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.
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.
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.
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!
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!!
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.
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.
Watch well cared for animals of all kinds being took in when they need it and can't take care of themselves!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
These people go out of their way to help animals who would normally be euthanized. They've taken in and cared for many un-adoptable animals which is so important. I've seen so many sweet animals in their care that have lived out great lives. Their staff and volunteers devote a lot of time to caring for the animals and they know their stuff!
This is a place where all critters get a 2nd and sometimes 3rd chance. All lives matter and every animal is respected. The most unlikely combinations of animals get along because they are so happy to have a home where they are loved and cared for. This indoor zoo is a place everyone should visit at least once. You will see animals differently after the tour. Director Beth Randall can answer all questions from any direction. This is not a business. It is a labor of love.
I love Critter Camp! It's a great place to see animals you have never seen, learn about them and maybe even hold them. It's more than just a Sanctuary. The philosophy is that all living creatures are important, no matter how small, they are all treated with respect and compassion.
Beth is great at talking to people of all ages and answering their questions. There is no other place like it. If you haven't been there, set up a tour today. You will see animals you never dreamed of putting together getting along better than humans with other humans! Animals setting an example for people. That alone is worth the trip. See for yourself!
Mt. Carroll, IL.
This is one of the best charities I've found. They take unwanted, sick, abandoned and abused pets that literally have no other place to go. They have everything from rabbits to fennec fox to hedgehogs to cats and lizards. It's a place where they can live the rest of their lives out in dignity and love.
I have the most respect for this rescue. The majority of the animals would be put down without Critter Camp to lovingly care for each that comes in. My experience has always been a positive one. It's heart warming to watch visitors get a tour and light up from their time there. These people put their souls into the work.
I can't say enough good things about Critter Camp Exotic Pet Sanctuary. Birds, sugar gliders, turtles, ferrets, hedge hogs, bearded dragons, foxes, rats, bunnies .. That's not the half of it. Critter Camp rescues and gives hope and a home to the hardest to place animals. I don't know how Beth Randall does it. Nothing gets in the way of her loving caring for the creatures lucky enough to find their way to Critter Camp.
My family has been supporting Critter Camp with donations, money or bunny food, for years now. The organization provides invaluable service both to the "exotic" animals it shelters and as an educational resource for people unaware of the needs of non-dog and non-cat animals. The photos show some of our favorites: the tortoise, bearded dragon, and fennec fox.