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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

73 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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!

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.

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!

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!

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.