In-Sync Exotics wins prestigious, global Sanctuary of the Year Award

In-Sync Exotics named Outstanding Wildlife Sanctuary of the Year

Photo by Ashley Lungwitz

WYLIE, TX (Oct. 29, 2020)The Board of Directors of the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries recently announced the recipients of the 2020 Carole Noon Award and Outstanding Animal Sanctuary Awards.

New, for 2020, the GFAS Board of Directors presented the First Annual Outstanding Sanctuary Awards to recognize excellence in humane and responsible animal care; professionalism and ethics; organizational sustainability; public engagement; and contributions to, and leadership within, the sanctuary field. Recipients included Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue, Texas; Happy Trails Farmed Animal Sanctuary, Ohio; In-Sync Exotics, Texas; and Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education Center, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Africa.

Photo by Ania Sakrisson

“This year’s award recipients truly embody and put into practice the GFAS philosophy of vision, dedication, and excellence in animal care,” noted Valerie Taylor, Executive Director of GFAS. “Part of the GFAS mission is to enhance recognition of the work being done by sanctuaries, and the 2020 Award recipients are certainly shining stars in the field, demonstrating determination, innovation, and fortitude during challenging times, all for the animals – qualities esteemed by GFAS and the late Dr. Noon.”

As stated by the Founder and President of Tigers in America and GFAS Board Member Bill Nimo, In-Sync Exotics is “certainly one of the best sanctuaries we’ve ever had the privilege of knowing. They are the first call for US Border Patrol, and one of our first calls for rescues as well. Vicky’s husband, Eddie is known as the cat whisperer, and can load any cat at any time.”

In the virtual awards ceremony, Vicky Keahey, Founder and President of In-Sync Exotics, expressed her gratitude by saying, “I am super honored to receive this award from GFAS – it’s been a goal of ours for a long time. I’m blown away by the nominations and by being able to receive the award. It’s also not done by myself – it’s done with a great staff, board of directors, and 120 volunteers – we all work really, really hard.”

In-Sync Exotics is dedicated to the rescue of neglected, abused and unwanted exotic felines. It is the sanctuary’s dream that one day there will be no need for rescue facilities and true sanctuaries like ours, but until that day happens, we will continue to educate the public on the unique attributes and characteristics of our residents; the realities of irresponsible and/or illegal exotic wild animal ownership and captive breeding; and the need for stronger and enforceable legislation against those who abuse exotic wild animals. For more information, visit

About In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue and Educational Center

In-Sync Exotics, a non-profit organization established in 2000, is dedicated to the rescue of neglected, abused, and unwanted exotic felines. American Sanctuary Association (ASA) accredited, Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) verified, and a member of Tigers in America, In-Sync Exotics provides the highest quality care for the 74 exotic animals that reside at the sanctuary.

Submitted press release, edited for publication in Blue Ribbon News. 

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