- Posted February 5, 2014 by
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Ten Tigers Find New Home in Texas
Wylie, Texas – In-Sync Exotics is extremely excited to announce the arrival of ten adult tigers and three adult cougars at our sanctuary! The cats arrived in three separate groups; the cougars came to their new home January 14, six of the tigers arrived Tuesday February 4, and the remaining four came home yesterday, February 5.
After a devastating 2013, welcoming these new tigers is such a blessing to our sanctuary. Although last year’s outbreak of canine distemper came close to destroying us emotionally, it did not impede our mission. We are as committed as ever to providing a safe home for exotic cats. The newest members of our family are a perfect example of this mission.
All thirteen cats (ranging in age from three to eighteen) were re-homed as part of an agreement between In-Sync Exotics (ISE) and the Caruth C Byrd Wildlife Foundation (CCBWF) in Van, TX. CCBWF is changing their focus and “getting out of the caged animal business” according to a representative of the Foundation. They will continue to maintain their hoof stock but are re-homing their carnivores. ISE will be assuming all costs related to the care of these cats.
Watch footage (via dropbox) of the transfer here:
Backstory on ISE: In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue and Educational Center was created in 2000 and is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit corporation dedicated to the rescue and care of abused, neglected, or unwanted exotic cats. There are now 63 exotic cats calling In-Sync home. This includes three exceptionally rare white lions, a golden tabby tiger, a white tiger and two cheetahs. Our sanctuary is both GFAS verified and ASA accredited.
During the summer of 2013, ISE suffered from an outbreak of Canine Distemper Virus. At the peak of the virus, 22 cats were symptomatic for the disease and were treated with antibiotics, vitamins, and minerals in an effort to boost their immune systems and give their bodies the best chance to fight off the virus. Once the initial diagnosis was received, all non-symptomatic cats on ISE property received vaccinations that we believe offer them the best protection available against the disease. There is no vaccine against the canine distemper virus that has been approved for big cats. The vaccine they received offers the best hope at this time. We ultimately lost seven cats to the disease, the remaining 15 (plus another ten who never showed symptoms) are all currently testing negative for the virus.
The new arrivals were all inoculated using a different type of vaccine while they were still at the CCBWF. Again, the vaccines administered, though not specifically approved for big cats, are the only hope we have in protecting them.
For more information about the sanctuary, visit www.insyncexotics.com.
Backstory on CCBWF: Caruth C Byrd (March 25, 1941 – Dec 16, 2010) was a native of Dallas and grew up around animals. He developed a love for all animals and worked with them in various capacities during his career in Hollywood and in his personal life. He received his first lion as a gift in 1989 and ultimately built up a collection of animals he housed on his 250-acre property in Van, TX. He created the Caruth C Byrd Wildlife Foundation as a non-profit organization to care for these animals and funded the foundation with his personal money. Since Mr. Byrd’s death in 2010, the mission of the foundation has changed. They will no longer be maintaining carnivores on their property, but they will continue to provide a spacious home for their exotic hoof stock and free-flying birds. (The foundation does not have a website or public telephone number)