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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

95 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

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!

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Kayla C.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

They are an amazing organization that were able to offer a permanent home for my aggressive rabbit.

Tera D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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!

SabinaW

Donor

Rating: 5

In my past reviews of Critter Camp, I have talked about how much I admire the fact that they take in exotic animals that no one else is willing to take, and how they carefully cater to each species needs - for life. I've also spoken of the genuine appreciation Critter Camp shows towards each and every one of their volunteers and supporters, no matter how humble the donation of time, effort or money. Today, I would like to say only this: if I lived within a reasonable distance of Critter Camp instead of half a world away, they would be MY FIRST CHOICE for where I would volunteer some of my time. Yes, my country has its own shelters, but none I admire as deeply as Critter Camp. Long may they continue their excellent work.

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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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

1 Bonnie R.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

1 James B.9

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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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

1 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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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.

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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.