Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Shop and Support!

So, our Curator has already started her Christmas shopping. She's crazy, right? But, just in case any of you like to get a jump start on the holiday season, we figured we'd give you all a heads up about a way your shopping can help IEAS!

The Sanctuary is partnered with Yellow Brick Mall, an online source for simultaneous shopping and fundraising! By shopping through Yellow Brick Mall, the purchases you make at your favorite stores will directly benefit the animals at IEAS, as they will donate a portion of what you spend to us!

Think your stores won't be on there? Think again! There is a HUGE number of stores that you can shop at through Yellow Brick Mall, including Amazon, iTunes, Best Buy, Petsmart, Old Navy, Walmart, Bass Pro, Disney Store, Coldwater Creek, GUESS, Eddie Bauer, Lands End, and SO MANY MORE!

Going away for the holidays? Yellow Brick Mall even partners with travel sites, such as Expedia, Priceline,, and Travelocity, so if you're planning any trips this holiday season, purchase through Yellow Brick Mall! Your travels will bring in important funds for IEAS animals at no cost to you!

If you're like the rest of us and haven't even thought about Christmas yet, then focus on the holidays that are right around the corner! Buy your Halloween candy at Alberton's, Tom Thumb, or Kroger and they will also donate a portion of your purchase to us! Find out more HERE.

Click HERE to start shopping! 
Just click the yellow brick in the middle
 of the page to see the mall 
open up before your eyes!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Growing Support!

Recently we've been asking you to take part in lots of fundraising for the cats, bears, and coatis. The DonorBridge "Get Up and Give" Day, the Chase Community Giving contest, and the Razoo Giving program have all showed us how much you care. The results of the Chase Community Giving contest aren't in yet, but the other programs and generous donations to our Director's "Help Us Help Them" letter have yielded a little over $15,000 for the animals here - THANKS TO YOU! Everyone who helped out in those programs was an integral part of bringing in the funding for IEAS.

Here at the IEAS, we know we may not be the largest sanctuary or have the most residents, but we take such pride in caring for the residents here with us. Every day, we give them the highest quality, happiest, and most comfortable life we can because they are a part of our family - and so are YOU. We love when you get involved, and we love knowing that these amazing animals have reached out and touched your heart like they do ours every single day.

Every day, we can see the support for the animals of IEAS continually growing, whether it is through watching the number of Facebook "fans" on our page growing or experiencing an increase in tour visitors (tours are up 17% in the past year!). It means the world to us to have such a strong support system behind us. As much as the staff at IEAS loves the animals here, we can't provide for them alone. 

And so, after such a busy few weeks of fundraising, we just want to say THANK YOU for being a part of the lives of the animals living here at IEAS. You are all amazing supporters!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Giving Day Is Here!

Get Up and Give! North Texas Giving DayThursday, September 13, 2012 from 7 a.m. – Midnight 

Tomorrow, September 13th is a day for you to go to your computer and give to the cats bears, and, of course, the coatis of IEAS! Between 7 a.m. and midnight on Thursday, September 13, 2012, nonprofits with an approved DonorBridge profile will receive matching funds when donations are made online through DonorBridge. This helps your gifts go farther than ever before! 

Simply click here and you can help to make this a special day for all of these amazing animals.  Then, just click on the Donate Now button.  You can donate as much as you want! The only requirement is a minimum donation of $25 for your gift to receive matching funds.
Prizes will also be available in several categories for all nonprofits, as a means to raise even MORE money!  Check out these categories of prizes!  We will be more likely to win one of these amazing gifts with the more people who donate!  So get up and give!

·       Top 2 nonprofits with most donations from unique donors:  1st:  $10,000 and 2nd: $5,000
·       1,929th donation:  $10,000
·       2,012th donation:  $10,000
·       Nonprofit that has the largest increase in number of unique donors from 2011:  $10,000
·       Golden Tickets every hour:  $1,000/hour drawn randomly from the nonprofits who received donations during that hour!

Please remember, the credit cards that will be accepted are American Express, Visa, Mastercard, and Discover. If you do not have a computer available to you at this particular time, please call our office at 940-433-5091 on September 13th, and we will be happy to take care of the transaction thru DonorBridge for you.

Gifts made on Giving Day will be processed through the Communities Foundation of Texas. Donations will appear on credit card statements as being payable to “CFTexas.” Donors will receive an acknowledgement email that includes an official gift substantiation/tax receipt. IEAS will be notified and given your contact information, unless you request to remain anonymous. If you do not receive an email receipt, please contact CFT directly at, and they will provide another copy.

Thank you in advance for caring for these magnificent animals.  This is an amazing chance for you to make your special gift go even further!  We hope that this will be a very special day for the animals of IEAS.  All donations will go directly to all of the incredible animals who call IEAS home!

Thank all of you so much for all your help!

Friday, September 7, 2012

New Interns Arrive at IEAS!

IEAS has officially welcomed six new interns, and as usual, they jumped headfirst into the routines here at the Sanctuary. Samantha, Kira, Brittany, Kate, Erin, and Adam are now two days into their internship.  They've already met the animals, done some landscaping, learned some morning and afternoon routines, and started preparing animal diets, among other things!

They are eager and ready for the next few months, and we are just as eager to teach them everything we can during their time here! Stay tuned to the Blog and Facebook for updates about how these six new members of the IEAS group are doing!