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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

Community Stories

113 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Kim_4

Donor

Rating: 5

I've brought my parents all the way from Michigan to this sanctuary for a private tour because of the wonderful care and attention this big cats get from the staff. The world of knowledge the staff has of each cat is so impressive. They have expanded to include Cheetahs. They have done the first surgery of it's kind on one of the tigers. In-sync has a great deal of press coverage on all the wonderful things they do for these majestic animals.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Went out with my parents to visit Insync on Good Friday. Insync set up a special time for me and my parents as their visit was a short one before going back to MI after Easter. My folks seemed very impressed and learned a lot about the big cats and the reasons they ended up at the sanctuary. Tour guide was very nice and very knowledgable. You could tell she really cared about all the cats and even teared up when talking about the cats that had passed away. I'm was so impressed with this group, they are on my donor list for funds and will remain there.

1 Linda114

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an unbelievable place! The cats that are brought here are filled with love and caring. After medical treatment, they are nurtured and cared for with dignity and respect. The before and after photos are amazing! Each volunteer treats the cats like they were their own. Truly, no better place for these God's creatures to live and play the rest of their lives. Everyone needs to see these animals and the wonderful work that is done here.

1 Laura58

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This place is amazing! I came here with a friend about a year ago and fell in love with all the fur friends. I haven't read all their stories because I would need several boxes of tissues but the ones I have read are unbelievable. I brought my family out last week for the Big Cat Egg Hunt. I was very impressed how well organized this event was. Fantastic! We girls had a fun time. Thank you!

2 Lindy M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love this organization. The people who run it have great hearts and really care about what they are doing. Every time I go I see the cages being kept clean and the animals being loved on. They take animals that have been abused and neglected and who are unwanted in other places and make them feel loved and appreciated. They give them a place to live out the rest of their life in peace and happiness. I have seen the changes in personalities of some of these magnificent creatures as they realize that they are now loved and adored by many! I love that it is so close and can go whenever the desire strikes. In my opinion there should be more facilities like just like this one all over the country and world. If more people cared like the people who work/volunteer for Insync I believe our world would be a MUCH better place!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I just LOVE to vist In-Sync with my grandson. We live about an hour away but visit/donate every chance we get. It is so rewarding to see how well kept all the animals at In-Sync are. I also enjoy their blog, it is the first thing I read in the morning. I have learned so much about large exotics cats from the blog.

Jessica36

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In-Sync is a beautiful sanctuary for big cats. Their.community involvement has educated so many people and saved the lives of many cats. Seeing before and after video of rescued lions is truly miraculous. And seeing the cats in person, seeing how well taken care of and happy they are warms my heart.

Christopher L.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've always been fascinated with big cats, so I was thrilled to find a big-cat rescue center so close to where I live. It's amazing! My daughter volunteered there for a few summers when she was in high school and loved it. Getting up close and personal with such beautiful creatures is such a thrill. (She later went to South Africa and did volunteer work at The Lion Park.) I was also somewhat amazed to see Vicki (the boss lady at In-Sync) actually inside the cage with some of the cats. Uh... what? :-) I go back every so often, taking friends and family who have yet experienced it. I can spend hours there, easily, just watching the cats and talking to them. It's beautiful and peaceful being there, until the lions decide to start a chorus of roars. Then it's rockin'...

Cloe C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In sync Exotics is my favorite place to go on a cool spring day. There is nothing like taking a walk among some of God's most glorious creatures. Hearing the chuffs of the tigers and singing of the lions is something you will not soon forget. This has all been me reviewing In-Sync on a selfish personal level. Let's get to the other stuff. In-Sync staff are angels here on this earth. If everyone could be even a little more like them, there would be no homeless, hurt, or even sad animals on this earth. Seeing the relationships and bonds that they have formed with these big cats is one of the most amazing things I have laid eyes on. And for what? They make no profit other than payment with chuffs and happy eyes saying thank you . For them that is enough. These big cats are wonderfully taken care of, but so costly. I do hope that everyone gets a chance to witness the greatness that goes on at In-Sync at some point in their life. Just volunteering there for a short time and visiting, the big cats have left a paw print on my heart forever.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I honestly can't describe how amazing this organization is. How selfless do you have to be to give these cats the life that they would never have otherwise at a great cost to yourself? Vicky and all the volunteers are truly angels sent here from heaven. These sweet and helpless cats receive 5-star treatment and are given the most amazing life they can dream of.

I have visited and volunteered at In-Sync Exotics and I can truly vouch for the blood, sweat, and tears that goes into taking care of these wondrous creatures. I am fallen so completely in love with so many of the cats here.

Not only is it a safe haven for the cats, In-Sync is also a great educational place. I have learned so much from visiting and volunteering there. It's a great way to be up close and personal with some of God's greatest creations!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our daughter volunteers at this santuary on a weekly basis. She truly loves the big cats and loves doing what she can to improve their quality of life. We believe that In-Sync is a much needed and wonderful organization. Kudos to the organization, employees and volunteers as well as those who contribute financially to keep this organization a viable organization.

Julie38

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In Sync Exotics is a wonderful rescue operation for animals that have nowhere else to go. The organization serves mostly big cats (lions, tigers, mountain lions, etc.). In Sync also does a lot of work educating the public. I first visited In Sync with my daughter's school. I was really impressed with the safety of the facility and the care the animals receive. Many of the animals were saved from situations where they were housed illegally and mistreated. In Sync is providing a good home for these injured souls. It really touched my heart.

Phyllis7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Their facility was clean and their animals all looked very healthy. I really enjoyed seeing them so up close because it really made me feel like they really something in the flesh instead of a show on a science channel. Thanks for making our visit awesome!

Joyce F.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have visited other rescues and In-Sync is far above the others in caring for these animals. I recued domestic cats for many years and can easily see how well-adjusted, contented, healthy and even happy these cats are. I love supporting the wonderful and heartfelt work In-Sync is doing for these magnificent creatures. The whimsical pictures say it all!

Ba D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I work at a local school making crafts that we donate part of the proceeds to In-Sync Exotics. In-Sync has taken an active effort in rescuing wild cats which in many cases might be put down. They work very hard there at the rescue center making sure standards are kept high for these beautiful animals that GOD set on this earth for us to respect and admire. As well, In-Sync Exotics takes an active part in the community and with our school in the education of these beautiful felines. Please consider In-Sync Exotics in your non-profit donations as many of the workers are volunteers, and In-Sync Exotics needs the donations to care and maintain the facility and health and wealth of our beautiful friends. In a time of economic downturn - every cent means a world to this wonderful and outstanding organization, dedicated to each of it's family members.

1 MaryAlice D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I heard about In-Sync Exotics last year completely by accident. We went for the first time in March 2011 and were astonished by the facility. As we walked around in the cool morning weather, we saw these amazing animals just waking up and starting to move around for the day. We even saw the lady that founded In-Sync go into a cage to encourage one of the enormous white tigers to get up and move into the sun - it was a touching glimpse into how much these formerly abused animals are loved. Our favorite tiger was one called Grumpy who had been so mistreated by his former owners that he could barely walk on his poor twisted feet. In-sync had specially fixed his home so that it had a soft sand floor and a special bed that he could get into and out of easily. We went back in September for my daughter's birthday - she had all her friends donate items that could be used by In-Sync. We were very sad to hear that Grumpy had died a few months before. The last time we were there was right before Christmas in the evening. The animals are much more active late in the day and we got to see many of them running around, happily playing with each other. Reading where many of these animals were before they came to In-Sync is heartbreaking - the before-after pictures are an amazing testament to the miracles that these people accomplish. It is truly a blessing that they can provide a comfortable "last home" for these great beasts. In-Sync has made a lasting impact on our family, especially my 13 year old daughter.

1 hernandezmarka

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Eight months ago, Sabu, geriatric lion of 21 years of age, was rehomed from the failed Wild Animal Orphanage to In-Sync Exotics. At the time of his arrival, he could barely walk without falling down. Today, Sabu can actually run and play with his favorite ball (seen at http://www.insyncexotics.blogspot.com/2011/09/great-video-of-sabu-running-and-playing.html). The USDA recommended he be put to sleep because he was too old. In-Sync said "no way, he can live with us!" Thank God Sabu went to In-Sync because for the first time in many, many years he can play on soft grass (at the WAO he lived on hard ground with lots of sharp rocks) chasing after his favorite ball. After everything that happened to him at the WAO, this lion truly deserved a second chance at happiness and I am thrilled he was "adopted" by In-Sync!

Not only did they take in a geriatric lion, but they also took in a geriatric tiger from the WAO--Okemo! Okemo was the last single tiger living at WAO's Talley Road property in the small quartine area. No one wanted this aging shy tiger. Thankfully, again, In-Sync stepped up to the plate and said "we will take him too!"

And…they took in “Growing Up Lion” Animal Planet TV lioness, Jynxie who also used to reside at the WAO. Shortly after her arrival, In-Sync discovered she had cancer. If she had not relocated to In-Sync when she did, she may have died from the cancerous tumor. In-Sync provides top-notch health care for its cats—it’s no wonder Global Federation Animal Sanctuaries’ director declared ‘The veterinary care at In-Sync is beyond great!’ http://insyncexotics.blogspot.com/2011/12/veterinary-care-at-in-sync-is-beyond.html

Please support In-Sync Exotics so they can continue providing a home and medical care to senior and geriatric big cats. No big cat should be destroyed just because he is old…

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thank you In-Sync Exotics for giving the older cats, like the Poetry and WAO cats, a second chance in life! I look forward to reading more about all of the Insync animals on its new blog--it's great reading and very educational!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been visiting In-Sync Exotics regularly for about 8 years. I love coming back and watching the new arrivals, many of whom are extremely ill or cannot even walk when they arrive, become happy, healthy, playful cats. Every time I visit, I learn something new about big cats. I love watching them get their enrichment, and seeing the joy that they express at the attention they receive from the volunteers. Talking to the volunteers, I can really feel how passionate they are about the animals in their care. The facility is always immaculate, and they are always making improvements to the sanctuary.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been visiting In-Sync for about 8 years, and am continually amazed! I've seen cats arrive that others have given up on, that aren't expected to live, or that have serious physical disabilities. Then I'll come back a few months later, and the cats are unrecognizable! They are happy, playing, and the love they receive definitely shows! The volunteers are so obviously dedicated to giving each cat the absolute best life that they can. The facility is always immaculately clean, the enclosures are large, the tigers all have access to large pools with waterfalls, and the other cats each have what they need. In addition to visiting regularly, I have also volunteered to build many of the concrete den areas for the cats, and I can testify that Vicky (who runs In-Sync) wants ONLY the best for her cats!

1 Megan23

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My husband and I went to visit for the first time this weekend. We were blown away! The quality of the facility is awesome. You can tell they put a lot of effort into keeping the enclosures clean and the cats happy. I am super-sensitive to animals being treated well. I hate little roadside zoo attractions, petting zoos, etc. for that very reason. In-sync was a wonderful experience though and being able to see the animals up close and personal (but still feel very safe with a double gate system (all in concrete)) was the cherry on top. The cats are magnificent! I love how you get to learn a little about each one and how they came to In-Sync as well as some of their personality traits. We also talked to some of the volunteers as we meandered around the property and they were all super-friendly, obviously loved what they were doing and you could just see the adoration they had for the cats. What a wonderful experiance!

I would recommend anyone going for a visit. Young/old, animal lover/nature lover, whatever your cup of tea, you won't be disappointed. I can't wait to go back!

e.t.a. Here are some pics my husband took while we were there. Those are some happy cats!
http://www.scottnicolas.com/2011/09/visit-to-in-sync-exotics-wylie-tx/

General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

After reviewing In-Sync's reviews by all those who love and support them; the rating by another reviewer and Ms. Keahey's comments peeked my interest so after a google search and reading their website:

Concerned that there is only one Key Staff member besides Ms. Keahey to care and manage all their cats. There is a probability that they are over dependent on volunteers to fill these voids in their staff. No offense to those dedicated volunteers; but as a business/organization it is important to have adequate staffing. Volunteers cannot always be there when needed and the number of volunteers fluctuates and/or diminishes over time or is seasonal. (For those who volunteer you are wonderful and please do not take offense to this review) It is also about safety and having staff experienced staff on the premises at all times.

After 20 years in owning, operating and managing horse facilities . I am very much aware how labor intensive and expensive it is in operating any animal facility; as well as maintaining and hiring staff who have credentials needed to perform animal husbandry and their training combined with their work experiences meet the standards of my facilities.

I have to give them a middle of the road review based on my concerns.

Google search is a very powerful tool: http://www.rexano.org/REPO_Tigers.htm

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I live in New Braunfels and have only visited Insync once this year so far and I was really impressed with the sanctuary, staff, and the numerous volunteers I saw caring for the animals.

I first became aware of Insync when it was announced on the news that Jinxie, from the WAO, moved to Insync. Since then I followed the arrival of Sabu and now at tiger named Okemo. As a former supporter of the WAO, I am glad to know that some of the animals remained in Texas. During my visit this year, I saw both Sabu and Jinxie. Sabu was having trouble walking when I was there, falling down every few steps. I have now seen the video on their site showing him running...amazing!

I plan to go out again next year to see how all the animals are doing, one year later. In the meantime, if you want to see how legit this place is, take a look at their website, blog, and tax returns--complete transparency--you can see where the money is going. For me, that's what is important--donations going towards animal care and not into the pockets of the board, staff, or family members. Keep up the great work, Insync!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I LOVE IN-SYNC EXOTICS!!! I enjoy each and every time I visit these Big Cats in Wylie, TX. The goal of the organization is to rescue mistreated and/or displaced cats and provide them with a lifetime of care. According to their website, it costs $100,000 a year to feed the animals, and another $15,000 for veterinarian care. They also have added expenses for utilities, enrichment, equipment, and supplies. These are definitely great people doing great things!