Monday, November 26, 2012

Farewell Dear Friend

Colleen always brought lots of smiles and laughter to our
special events (Putting for Paws 2012).  She will be missed
at all of our events.

We are deeply saddened to announce that our beloved board member and friend, Colleen Butler, passed away on Friday, November 23, 2012.  In this difficult time, we extend our condolences to her two sons and grandson.  Our hearts reach out to yours, with love, with sympathy, with caring, as we are all thinking of you at this difficult time.

Colleen was our long-time In-Sync Exotics supporter, collaborator, volunteer, and board director responsible for Donor Relations.

Colleen loved the big cats, especially tigers, since she was a young child.  To the chagrin of her family, Colleen would bring home abandoned or injured wild animals, with the hopes of mending their broken bodies and hearts.  Colleen dreamed of the day when she could care for tigers.  Little did she know that her dreams would come true when she joined In-Sync Exotics in December 2009.

Colleen not only helped care for the cats, she also took it upon herself to learn how to prepare meals in the commissary, assist guests in the visitor center, and give guided tours to people wanting to learn more about our beautiful animals.

Colleen’s passion and energy, serving as a friend and mentor, enriched and improved all of our lives. Our sanctuary is immeasurably better because of her and we miss her very much.  Colleen told us once that living in harmony with God’s most magnificent creations was what she considers heaven on earth.  We are comforted in knowing that while Colleen may not be physically with us, she is keeping watch over us from Heaven above. 

Colleen, may you find peace and comfort as you walk with our Lord.  You were a true giver who infused everyone around with love and laughter.  In-Sync Exotics will never be the same without you. 

As soon as we learn the details of Colleen’s memorial service, we will pass the information on to you.  In the meantime, the family is asking that memorial gifts be sent to In-Sync Exotics in honor of her favorite cats, the tigers.  Click HERE for our donation page if you would like to leave a gift in Colleen's name.  In the remarks section, please indicate that the gift is “In Memory of Colleen.”  Thank you.



  1. Just donated for Colleen. In the very short amount of time that i knew her she was one of the sweetest people i have ever met. My condolences go out to her family, her sons and grandson, as well as her In-sync family. ~Shawna M.

  2. I will miss you Colleen. God's speed. You were one of the best people I have had the pleasure to know. Thank you do much for all your help at In-Sync. All my sympathies and condolences to Colleen's family. Good bye my friend.

  3. Colleen you will be missed, especially on Monday nights.
    When you get to where you are going please give Keenan, Grumpy, Okeemo, Howard, Kane, Malikai, Dinari, Raja and the rest of the crew hugs for us.
    God Speed and God Bless.

    Thank you Colleen for all of your help.

  4. Colleen was such a joy to be around--always had the best smile on her face. She will be missed by cats and humans alike. Prayers and condolences to her entire family. Sue & Lou