visited, but we are kept apprised of their accomplishments, additions, and animals through newsletters and their website. I have first-hand met some of their employees and interns and they really care about the happiness and fulfillment of life of these animals. It is apparent from the natural surroundings that they provide for these animals to live in that they really care about how they spend their lives. This sanctuary/home meets the animals' specific needs not only environmentally and nutritionally, but also physically for their exercise and well-being. We have watched the animals flourish under their care. I cannot say enough great things about how they treat these animals.
Not only have I donated to this wonderful sanctuary for exotics, I have visited the site. I found the staff entirely committed to providing wonderful and beautiful new permanent homes for their residents, some with heartbreaking histories. Not only are the animals provided with a new home, they are provided with great enrichment programs and medical care. The residents, often for the first time, are allowed to be what they are...a big cat gets to act like a big cat, a bear gets to act like a bear. They are not there to meet some need of human society. Instead, they are given sanctuary from just that.
IEFS is an awesome non-profit that is full of caring and knowledgeable individuals who want the best for all of the residents. Each animal has a specific diet crafted just for them. The residents are treated with awe as well as respect. IEFS provides Lions, Tigers and Bears (OH MY!), the best nutrition and care. Enrichment is provided as well so the animals are never bored. All you need to do is visit just once and you can see what a fabulous sanctuary they have created and how well organized it is.
I have donated financially as well as with pumpkins and I know that both gifts were equallly appreciated by the cats and the humans!
I have always been what I consider an animal lover. My definition of animal lover was changed once I experienced the love and devotion to these magnificent creatures at IEAS. Richard and his "crew" are single minded in the pursuit of comfort and quality of life for the animals here. Each of the interns are kind, helpful and quite knowledgeable about the animals and about the function of a sanctuary. You can see it in their faces how much the opportunity to be up close and personal with the animals is to them. The work is hard, but the rewards are life long and life changing. We adopted a wonderful tiger named Allie Kat. The visits are so are so warm and being able to look her in the eye and know how comfortable she is and will be is very rewarding to me. The residents of the IEAS are "job 1" and it shows.
I have a soft spot in my heart for animals, and IEAS is a wonderful place to nurture that interest. They have such a love and devotion to the animals, as evidenced by the detail and thought that's put into taking care of them. I was fortunate enough to go on a tour of the facility, where one of the staff members was able to introduce me to each animal and share something special about them that would only come from personal experience and devotion to the animals. IEAS is a wonderful place and a true sanctuary for these lost creatures!
I've been a supporter ever since TEFF (as it was called then) began. Our family has visited the sanctuary many times. I also wrote an article (Marjahn Not forgotten) on the work of the sanctuary. In later years my husband joined in my support and now we donate under, Dick & Sally Roberts. It's a blessing that IEFS is in operation and providing the physical and emotional care the exotics as well as the bears deserve.
The first time that I visited IEFS was when my daughter-in-law was an intern there. She stayed for six months. I was very impressed with the way IEFS takes care of animals who had previously been in bad situations. It gives the big cats, bears, and others a place away from abuse, neglect, and unnatural settings. They not only give them a place to stay, but the environment there is as natural as it can be. The animals have very large areas in which to roam, play, lie down. I feel like they are well taken care of and comfortable. They aren't cramped in small cages; they are no longer in someone's house or backyard, chained up; they are not expected to do tricks or perform. They can just "be". The animals are also given toys and situations in which their imaginations are stimulated and they grow mentally and emotionally as well. I admire the work they do at IEFS and try to donate whenever possible to help them in their efforts.