I have been to IEAS multiple times, and every time I go it is just that much more memorable. I love being able to see the kindness that is extended to the creatures and also, I get to watch the new animals progress through their life. This organization provides clear explanations on almost every aspect of the facility and brings the reality of how much work it put in to making the lives of these animals as comfortable as possible. IEAS is by far one of the most amazing organizations that I have ever had to the pleasure of encountering, and I recommend a visit to anyone that every gets the chance.
When I first visited IEAS, I was amazed at what they did at the sanctuary. They were extremely knowledgeable and the animals were kept in healthy living conditions. I loved being able to see the animals up close and learn about them. As a result of my love of the place, I raised money for my birthday and donated. When I went on the second tour, I saw other things that I didn't get to see before, and I was never dissapointed. I love IEAS and after visiting, I have made a decision on what I want to be when I grow up and that I want to be an intern there. IEAS has changed all those animals lives and mine as well.
I have been a donor to IEAS for many years. I have watched it grow as more animals now have a quality of life that they would't have if it were not for Richard and the care and enrichment that the sanctuary provides. The enclosures that the animals are housed in are natural and as close to what their natural environment in the wild would be as possible. They are not in typical cages like animals in zoos and other rescue places. They are fed a strict diet that closely resembles what each animal would eat in the wild. IEAS also provides an internship which educates young people and provides them with hands-on experience so they can pursue careers helping animals. I keep donating because I truly feel that IEAS provides the best care and environment for so many animals that would have been far worse off otherwise. Next to being wild, IEAS is the best place the animals could be.
I have been a long-distance donor for years, only seeing the animals in the newsletters. Finally in April 2012, I was able to visit the Sanctuary for the first time. I was struck by the fact that the tour was limited to a small number of people so that we would not disturb the animals. No loud talking, no flash cameras, no umbrellas or unwieldy items that might startle the residents. It was obvious that the welfare of the animals is the highest priority for IEFS (IEAS). And unlike some other exotic animal sanctuaries, IEFS has an educational component in their Intern program. I wish IEFS had been operating when I got my Wildlife Science degree in 1980 -- participating in their internship program would have been my dream come true!!
Too many times when we donate money to a non-profit organization, we cannot see where the money is going. Even when we see the pie-chart to indicate that only 10% (or whatever) goes to administrative costs, while the rest is for core programs, we donors cannot see the tangible results. It's different with the International Exotic Animal Sanctuary (formerly known as the International Exotic Feline Sanctuary). Touring their website, we can actually see our contributions being put to use: building new enclosures, upgrading the veterinary facilities, purchasing food, housing and training new interns. I donate to a number of non-profit groups, but I see specific, concrete results only with IEAS. One day I hope to tour the facility in person; until then, at least I can take the "virtual tour" on their website.
It is a privilege to have the opportunity to write and share this excellent organization with you. As a volunteer with more than ten (10) non-profits in Dallas, Texas, donating of my time and resources, I have gleaned experience in separating the marginal from the dynamic. IEFS is a dynamic organization, which has educated us while providing a safe haven for animals that through no fault of their own landed in someone's backyard, home or were terribly neglected. Mahatma Ghandi once said, "you judge a country by the treatment of its animals." IEFS is proof that in our country there are many excellent volunteers and dedicated individuals who believe in the care and support of our wildlife.
Have been a Donor of IEAS from its beginning. The facilities for the animals are top grade, roomy, and overseen with great care for what each resident needs. The study programs for the public are wonderful. The research and professional training for animal behaviorists, veterinary studients, and volunteers is one of the best in the world. Takes only a few minutes of seeing the webpage and the stories of these stunning creatures, and how IEAS has saved them from persecution, hardship and cruelty to know how worthy IEAS as a group to sponsor. I am so proud of the work they have done to rehabilate these animals. They are happy, healthy, active and love their homes. I hope everyone who reads this will give consideration to joining so many of us who love IEAS.
I support several big cat sanctuaries in my part of Texas. I so admire the people who sacrifice so much to take care of animals that have suffered from man's stupdity. I made my first actual visit to IEAS last month. I was beyond impressed by their professionalism and the way they put the animals needs first. The intern program was very impressive as well. The visit included a tour of the nutrition center where meals are prepared & medicines added to the food. This was information I have never gotten anywhere else I have visited.
These folks at IEAS deserve to be rated a top rated nonprofit. They all do a job that unless they step up to the plate these tigers, lions, bears and others would be euthanized. But instead they step in and take custody of these wonderful animals and give them the very best life they can have. One of my favorite animals Lexus a lion passed away this year he was found chained to a radiator in Detroit Michigan and they took him and he lived a long and wonderful life because of the people at IEAS. That is just one story out of many dozens if not hundreds. They work within budgets and do an absolutely wonderful job and if anyone deserves this they do. they take mistakes people make thinking these animals will make good pets and save the animals and give them a good wonderful life. Also when an animal goes to them it is for life they care for them until the end of their lives.
These people truely care about the animals in their care and it certainly shows. All of these beautiful creatures are very relaxed in their well kept environment. Many of the animals came from terrible living conditions yet they seem to have an amazing amount of trust for the keepers at the sanctuary. I think that speaks volumes about the compassion and attitude these wonderful people have. The sanctuary is a wonderful place to visit.
I have two adoptees at IEFS and visit often. I am continually amazied by the dedication of the staff shows toward all the animals. The internship offered by IEFS is among the best in the nation. IEFS is a 5-Star organization!! Please visit soon.
I guess you would say I first visited IEAS as a "secret shopper". The goal was to narrow my list of candidates for a donation from an inheritance. I wanted to make sure it would have a maximum impact on the recipients. It wasn't long into our tour that I realized, not only is the IEAS sanctuary a wonderful place for the rescued animals, but it is very well managed. They are quite innovative about taking advantage of every possible resource, from produce and meat from local grocers, to used yard utensils, pumpkins & Christmas trees from supporters. The intern program is exceptional, and the enthusiasm of the participants is very evident. Having worked on a number of non-profit boards, I recognize this as a very special organization. Business aside, each time we tour, I learn so much about the animals. All the cats are exciting to behold, but the bears are the entertainers. Did you know they make a helicopter sound when they're content? Where else could you hear that!