I have family in Dallas and we actually visited this sanctuary about 2 years ago and still speak about it. I was impressed with the amount of space the animals had access too, the way the enclosures are designed so that they can change the environment(move cats to a different space for change) access for cleaning, actual beautiful swimming pools, lots of enrichment opportunity etc animals were clean and in good condition too. Each animals story is posted on their enclosure and it is heartbreaking where they come from but heartwarming to see them at In-Sync. The staff are dedicated and I felt it was a good place to be if you are a big cat ;)
I went for a visit during Spring Break, I have never seen a place that was as clean and animals better taken care of. It is an amazing place!!
The care and protection they give is outstanding. The beautiful animals are given a new chance at life in a safe place I plan to visit again soon There needs to be more caring people in this world this sanctuary gives me hope for the future
The nicest rescue site I have ever seen. The staff and volunteers are pleasant and dedicated to the big cats. The love and affection for these rescued animals is overwhelming. The large facility is inviting, and makes one feel good about the lives these animals will have from now on. They keep the public informed with Facebook and their website. It is exciting to keep up with their news and events. It is a treasure more people should know about.
This amazing rescue has had a terrible 2013 with the unfortunate outbreak of distemper. Through devastating losses of beloved cats they have kept their hopes and spirits high and have nursed many back to health. They have taken in new cats and are working on finishing a new enclosure. They post daily on Facebook and let those of us who cannot visit often know how our feline friends are doing and show us the great strides they are taking to make sure these cats are happy, healthy are always wonderfully cared for. The people who watch over these precious animals truly love them and have the utmost respect for them.
I absolutely love Insync Exotics!!! The cats are their concern and they only do what is best for them. The enrichment exercises are thoughtful - the cats love them and we love to watch them. It is amazing to see the cats that come here and how much they have changed since making Insync Exotics their home. The best rescue organization I have ever seen!!
We bring our kids (6 & 3) here often. It is a wonderful place with wonderful volunteers that provides a great learning experience to our children. The really love these animals and do everything possible for them. Our son cannot wait to volunteer when he gets older!
Our daughter found In-Sync not to long after she relocated to Texas, and of course her Father and I had our reservations about her becoming a volunteer there. But even after our first visit to this magical habitat, we were able to breathe much easier due to the fact that we were able to see for ourselves how strictly Vicki's safety measures were enforced- without deviation, and that the volunteers are REQUIRED to act accordingly. No fuzzy instruction here! Vicki's concern for her volunteers's only rival that of her concern and passion for her children, her big kitties- as we so lovingly refer to them as.
Now a year or so down the road, we look forward to seeing our 'other' children almost (wink-wink) as much as we do our daughter when we come to town to visit! It is truly an awe inspiring time! If you are anywhere near this amazing facility, we whole heartily encourage you drop by and say hello! Having a rotten day, week? I guarantee, after a stroll through the amazing grounds and a few heart to hearts with some of their more than willing to listen residents, your outlook will be changed for the better! But,
CAUTION! This magical habitat is highly addictive! You may find yourself looking for our leader, Vicki and inquiring about how YOU can become one of the highly esteemed volunteers that have found that inner peace that only comes with the satisfaction of knowing that YOU are doing your part to help care for these now oh-so-lucky-cats who have found such a wonderful, loving home at In-Sync! And like our daughter, you too will be heard saying, "I've found my happy place!"
In-Sync is an experience of the heart. These exotic animals will walk into your heart and become part of your soul. You cannot ignore them, their eyes tell you stories that cannot be written, but felt. They are unwilling victims of humanity's need for control and power. Vicki and In-Sync give these animals a last chance to live in a truly caring environment. They will experience human love many times for the first time in their lives . . . . This group is truly dedicated and will move mountains to care for these amazing creatures, 24/7/365 days a year!! ! I am a prior Board member from many years ago . . .
I first came to In-Sync over 10 years ago. I Found out about it by word of mouth. Could not believe the passion Vicky has for these cats. And sadly the stories of each and every cat that was at that facility at that time. I came to realize the word Man-kind was an oxymoran. Most of those at the facility at that time and since would be dead if it were not for her rescue efforts She literally lives, eats and sleeps (with one ear on a baby type monitors in the cage area ) cats. She did not have a large volunteer base then but as the facility grew the volunteers came as word of mouth and the internet presence grew. These volunteers share the passion and they see it in Vicky. All rescue facilities have merit, but this one has the heart of gold stolen from it's founder.
In-Sync has survived because Vicky would not say no to the cats,
she has fought long and hard for it's existence. Bless her and her troups of volunteers, donors and supporters.
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!
I found out about In-Sync back in February this year and surprised my mom and daughter with a visit, and we have been back multiple times since then. We absolutely love this place!! The staff is always very helpful and friendly and the animals are very well cared for. The love and care that they are given is apparent in so many ways. Their homes and habitats are always clean and constantly being attended to. The staff takes every percaution to remain safe at all times and take the same percautions with the visitors and the cats. I can't think them enough for sharing this amazing sanctuary with us!
My husband to0k me to In-Sync for a birthday surprise. I was truly amazed at how much love and care these animals are given. We went to a night feeding and it was just an amazing experience, I just wished it was on the other side of the metro-plex so I could visit often.
While I have never been able to visit, I have seen your work online, and watch it with admiration and astonishment. I keep up with your events and your animals and am very glad to know you have them and they have you in their lives. Thank you for all you do. I love seeing how much you do for the animals in your care.
My kids and I visited In-Sync Exocits a few months ago and they LOVED it. Being close to the cats, watching them play and how well taken care of they are is impressive. I never knew how big these cats were until I was THAT close.... The staff was so involved, caring and friendly...We can not wait to go back!!
I was very fortunate to be able to accompany a friend on the night feeding tour! Being a cat person I of course wanted to walk up to each cage and pet the "kitties" but I was able to restrain myself. The staff was knowledgable and I learned a great deal about a variery of cats, large and small. Seeing these awesome creatures in a more natural setting than a zoo was incredible and inspiring. My favorite experience was being in the center of the compound when all the cats roared at the same time! They are all so beautiful and so obviously well cared for and loved. I hope to go back again soon! Neva D
A friend and I took the night-time "Feeding Tour" in September 2012. What an incredible experience! We spent 3 hours with the staff and volunteers, observing from a few feet away while the big (and small) cats enjoyed their dinner. We learned a lot about the cats' background, care, and habits (most useful tip: step to the side, not back, when the cat sprays!). Some of the tigers and lions had to be hand-fed through the fence -- the big babies. Hearing the cacophany of roars in the "Surround sound" area was truly amazing. My friend, whose husband was concerned about her safety on the tour, sent him a fabulous video of the "talking" cats, assuring him that she was safe. I have been on photo safari in Africa, seeing lions and leopards in the wild, and the In Sync experience was just as special and impactful. I was impressed that the animals were so well-cared-for and loved. The staff and volunteers were knowledgeable, dedicated, and friendly. I highly recommend the feeding tour or any of the other tours. Love the photos and blog posts on the FB page, too!
I absolutely love In-Sync Exotics, and visit on a regular basis. I follow their Facebook page (and their blog postings), which is a great way of keeping up to date with all of the activities that they have going on, and a great way to learn more about each of the cat's that call In-Sync home. I support In-Sync!
I have visited In-Sync Exotics, Inc. on numerous occasions. The cats are extremely well cared for, and the volunteers were very helpful, friendly, and were full of knowledge about each of the cats. I have donated to this organization several times, and it feels great knowing that every dollar that is donated is going towards the care of these cats. In-Sync is a WONDERFUL organization!
It breaks my heart that some people think exotic cats make appropriate house pets, with no regard for the well-being of the animal. Thank goodness for In-Sync Exotics! They have provided healthy, happy lives for many rescued cats. Some were rescued to late and their health was too compromised for them to live very much longer after rescue but at least they knew joy, comfort and love at the end.
I first became aware of In-Sync Exotics when they made the news rescuing the so-called Leona Six. I've visited the website many times since then and am absolutely in awe of the dedication of the volunteers involved. In a world where it seems like there is too much to be done, too many who need our help, it warms my heart every day when I visit the In-Sync website and see the now-healthy cats who were suffering so much before rescue. it reminds me of the story of the starfish...we can't help everyone but at least these few are now living safe, comfortable, love-filled lives.
I visited InSync after hearing there was an exotic cat rescue only a few miles from my home. I've done (pet) cat rescue in the past, and so I tend to be highly critical of conditions that animals are kept in. To say I was pleasantly surprised would be an understatement. The animals were healthy, happy, calm, well-adjusted and CLEARLY adored. The caregivers are completely devoted to the physical, mental and emotional well-being of their charges and it shows, not only in the appearance of the animals, but also their behaviour. Several times I'd walk past animals (a lion, a tiger and a cougar, in that order) and upon seeing me, the animal would roll over onto his/her back, which is a sign of EXTREME trust in a cat, never mind an exotic one! The enclosures are clean, sturdy, well-maintained and well-stocked, the playgrounds have appropriate toys, gorgeous pools, well-maintained grass and wood for the cats to scratch and stretch. Even more telling are a lot of their before and after stories; some of the animals were neglected, mistreated, malnourished or even tortured, and those same animals are now healthy, happy, calm and confident. Being in a place where people look after your every need will do that to even the most cynical apex predator!
This is by far the best kept secret of the Dallas-Fort Worth Area and that's a shame. Vicki and her staff are the most caring and loving folks and the cats (and Nugget) are well cared for and you can tell they love their keepers. The sanctuary is always clean and well kept, volunteers are always around to answer questions. My only complaint is that it is over and hour away from my house.. otherwise I would be there all the time!!! Truly a great place for kids of all ages to get up close and personal with the cats without danger, my boys both love the place.
I volunteered for about 2 years at InSync. I was always proud of the wonderful work I was a part of. I have seen cats in horrible conditions come to Insync and be loved into health and happiness. They're work is invaluable, these cats are treated like gold. I also know first hand that all donations go directly to taking care of the cats. This place is a god send for these cats. I wish all exotic cats (in captivity) could live at InSync.
At Insync ALL the money from donations is spent on the cats. Some sanctuaries may be prettier but that means they are spending their money on landscaping and not on the cats. Many of the cats have lived in deplorable conditions. Insync provides food, clean water and medicine to heal their body. Vicky has saved cats that no one thought would live.
Insync provides large (better than required by law) enclosures, playgrounds and pools with waterfalls for the tigers. Who love water.
It is healing their soul that can be the most difficult. Many cats have never walked on anything but concrete or even been outside. This is where Insync truly excels. These cats are LOVED and no matter how long it takes InSync heals their soul.