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.
Although I've not been there yet (hoping to visit next year), it appears to be a very well run sanctuary for the animals. All seem healthy, happy and clean. Animals are frequently seen enjoying their enrichment, and the volunteers appear dedicated. Thank you In Sync. You're all so awesome!
AMAZING! I'm obsessed with this place, the cats (plus some) and the life changing work they do there. You wouldn't be disappointed! You'll fall in love ❤️
I was there over the Memorial Day weekend with a group of girls who love cats. We were impressed by the enclosures, the recovery stories, and the staff. We had one person with us that really wanted to see the white tiger. It was a hot day and she was in her sleeping area to stay cool. A staff member happened to be walking by with an extra piece of meat from feeding other cats and she took the time to get her out and tell us about her story. Something I will always remember. The lady working the office that day was very patient with the two little girls with us. I will go back the next time I visit. I can see why my Aunt Cindy lived this place also.
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.
Those of you who haven't been to In Sync are missing a glorious experience.You will not only see the amazing beauty in these precious animals but also an education,which if those who had previously ownes them would have NEVER owned them & they would be free as God intended & never harmed,Thank goodness there are people like In Sync to help them
please visit & have an amazing experience & donate They work very hard taking care of these beauties.I can't wait till I can go again.
Love it! These animals are beautiful and so unique. They need and deserve special care. This is that special place. These animals are amazing. Thanks for taking such good care of them.
So impressed with this place. Very evident how much they care for these animals and take care of them.
I found out about In-Sync from a coworker of my mom's. I was looking into Wildlife and Fisheries at Texas A&M for my major because of my love of animals, mainly exotic animals. I've been a cat lover all my life, and when I heard about this place hidden away only 15-20 miles from where I live, I was ecstatic. That was a couple years ago, and now I've been a number of times. I'm a part of the project volunteer staff and I take friends and family with any chance I get. I HIGHLY recommend it if you are ever in the area of Lake Lavon.
Any donations go straight to the cats, whether it be to fund toys for enrichment, a new vet center for their health, food, water bills from cleaning and refreshing their buckets, or even the new enclosure to house more cats. You can always find the cats happy, lounging about and enjoying the cool pools or their secluded dens, playing with boomer balls or each other.
When I found out about In Sync exotics I was truly amazed something like this was only an hour away from my house. I started volunteering about 6 months ago and it has truly changed my life. I try to volunteer twice a week because it's extremely important to help these beautiful animals. Cleaning enclosures is my favorite thing to do because I get to be up close and personal with animals. Building a bond with a tiger just wasn't something I ever thought I would do on my life, but In Sync changed that quickly for me. Everyone who volunteers truly cares about the wellbeing of all of the animals. We take our volunteerings duties seriously to keep the place safe for us and the cats. I wouldn't want to spend my extra time anywhere else. In Sync Exotics is the best thing I ever accidentally stumbled upon.