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Colleen Butler

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In-Sync Exotics, Inc.
August 1, 2011

I first heard that DFW had exotic cat sanctuaries by a news story about another local sanctuary. I tried for 4 months to contact them regarding being a volunteer with no success. A friend at work told me about In-Sync Exotics and provided me with their website. Within 15 minutes I had my first interview setup! That was impressive.

I remember my first few times out thinking that maybe I was making a mistake. Maybe I really didn't want to be around exotic cats. Maybe I wasn't cut out for this kind of work anymore. (I say anymore because its alot like the farmwork I grew up doing.) Fortunately, I didn't act on those thoughts and kept showing up and doing what I was assigned.

Now two years later, I have learned so much and done so many different things I can hardly believe those earlier thoughts crossed my mind. What I love so much about In-Sync Exotics is that the cats are #1; many of the people I work with are like family. All of the cats have become family to me.

Each and every day, dishes are washed, diets prepared, enclosures scooped and washed, waters changed, medicine dispensed and various other duties performed. It's like a 5 star hotel! The expectation is that the cats live in the cleanest environment we can provide and get the best food, water and companionship as well. Thats a tall order and it happens day in and day out all for the cats benefit.

I would strongly reccommend this organization to anyone that loves animals and is willing to work to make their lives better!

The Great!

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

I have seen the lives of so many animals go from pitiful existence to healthly and vibrant. Two examples are Jazz and Shazaam. These are two male lions that could not walk when I began volunteering. I learned they had been severly malnutritioned among other things. I have watched them heal, grow and learn to use their legs!! It took alot of love, food, medicine and patience.

Ways to make it better...

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

Compel more people to donate and volunteer. You can never have too many of either. If we got more donors, then we could build more enclosures, an on site vet clinic and numerous other projects that wait for funding!!!

More feedback

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

A coworker.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Their residents welfare.

What is its top priority in the long run?

Their residents welfare and being able to sustain them and grow when the need arises.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

MY ROLE:
Board Member & I have learned from the ground up what it takes to keep the residents healthy, clean and happy. This includes everything from washing dishes to greeting visitors in our vistors center. This experience has challenged me mentally, phsyically and emotional.