People are always surprised when I tell them there's a big cat sanctuary so close to the city. It might be tucked away in Wylie but what's happening there is nothing short of amazing. I've been volunteering there almost 6 months now and I wish I'd found them sooner. A few hours every Saturday transforms my entire week and I wouldn't trade the time I get to spend being hot sweaty and dirty with those beautiful cats for anything.
My girls and I had a wonderful time visiting In-sync Exotics. We were able to see the cats up close and some where even having fun out on their playground. The volunteers are knowledgeable about the cats and told us stories about them and answered any question we had. The facility is clean and it is obvious that the staff/volunteers care deeply about the cats who are now in their happy forever home.
There are 7,000 tigers in America in private hands, many of them survivors of the cub-petting trade where a cub has value for perhaps 100 days — and is then dumped or sold to a roadside zoo where they languish in cramped and barren cages for the rest of their lives. Tigers in America is a non-profit dedicated to helping unwanted or abandoned tigers find life-time homes at the best big cat sanctuaries in the U.S.
In-Sync Exotics is one of the best of the best, especially known for their ability to restore the health of the most desperately ill or injured big cats who nobody wants or is able to feed. In-Sync Exotics is also recognized as an outstanding sanctuary by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS Verified) and the American Sanctuary Association (ASA Accredited). And when other sanctuaries need help, In-Sync Exotics is more than willing to transport needy animals to other excellent facilities in the sanctuary community. No fanfare, no fuss — In-Sync is there to help. Whether it is a tiger needing a ride to the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch or lemurs and cougars going to Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation in West Texas, In-Sync’s rescue team will show up and safely get the animals to their new forever homes. Their first priority is always the animals.
A key demonstration of this is the outstanding veterinary hospital In-Sync built on site and their dedicated vet who works to ensure their big cats get the best medical care and therapeutic assistance possible. Very few rescued tigers arrive in perfect — or even good — health. Sheba and Mugale are two examples.
In 2013 Sheba was a nine year old tiger who had not seen another tiger for almost all of her life. She had lived in a very small enclosure at an Arkansa day camp with only concrete underfoot. Because Sheba had been badly declawed, she limped and suffered severe arthritis. Sheba's enclosure in Arkansas gave her little room and no natural surface to walk on. When she first arrived at In-Sync, Sheba was very disconcerted to find herself near other tigers. She eventually worked up the courage to go to the playground where she felt grass and soil under her feet for the first time. The veterinarians at In-Sync evaluated her condition, identified several avenues of relief, and determined that her paws could be surgically reconstructed so that she can now walk and run without pain. She has become a happy and agile tiger. Here Sheba is shown at her old home and now enjoying her life at In-Sync. One photo shows bone fragments removed from her crippled paws.
In 2016, 14 year old Mugale was rescued from a breeder and cub petting operation in Colorado, an historic rescue of 75 tigers and 25 other big cats we organized in the fall and winter 2016-2017. In-Sync was one of the first sanctuaries we called to place tigers because there were a number of them that had severe and pressing medical problems. Mugale appeared to have a spinal injury and could not walk. She was in a pen with 3 sisters and a male tiger. The Colorado rescue team had been able to isolate her and get preliminary X-rays that were difficult to decipher. In-Sync made a special trip to rescue Mugale, her sisters and Sultan, but Mugale's future was hard to predict. But with In-Sync's expert care, Mugale is now walking almost normally and she enjoys being on her playground with her siblings. Photo is of Mugale mid-recovery at In-Sync.
Since we first started working with In-Sync in 2013, together we have rescued 29 tigers, 5 cougars, 3 lions and 3 leopards from desperate circumstances: starving tigers and cougars from a private owner in Texas, lions from a failing roadside exhibit in upstate NY, a crippled tiger from an Arkansas day camp, cougars from a Kansas drug dealer’s abandoned wild animal hoard, tigers and leopards needing significant medical care and emergency surgery from a defunct breeder/cub petting facility in Colorado. Each cat’s story is both heartbreaking and inspiring. And in each instance, In-Sync Exotics has worked together with other sanctuaries to make sure no big cat or exotic animal will be left behind. We are honored to be able to work with the In-Sync Exotics team and proud to be a part of this amazing Sanctuary's accomplishments.
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In-Sync Exotics is by far one of the best rescue groups around. I am very dedicated to animal rescue and welfare and am continually blown away by how much this group does with so little to provide the best possible care for these animals.
In most cases, they are taking in animals that have been abused or neglected and have serious health issues. They provide incredible medical care in a loving environment...always thinking about what's best for the animal.
In addition to food and medical care, they are always concerned about the animals daily lives, ensuring they animals have places to play, enrichments to bring joy to their day and a variety of social interactions designed for each specific animal. While we'd all love them to be living in the wild, it's not possible for these animals. They are given the best possible life under the circumstances.
Vicky Keahey is an amazing woman who gives her all to care of these animals. Her passion and determination to provide a safe and loving environment for these animals has inspired the incredible volunteers who work day-in and day-out to also make all this happen. In many cases, they take shifts to work 24 hours a day to care for sick or recovering animals.
In the toughest times, when they have to make decisions about quality of life for sick animals, they do all that with the utmost compassion, love and care.
We are "adoptive parents" to Mystery and Charley, a tiger and cougar, and have been for years. It is rewarding to support the animals and In-Sync. Anyone who hasn't visited them in truly missing out!
Where do I start. I visited in-sync with my son a few years ago and fell in love. I was touched by how well the cats were cared for and with how much they were loved. When I started reading about where these gorgeous creatures came from and the condition most were in when they arrived I had to be a part of this dedicated and loving group of people. In -Sync is additionally focused on educating folks on how the cats are exploited for profit and the cruelty involved. It broke my heart. I have been a volunteer for over a year now. It has been even more rewarding than I had expected. The love, care and respect that Vickey and the team give to the cats is so inspirational. I can't think of a better place to spend my Saturday than with my beautiful cats. When I saw this quote that the volunteer coordinator has on her email, I thought this says it all for me. It reads: "I always wondered why somebody didn't do something about that. Then I realized I am somebody. "
In-Sync is a wonderful place that rescues tigers, lions and various other big cats to provide them with a much better life. I had no idea how much work was required each day to take care of these amazing animals and it is very rewarding to volunteer and be a part of this great team.
The level of care the animals receive here is phenomenal. There have been so many miracles over the years, cats that have been rescued from unthinkable circumstances and are now healthy, happy cats. The staff, volunteers, and everyone there goes above and beyond, day after day, year after year.
I've been a volunteer with In-Sync since October 2010. I can honestly say this is the most rewarding work I've ever done. It is abundantly clear by the chuffs of the cats, their relaxed nature, & their playfulness that they are happy & well cared for by the many dedicated volunteers & staff. I've personally received dozens of compliments on how happy & healthy the cats are, & how clean our facilities are. We put our heart, soul, sweat, blood, & tears into In-Sync each & every day, & it's returned a million times over with each tiger chuff, each purr, every time the cat comes to say hello. Vicky, the owner, is absolutely amazing! She spends time with each of our 61 cats daily, & they all bend over backwards to please her. She is the Big Cat Whisperer!
"LOVE" it's all about "love" which is very evident at In-Sync. From the hard working volunteers to the cats favorite owner & care taker Vicky! She glows when she speaks about her cats.The facility is always clean,everyone is always working & will gladly tell you stories on each beloved cat............even their horse & the goats LOL! It's shaded well,very secure & a thrill to see these animals come from nothing blossom into a beautiful thriving animal.I thank my lucky stars I live close enough to go see them & especially knowing there are people like Vicky & staff that want nothing more than to make these cats lives safe & taken care of. God bless them.
If our health care system could take as good a care of us the way Vicky & all the volunteers at In-Sync take care of all these beautiful cats........how great that would be! In-Sync is the perfect forever home for these animals they care for. I've never had any bad experience while visiting.Everyone is very knowledgeable if you have a question.& very friendly. You can absolutely tell there is a connection between the care takers & the cats. Their care & comfort come first with the workers & boy do they work!!!! Thank you ALL that work there for making In-Sync a caring & loving home.
An amazing non profit rescue. I volunteer here and the staff is so concerned with the safety of the animals and staff and each and everyone here loves all the cats. I would highly suggest at least paying a visit to this beautiful place.
All of the people who work/volunteer at In-Sync treat these beautiful creatures like they are family. Each cat is more regal than the next, and more deserving of the wonderful treatment and lifestyles that they are living.
I've only been able to visit in-Sync one time but I was very impressed with the cleanliness, the caring loving staff and the "happiness" of the animals.
I have been a supporter of InSync Exotics for twenty-plus years. It is remarkable and extraordinary to see Vicki Keahy and her team take care of these beautiful (and needy) animals. I have attended many of their events and seen how hard they work to make each animal as healthy and nourished as possible. Every dollar of my donations has brought me comfort, satisfaction, and pleasure. I know that it is well-spent and appreciated.
In-Sync Exotics is an amazing sanctuary for big cats. Every time I visit I am amazed by the care that they provide for these beautiful creatures. Every cat, no matter what age or health, is given so much love and compassionate consideration that it is truly amazing. The staff and volunteers are completely dedicated to the well being of the cats. They go above and beyond to make sure that the cats receive enrichment, proper nutrition, expert medical care, clean conditions, and plenty of room to roam in large enclosures (many that have water features). I do my best to share their story with anyone that will listen, and often send friends and family out to visit the sanctuary if they haven't been before. I honestly love In-Sync Exotics and the work they do. I hope to have time in the future to become a volunteer for them.
In-Sync is one of my favorite and one of the most fascinating places I have had the pleasure to visit... Seeing these beautiful Exotic Cats up close and personal is always so exciting for me as I have never been that close to a real live Lion or Tiger before in my life... I am in awe at the selfless work these people do to care for these beautiful exotic cats, the time and the attention given to their well-being is more than amazing. I love to visit In-Sync because I always come away with a sense of complete satisfaction in appreciating the beauty of every single exotic cat in this rescue facility and also knowing that there are loving and caring people out there who give so much of their time and their talent to ensure the best of care goes out to each and everyone of the cats in the In-Sync family. They even take the time to remember the ones that have crossed over the Rainbow Bridge, a beautiful memorial wall with pictures, names and even flowers... It's evident these people really care and are God inspired!
My grandchildren were inspired to support organizations that help wildlife after visiting In-Sync Exotics and adopting "their" tigers Karma and Smuggler. This group truly engenders empathy and motivation to help save these animals! Thank you for your tireless effort!
I first learned about ISE at one of their booths at a festival. They gave me great info about how they rescue big cats, and I was very interested in supporting them. Soon after I began following on Facebook, and it was then that I really began to see what ALL they do for these beautiful cats! I saw pictures and stories of how each cat was rescued and how many were neglected, and I also learned how an incurable illness can spread amongst them and even kill some of them. I saw a team of wonderful volunteers pull together to help get funding and spread awareness to help these magnificent animals! I've also seen them grow, and I hope everyone will continue to support them by donating money because they depend on us, and these cats deserve the best life!! I live about an hour away, but I've been to the facility twice to see the cats in person. They snuggle right up into your heart!! I hope everyone will donate, and encourage everyone to go see the cats up close. They are amazing!!!!
In-Sync Exotics is near and very dear to my heart. Vicky and the folks that care for all of those magnificent cats are the very best. They all truly love each and every one of those cats and give them the best care and attention possible. I have been a monthly donor for 10 years and plan to continue as long as I am able. I have been out to In-Sync many times to visit and experience these wonderful cats first hand. Vicky is truly the cat whisperer. They hear her voice and immediately start talking and looking for her.
All you have to do is visit their Facebook page to read stories of their rescues, see the before and after pictures... Love, love, love. And to see the cats up close is absolutely breathtaking.
We have yet to visit In-Sync, but we can't wait to go. I met one of their employees at a local library one day and she was so nice to take time to speak with my young daughter about their sanctuary. Their Facebook page is wonderful and it's so nice to see updates about what is happening at the sanctuary. I'm so glad they are helping these majestic big cats. We are definitely planning a spring visit, once the weather warms up just a bit! I can't wait! I wish we had enough money to donate money to their organization, but maybe someday when our finances are better.
I came to In-Sync Exotics with the intention of seeing whether I could volunteer and help out, as my longtime career goal in life is to eventually work one-on-one with wild animals. I was not disappointed with the place. The animals' enclosures are enriching, spacious, and green, adjacent to their enclosures where they can rest out of the way of the hot sun, and sleep. They seem well taken care of by the staff, who appear to be knowledgeable people in the field with enthusiasm and genuine care for the cats. I look forward to volunteering here in the months, and possibly years, to come, and getting to know the other people involved who share the same love and interest in wildlife as I do.
I found ISE four and a half years ago. I saw their page on Facebook. I have always been fascinated with Big Cats so I went to visit. I was so impressed I asked about volunteering. The screening process took three weeks and started training. My Zen place was found. The Cats are amazing, they are not pets to is they are our friends. We care for them like friends. Their areas are cleaned every day rain, snow or 105 degrees. They are fed quality meats everyday. They get Vet care my our own wonderful Vet Emily. Staff live on site start at 0700 in the morning and work sometimes until midnight cleaning, feeding and giving meds.
One of the things I have seen that others outside can't is how our new friends change from intake to residency. We take in cats that have been neglected, most with horrid health. They are scared, angry and sick. The patience and love shown them from day one changes them. They bond with us and over time they show us care back. I have seen tigers that would hide in their den at feeding until we left that now chuff and make happy noises to see their feeders. And greet their cleaners with fence hugs. Those are when the cats rub on the fence against you like how a cat rubs on your leg just with a fence between you. Check out our before and after pictures of some of our cats and others.
We even took in a goat that showed up after a tornado hit Wylie. She had two kids. They have become part of the family. As did our two lemurs.
We also have released many Bobcats back to the wild. New intakes of bobcats are watched for a period of time to see if they have been desensitized to humans. If they can be released when they are healthy again they go to a safe release place.
The owner, Vicky Keahy, is one of my heroes in life. Her leadership in care and concern for the Cats health and safety is stellar. ISE is her life.
I now live 2 hours away but I still make my weekly trips to get my therapy. I volunteered to help rescue big cats, they wound up rescueing me.
I love this place. I plan on volunteering until my last day on earth. Then I will meet up with my cat family that have went on before me.
I donate monthly as well because I see how the donations are used. Quality food and medical care as well as housing expansions that are spacious and planned well. The Tigers have pools that they love. The Bobcats, Cougars and Leopard have climbing areas that are safe and comfy. I could go on and on. I will end just by saying you would have to see how they Cats treat the Staff to truly understand to nature of ISE.