I love In-Sync and all they do to save and care for all God’s beautiful creatures in anyway possible.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
I've been a volunteer for almost nine years, and have watched the staff and volunteers pour their hearts into caring for the big cats. They are in this for the cats, not recognition, and it shows in the happiness of the cats.
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.
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.
I have been volunteering for this organization for 9 years, and it has changed my life. Watching cats who are terrified, hurting and sick, learn to enjoy life again and to trust people again is amazing. We have taken in so many cats with serious medical issues and geriatric cats, and shower them with the best medical care, excellent nutrition, enrichment and toys, and TONS of love. I am truly honored to work with this amazing group of people, who are dedicated to giving these cats the best possible lives that they can.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
Best place on earth! Great place to take both adults and kids.
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.
We visited In- Sync Exotics, Inc of March 2019. We really enjoyed our trip. Loved seeing all the amazing beautiful rescues.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Love this place. It's amazing and the volunteers are great and i can tell they really love what they do.
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.
I love this great organization! They really take great care of all the animals in their charge. Can't think of a better group.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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 !
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
Three generations of my family have enjoyed this sanctuary. Unlike zoos, where animals look stressed and bored, big cats here are healthy and engaged. You get up close interaction that makes you fall in love with them even more thus wanting to do everything you can to save them.
My sister and I took the feeding tour. They are so knowledgeable about all of the big cats. I learned so much. They are seriously doing great work. Please if toy get the chance go check them out. They do so many events or you can just go and see the big kitties and all their different personalities. 100% recommend!!
I’m such a fan of what InSync is doing to save and enrich the lives of these cats. It’s always a great visit with the cats and Vicky and the volunteers are so eager to share stories and info about the cats. My niece and nephew are part of the Kids 4 Cats program and love to visit their cats and share with their friends stories about their adopted friends.
I went to In-Sync Exotics on a movie night with a few people. OMGosh what an experience!! First of all, the baby cougars where in full play and stalk mode. They had 3 different levels they could run, jump and play from. Second, watching the Lion King with the Lions roaring was AMAZING!! Talk about a crying moment just to hear them. Third, the STAFF!!! Not enough can be said about the staff here. They are extremely informative about each cat and so polite.
It is worth going to support them; no matter where you live. It is a medium sized facility; yet you are made to feel at home.
In-Sync Exotics is Wonderful place to visit if you are interested in Big Cats. The personnel that work there ( many volunteers) display devotion and love to their tasks at hand. Each makes Visitors feel warm and wanted offering to answer questions apon questions. Willing to explain all facets of the Sanctuary, how it got started, how it is funded, discuss past events and suggest future events that Visitors may be part of. They have what I call The Awe Walls which enclose portions of the rear boundry that displays photos and information plaques indicating the previous history of the Cats, how old they were when received, the healthcare needed to bring the Cats back to health. Also included trinkets and toys the Cats were associated with, played with and died with while at the Sanctuary. A very solemn area that makes you proud you came to visit and donate. On the In-Sync Exotics Refuge website the Cat's Stories are individual Chronicles of each and every one of them, photos, stories, whom have Adopted them. The Love just hangs in the area around these Wonderful Cats and the Care Takers.
Like many of us, I'm an animal lover -- big or small. Being blessed with a last name of "Leo", I've had a life long affinity with lions. When I found out a few years ago about In-Sync Exotics, I was thrilled to see a sanctuary environment for exotic cats in the DFW metroplex. I followed them on Facebook and continued to visit them several times a year. Then last year, I bit the bullet and started volunteering. Very casually, just doing what I can here and there. As a professional that works 40-50 hr work weeks, there's not a lot of spare time. That said, the more I learn about them the more amazed I am and the more humbled I am to be associated with them in any way. I know there are a lot of deserving charities out there but please consider In-Sync Exotics and their mission to end exotic cat abuse.
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I love this place and the dedicated volunteers! The exotic cats are well cared for, babied and loved. They help other rescues transport big cats (and sometimes other large animals) even if they themselves can't take them in. The cats stories are documented, pictures abound, and everyone there loves to tell you all about their favorites. They get the medical care they need, and the love and enrichment they need. Just browse the cats albums. Always love seeing the love Sheila and Khan express for each other; they're nicer to each other than some humans! Kudos to In-Sync for giving them such a loving, caring environment.
This place is amazing! The animals are so well cared for, and in any cases nursed back from almost certain death to active, energetic healthy animals that show just how truly majestic big cats can be. Great place to visit and the staff and volunteers are so open to sharing their stories and information. Can't wait to get back again!
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.
Tigers in America
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!