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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.