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In-Sync Exotics, Inc.

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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

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133 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Jean10

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

In my opinion In Sync Exotic is the best by far from most Big Cat Sanctuaries. The great care the Vicky and her staff provide to the cats is unbelievable. I've worked with big cats for over 15 years. Vicky by far is the most talented director I've ever worked with. The cats are truly blessed to make In Sync Exotics their home. I've watch the staff work endless hours caring for the needs of all the cats!
Jean Robb

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hi, Jean Robb here. I've worked with In-Sync Exotics for more than a year now. I believe that some people have a great gift of working with animals because the animal can feel the kind heart and protection from that person right from the start of the relationship.
Vicky Keahey ( President & CEO of In-Sync Exotics ) is a great example of this!
Vicky has an amazing gift for working with the big cats she and In- Sync Exotics cares for. I will be forever grateful to Vicky and In-Sync for saving Apollo's life. It took love, trust, hard work and many hours of dedication to get Apollo back to the great cat he is today. I've never seen anyone working with animals have the talent and gifts that Vicky has to offer the cats at In- Sync.
Vicky works endless hours not because of ego or motive but simply because she loves the cats. Please consider making a visit to In-Sync to meet Vicky and all the big cats she care for!

1 Cortney P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In-Sync Exotics has changed my life. I have been a volunteer there now for a year and a half and I treasure the time I spend there each week. I started because I love animals, cats especially, and I wanted to serve and learn more about wild cats. Mostly I help clean cat enclosures and what little I contribute, when you consider the magnitude of what it takes to run this facility, has been returned to me in the form of deep joy and lasting love. Though the sanctuary is for the resident cats, Katie the dog and our beloved Nugget who is no longer with us, it is a place where we humans can find refuge and healing too. I can honestly say my life is better because of In-Sync and I have no intentions of ever leaving!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love In-Sync so much I decided to volunteer thee on a regular basis. The facility and people who care for the animals love what they do and put the animals first always. The care goes above and beyond what is required and it is obvious when you are there the passion everyone has for this animals and all animals. It is a wonderful place and I have experienced such joy from being a part of the volunteer team.

2 Beth71

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering this year, but In-Sync Exotics has already made a huge difference in my life. I don't have any children and was looking for something meaningful to fill my spare time. I didn't realize how I would be drawn to the center and the cats. It's hard to leave at the end of my shift and my mind often goes there while I'm at work. Just getting a chuff hello from one of the tigers makes my day. I go home with aches and pains from the hard work keeping these beautiful cats happy, but my heart is lifted and spirit light.

1 Kristen21

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In-Sync Exotics is a great place to spend your time! Whether you're a visitor or a volunteer, you're guaranteed to have a great time, learn a lot, and help a great cause!

1 Courtnie R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering at In-sync after I graduated from college with my BS in Wildlife Biology. I have always had a special place in my heart for large exotic cats and I wanted to experience what daily husbandry was like taking care of these extraordinary animals. I immediately fell in love with everything In-Sync was about. Vicky has built a wonderful facility and has an exceptional team of staff, interns, and volunteers to help make In-Sync a forever loving home for a variety of exotic felines that didn't have the best start to their lives. In-sync inspired me to follow my dreams to a lifelong career in the conservation of large exotic carnivores. I'm not sure where I'd be or what I'd be doing without the inspiration and guidance In-sync provided me with and I am forever thankful to have had the oportunity to be a part of the family they have built.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for over a year now and absolutely LOVE the oragnization. In-Sync Exotics has the most caring volunteers and the cats will win your heart over for sure. This is the best place ever to regain your sanity after a long work week or horrible day of stress. I find much peace in In-Sync Exotics and am very honored to be a small part of such a wonderful team.

2 chemyn

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with this organization for 8 years, and am still constantly amazed at the dedication of everyone who cares for these magnificent animals. Every penny that is donated goes directly to the care these animals deserve, including excellent veterinary care, quality diets and supplements, tons of enrichment, pools to play in, and so much more. These cats are loved like family, and it shows when you see the care and attention lavished on them by the staff and volunteers. The facility is highly rated by the USDA, American Sanctuary Association, and the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries.

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1 1Padme

Volunteer

Rating: 5

After over a year of volunteering, my belief in In-Sync Exotic's mission is even deeper than when I first walked in, when I was not exactly sure of what I would find. What I found took my breath and my heart away. The commitment and dedication of the staff, board and volunteers is world class. Any animal, no matter what condition they are in when they become a resident, is truly respected as an individual and given top notch treatment. It is sad that there is a need for such sanctuaries, but until the time when this changes, it is my wish that all sanctuaries would be run this well. With more resources, they could help a greater number of big cats in need. My involvement has expanded as my schedule allows and I look forward to the time spent helping this much deserving organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Six months of volunteering at In-Sync has deepened my faith in humanity. So many of the Big Cats that reside at the sanctuary started their lives in very dire circumstances, mistreated by their human owners. Some of them suffered years and years of abuse and neglect. But let the dedicated volunteers and staff at In-Sync take over, and the transformations are astounding! My heartfelt wish is that everyone reading this should go visit, and see this special place on earth with their very own eyes. Time after time, a cat that was given up on not only survives but thrives under the care of the amazing folk at In-Sync. It is truly remarkable. I continue to volunteer one day a week, giving what I can of my time and energy for the tasks at hand. I go home tired, but filled to the brim with hope and renewed faith in humankind.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This past summer, I served as an intern for In Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue and Education Center. Those 12 weeks absolutely changed my life. Every volunteer and worker at In Sync gives their all every day because they love the cats. The cats, who have all been rescued from abusive conditions, grow to live happy, healthy, stimulating lives at In Sync. This sanctuary does critically important work rehabilitating cats and showing them that humans can be trustworthy and loving, and that the cats don't have to be afraid for the rest of their lives. Any cat that comes to In Sync is there to stay - they cannot be released to the wild, and they will never be passed off to another organization. I cannot imagine a more committed, well-deserving non-profit. Vicky Keahey takes on cats that most other organizations would decline, due to health conditions. Vicky works tirelessly to ensure that every cat is given a chance at living a happy life. The cats are regularly provided with enrichment to stimulate them mentally, whether it be scents, a new toy, or just a change in their environment. I will never forget the day that I provided a bag containing coffee grounds to one of our male lions, and he hugged it to his chest and rolled around on his back, so excited to have it. I couldn't have imagined a more fulfilling way to spend my summer, and I cannot fathom a more deserving charity. The work done by In Sync can easily be overlooked, but it is of critical importance, and they do the job well.

1 Sheila18

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In-Sync Exotics is a truly amazing place. Vicky Keahey took in an abandoned cougar.....then, another, then, a tiny tiger. This led to the vision of saving more big cats from abuse, neglect and certain death. There are not a lot of people out there who "think" about doing something like this and then, actually follow through; Vicky followed through. The organization relies on donations and volunteers in order to keep it going and the cats cared for. I have volunteered there for about six months and in getting to know other volunteers, we all agree that this place is not only a sanctuary for rescued big cats, it is a sanctuary for those who spend time there. I know my volunteering makes somewhat of a difference......but not near the difference In-Sync has made in my life. I have met truly generous people whose passion is to provide the best possible environment for these beautiful creatures. I have looked into the eyes of cats who have known pain and torment, but are now in a forever home where it is "all about them." In-Sync Exotics IS my happy place!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I cannot express how privileged I feel to be a part of the volunteers at In-Sync Exotics. We were told in volunteer orientation that it is all about the cats. And it is but the volunteers are not left out either. I have watched as volunteers give their all in the cleaning, care and feeding of theses amazing cats. And when the work is done, they will stay and companion with their favorite exotic feline. There are many special events held in appreciate for the hard work the volunteers do, such a camp outs nothing fancy…just fun. Back to the cats, we laugh together at their silliness and cry together when a beloved resident crosses the rainbow bridge. Yes, it is about the cats. As for me, In-Sync will continue to be on the top of my best non-profit organization list. For many reasons, but for one in particular, if you will excuse the pun…the lions share of donations goes to the betterment of the cats and the sanctuary and not administration costs like other organizations I have been exposed to. Thank you In-Sync Exotics for being a wonderful example of “…we are of one breath, one spirit with the animals of the forest…”

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I completed an internship at In-Sync Exotics. As an intern, I received the opportunity to tour other facilities in the area as a learning experience. I learned that not only did In-Sync feel like the greatest sanctuary, by comparison to the others I visited, it is THE BEST sanctuary. The cats at In-Sync are clearly the first priority (like they should be). They are extremely well taken care of and loved by so many. The volunteers at In-Sync are loyal and hardworking and truly care for the well-being of these beautiful animals. These cats get the best of the best in every aspect--they have wonderful cages, playgrounds, nutritional plans, and enrichment. You can clearly tell that these cats feel loved as they always appear happy and excited to see their caretakers. One main difference I noticed between In-Sync and other sanctuaries was In-Sync's attention to the medical needs of their cats. The cats are even trained to accept medical treatment as needed without sedation--this is so important to ensure the cats get the medicines they need without causing risk or harm by sedation or stress. I have the utmost respect for the founder of this sanctuary--she's doing it all right. :)

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The exotic cats at In-Sync are so loved and cared for by the staff and volunteers. I have been impressed by the high standards Vicky Keahey sets for the care of these beautiful cats and some of the stories of rehabilitation from the horrid conditions they were rescued from are remarkable. Lions and tigers on the edge of death have been restored to health and look so beautiful, you would never know they were so hurt and neglected by their previous owners. The sweet "chuffs" and happy sounds they make when we clean cages are obvious signs that they are happy cats enjoying a much better life than they had previously. They love enrichment time and look like kittens as they roll around and explore new scents and taste new treats. As a volunteer, I can tell you it is a hard day's work and no one works as hard as Vicky all day, every day to provide these cats a happy, healthy life. This facility is not easily found unless you are looking for it so I'm sure spreading the word to receive all important donations for the care of these animals is difficult and time consuming. I can also tell that every penny they receive is put toward making a better lives for these cats - nothing goes to waste at In-Sync. I have worked many years in dog and cat rescue and never even seen a rescue facility run so efficiently.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Absolutely love what the sanctuary has done, is in the process of doing, and will continue to do for these cats. it's absolutely amazing the level of care the animals receive each day. I have been a volunteer since August and plan to help out In-Sync Exotics as much as possible in the future. I've volunteered for Habitat for Humanity among other organizations, but this is by far my favorite. I'm impressed by how passionate and dedicated everyone is that helps at In-Sync. I feel like my time is spent wisely and it's very self rewarding to help out these previously abused majestic cats. Highly recommend In-Sync to all my friends and other in the area. Come out and support the cats and who knows, you might end up in a volunteer green shirt in a few months.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I spent an entire summer at In-Sync as an intern and I have to say, I have never seen a more wonderful place for neglected and unwanted exotic cats to spend the rest of their lives. The people who volunteer here are dedicated and caring people who work tirelessly so that the animals at In-Sync get the best treatment they can possibly get. Here, it is all about the animals and making sure that they spend the rest of their days in a comfortable, enriching, and loving environment. This place has actually inspired much of my passion for wildlife biology and conservation while attending college, and there will always be a special place in my heart for In-Sync--for the caring people who work there and the wonderful cats who live there.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked as an intern at In-Sync Exotics for an entire summer, and it was honestly one of the best jobs I've ever had. The people who work and volunteer here put absolutely all of their effort into making the cats at In-Sync comfortable, entertained, and happy. Many times people work long hours to ensure that the cats are getting the absolute best treatment, and it shows in the happy chuffs of the tigers and the singing chorus of the lions. Also, In-Sync does a great job with informing visitors about the unfortunate stories some of the cats have had, why it is just not a good idea to own wild animals, and how they can help by working to change legislation. In-Sync is a warm, open-hearted facility full of people who are only hoping to make a difference in the lives of big cats who have had hard lives. I truly love this place.

Alysia L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In-Sync is a wonderful place where abused, neglected, and unwanted exotic cats can find a new home. I've yet to visit or volunteer at a place that offers so much (in terms of companionship, medical care, enrichment, etc.) to their animals.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was an intern at In-sync for 3 months. I've seen a lot of animal sanctuaries and I have rarely seen one so dedicated to the comfort and happiness of the cats. Every decision made has everything to do with how it best works for the cats.

Susan H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AWESOME sanctuary. The people at In-Sync Exotics love their charges and will do anything for them. The sanctuary is so well kept and the animals are happy and know they are loved and safe!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In-Sync Exotics is an amazing organization! I can't express how wonderful these people are! Every time I go out there to read to the new cats I feel the love they have for every single one of their cats. The tireless and exhaustive efforts they put into these amazing animals is overwhelmingly spectacular! I am extremely proud to be associated with In-Sync and highly recommend this organization...I can't say enough great things about them!!! I wish there were more stars...I'd give them 10000000!

Susan A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering at In-Sync in October, 2011, and have been highly impressed with the level of care given to the cats. The staff and volunteers are truly in love with the cats and work hard to provide the utmost care.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

After spending many years financially supporting animal sanctuaries and animal welfare organizations, I visited In Sync Exotics. I was immediately impressed with the large, well maintained enclosures for the animals, the friendliness and knowledge of the staff and the stories behind the sanctuary's residents. Each resident animal has a unique story that involved being somewhere they did not belong and mistreated by their owners. These stories affected me deeply and made me realize that In Sync was a place for misfits. Everyone was treated with respect and care and especially love. I felt this was a place where I belonged, too. I always arrive to do my volunteer duty with an excitement of working with a great group of people and leave each shift tired, but with a big smile and a satisfaction that cannot be gained by a simple monetary donation. In Sync Exotics has made me feel like a better person.

1 Marisa G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In-Sync Exotics is a wonderful rescue center. They have done so much for big cats everywhere and care deeply for their animals. Every time I bring my friends or family to visit, they always enjoy every second of it. You can really see the love and trust between the cats and the volunteers. The workers and volunteers deeply care for the cats and their well being. They'd do anything to make sure that the cats are as happy and healthy as they could be! I've volunteered there since December of 2010, and I always look forward to going to take care of the tigers whenever I can. It truly is a joy!