November 6, 2011
In-Sync Exotics may be new to many folks. It was to me and my fellow bakers until a year or so ago. In-Sync is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to the rescue of unwanted, neglected and abused felines.
And by “felines” we aren’t talking about little housecats. We mean BIG cats; much much bigger than my 16 pound Gaby whom LilSis calls the fat cat with the little head.
In-Sync was founded in 2000 and is currently home to 59 tigers, lions, leopards, bobcats, cougars, cheetahs, lynx, servals and one honorary cat named Nugget who is a Coatimundi.
This is the fifth year for our Charity Bake Sale, which has been held to benefit the SPCA of Texas for the last three years. We decided to select a smaller charity this year – a bit below the radar – who might benefit from our little fundraiser and the attention it could bring to a group in need. We still support the SPCA of Texas personally, and continue to appreciate the crucial work they do every day in North Texas.
Back to In-Sync now. I had the chance to visit their big kitties last weekend, along with a couple of my fellow bakers. We spent a few hours enjoying the annual Pumpkin Bash, where the cats all get a pumpkin to play with/eat/destroy/ignore. We absolutely fell in love with the cats and the place, and the work that’s being done here.
In a perfect world, these cats would be running free in their native habitat but this world isn’t perfect. Not even close. These guys have suffered at the hands of humans, and needed a safe place to recover from the physical and emotional damage inflicted on them.
In-Sync is that safe place. Big wild cats can’t be placed in furever homes like cats and dogs can, and they can’t be released into the wild. Big cats need a place to live out the rest of their days, where they can receive medical care, a clean environment, nourishing food, enriching playtime, and love.
Since these cats will stay at In-Sync forever, and more cats continue to unfortunately come in, In-Sync’s need for funding will only grow as time goes on. They are currently trying to raise $30,000 to build a home for the two cheetahs who recently joined them.
The four of us girls are going to bake our little hearts out to try to help in our small way. Stay tuned for more details as we approach this year’s Bake Sale on December 12th. Meanwhile enjoy a few photos of Jett the spotted leopard enjoying the Pumpkin Bash!
For the record, the final score was Jett 1, Pumpkin 0. ^..^
Note: All photos were taken by BigSis and published with the permission of In-Sync Exotics.