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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

38 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

My family and I have been visiting the International Exotic Feline Sanctuary for years. It is amazing how every year we see significant improvements to the facility and the animals' habitat. These big cats and bears need a place to go when circumstances are that they cannot be placed into the wild. The IEFS respects the animals as WILD, which is exactly what they are, and their dedication to them is genuine and sincere. We love that there is a place so close to go and bond with wild animals. Thanks for everything you do IEFS!

Lori T.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is such a wonderful charity. The staff and interns take such loving care of each and every animal. Being sure enrich each animal's life through behavioral, environmental and developmental enrichment. My husband and I have adopted a couple of the smaller cats. And are there at the sanctuary on a regular basis to visit. We have been very impressed with what we have seen. The animal's personalities are very evident. They are very relaxed and natural in their behavior. Not like the animals that we seen in any other sanctuary or zoo.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is such a wonderful place to take your family. The cats are well taken care of. And you can see how content they are. The tours are given by the interns and are interesting and informative. Some of these animals have had horrible lives up until they came to this facility. It is wonderful to see them heal and develop under the loving care that they are given. My husband love to come here. And have even adopted a bobcat Bob9. He is blind. But he recognizes the voices of his caretakers and "parents" and seems very content with his life there.

Donor

Rating: 5

The IEAS is a wonderful organization that has developed one of the finest animal sanctuaries in the world. They work hard everyday to provide care and welfare for many exotic animals. The dedication of the staff and volunteers is unmatched.

I have visited the sanctuary many times, and I have seen the love and devotion that goes into their operation. I can't think of a more deserving organization, and I am proud to be a supporter.

Donor

Rating: 5

Our daughter has expanded her love of wildlife, and specifically large cats, via the efforts of this non-profit. She has gone so far as to donate all contributions during her birthday to this charity. This has also expanded the knowledge and experience of her friends who are Middle School age. We have toured this facility multiple times with different friends as guests and they are always impressed with the facility. The staff there is friendly and informative. Currently our daughter enjoys a sponsorship of one of the bobcats in the Sanctuary.

Donor

Rating: 5

We have been going to the IEAS every year for the last 3 years. They have done so much to help the big cats who come from unforgivable circumstances (drug house seizures, border patrol arrests, unwanted circus animals). Every year we go we so a wide array of improvement to the facility so you know your money is going to use directly to the cats.

Donor

Rating: 5

An amazing place right in the heart of a major US metroplex---lions, tigers, bobcats, lynx, bears...all in the DFW area--not taken from the wild but taken from people who abused, neglected, misjudged what a great beast needed when in captivity or when there was no other place for them.

This is not a zoo, but a shelter with enrichment activities for the animals welfare, the right food, the right habitat, and life long care since the animals are not able to return to the wild.

All the animals are loved and cared for by people who saw a need and took on the huge committment. IEAS (correct name is ANIMAL not FELINE--this changed when the need grew beyond big cats) provides education for the public, volunteer opportunities for those choosing to be vets or just people who love wild animals, and fulfillment for all who cannot themselves take in a full grown tiger!

Donor

Rating: 5

After reading a story in the newspaper about some circus tigers left in small cages and how they needed funds to build the proper facility for the tigers I donated some money. I was invited to come and see the new facilities upon completion. It is a wonderful thing they are doing for these animals. I have been there several times since and it is always run professionally for the animals.

Donor

Rating: 5

We enjoyed a tour of IEAS in 2010 while visiting our son and his fiance, who happens to be an employee. We really enjoyed the experience. The facility is well-maintained and all of the animals seemed content. We look forward to a return visit in the future.

Donor

Rating: 5

IEFS is a great charity. They take care of large animals, mostly cats,that have been abandoned, abused, etc. and need special care. On my first visit, I was extremely upset at one point by the stories of how the cats came to be at IEFS and how their background contributed to any specific health or emotional issues that they faced. Thank God, there are good people who want to take care of these special animals. It is great to see that the animals will regain their trust in humans due to the attention that they receive. I would recommend a visit to anyone who cares about cats. It is a moving and wonderful experience. My only regret is that I can't get into the enclosures and play with them myself!

Donor

Rating: 5

This haven for wild animals is really concerned about the animals in their care. They even branched out to accept bears. There are too many people out in the world who think they can keep a wild animal as a pet and when they find they can no longer do this they look for someone to bail them out. I'm really glad IEAS is there to "pick up the pieces" of an animal's life and make things better for them. They really try to meet all the animal's needs and I think they do that VERY well.

Donor

Rating: 5

This facility has the most spacious habitats for their large cats that can be found most anywhere. All the tigers have swimming pools, and all the cats have many enrichment items. In addition, there is a unique Emotional Enrichment program in place that tends to the animals' emotional well-being; perhaps the only facility in the country with such a program. The bear orphanage has 10 acres of meadows, forests, thickets, ponds, and meadows for the bears to enjoy and play with. Truly the bears have no feeling of even being in captivity.

Donor

Rating: 5

I visited IEAS several times first as a gift from my wife and the others by taking different kinds of people of all ages (including my sister from Argentina) to show the exceptional work that this group of people does taking care of all these cats and bears.
On the last visit as we were walking our guided tour we got to a point where all the cats started roaring loud and as our guide inform us that is a very rare moment to see at the time of a visit.
All the interns we met are dedicated to help to the life of these animals and you can see in their faces that they are being taken care of.

The sure deserve to win the prize.

Donor

Rating: 5

This place is the most incredible example for other animal sanctuaries around the country and the world. Everything they do is for the animals' sake, not just the profitable amusement of people. These animals have incredible stories that should be told, and the sanctuary does more than its fair share to spread knowledge of inhumanity towards wild animals. I believe in IEAS that they are in my will!

Jon B.

Donor

Rating: 5

My daughter had the opportunity to be an intern at the International Exotic Animal Sanctuary in Boyd, Tx. While she was there I had the opportunity to visit and hear the stories of the various animals they care for there. The stories range for distressing to incredible, and the bears and cats are impressive. I am not a great photographer, but I will treasure the pictures I took. The staff was, and continues to be helpful to my daughter, and even without the rest that will make them special in my mind. I got the best pictures of Domino, though he is not a cat I would like to meet outside of his cage. In the end there were Lions, and tigers, and bears ... and I felt fortunate to have been in their company for a short time.

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Donor

Rating: 5

IEAS is an incredible sanctuary for exotic cats and bears. As the owner of Dunn Produce, I have been honored to help out with the high nutritional needs of the bears since they arrived. I have experienced the tours many times and always walk away more impressed than the last. The tours have made me see that never ending hard work and dedication is demanded when taking care of these magnificent animals. All of the residents at this sanctuary seem very happy and stress free in their habitats that have been provided for them. The minute you arrive you will realize how amazing the staff is at this organization. From the gentle care of the animals to the well lanscaped paths throughout the complex, the keepers work around the clock to make IEAS a remarkable sanctuary!