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!
I've been a volunteer at In-Sync for roughly 2 years now, and another review hit the nail on the head when they said they don't know who rescues who. I come to the sanctuary after having a bad day, bad week, bad month, etc, and one chuff from my favorite cats or a few fence rubs from the lions that you worked SO HARD to gain the trust of will change my mood completely. These cats are the epitome of forgiveness and learning to trust again. After all they have been through, they still find it in them to lift their heads each morning, put on a show for the staff and volunteers by means of showing off in their pools or with their barrels, ripping up their enrichment, or just plain by being absolutely adorable. They come from the absolute worst conditions and yet find it in them to love again. We could learn so much from them. These cats rescued me. They saved me. From myself, from others, and from life itself. They are my happiness, and as long as this place is around, I'll be here to stay.
In Sync is my home away from home, and each cat there touches my heart in a different way. I have never felt so passionate about something as I do when talking about what I do at In Sync to someone who has never been there before. To earn your first tiger chuff and to be standing right in front of a lion as they sing...it really is unlike any other feeling. It is a blessing to be able to call myself a volunteer here. The staff are amazing and so incredibly helpful. Their dedication to the cats shows every second, every hour, and every minute of the day, and they never deviate from the level of perfect care that they show each individual cat.
So blessed. I really am so blessed to be here.
I have just completed my first year as a volunteer & have received my promotion to a senior volunteer. This has been an amazing year of caring for these amazing cats. It is an incredible place for healing, both for the cats & for those who care for them. Many have been rescued from deplorable conditions but with time & lots of love and attention, they recover. They teach us a great life's lesson: today is their favorite day & for many, the person with them is their favorite person of the moment. This is their forever & safe home, and yes they're very spoiled as they should be. In a perfect world there would be no need for a place like this, but as long as mankind exploits animals for his/her own gain, places like In-Sync are critical for large cat rescue, care, & rehabilitation. I'm privileged to support them with my time, money, & compassion!! Come join us, the cats are waiting to meet you.
I have been a volunteer for 8 almost 9 years. I feel so blessed to be a part of the team at In-Sync Exotics! Every person that volunteers there has a mission, to make sure all the big cats out there have the best life possible for them. You can not imagine the feeling you get when a tiger who has come to the facility starving, afraid, angry, excited, distrusting people, starts to bounce back. It has always amazed me how they can ever trust humans again since humans are the ones that have betrayed their trust. But to witness the transformation is unbelievable to me. When that tiger sees you coming and jumps off the den and comes to the fence chuffing to see you, just because you are you... the most gratifying feeling I think I have ever had. The people and staff out there are the real deal, never in my life have I had the pleasure of working that that kind of dedication. This experience has changed my life, I'm not exactly sure who has rescued who...
I volunteer at In-Sync Exitics and it is the most rewarding experience I have ever had. We work hard to insure the health and well being of each cat we have here. Sometimes we get these cats and their mind and body have been broken, but give us some time to get their body started back in the right direction and their mind follows, wow, what a experience! They get their dignaty back, then they start to accept us into their world. Amazing! We love to educate the public on why you really don't want to own a exotic cat, that is one of the things I always stress when showing people around. That is one of the most important things we do.
I have worked at In-Sync Exotics for over four years as a volunteer. I have been rewarded with lifetime friendships from volunteers and staff members and been given the opportunity of to work with amazing animals. It is the most incredible experience to have a 600 pound lion run to you because he is happy to see you (a fence is always between us!). I never thought in my lifetime that I would have the opportunity to work with such amazing animals and dedicated people. It is the volunteer job of a lifetime and will change your life. Visit and learn for yourself how this amazing place touches your heart.
I have been volunteering at Insync for almost 3 years now. I have made friends with staff, volunteers, and many cats. It has been the most rewarding work I have ever done in my life. I am so thankful that I found this wonderful place that has had such an impact on my life. The work that is being done is incredible and I am very fortunate to be a part of this incredible non-profit.
Every time I visited In Sync I was impressed with how clean it was and how healthy and happy the animals were. Now that I'm a volunteer I'm even more impressed! Vicky's standards are high and the cats and lemurs seem happy and are definitely well taken care of.
I have been a volunteer for almost 3 years at In-Sync, visiting and working at the rescue facility weekly. I was drawn to volunteer after visiting the facility with my family at their yearly Birthday Bash event for the cats. I consider it not only a pleasure but a privileged to serve the animals of In-Sync and work with an amazing team of dedicated, selfless individuals who give so freely of their time, efforts and resources to insure the love, care and safety of the cats. If given the opportunity to share information about In-Sync I take it, talking to strangers, friends, any chance at all and I am sharing the wonderful news about the facility and the work they do. I am, as so many are, a huge supporter of this facility and the work they do.
As a volunteer of In-Sync Exotics, I can say this is amazing facility whose number one priority is making sure every cat is happy and healthy. The proof shows in these beautiful animals. Recently we had some tigers arrive from another facility and several of them were underweight. After only 2 months at In-Sync, they look SO much better - gaining weight, getting the healthy sheen back into their fur, and happily playing with their toys on the playground. Every cage is cleaned everyday by strict standards. These cats are loved so much by every volunteer and staff member and the cats absolutely know it! Every dime In-Sync gets goes to the care of the cats and it takes a lot - cleaning supplies, food, vet care, food, new enclosures, food, medicine/vitamins, food...did I mention the food?? Good, because the cats would never forgive me if I didn't mention the food! :)
I have been a volunteer for a year now and I count my blessings every day that I get to spend time with these wonderful furry felines. There is a peace that washes over you when you spend time with them even if they might just be sleeping and don't know you are there. The staff and other volunteers are the most wonderful people who care greatly for all of our residence. I couldn't think of a better place for our beloved furry friends and me.
I have been a volunteer since March of this year and we have had a emotional year but I wouldn't change a thing about the time that I get to spend with these wonderful creatures and terrific staff. If it weren't for InSync Exotic Sanctuary and Rescue I don't think I would have known about the issues that plague these beautiful creatures let-alone given the opportunity to be a part of this.
I visited In-Sync for the first time last summer after watching a news story about their fight against an outbreak of canine distemper virus. It only took the one trip for me to know without a doubt that I had to be part of In-Sync. When I saw the love and total dedication to the well being of each and every cat that calls In-Sync home, I was overwhelmed. The complete and utter selflessness of every staff member and volunteer as they tried to fight a disease that threatened everything they loved made me see that heroes don't always wear a uniform or get paid. That love and commitment continues every day at In-Sync. I see it each and every time I am there. The cats are happy and loved beyond anything they ever experienced before. They come first, in everything. Each cat is cared for individually according to its needs because each is different and special. It's amazing to see a tiger feel grass under its paws for the first time when all they have known is concrete. Or to see them play with a toy for the first time when all they have known is boredom. In-Sync is the first safe and happy home most of these cats have ever known. I am so honored to call myself a volunteer for In-Sync.
This is the cleanest and best place for the kitties to spend the rest of their days. Vicky is so amazing at the wonderful care she provides for the cats ! Such nice people too!
I'm extremely proud to be part of this incredible sanctuary! I visited others many times in the past. Some were nice, some not so much but the first time I visited In Sync, I was astounded at the level of care, love and cleanliness and felt I had to be a part of it. The workers were so very friendly to my friend and I while we walked around. Now that I am a part of this wonderful place, I can honestly say that the cats are definitely number one priority. All donations go directly to the cats. Care is never anything but 100%. If they need vet attention, they have it. Preventive care is a priority and food is carefully prepared every day. But the absolute finest part of this institution is the LOVE each and every volunteer and staff member gives to the cats. Watching new residents blossom is a real treat to behold.
Originally my family and I were just visitors but my two step-daughters and I have now become volunteers as of March 2014. We have seen the dedication, hard work, love, laughter, tears and overall welcoming into a new family from this amazing place. Respect is top of the list for everyone and every animal here. I can't imagine a better place to dedicate our time to. We will forever be a In-Sync volunteer family!
This place is amazing! Everyone there is dedicated to the care of the cats. The love and respect for these cats is evident every minute of the day. The focus is always to ensure this is a safe, happy and loving forever home for some of God's greatest creatures.
I started volunteering this past spring at In-Sync. I was and still am amazed by the dediction of Vicky and all the other people that dedicate their time to care for these cats. It's amazing to see the transformation of these cats after they arrive. Some are scared, sick and just plain sad. In a very short time and lots of love and attention by the staff, they become the beautiful creatures they were meant to be. The only thing these beautiful creatures need to do is be happy, that is the main priority of In-Sync. The people at In-Sync pride themselves in safety for both the humans and the cats as well as making sure the cats have clean and happy homes. These cats are loved like no other.
I have been a volunteer for over 2 years now and I couldn't be any more honored and excited as I am today. I have seen ISE go through good times and bad times. The care that these beautiful, exotic cats receive is absolutely PHENOMENAL to say the very least. The cats come from a variety of places and often have never felt the luxury of grass or dirt on their paws. What a joy it is to see them being spoiled rotten by such a great group of people. I could go on and on about what a great place ISE really is......but I'll sum it it up in a few short words. The volunteers, staff and interns are fabulous! The cats are the joy of our hearts and they teach us about being better people. Absolutely without a shadow of a doubt, this place is a five start rating!
In-Sync Exotics not only changes the lives of the big cats that have come to call this place home, it also changes the lives of the volunteers. In most cases, In-Sync has rescued these big cats from horrific conditions and situations, and having the opportunity as a volunteer to help make a difference in their lives is priceless. The health, happiness, and safety of these amazing animals is put above all else, and the exceptional care that is given to each and every cat is heart warming.
In-Sync Exotics is an amazing organization doing extraordinary work. They are not only dedicated to saving the lives of neglected and abused exotic felines, but they are also focused on educating the public. Each and every cat is given a safe home and endless amounts of love! Vicky and the rest of the board members and volunteers have truly opened their hearts to provide the best for these magnificent and beautiful animals.
Went to visit In-Sync with my daughter and 2 small grand kiddo's almost 2 years ago - Let's just say they had me from day one. In-Sync is an incredible magical place, it is a place of love and care, the animals here are top priority and their needs will be met whether it be nourishment, enrichment or medical they receive all that is needed to continue a protected and happy life. This is what In-Sync and their founder Vicki is all about, providing a special haven for those that were at the end of their road for hope or home, there are not many options available to what is considered your not so average adoptable creature - Vicki, staff, volunteer's, contributors and visitors make this all possible. I've always been a big cat fan, even since childhood, big cat pajama's, big cat art, nicnaks, and this and that, etc, etc. The most wonderful feeling after a day of volunteering for these big beautiful cats is, WOW, this is one of the most awesome opportunities in my entire lifetime - Those big cats sure do make my day, they are like sunshine - they are the most awesome furry friends to ever to be blessed with.
I heard about In-Sync about a year and half ago and finally got to go there back in June with my daughter and two small grand kids. It was amazing, the grand kids are ages 1 and 4, they were captivated and in awe of everything around them at In-Sync, their attention was focused on the beauty of all the cats and the four year old had question after question. He latched on to a volunteer, I don't think she got a moments peace with all he wanted to know but she took the time and patience to answer all of his inquiries and if she didn't know, she'd find out. He still asks me about the cats when I see him, he hasn't forgotten about them or the lady.
I signed up to volunteer at In-Sync and loving every minute of it. The staff and volunteer's truly hold the well being of all that come to live in sanctuary here. So many of the residents had horrible lives and were neglected, abused and starved before their journey brought them to In-Sync. Some of them never had an opportunity to see daylight or have the opportunity to lay in the grass and just be a carefree feline. So happy to say they have it all now and its all because of In-Sync and all of its devoted staff.
If I lived closer, I'd be volunteering more than 1 to 2 days a week. The place brings such happiness while out there, I'm loving it! It would be great if there were more laws prohibiting people from having these large and exotic animals including side shows/circus's, breeders (same as puppy mills), But until then I'm so thankful for the blessings of In-Sync, they turn the cats lives around and give them a new and happy beginning. This place Rocks and Rawrrrr's ;x
This is by far the best volunteer opportunity I've had here in the Dallas area. I have always loved big cats and being able to care for them is beyond my wildest dreams! What Vicki, owner, and the rest of the volunteers do is simply inspiring. They are very compassionate, loving and caring towards these magnificent animals. I will be volunteering on a regular basis to help with this great cause!
I have been a volunteer with In-Sync Exotics since 2011 and its been an incredible experience that I will never forget. I volunteer most Saturdays and spend my whole week looking forward to my day spent with the cats. I usually work with our tigers and servals and have developed a love for them that I could have never imagined. They truly mean the world to me. As any of the volunteers up there would tell you, there is no better joy than having a cat be happy to see you. Chuffs from the tigers, moans from the lions and even a hiss from a certain serval (fellow volunteers, you know who I mean) are the best sounds in the world and a day at In-Sync is not complete without them. I don't think I have ever seen a volunteer (or visitor) leave without a smile on their face.
I began volunteering at In-Sync Exotics in October 2011 and I have never seen so much dedication and love for animals as I have in my time there. Everything they do is for the cats. Rain, shine, ice or snow the dedicated staff and volunteers are out there making sure the cats and other animals have everything thing they need from a "fluffed" cozy den to enrichment to keep them busy throughout the day. The animals that come to In-Sync, for the most part, have undergone hardships and devastation like you would not believe but it is the tireless effort of the volunteers and staff that have turned so many tragedies into "happily ever afters". I encourage you to go to the website: www.insyncexotics.org and read some of the background of the cats that call In-Sync home and be sure to have a box of tissues handy because you will surely need it. I will never forget the first time one of the cats actually recognized me out of a group of people. I was visiting the refuge with my family and one of the lionesses I had worked with the week before was in the playground area. I called out to her not expecting a reaction really but to my surprise, she stopped what she was doing, walked over to the fence and stared right into my eyes and started rubbing on the fence and moaning like she was so happy to see me. There are no words that can describe what an incredible feeling it was to have a big cat walk across an enclosure just to say hello to me. I have never felt more at home and accepted as I do there because we all have a common goal, protecting and caring for our beloved animals. You are truly missing out on a treasure if you do not visit the amazing animals that call In-Sync Exotics home.
Insync exotics has been such a great place to volunteer. The compassion and service that everyone does is amazing. Being able to be there has greatly impacted my life. For me it's a place to come out and leave the hectic world behind. Getting to help these magnificent cats live a good life is so rewarding. Even though I wish that sanctuaries didn't have to exist. I'm thankful that these cats have found their forever home. A home filled full of people wanting to cater to them. I am also very honored for every week I see my name on the schedule. I've done a lot of volunteering and this by far is the best place.