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Critter Camp Exotic Pet Sanctuary

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal Services, Animals, Education

Mission: Provide a safe, healthy, happy home to unwanted, abused, abandoned, or otherwise homeless exotic and unusual pets. Also to educate the general public and current pet owners regarding the needs of such pets.

Results: Rescued over a thousand small pets, educated over 10 thousand people

Target demographics: Anyone who loves animals

Direct beneficiaries per year: Hundreds of animals and hundreds of pet owners

Geographic areas served: Everywhere!

Programs: Educational tours and presentations, Emergency help for pet owners

Community Stories

85 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

Last year I ran an auction to raise money for them. I love the fact they take in all kinds of animals. Especially the ferrets. I raised $200 for them by selling paintings of a picture I call "All Ferrets Together" by Elaine Vesette . This year , this week I asked all my friends to donate money to Critter Camp for my Birthday. I just love the place I love when they show pictures and tell the animals story. FerretLady556

Lisa K.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love following this group on Facebook and through email. First came to my attention when they rescued a bunny from a shelter I volunteer at. The bunny had behaviour problems and was not adoptable. Critter Camp has a wonderful area where all the bunnies are free to roam and socialize!

1 Bruno W.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When there is no home for an animal Critter Camp is a last best hope for proper care and treatment for an exotic pet or wildlife. They have our respect and support always.

1 BurgeBirdServices

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Critter Camp fills a void since almost no shelters or rescues will take in all of the species that they do! Hundreds of unwanted pets have had a chance at life when they might otherwise have been euthanized. Thank you for all you do for the animals Critter Camp!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Beth at Critter Camp works every minute to help unwanted exotic pets of all type - no one goes homeless! She is excellent at keeping her donors updated on new incoming animals, special needs of unusual animals, progress on the building, and great pictures and videos of the adorable animals. She personally thanks me every time, even if it's just a $5 or $10 donation. You know your donations, no matter how small, are appreciated and put to good work.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I saw (and evaluated) a lot of animal care sanctuaries during my time as a humane educator and animal adocate. Critter Camp has some of the most dedicated, compassionate and knowledgeable staff and volunteers I've run across. Beth Randall is a non-stop advocate for critters. I adore her and her commitment. It seems she never sleeps! She lives and breathes to advocate for the well-being of her wards.

2 fennectech

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Best I’ve ever seen. Entirely unique and nessesary

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love this place it is wonderful i have spent many years as beths friend and this place is unique b

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1 SabinaW

Donor

Rating: 5

I have supported Critter Camp Exotic Pet Sanctuary with a humble monthly donation since 2015. Critter Camp is a totally unique “no kill” sanctuary that takes in species no other sanctuary will. I’ve talked about the wonderful care they give all the animals before but today I’d like to tell readers about how much I admire how they handle donations and their supporters. Not only do they treat and thank their supporters as individuals (how many do that?!), but they make it so easy to donate by allowing smaller monthly donations (you never miss it) instead of making you try to come up with an annual sponsorship lump sum. Being a smaller, family owned and run sanctuary, you also have the comfort and satisfaction of knowing your donation is really going towards the care of the animals and not being absorbed by management salaries, administration overheads and promotional costs. For those who may be nervous about sending money, Critter Camp also accepts donations of animal feed and enrichment goods via an online wish list (link in their e-newsletter). Anyone concerned about the environment the animals are kept in need only look at the regular weekly videos the founder and manageress Beth Randall uploads onto YouTube showing the various critters playing indoors in clean areas filled with plenty of stimulating toys. I am proud to support a family who act on their convictions and offer a safe, comfortable, happy home for life to creatures who would otherwise have nowhere else to go.
Sabina W.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Although I live in Australia, I’ve known and regularly chat online with Critter Camp’s founder and manageress, Beth Randall, since 2009. Over the years, I have developed a profound admiration and respect for Critter Camp's ethics and activities. So much so, that I sponsor one of their animals even though I usually pay an extra premium due to the exchange rate. Critter Camp takes in and cares for species that no-one else seems to have the time, space or knowledge to care for - the exotics. I've always had a soft spot for defenders of the "under dog" or, in this case, the under chinchilla, ferret, fox, guinea pig, gerbil, mink, parrot, tortoise, rabbit... well, you get the idea. The fact that many of the animals Critter Camp takes in are also geriatric and/or have health and behavior issues due to previous neglect, abuse or multiple rehomings, makes me even prouder of their efforts to provide these animals with a comfortable home for life. Each animal receives the highest standard of care based on their individual needs. Beth researches each species and does her very best to provide a diet, housing, companionship and enrichment which will optimize each animal’s health and wellbeing. Considering how many different species Critter Camp cares for, this is a considerable knowledge base which Beth is also happy to share with the public through school talks and online forums. Can’t praise this genuine “sanctuary” and the humans who run it highly enough.... Sabina W.

2 blab

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at Critter Camp and have been impressed by Beth Randall who cares for and socializes her rescues every day. These small hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits, gerbils, and other kinds of small animals have been neglected, abused, or abandoned. They spend their last days, receiving good care. It's a one-of-a-kind rescue.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have visited Critter Camp often and have found that Beth Randall the manager to be very caring and empathic with her charges. They have come to her after being traumatized by their previous experiences. Her rescues come from many different places. She has volunteers that will drive hours to pick up an animal. Local towns have found ferrets left in empty apartments, some guinea pigs have been found in public parks, and foxes would have been sold for their fur. Beth takes in these animals and gives them a forever home. She provides clean, healthy environments for her animals. All of the animals have been born in captivity so can never be returned to the wild. Her rescue is the only one of it's kind in the US.

1 Writer

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

With open arms they accept abandoned pets and animals that no one wants or can no longer keep. Now these animals and pets have a safe, comfortable place to live where they get love, proper care, and the right kind of food. The people who run and help out at Critter Camp are such loving and kind people. I really admire them, and feel so happy that they are there to help the animals!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Very kind and considerate people to care for all of these animals that other people are unable to keep. They are a blessing to the animals and to us!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Found Critter Camp many years ago when we were rescuing ferrets. Have made donations to them in their effort to rescue a variety of exotic animals. Will continue to support their efforts in the future.

2 Jen B.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been to this nonprofit to volunteer for a day and I must say Beth is incredibly hard working. While we were there I asked her many questions and she always gave an genuine answer and honest perspective. It truly gave me a lot to think about. What she does isn't limited to the very cute photos online, she gets her hands dirty and cares for them when no one else does. This nonprofit and woman are incredibly unique and make a difference.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The critter camp is wonderful, no animal is ever turned away. Sick, old, unadoptable and adoptable all are welcome. They love and care for them all and take the time to teach the community also.

2 Stacy51

Donor

Rating: 5

To think that Critter Camp is the ONLY rescue for small and exotic animals in the entire country is mind boggling. These people literally opened their home to house these animals, which is absolutely amazing. I feel privileged to have the funds to donate to Critter Camp as I am able to. I wish more people would help the sugar glider, the foxes, the lizards, the birds, the rats, the guinea pigs, the pigs, and so many other groups. Think of the vet bills, the food bills, the cleaning product bills, the insurance bills, and the bedding and crate bills. If one has just 5.00 or 5,000 to donate, please give to Critter Camp in Illinois!!

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Donor

Rating: 4

Critter Camp goes out of their way to help those that others can't or won't. They fulfill a true need and deserve so much more than they subsist on.

2 Lori190

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Watch well cared for animals of all kinds being took in when they need it and can't take care of themselves!

2 Ginette W.

Donor

Rating: 5

Critter Camp is by far the best and only Exotic Pet Sanctuary. They have done so much for our little critter friends and continue to do so on a daily basis.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I love that Critter Camp offers refuge for critters who would be otherwise euthanized or dumped. They get two thumbs up as far as I'm concerned.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Awesome rescue and sanctuary! They go beyond the call to assist any fur butt! I asked them to help a beautiful farm mink, and they arranged for transport. They genuinely care about animals! Awesome team, awesome human beings!

1 Anna133

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We stopped by to visit Critter Camp and meet the people and critters. You have no idea how much good they do for so many animals on a shoestring budget. They deserve great support!

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Donor

Rating: 5

As an owner of a number of small exotics, I know how difficult they are to care for properly, which is why so many end up in rescue. Critter Camp is the only US sanctuary specializing in these animals - including species like foxes that, except in rare circumstances, shouldn't be pets at all. Beth does an amazing job taking care of all the animals that come through her doors, and that's why I give a scheduled monthly donation to help her in her work.

1 Penny R.

Donor

Rating: 5

Critter Camp is unique in its role to provide sanctuary to those small animals who have been abandoned due to age, illness, or just because they are exotic. Beth and her family are selfless in their care and love for these animals. I have the utmost respect!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Beth has done an amazing job providing a happy, healthy shelter for exotics that would otherwise be abandoned or euthanized. Her love and support are endless. I visited and was truly impressed by the range of animals she is able to give sanctuary, so that they can live out their normal life span in a safe environment. She and her daughter came to the library where I work to talk about all the things you need to take into consideration when choosing (or NOT choosing) an exotic animal as a pet. They brought a range of critters along that the kids and parents could touch - a fabulous experience. Critter Camp Exotic Pet Sanctuary is a fantastic resource for Northern IL!