Absolutely love Critter Camp and Beth, who runs it! I had two elder piggies that I couldn’t take with me when moving overseas. I was heartbroken to leave them, but I was so relieved to find Critter Camp and know that they would be in good hands for the rest of their lives. I honestly don’t know if I would trust anyone more than Beth with my little babies! She knows what she is doing and is so loving to all of the animals at Critter Camp. They also have other fabulous volunteers to help with all of the work that goes into taking care of so many animals!
My family and I have adopted from this sanctuary before and we’ve never been disappointed. Two of our most previous rats were adopted from there and while they have been gone for sometime, I will never forget the pleasure that they brought us. Very sweet boys! Thank you Critter Camp!
My son needed to find a home for his older ferret who lost his ferret friend and Critter Camp took him in. It's so nice to see weekly pictures of all the ferrets to know he's living his "retirement" years with friends. They take in so many different unique animals that would have nowhere else to go.
Dedicated staff and unique furry, shelled, scaly, and feathered clientele make this nonprofit a regular for me even though I'm on the West Coast. There are so few places who rescue and support as this one does. A+.
Living far away from this sanctuary, I only know them from their facebook posts. They are an uplifting, positive influence, and I enjoy their posts. I am happy that such places exist as refuge for former pets. The habitats provided the creatures in their care seem very sensitive to each specie's needs. It is a joy to have fb contact with this group.
As someone who rescues unwanted sugar gliders, I truly appreciate the work Beth does at Critter Camp. To my knowledge, there are no other pet sanctuaries like it. She only takes exotics. Over the years they've cared for animals from more than 30 different species, and usually have more than 200 animals at any given time. From mice to kinkajou's, lizards to large breed tortoises, cockatiels to macaws, pigs, gliders, ferrets, and foxes and just about everything in between. These aren't usually animals that can be adopted out again. They're the ones no one wants because they are either old, ill, or too aggressive. Yet she takes them all in, gets them the medical care they need, and treats them with love. Anyone willing to do this for so many different animals is a hero in my book!
I truly appreciate the work that Critter Camp Exotic Pet Sanctuary does. There are very few rescues that actually do what she does. Most are limited to one single species. However, Critter Camp has cared for over 30 different species over the years ranging from mice and sugar gliders to large breed tortoises, foxes, and macaws. They take in those pets that cannot be adopted out due to behavioral issues, the sick, and the elderly, and care for them until the end of their natural lives. So thankful for these people and work they do!
Wonderful rescue for exotic pets. Beth goes over and beyond for these sweet babies!
Critter Camp is amazing! I love seeing their posts and learning about their animal. I have even reached out to them through their facebook page and asked a couple questions about the animals and they always respond. They are very kind, informative and truly love their animals.
You name me another sanctuary that would go to the trouble of finding a special, deeper kiddy pool for their resident "micro" pig who outgrew her original owners expectations, as they all do! Miss Pearl can now keep cool outdoors in the summer heat. Critter Camp always goes above and beyond basic care for ALL their resident animals, providing as much enrichment and comforts as their carefully managed budget allows. I have been a donor and great admirer of Critter Camp for many years now and never cease to be amazed at how much trouble they go to to ensure the happiness of the animals in their care.
One of the things I admire most about those who run Critter Camp is their sheer tenacity in the face of wave after wave of adversity. Last year, they were able to build a very nice, fully enclosed shed to house two of their larger residents, a pig named Pearl and a sulcata tortoise named Rambo, only to have the shed burn down in an accidental fire only a few months after completion. Due to the incredible devotion and bravery of the manageress’ son Alex, Pearl was saved, but, sadly, the flames and smoke prevented Rambo from also being saved. Insurance enabled them to rebuild the shed with extra safety features but it was still a devastating loss. Then came the COVID-19 pandemic which has severely impacted the health of the manageress as well as reduced the sanctuary’s funding due to a drop in sponsorships and their inability to give educational tours… and yet… they continue to provide the same level of excellent care for all their animals as they always have. Goodness knows what sacrifices they have had to make in order to do this. Theirs is the kind of pioneering spirit that made America great. I will always support Critter Camp as I think they are among the very best.
They are wonderful. No animal is turned away. They can be sick or aggressive, not get along with other animals or even humans. They take them all and love them all. They get vet care regularly. I wish I lived close enough to volunteer with them.
They are wonderful will take animal regardless of age, health or temperment and give them a forever home
Takes in the forgotten animals who aren't cats and dogs and provides the best habitats possible. Donations go where they're supposed to, not to the huge overhead large organizations have.
this pet sanctuary is one of the best. It was started years ago when a mom was homeschooling her children. She researched to find out about animals, their various habitats, etc. and ended up taking in exotic animals no one wanted, or abused. What a great organization.
I hve loved my visits with Beth and Critter Camp. Beth is so wonderful with all the many and varied critters she cares for. It is a true love experience
I have brought my grandson to see Beth's critters many times. It is one of his very favorite places. Beth has more compassion than anyone I have ever met. She had the knowledge to run this very diverse sanctuary.
Wonderful rescue that takes in animals that have no other place to go. The director posts daily photos of the animals on Facebook, which is great for the general public to see all what goes into running the place.
KIND WONDERFUL PEOPLE WHO HELP AND TAKE CARE OF ANIMALS NEEDING A PLACE TO STAY AND BE LOVED.
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!
I follow them on Facebook, and am always amazed by how well their animals are taken care of. I recently bought some needed ferret supplies from their Amazon wishlist to support the care of these babies. They do such good work & give people a look into running a successful sanctuary. I am truly moved & impressed with how much they do to take care of all the animals in need. Keep up the good work, Critter Camp!!
Beth does an amazing job of providing a home for small exotic animals. She is passionate about and dedicated to all the animals in her care.
Critter Camp was able to provide a safe, fulfilling, and loving home for my rabbit when it became clear that a family full of people was not what he wanted. He is so much happier with all his bunny friends in their free range enclosure. It was such a relief knowing that he would be happy and well cared for after we realized we couldn't provide what he needed. Plus, thanks to social media, I can still check in on him and enjoy the wonderful pictures they post.
I have watched Beth Randall begin Critter Camp with the idea to help animals that have no other place to go. She has "rolled with the punches" to expand the facility, to enter any and all contests to win money, prizes, materials to that end. The animals are well-treated, and housed in accordance with accepted veterinary practices. The on-line newsletter is attractive, interesting and at times humorous! I'd say Critter Camp is a great nonprofit for those animals that have nowhere else to go to live out their lives.
The work Beth and her volunteers do is amazing. Critter Camp is one of a kind, and is needed so badly. What a wonderful organization.
Critter Camp is the most amazing place ever. They do the things that normal shelters won't and or can't do. The animals they take in are taken care of in the most amazing manner, and Beth, the director, has the most patience of any person I have ever met. She not only cares for the animals, she also teaches others about them, so that people understand how to take care of the animals they have. Critter Camp is a wonderful place, and well worth it to anyone wishing to donate to them.
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Critter Camp takes in animals that have nowhere to go. Beth and her volunteers keep them safe and include enrichment for them. They depend on donations from the public. Beth shares pics and stories to keep us informed.
I love everything they are about. Helping the misunderstood critters is something i would lobe to do one day.
The care and compassion given to all the animals is outstanding! All the animals under the care of Critter Camp are LOVED! Many come into care after being neglected and unloved. They flourish at Critter camp!
I have been supporting Critter Camp for more than 6 years now. They give comfortable housing and loving care to dozens of species of small exotic pets. Because most animals taken in are biters, elderly, and/or chronically ill, this place is a sanctuary rather than a rescue that seeks other placement for the animals.
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.
Critter Camp Exotic Pet Sanctuary is such an amazing organization! It's creator, Beth, does such an amazing job caring for each animal and teaching us volunteers to do so as well! Every animal receives so much love and all of their needs are constantly met! I have the privilege of volunteering with my best friend and it is such a great experience for the both of us! I would highly recommend Critter Camp to anyone looking to help animals or to be a part of a great environment!
When I was moving my parents in to live with me, I was informed that my mom had be caring for two ratties in addition to her dog and my aging father. Unfortunately, because I have a cat and two dogs, we needed the ratties rehomed. I outreached Crittercamp for help. Beth was very responsive, supportive and not judgmental of our circumstances. When Beth got the animals, she knew immediately they needed medical attention. She ensured they got the care they needed to live out their lives happily and in good health. I am grateful Crittercamp is a resource to families and animals in need.
This rescue is amazing!! Not only are they the only exotic rescue of their kind, but they also educate. One of my bunnies had some health issues and an email to Critter Camp not only saved me hundreds of dollars at the vet, but also helped the health of my bunny. If I lived closer I would volunteer. But that’s just a testament of what critter camp does. They help near and far, they rescue, they educate, and most importantly they care!! They epitomize what a rescue should be.
Just want everyone to know this rescue takes the unwanted that most other rescues aren't able to. It's not dogs and cats it's all other gods creatures great and small. The lady who runs this with a few volunteers is amazing!! Hope people can open their hearts and donate to the wonderful job she does
This is a great nonprofit organization, they take in all sorts of animals that others would overlook or can’t take care of due to sickness, old age or medical issues. We need more like Critter Camp.
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
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
Best I’ve ever seen. Entirely unique and nessesary
I love this place it is wonderful i have spent many years as beths friend and this place is unique b
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
THE MOST CARING CAMP EVER. TRULY A LABOR OF LOVE.
Unique, one of a kind animal rescue.
The animals come first.
Critter Camp is an excellent exotic animal sanctuary caring for many abused unwanted animals . Beth and family care for them like family ! No place like it !
Critter Camp Exotic Pet Sanctuary serves a unique and important purpose: they are the only exotic pet sanctuary in their immediate and surrounding areas. Beth and her volunteers take great measures to provide the best care they can for animals who have been taken from their natural habitat and kept as "pets". When they cannot be returned to the wild, Critter Camp provides the next best thing.
Critter Camp is a very special place full of very special critters - including the people! Beth Randall never planned to become an animal rescuer, but when people started relinquishing exotic "pets" at her doorstep, she saw a need that had to be fulfilled. She created Critter Camp to give these lost souls a second chance at a healthy, sustainable life. She's devoted her time and her home to making sure these animals will never suffer again. NAVS was proud to award a grant to help them care for a large intake of rescued rats, dubbed the Ratastrophe of 2014!
This is an exceptional organization providing a much needed service. Exotic animals and wildlife are unique and require specific environments and nutrition and there just are not enough facilities providing this type of care. Well done Critter Camp!
A lovely rescue/shelter run by lovely and loving people. I thin I learned about them by accident through one of their educational videos on exotic pets (hedgehogs in this case). I was charmed by their other videos and, then, their mission. I support them because they care for rodents, rabbits, foxes, and other animals that local (and just as awesome cat and dog) shelters can't. I support their mission to care for pets that humans created and should continue to care for. And Critter Campbell believe even dying is precious and part of an animal's journey. My money and my good wishes are well invested at Critter Camp.
As a veterinarian, I know how difficult it is to place exotic small animals into a safe refuge when their human companions are no longer able to care for them. Critter Camp is unique in the rescue world for its dedication to helping the small furry, scaled and feathered ones who would otherwise have no place to go. These animals are cared for with devotion, respect and knowledge of their special needs, so that their quality of life is excellent. This is truly a labor of love for an underserved population of creatures and is deserving of support.
Critter Camp provides a great service to needy animals. The animals find a safe place and loving care.
Thank you for helping all the animals. You are doing a great job.
Such a wonderful organization and an amazing cause !
i love critter camp. i met beth through another organization & was delighted to learn about her unique rescue work. critter camp, unlike many other rescue operations, focuses on the positive & routinely brightens my day with photos of the sweet, unusual exotic animals for which critter camp provides care & a home.
We met Beth when we were looking for a bird cage and she showed us around her sanctuary. I was really impressed with all their hard work and loving care that they are giving these unwanted animals. I know that they are in a good place and will continue to support their efforts as much as I can.
I had the good fortune to visit Critter Camp about 3 years ago. What Beth does there is amazing. How she does what she does with so little help astounds me. I would advise if you're ever in the area, you should arrange a tour. Maybe stay and help a while. It will be an experience you'll never forget. And you might get to cuddle a fennec fox !
Critter Camp does everything in their power to care for unadoptable small and exotic former pets. Their charges are often difficult to deal with due to former lives of abuse, neglect, or incorrect care: But they believe that every little charge deserves to have to best rest-of-their-life possible. It is so much work! But they are 100% dedicated.
Critter Camp is one of a kind and does so much for the animals they care for every day.