Two North Texas Animal Charities Win $25K Prize

Facebook friends and fans voted to give grants to bats and cats

By Elvira Sakmari
|  Wednesday, Nov 30, 2011  |  Updated 4:09 PM CDT
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Facebook is powerful, just ask In-Sync Exotics in Wylie and the Bat World Sanctuary in Mineral Wells. Each won a $25,000 grant from Chase Bank's Community Giving Program.

JPMorgan Chase awarded more than $3 million in grants to 100 charities across the country as voted on by Facebook fans.

In-Sync's friends, families and fans helped the big cat safe haven win the grant so the group can give old, maimed, unwanted and socially unadjusted exotic cats continued care.

The grant will also help In-Sync build a new enclosure for cheetahs Sam and Kodi.

Bat World Sanctuary also finished in the Top 100 and received a $25,000 grant thanks to Facebook voting.

The group rescues thousands of bats, including those that have been orphaned, injured and confiscated from the illegal pet trade. They even give lifetime sanctuary to bats retired from zoos and research facilities.

The group not only provides rehabilitation and sanctuary but also  works on the protection and conservation of wild bat colonies.

Two other Texas charities were awarded $25,000 each; Crossmen Productions, Inc. in San Antonio and Equality Texas Foundation in Austin. 

On The Web: In-Sync Exotics, Bat World Sanctuary

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