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In-Sync Exotics, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Protection of Endangered Species, Wildlife Preservation & Protection, Wildlife Sanctuaries

Mission: "To provide a caring, safe haven to some of God's most beautiful creatures. We put their needs above all else; the old, the maimed, the unwanted can find sanctuary here."

Results: We spent a lot of time this year fundraising for our new animal residents requiring specialized medical care due to their age and present health condition, plus funds were needed to build the cats a new play area, complete with an outdoor splash pool.

Programs: Animal Husbandry Training Program Volunteer Program Community Outreach Program Enrichment Program

Community Stories

384 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Sandra Newbill N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at In-Sync for more than a year now and visit every week. It is my favorite day of the week! The happy cats are happy to see me and I love seeing them play on the playground. There are so many cats to take care of and the organization has a lot of amazing volunteers. If you are looking for a worthwhile place to volunteer, this is it!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Insync is an awesome sanctuary for Big Cats! I’ve been volunteering there for almost a year now and it is a rewarding experience! The cats are well taken care of!

Brenda100

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first visited this hidden gem in December 2012. I was impressed with the facility and that the cats were active, happy and well taken care of. I was also very happy they did not breed the cats nor allow the public to have contact with them. Four months after that visit, I signed up to volunteer my time to be a servant to God’s most gorgeous creatures. This facility is a true sanctuary and we try to educate the public about the plight of these cats and why they do not make good pets. This was the best and most fulfilling decision I have ever made.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first visited In-Sync in December 2012 for their Xmas lights tour. I was hooked, but was too busy with work. Two short months later I was laid off from my job of 35 years - so I decided to just early retire and needed something to do. This is when my life changed - I was a volunteer with In-Sync and hooked. I had always had a passion for big cats, but had never truly understood just how special they are. A short two months after I started is when disaster struck at In-Sync in the form of canine distemper. It was the most heart and gut wrenching time to see these apex predators fall to such a cruel disease. I was just getting to know these cats and then watched them and called keepers when I felt the cat needed them. I never knew my love for a cat could grow so strong in such a short time and then to have my heart ripped out when they didn't make it. I will have to say it made me question my decision to volunteer here at first - but - there were other cats who also needed care and love. The whole experience of this outbreak, getting to know all the cats here, the care and love they receive daily - it made me grow as a person - it made me stronger - it made me a better person and it made my heart full. My passion for this place still grows after 3 years of volunteering here. If you are looking for a place to visit, donate to or volunteer at and you have a love for big cats - this is the place to do it. There is nothing in this world that makes my heart smile as much as this place. While many of our cats came from not ideal situations, they are happy, healthy and loved - and they are with us for the rest of their lives.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

In-Sync Exotics is amazing! They have rescued and helped over 300 animals in the 20+ years since founding, some of them on death's door, and performed boring short of miracles to help these cats become healthy, happy, and let their beautiful personalities shine through. You won't find a more dedicated and hard working group of staff and volunteers!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started visiting In-Sync Exotics about 10 years ago and volunteering 8 years ago. It was and still is my happy place. I went there initially for my love of animals, but found peace of mind and a passion. The work is often hard, definitely dirty and sometimes heartbreaking, but the people and animals make it worth it. Seeing the transformation of a cat being properly cared and loved for for the first time in their life is an incredible feeling. If you haven't come to visit, you are missing an amazing experience and volunteering here will change your life.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love the safe haven this sanctuary provides to its residents.

Tammy Shelton S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at ISE for over 5 years and have seen first hand the love and care all the animals there receive. They primarily rely on donations to care for nearly 70 big cats and two lemurs. The animals receive nutritious meals daily, with each animal getting the food and supplements specific to their needs. They also get the best of medical care with an onsite veterinarian. They have spacious CLEAN indoor enclosures and large outdoor "playgrounds" in which all cats have access to on a rotating bases throughout the day. Along with the daily care, they also receive toys, enrichment, and a ton of love. ISE is my happy place and I am so glad I converted from loyal visitor to volunteer that can help out with a small amount of the animal's care.

Susan A.6

Board Member

Rating: 5

I’ve been a volunteer for about 11 years, and have witnessed firsthand the lengths In-Sync goes to in giving the best possible care to big cats who would otherwise suffer a short, cruel life.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We really enjoy visiting with the big cats. They are so beautiful, so regal and powerful. The animals are well cared for, their accommodations are very nice, lots of pools, lots of stimulation to keep them mentally fit as well. We love visiting.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have proudly volunteered at In-Sync Exotics for over 10 years, and this place is amazing. This is the forever home to over 67+ exotic cats. The cats get the possible care, and the facility is well kept. It is a privilege to help take care of these beautiful creatures.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is the most wonderful charity. They take in big cats that have no where else to go and they treat them like royalty. This is their furrever home and they even stay after they have passed away (they have a place for them). They treat these animals so well and they allow the public to come and enjoy these amazing animals. They even have over night campouts for people to get to spend the night with these wonderful cats. It is an amazing place to visit and they deserve all of the recognition they can get. Please help them.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

*NSYNC exotics is and has been so educational to me. Saving The animals that cant make it in a wild, all the while the animals are in the best environment. You can see how happy the animals are!

Marianne C.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In-Sync is such a happy place to be. A lot of the cats have come from unfortunate situations, but you can see how they blossom once they are rescued and live in a place where all of the focus is on making them healthy and happy

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In sync is such a great cat place. I have never seen a place kept so clean with all the people that care so much for the cats. The pools are literally never dirty. They are always coming up with new enrichment for all the animals. Each cat has so much room. And Vicky the owner is beyond caring and amazing!!!

Jackie Harvey F.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I brought my grandson. We really enjoyed seeing all the different cats and other animals. They take such good care of them.

1 chemyn

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with this amazing organization for 17 years. The level of care given to these rescued animals is absolutely first rate. Having a full-time veterinarian on staff and an on-site clinic allows for an exceptional level of medical care, including routine care, oncology, imaging, physical therapy and much, much more. Their diet is individualized for each animal, with their special needs in mind. Their habitats are large, clean and full of enrichment, toys, pools, grass and trees. They are SO loved and it shows.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at In-Sync Exotics for 16 years. I have witnessed amazing dedication to the happiness and health of the animals at the sanctuary. With a full-time vet on staff and a well-equipped clinic on property, they receive the highest level of health care. Over $20,000 is spent each month on an extremely high quality diet. Enrichment, toys, pools and love are given to all. The organization also assist many other sanctuaries with transports when asked.

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Suzanne N D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Best sanctuary for large cats to live in and be healthy! They are so loved!

Denise K.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love In-Sync and all they do to save and care for all God’s beautiful creatures in anyway possible.

Writer

Donor

Rating: 5

This is the most conscientious and well run animal sanctuary I can imagine. I live about 15 minutes away and have been there often. I've also done their overnight camp out. There is nothing they won’t do for their cats. I donate monthly and highly encourage everyone interested in big cats and animal welfare to do the same. Visit often and you'll see where your money goes.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This is by far the best animal sanctuary I've ever been to. It is all about the cats. They are the number one priority to everyone involved. If you can visit, do so. If not, follow them on Facebook to get involved. Well, worth your time. They do camp outs and feeding tours occasionally. Waking up to lion songs is one of the most amazing experiences you'll find in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.

Donor

Rating: 5

We absolutely love visiting In-Sync! When we have visitors from out of town it is always one of the places we take them along with Southfork Ranch and Historic Fort Worth.

The big cats are absolutely beautiful, you are able to be very close and stand and watch them play. They all look very well kept and healthy and enjoy swimming in their pools and playing with boxes, balls, and sometimes each other.

To be able to be so up close and personal with these wonderful animals is an incredible experience.

We really like seeing the big cats at In-Sync more than at the zoo. Shelia's been a favorite of mine for years.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer at InSync and it is one of the most rewarding things I have ever done. Seeing first hand the transformation some of these cats go through is nothing short of amazing.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'd visited In-Sync a few times as a visitor, and i was excited to learn that i could do even more and help look after these amazing cats. The team of staff and volunteers are professional and dedicated to looking after these cats, and boy do they take some looking after. It's an hour and privilege to play a small role in helping to support this organisation.

Linda Greb B.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I visited In-Sync Exotics for several years with my family and loved the animals and the care they received. I knew I wanted to be part of this organization. I’ve been volunteering over 2 years now and love it. Everyone is so kind and professional and always has the best interests of the animals as their top priority. It is so fulfilling to see these animals finally enjoying life after the terrible backgrounds they have come from.

Deneen R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I lived not to far from this organization. They are the best! They truly love the animals and put the cats first. They have grown the facility over the years to an absolutely fabulous place. They ask for donations but are not pushy and they put a lot of information on social media on the care, responsibility and the stories behind each and every cat if they know it. They run an excellent facility that is clean safe and BIG! If a large cat has to end up somewhere In-Sync is the BEST place they can end up! They will be loved until they cross the rainbow bridge!

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful sanctuary where the animals get to live out the rest of their lives with love, enrichment, treats, toys, huge play areas and nice dens. The animals are treated with love and respect and its wonderful to see the animals happy and healthy. I was impressed when I went to visit. Highly recommend. I also donate as often as I can.

desertlady

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Been visiting these beautiful animals for 6 years. That wasn't enough ... now I'm a Volunteer and proud of it. The love and care that these animals get is nothing short of perfection. This should be a planned stop on vacations and road trips.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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Karen Casey P.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is one of the best run, most compassionate caring loving exotic cat sanctuaries I have ever been to. I have been a donor for over 20 years. I take my Dallas friends who don't know about it there (it's only about 30 minutes away) and they love it too. The enclosures are large, there are plenty of pools, water tanks and shade for the cats and they have huge playgrounds to take turns using. They host great events that involve the cats and it's the closest yet safest you will ever be to an animal this large!

1 Cynthia T.2

Donor

Rating: 5

I first heard about In-Sync watching the news about Kenobi as a baby tiger was being smuggled across the southern border in Texas, I started following his story since he finally found his home at In-Sync Exotics at Wylie ,Texas a short distance from Dallas. After I visited and saw the exotic cats, I wanted to help make their life more enjoyable. I found out tigers liked to swim and play in water. Kenobi only had a small tub and there was an effort being made to collect money to build a pool for him and two other tigers.. I was so moved that my husband and I donated a large amount of money to help build the pool. Now, I enjoy videos that are put on Facebook and can watch the tigers swim and play in the pool. It gives me such joy to be a part of their happiness.

Emily K.5

Client Served

Rating: 5

We brought our 1.5 year old to visit the animals and we had such a great time! There was a lot of shade and we loved reading the stories about the animals rescue! We will be back!

Robin F.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Best place on earth! Great place to take both adults and kids.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer and love it! It's such rewarding work. Volunteer days are usually my favorite days of the week. Everyone is friendly and knowledgable and we really love the animals.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I visited here a few weeks ago and was really impressed. The big cats in their care are very much cared for. Reading each of the background stories of where these cats come from is sad, but In-Sync Exotics gives them a second chance. This sanctuary does amazing work and takes in these big beautiful cats that people were irresponsible with. The living environments provided to these cats are well maintained and the care they give seems top notch. You can see the passion the volunteers and staff have for these kitties.

Melissa Henderson C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We visited In- Sync Exotics, Inc of March 2019. We really enjoyed our trip. Loved seeing all the amazing beautiful rescues.

1 Rebecca Diane M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Very good facility. It's refreshing to see how concerned they are with the animal welfare. I also love that they educate the public in hopes that there will not be a need for a large cat sanctuary in the future

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A quality GFAS Accredited Sanctuary that takes great care of the animals.

Donor

Rating: 5

I follow this sanctuary on face book. To be honest I wish these animals were left alone in nature, the way Jesus meant them to be free!!!!

However in the world we live in, I believe they do the best that they can for these animals! The get great care! And these cats are to stinking cute/ gorgeous!
I have given money to this non profit many times!
And do think Kylo is so darn cute!!
I hope thier pool is being built!!! They need it when summer is coming.

Jill P.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This group of hard working people save lives of some of the most beautiful creatures on the planet. They do so with much compassion and care for each animal as an individual. Thanks to all of them.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It's amazing what they've accomplished at In-Sync Exotics. I have been following their page for years now. Everyone including the volunteers clearly love and respect the amazing creatures that they strive to protect. We all romanticise owning a big kitty, but they diligently make it known that they are not pets. I have thoroughly enjoyed watching the animals come in and thrive under their care. I really hope to visit and volunteer at some point in the future.

Ljerka J.

Donor

Rating: 5

In-Sync Exotics is one of the best facility is the US in caring and rescuing the exotics animals. Given the problems of those animals in captivity especially one it comes to circuses, breeding facilities and exploiting of the animals' cubs for making profit, the facilities like In-Sync Exotics are necessary to provide further care and home for those who can not speak for themselves.

1 Angelica F.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have never seen a big cat rescue this well designed or with such dedication to public education. All the cats are gloriously well cared for and happy. It is a place where they and you can find peace.

2 Darcy D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They did a private tour for my family from out of state. They clean the enclosures every day. The animals are huge and well taken care of. they are currently building more bigger enclosures. Safety is a priority. This place is great.

2 Torri Ann M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We would give more stars if we could! My 6yr old daughter is a wildlife lover, specifically big cats. We've been to A LOT of rescues and sanctuaries all over the US...In-Sync is top notch! We were blown away that this amazing organization was tucked away in a little corner of Texas like some hidden gem. Talk about a massive learning experience overload for my daughter. This has to be the most accommodating and enriching sanctuaries we've ever seen or heard of. Incredible habitats filled with everything each species needs to thrive, enrichment of all sorts and creatures that are truly comfortable and happy there. We are so happy we made the trip down from Iowa to enjoy a day as In-Sync learning and visiting. We will visit every single time we are back in Texas!

Gale Y.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Vickie, the lady who runs this place with lots of help, is truly a wonderful person. These big cats are her children and she would give her life for them. I know because I have a small cat sanctuary and I know the vibe! These animals are loved! Oh and the darling horse Twiggy! Go visit!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We visited for the first time for the Easter event after hearing from friends that it was a great place for the grands. It was a great experience. A volunteer mentioned "here comes moma " as the animals were a little agitated bythe great number of people present. I rescue feral cats and was very pleased to see her calming influence on them. I could see one tiger waiting his turn for her and he was so excited! The animals were well taken care of and happy if not a little apprehensive at so much dinner looking at them...lol! Sorry I don't. Know "Moma 's name!!! Great place!

Amanda Turner H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Animals need a voice. Thank you for all you do! Continue to fight and be a voice!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a wonderful experience. We started bringing our girls over 12 years ago and fell in love. They adopted cats every year and put pictures up in their rooms.
The staff are passionate about the animals and always take the time to educate and answer questions.
Your visit is never the same experience twice.
So highly recommend In-Sync Exotics!

1 Suzette M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The people that work and volunteer at the center are compassionate friendly and knowledgeable people. It makes my heart happy to see these beautiful cats so well taken care of and look like they really love it here. I wish they could talk, but for now I will be content to see their story in their eyes. Thank you for everything you do.

Jill Wnorowski W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Love In-Sync Exotics. They truly love their animals and take the very best of care of them all. They have given so many animals a second chance at a great life! Such a special organization.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My boyfriend took me to Insync Exotics for my birthday in March. It was wonderful to see all the big cats. They are so magnificent and well cared for. We could get so close to them and see the size of their paws, their sweet noses and their soulful eyes. I would recommend a trip here . So enjoyable!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I've been to visit the cat of In-Sync many times. It has always been clean. The volunteers have always be very available and knowledgeable. I know they have jobs to do and places to be, but they always take time out of their busy schedule to answer questions and give directions. I truly believe that In-Sync takes the very best care of the cats and that they all truly love each and every one of them. I had to give them 5 Stars, but I really believe they that they deserve at least 20 Stars.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This place is the best!! The people are amazing and the cats are awesome!! This is such a great cause, caring for these beautiful creatures, giving them a safe and loving "fur ever" home. Being able to be a small part of this has been a dream come true.

2 Robin R.6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been following the work that In-Sync Exotics for several years. They provide quality care for the big cats and the provide a wonderful forever home for these animals. I have watched some of the cats from cub to adult and you can tell that they are loved.

Holly S.4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Love this place. It's amazing and the volunteers are great and i can tell they really love what they do.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In-Sync Exotics is amazing! The animals are well cared for and deeply loved. Staff and volunteers work hard to guarantee all their needs are met.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love this great organization! They really take great care of all the animals in their charge. Can't think of a better group.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My boys and I have been out to In-Sync to visit the animals a few times now, and it's a spectacularly good time! We find the close (yet safe!) proximity to the animals and the knowledgable volunteers to far surpass a zoo experience. The volunteers love to talk about "their" cats and other animals, and I have learned much more by visiting this place than any zoo. You can feel the love each employee and volunteer has for these animals, and each of their stories is inspiring. Each time I visit, I find myself shedding some tears over some story, experience, touching tribute, etc. having to do with the cats of In-Sync. A+ rating in our book!

Rebecca J.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

From the moment we walked in you could tell how well taken care of these big cats were. The staff is super friendly and helpful. I have officially found my new favorite place!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have loved taking my kids to In-Sync since my oldest was 2 years old. You can adopt a cat for kids and visit often to learn the personalities of the creatures. My kids learned a lot about big cats behavior and respect for wild animals.

Donor

Rating: 5

What an amazing sanctuary where big cats and little big cats can live out their lives in peace and comfort. Truly a dedicated staff and group of volunteers who care for and love these cats with all their hearts. Love the fact that they give these animals enrichment to keep their minds engaged and big fun play areas and gorgeous pools for the tigers. So happy to be able to donate and help out when I can.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Beautiful place and so caring for the animals. Clean and very well organized, plus such an educational place for kids and adults. They should receive all the help possible to keep
Helpipeoe learn about animals as well as providing a great living home to them. Thank you

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We love going there. It is so clean and the animals are well taken care of. We like to go see a lion named Lambert. He is so special from when he was little until now. He sleeps with a blanket and is so beautiful. It is such a great experience and everyone should go.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In-Sync is beyond amazing ! They prove it by the pictures they post and the notes they add. They respond to questions an take notice of comments that their followers make. It's more than obvious how much they care. I've also seen pictures an posts of the folks who help - caretakers an volunteers. Thank You In-Sync !

Kay K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was immensely impressed with the love and care given to the animals in their care.

They have gone beyond the norm to provide excellent medical care, providing a state of the art hospital, on the grounds, with an exceptional veterinary, always on hand, for any and all emergencies. Along with the every day care needed to keep these animals healthy and happy.

Along with all of this is their ongoing effort to educate young and old to the future of all of these animals. They teach school children about how these animals are becoming endangered, and what we all have to do to protect them and stop abuse, the illegal trade, and ensure the future for all species of wild animals.

They don’t just have the animals for entertainment. Actually, none of these animals are used for entertainment. They’ve all been rescued from terrible conditions, are used to educate people, and to let these animals live out their lives with dignity and the feeling of safety and love.

I can’t say enough about what they’ve done for all the animals in their care now, in the past, and in the future. And, hopefully, taught hundreds of people, about the plight of all of these magnificent animals.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In-Sync is dedicated 100% to the health and well being of all animals in their care. Have visited several times and related to several volunteers. They care as much about the cats mental well being, as they do their health. The enclosures and all housing are made with the individual needs of each animal in mind. They receive top notch medical care, and all volunteers and staff are completely dedicated to the welfare of these lucky cats.

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Michelle Y.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Been a volunteer for 5 years and I couldn't imagine being anywhere else. The animals are very happy healthy and love. It's all about the animals and their well being

Lisa Harrison T.

Donor

Rating: 5

I LOVE what they’re doing to take care of these beautiful animals. I donate to their cause, and I will continue to do so. I visited a couple of weeks back, and was impressed with everything they’ve accomplished - including raising the young Kylo and Kenobi.

April T.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This place is so fun to visit! You really get a great view of the animals they care for and the staff that takes care of them. You can tell how well loved these cats are and see the great relationships they have with their care takers. These cats are gorgeous because of their care!

Ceyda K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great sanctuary led by a wonderful group of dedicated volunteers who make a big difference in the lives of these formerly mistreated or neglected animals.