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International Exotic Feline Sanctuary Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals, Protection of Endangered Species, Wildlife Sanctuaries

Mission: Care for abused, abandoned and illegally obtained large cats and bears IEAS currently cares for 66 large cats and 10 bears IEAS also serves as an educational facility for visitors

Programs: Care for abused, abandoned, and illegally obtained large cats and bears. Ieas currently cares for 40 large cats, 3 coatis, 1 ring-tailed lemur and 30 bears. Ieas also serves as an educational facility for visitors.

Community Stories

109 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Nancy C.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This place ROCKS! I have made multiple visits and will continue to support them. I love bringing someone new and watching them fall in line ve with the animals!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My family just went through the tour and it was incredible! The white tigers are very beautiful and the tour guide is very knowledgable. I thought it was great that they give a tour of the nutritional center where they prepare the food for all the animals. It was a great time spent learning about and seeing all the wonderful animals.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great facility, that takes excellent care of their animals. The tour is very educational and informs you of the captive care of animals.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Small town. Small sanctuary. Staff and interns that are large in heart and effort to provide lifelong homes for those that have been victims of human ignorance. Animal habitats, diet, veterinary care, etc. are overseen by a fantastic group of interns and staff. These animals should not have been bred, BUT, they are now in caring hands for the rest of their lives. Please donate for their care.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful place doing amazing things for animals who, if not for this fine organization, more than likely would not be with us. We had a great 2 hour tour of the sanctuary. They show the animals on the tour that are making themselves available to see - as our tour guide said, we are there for the animals' entertainment, they are not there for ours! There is far more shade (at least on the 11am tour) that one would have guessed, so while it's hot in Texas, don't make that your excuse for not stopping here. Each of the animals had a usually very unfortunate start to their life, but this place is making up for it in their later years (though there are certainly 1 and 2 year old animals here too!). We enjoyed it greatly!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This place is great. It looks far away on a map, but it doesn't take long to get to, and is easy to find. The young lady conducting the tour was knowledgable and a real treat. The facilities are well kept and everything looks very well taken care of. Definitely find time to visit the cats.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been visiting this sanctuary since 1990. It has always maintained a wonderful, clean and caring environment for the abused big cats that are fortunate enough to leave their life of abuse behind and now call this sanctuary home. The tours are always given by kind, knowledgeable volunteers. The staff is also caring and very knowledgeable. They originally offered sanctuary to exotic cats only, but now give sanctuary to bears. Try to go during the spring or fall, even a good day in the winter, when the weather is cooler and the animals are more active. I truly praise the work that is done here. I also enjoy donating to this organization as I truly love the big cats and know that my donations will go to improve their lives.

Previous Stories
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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I first visited the sanctuary when it was Exotic Feline Sanctuary and was being run by a very nice woman with wonderful intentions. That must have been about 20 years ago. I have since continued donating and visiting the sanctuary throughout its changes and have watched it become even better. It is so wonderful to see formerly abused exotic animals (especially the big cats, which are my favorite) finally find the peace and happiness they deserve. I am so proud to be a supporter of a place that obviously has a great love for the animals in its care. The workers there are amazing and truly have a devotion to the animals. It is so great to see the animals in natural surroundings and also being treated with the utmost respect. This is definitely a nonprofit worth supporting if you desire to help protect and care for these very special animals.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I visited my sister-in-law during her time at IEAS and was so impressed by the quality of care these animals receive. Not only are they treated incredibly well and deeply cared for, the interns all make it a point to know the animals on a deeper level. Interns provide tours to the public, and their level of knowledge about these animals, their environments, their temperaments, and their stories blew me away. The animals are all blessed by the dedication and care of all the staff at IEAS.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My daughter worked as a intern at this facility last march and now is back as an assistant keeper. We had the pleasure of visiting her and the sanctuary. The animals are wonderful! They are very well taken care of and they take pleasure in seeing their caretakers. It was amazing to hear the tigers "chuff" at us as we came up to their habitats. It is an experience that you never get to have in a Zoo type setting. All of the animal caregivers were very knowledgeable on the animals and their care. Titian even gave us a little show as he rolled his ball up the hill. I have been telling everyone about the great experience I had there.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My husband worked for National Audubon as an educator for 35 years and continues to serve as an environmental consultant. I am a retired science teacher and environmental educator. During a visit to my sister's home in Fort Worth, I had the opportunity to visit IEAS and tour the facility. What an amazing place! Thank you for caring for these species that humans have put in danger and for providing as normal a setting as possible for their living environment. My sister, Carolyn, is a great supporter of yours and after my visit, I understand her support.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Upon visiting IEFS, my husband (a veterinarian)and I were impressed with the level of care and the physical condition of all the animals there. Pens were clean, enrichment items were in lots of enclosures, and residents seemed at peace and interested in the visitors. Safety of care givers and visitors was clearly present. I currently receive the email newsletter. I love the positive community outreach-invitations to visit and get involved. And, I enjoy the personal background stories about the animals origin, and how it came to be at IEFS. I am concerned about conservation of the worlds wildlife, and the end result of our exotic pet trade. It's obvious by the growing number of residents that we have a problem with exotic pets in the US. Sanctuaries provide a life of dignity to an animal whose return to the wild is not possible. I choose to visit in honor of our anniversary or birthdays, and support the work they are doing here.

1 Cindy J.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It's wonderful how this sanctuary takes care of all of their animals with the most respect toward the animal's well-being. The animals appear to enjoy their home by the expressions on their faces and through their body language. These animals got a second chance to live the life as they were meant to be. A wonderful sanctuary to take them all in.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I just found out about IEAS when they were so generous to take Misha. Without the work they do many animals would not be able to survive. Wonderful organization.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been going to the feline sanctuary for a number of years now. The passion they have for their mission and purpose is all encompassing and infectious for all members and visitors there. Their goal to provide a comfortable life for animals that are rapidly disappearing from the wild is rare, and their pursue with all ambition and ability. Sadly, in our lives places like these will be the only places in the world to see such beautiful animals. They are protecting marvels of the wild for generations to see and experience, while providing a home to the animals that have been miscared or abused. The people there are committed and kind, and this is a truly fantastic non-profit organization.

1 Carol100

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Their intern program is top notch and their emotional enrichment program helps the animals stay healthy in all ways.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The staff and volunteers are totally dedicated and passionate about providing the highest quality care for their animals. The facilities, work ethic, and emphasis on safety and education are exceptional. They truly provide a better life for many animals that have been the unfortunate victims of selfish, thoughtless human actions. IEFS works diligently to educate the public on respecting wild animals so they are not needlessly brought into lives in captivity or forced to be put down because people want wild animals as pets. The incredible devotion of the staff shows in every aspect of the organization and they should serve as a model for not just non-profits in this area, but for all non-profits that strive to set the highest standards for work and education.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I took my first tour here last year. I was very impressed with the professionalism and courtesy of the staff. They were very knowledgeable, safety for the animals and the visitors was a high priority, and they took the time to answer any questions to the best of their ability. If an animal became upset with the visitors, we were quickly moved away so that the animal was minimally disturbed. I thoroughly enjoyed myself on the tour and plan to go back again soon. I have shared my experience many times with my friends and on Facebook. I am a very big fan of the International Exotic Animal Sanctuary and the wonderful work they do with these magnificent animals!

Karin5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This place is awesome. The tour was very interesting and my boys and I loved seeing all the different animals can't wait for the summer so we can adopted an animal

Patricia45

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love seeing the pictures of all the animals on Facebook and learning something about each animal posted. I know this can help the general public become aware of the scarcity of many of these creatures and pull our planet together in their conservation efforts.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I learned about this place through my sister who is interning there. From what I have heard from her and seen on the website, this place is doing something really amazing. I just wish I could make it out to visit. Hopefully someday I can.