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Review for INTERNATIONAL EXOTIC FELINE SANCTUARY INC, Boyd, TX, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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!!

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2012

Role:  Donor

Review for INTERNATIONAL EXOTIC FELINE SANCTUARY INC, Boyd, TX, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

Role:  Donor & I donate.