Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Beautiful Memories of Howard

Earlier this summer, In-Sync Exotics received an urgent plea for help from a family living in Poetry, Texas, to help relocate 20 big cats (10 cougars, 9 lions, and 1 tiger).

On July 1, 2011, the In-Sync Exotic Team arrived at a private residence in Hunt County to check on the cats to determine their health status and suitability for travel.  What we discovered was absolutely heartbreaking.  The animals were living in filthy conditions—pools of urine and piles of feces were found in every enclosure and the cats desperately required medical care.

As you may recall, we took in nine animals—four lions (Aramis, Aurora, Layla and Eva) and five cougars (Spike, Kane, Abel, Howard, and Chloe).  The remaining 12 cats were either rehomed to Popcorn Park Zoo Animal Rescue and Sanctuary (New Jersey) or Exotic Feline Rescue Center (Indiana). 

Sadly only one month after he arrived, Kane was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer.  The cancer was extremely aggressive and his veterinarian believed he only had a few days left with us.  Kane peacefully passed away three days later on July 30, 2011.

Abel relocated to Safe Haven Rescue Zoo on July 28, 2011, leaving Spike, Howard and Chloe to form a bond together at In-Sync Exotics.

Tragedy struck the Poetry cougars once again—on August 16, 2011, Howard was taken to Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine for exploratory surgery to check his intestines more thoroughly and determine the cause of his fluid retention.  The A&M veterinarians were able to decide what was wrong with Howard and the news was grim.

Howard was found to have three tumors, which the veterinarians believed were cancerous, in his liver and his abdomen.  One of the tumors lied against a major blood artery and cut off some of his blood flow, making the tumor impossible to remove. 

We were broken hearted to learn there was no medical treatment or medication that would reverse the growth of these tumors.  The vets told us that it would only be a matter of days before Howard passed away.   So, with a heavy heart, we left Texas A&M determined to give Howard lots of tender loving care and keep him comfortable for as long as he was with us.  

We are sad to report last night Howard passed away peacefully in the presence of his loved ones who worked tirelessly to make sure he had the best quality of life during his short time with us at In-Sync Exotics.  The decision to let Howard slip away from us was very difficult; however, when Howard stopped eating, we had to make a decision.  So, on the advice of our veterinarian, we decided it was time to let Howard find ever-lasting peace.

Howard had the type of cheerful presence that emanated to all those around him—we laughed at his playful antics; we read to him our favorite passages; we talked and blew kisses at him all the time; and we told him how much we loved him.  Howard, not wanting to be out done, spoke to us often as only a cougar knows how; he was always happy to see us; and his loving demeanor told us how much he appreciated all the love and attention we gave him.  Howard left us to be at a better place where he is now pain-free and running wild.  He will be missed by all of us, including Chloe and Spike, two of our remaining Poetry cougars. 

Howard may be gone, but he will always live in our heart.  God speed, Howard—we were blessed to have known you.

Chloe and Howard playing together

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Donor Bridge Results Update

Here is the latest update In-Sync Exotics received today from Donor Bridge: 

Phew! We've processed over 14,000 donations so far and unbelievably entering is still underway. Our team is now following up on declined credit cards and other clean-up issues. We'll be ready for nonprofit report distribution in the next 48 hours.
Thank you for your patience.

Cheetah Update!

It's hard to believe it's been over ten days since the arrival of Kodi and Sam!  Both cats are settling in nicely to their new environment and routine.  Here are a few pictures and a new video of the Cheetah boys!

Kodi resting in the shade!

Cheetahs don't like to be disturbed while sleeping!

The boys really like the privacy during nap time!

Checking out their new quarters and neighbors!

We tried to block their view of the other big cats, but the
cheetahs found a way to spy on their neighbors--they
are very curious cats!

 A now the video!

Kodi and Sam still need your help to build their new cheetah enclosure.  Please consider making a contribution towards the Cheetah Home Improvement Project today!  Thank you!

Want to meet Kodi and Sam?  Come on out to In-Sync Exotics and spend some time with all of our amazing animals!

You may have noticed we added something new to the blog -- "what's your reaction" at the bottom of all our postings.  Let us know what you think of our blog postings!  In the meantime, we are still waiting for news on how we did during Thursday's Giving Day Event.  As of yesterday, DonorBridge was still calculating payments!    Hopefully today we will receive great news from DonorBridge! 

Monday, September 19, 2011

Putting For Paws Annual Charity Golf Tournament!

In-Sync Exotics Presents

Putting For Paws

11th  Annual Charity Golf Tournament


In-Sync Exotics invites you to participate as a Player, Sponsor, Donor, or Supporter for its 11th annual charity golf tournament.  The Tournament will be held on Monday, October 10th at Woodbridge Golf Course in Wylie.  The proceeds of this event will provide food and care for the residents of In-Sync Exotics!



Golf Tournament Information 

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    Individual Golfer

    Golf Team (4-Person Team)
    Package Sponsorships
    Alternate Way to Help the Animals

Our Wonderful Sponsors!

Raffle Items!

Contact Us!


In-Sync Exotics 11th  Annual Charity Golf Tournament Venue

The tournament will be held at Woodbridge Golf Club on Monday, October 10, 2011.  Woodbridge Golf Club was designed by Lee Singletary, of Singletary Golf Services.  Mr. Singletary is not only a talented designer, but has been a long time supporter of In-Sync Exotics.  This beautiful course is located on Highway 78 about 4 miles North of the George Bush Turnpike.

The 18-hole championship course was luxuriously designed with Tiff Eagle Bermuda Greens and Tiff Way 419 Bermuda on the tees and fairways.  Golf Digest rated the course Four Stars due to its challenging, yet scenic environment.

Woodbridge Golf Club is allowing our participants full access to their course and practice facility.  This facility is maintained with the same degree of profesionalism as the actual course.  The facility includes:
·         2 Large Practice Tees

·         12,000 square foot Putting Green

·         9,000 square foot Chipping Green

For more information about the course; visit

The address and phone number for Woodbridge is:
                                                      7400 Country Club Drive
                                                      Wylie, Texas  75098
                                                      (972) 429-5100

 In-Sync Exotics 11th  Annual Charity Golf Tournament  Schedule

        11:00 am  -  12:30 pm     Check in
        11:30 am  -  12:30 pm      Lunch
          1:00 pm                         Tee Time
          7:00 pm                          Dinner * ,Raffle & Awards

The format is a four man scramble with a shotgun start.  Sign up as a team or individually, teams will be created as needed.

Hole in One                 Closest to the Pin                      Longest Drive             Mystery Challenge  

Game Improvement Opportunities
Cannot be used at any of the prize holes:  hole in one, closest to the pin, longest drive or mystery challenge.

 Mulligan               $3 each or 2 fo $5  (Limit 2 per Player)
           A purchased "do-over" for a bad hit without incurring an additional stroke.

 Tiger Tails (Strings)    $2 each           (Limit 1 per player)
            A purchased "putt out" when the ball is within the strings length from the hole without incurring an additional stroke.  Optionally, the team can collectively "string" their tails together to "putt out" at a longer distance.  Can only be used once.

Pay to Play Up                                    (Limit 1 per player)
             Used at hole #3 only.  For a donation amount of the players choosing, you can "pay" to play up from a closer tee spot.

The Nuts and Bolts

The cost is $125 per person.  This includes:

     Entry into the Tournament
     Unlimited Practice
     Dinner *
     Drinks Provided During Play
     Chances to win Prizes

* Additional "Dinner" only tickets can be purchased for $14 each.

     Collared shirts are required to play golf. 
     No cut-off shorts are allowed. 
     Must have a set of clubs. 
     If you must wear spikes, only soft spikes are


Sunday, September 18, 2011

Join Us at Our 3rd Annual Tiger Trot Event!

Hello Okemo!
Offical Mascot of this Year's
Tiger Trot Event
Join us on November 19, 2011 for the 3rd annual Tiger Trot Walk/Run event at the Oak Point Amphitheater for great exercise, music, food, and fun for all!  This exciting event was designed to celebrate the amazing animals that touched our lives over the years.  Proceeds from this event benefit In-Sync Exotics, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to the care of exotic wild animals.  We put their needs above all else; the old, the maimed, the unwanted find sanctuary at our facility.

For more information about our organization, please visit:!

We hope you can bring gently used or new clothing to the event as your generous donation will benefit Hope’s Door, a shelter for women and children suffering from domestic abuse. For more information, please visit:

SCHEDULE (Rain or Shine)
Race day registration: 8:00am9:00am
1 Mile Walk: 9:30am (Dogs are welcome to participate in the walk!)
5K Run: 9:45am
Live Band: 10:30am12:30pm
Awards: 11:00am

Food Vendor
Hot Chocolate

5K – Medals will be presented to the top male and female finishers in each age category:  Over 18 & under 18 years of age
1-Mile Fun Run – Medals will be presented to the top 3 finishers overall

You will need a minimum of 5 participants in order to qualify as a "Team." 

For businesses interested in becoming sponsors, we offer four different levels of sponsorship.  Each package is outlined on the Business/Corporate Event Sponsorship Form. If you would like to request something specific, or decline a certain aspect of one of the packages, just let us know. We will do our best to honor any individual requests. If you are interested in one of these packages, please complete the event sponsorship form and mail with your payment.

Individual contributions are always greatly appreciated. If you would like to make a donation, or if a Corporate Sponsorship isn't applicable to you, you may choose to become an Individual Sponsor.   To become an individual sponsor, please complete the Individual Sponsor Form.  Individual sponsorships are a great way to get your family, friends, and co-workers involved in helping the In-Sync Exotics’ animals!