Friday, September 16, 2011

Week in Review -- And What A Week!

Well, this has been one exciting week for In-Sync Exotics! 

On Monday, we started the week with a great video of Sabu running and playing with his ball.  Sadly, we reported that Sabu and Jynxie are no longer co-habituating together because Jynxie was too rambunctious for the older male lion.   Poor Sabu was nipped in the hind quarters and tail a few times, so we decided for his safety to relocate Jynxie next to the white male lions. We think Sabu misses Jynxie as he is often seen lying close to where he can watch her.  Now that's amour!

On Wednesday, we posted a tough Who Am I challenge!  We had three people guess that the mouse pad's picture was that of Freddie, but no one answered the questions correctly!  One person came very close though:

Shawna Matucci, a volunteer at In-Sync Exotics wrote: 

It’s my Freddie Cougar!! Such a cute pic of him! I want to say his favorite thing to jump on is his platform on the PG or the one in the middle of his cage. His weight was 65 pounds at the time of rescue.
Sorry, Shawna, according to Freddie's bio, he weighed 66 pounds at the time of his rescue!  You were so close! So no prize will be given out this month for the Who Am I Contest!

Yesterday, $1 million was available for nonprofits on North Texas Giving Day thanks to a generous donation made from the men and woman of Hunt Consolidated.  They raised the funds from their annual "Hunt Cares" campaign and decided to designate a significant portion of their gifts as matching fund for North Texas Giving Day!

Due to an overwhelmingly positive response to the DonorBridge's North Texas Giving Day, their website received a ton of hits, resulting in the communications lines going down many times.  Therefore, DonorBridge called in their volunteers and staff to process our donations over the phone until midnight!  Now we are waiting for the results of this event.  We want to thank everyone who was so determined to get their donations into DonorBridge so we can receive the matching funds along with your gift!  Our donors are amazing people and we want you to know that we truly appreciate you--thank you very, very much for helping the In-Sync Exotics' animals and our mission!  As soon as we receive news on how much we raised during this campaign, we will post the results to this site, so check back often!

Kodi - Keeping Cool!
 We are still getting to know Kodi and Sam, our two new cheetahs, as they continue to get to know us!  They have settled down into their temporary new home as we continue to raise funds for their new enclosure.  So far, we have raised $1,110 on Razoo towards our $30k goal.  Thank you donors!  The cheetahs are absolutely adorable and we hope you have an opportunity to meet Kodi and Sam soon.  The weather is starting to cool down and the animals are getting a little friskier, so perhaps this weekend you might want to venture out to In-Sync Exotics to meet and greet our animals!

On a humorous note, we noticed a growing trend of lawn ornaments here in Texas.  We see metal cats, dogs, windmills, horses, and other types of landscaping ornaments decorating our neighbors' front yards.  The latest fad appears to be metal objects that represent some of Texas' indigenous animals, such as the armadillo!

But here at In-Sync Exotics, we have no need for metal lawn art as we have the "real McCoy" living right here on our property!  Check out this cute little guy seen forging around the outskirts of the In-Sync Exotics' property.  It just goes to show, you never know what critter you might see forging around at In-Sync Exotics! 

We hope you have a wonderful safe and fun weekend!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Get up and Give! North Texas Giving Day is TODAY!!

If you are having trouble accessing our donation page, it's because the TX Donor Bridge website is very busy--please do not give up--instead you may want to donate later this afternoon or evening, but before 7:00pm (end time)!  As of 2:00pm, it takes about 15-20 minutes to complete the transaction.  Thank you very much for your patience and support! 


VCNT Friends -

Due to overwhelmingly positive response to DonorBridge's North Texas Giving Day, donors are experiencing longer than anticipated wait times on the website. Therefore, volunteers and staff are standing by and ready to process donations via phone. Wait times are around 5 minutes. Please call 214.346.5500 to make a donation --  lines will be open until midnight!
Every online credit card donation of $25 or more will be matched when you
donate to us through Gifts given until 7 p.m. TODAY will receive a portion of $1 million in matching funds.

Click here to find the Volunteer Center of North Texas on DonorBridge and to donate.
We appreciate your partience. To those of you that have already donated, we appreciate you!

Julie Thomas
Chief Executive Officer
Volunteer Center of North Texas

Dear Treasured In-Sync Supporter:

On September 15, 2011, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. In-Sync Exotics is taking part in Get Up and Give! North Texas Giving Day. On September 15, every donation $25 and above will be matched if you donate to us through, North Texas' online resource that connects donors with nonprofit organizations like us.

Please visit the site anytime between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., search for our nonprofit and click "Donate Now." Your donation will go a long way in helping us provide food for our cats during the coming winter. Plus, gifts given that day will receive a portion of $1,000,000 in matching funds-making your dollar go further.

To avoid the busiest times on the site, visit and donate during off-hours, 10-11 a.m. and 2-4 p.m. Just remember to get up and give--whether out of bed, from your desk, or off your couch, just give! As always, your donation to In-Sync Exotics is 100% tax-deductible.

Donate to In-Sync Exotics via Donor Bridge

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Vicky Keahey
President, In-Sync Exotics
phone: 972-442-6888

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Who Am I?

(As of 8:00am Thursday - no winner yet! Remember to submit your answers to our special animal email account below--please include name of the cat along with answers to 2 questions!  Good luck!)

It's time to test your knowledge of In-Sync Exotic residents!

First person to identify and answer two questions about me wins a small prize and bragging rights.  Simply send your response to our special animal email account and if you are the first person to respond to the challenge, you win! 

So, are you ready to figure out who I am? 

Photo Fun

Can you identify me yet?  This is a tough one!

Want a clue?  Go to Our Photo Gallery to identify the cat's picture and then on to Our Residents' webpage for the answers to the questions!

Now for the Questions:

Who am I?
Question #1:  What do I love jumping on?
Question #2:  How much did I weigh upon arrival?

Employees and long time volunteers are not eligible for prizes since you see me all the time!

And remember, I am incomplete without you -- won't you adopt me?

Good luck everyone!

Monday, September 12, 2011

A Great Video of Sabu Running and Playing With His Ball!

Our lead keeper, Mak Ledbetter, was able to capture an amazing video of Sabu running and playing with his ball!  We cannot get over how much Sabu's health improved since his arrival back in May of this year!  You may recall, Sabu could barely walk a few steps without falling down. 

But look at him now!  Sabu is now only looking great; he's running again!

Sabu and Jynxie Update:
You may recall last month we introduced Sabu to Jynxie in the hopes the two lions could live a long life together.  Well, some things in life are not mean to be—we had to separate Sabu and Jynxie a couple of days ago because we learned Jynxie was playing too rough with Sabu.  After a several nips on Sabu’s hind quarters and tail, it became obvious that Jynxie was too rambunctious for the older male lion.    

Jynxie was relocated back to her former quarters next to the white male lions where she is once again up to her old antics of teasing the boys and Sabu is happily adjusting to living in his quarters without a cage mate.

While we are disappointed that the two lions could not live happily together, we are relieved that neither cat seems to mind living alone.