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Critter Camp Exotic Pet Sanctuary

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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

24 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

1 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.

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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.

1 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!

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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!

Peggy66

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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.

1 Mary370

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

2 Nina W.

Donor

Rating: 5

Thank you for helping all the animals. You are doing a great job.

2 Patrick57

Donor

Rating: 5

Such a wonderful organization and an amazing cause !

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Lori151

Donor

Rating: 5

Critter Camp is one of a kind and does so much for the animals they care for every day.

Maureen37

Donor

Rating: 5

Wonderful rescue for exotic animals of all kinds! I believe in Critter Camp so much that I donated a room full of cages, bedding, & toys to them when our last ferret went to the Rainbow Bridge. They treat every animal like family.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Critter Camp is an incredible rescue that aims to help exotic animals and educate people about all animals. I've been lucky enough to meet Beth in person and get a tour of the rescue. They are a wonderful family whose only goal is to selflessly help animals that are old, sick, or unwanted (which no animal should be!).

Carolyne A.

Donor

Rating: 5

I love this non-profit. To know that such caring folks are providing a loving sanctuary for these littler critters makes my heart melt. Thank you, thank you!

Lisa301

Donor

Rating: 5

Beth Randell has been my friend for many years and the work she is doing at Critter Camp is amazing. She is doing SO much with such a little bit of space. All of the animals have names and they are kept in clean cages. Beth's dream is to have a free-standing building to house all of her "campers." She has educated herself about all the species of animals that she cares for and what their needs are. I know it hurts her heart when she has to say no to a rescue because she doesn't have the space. Please help Beth with her incredible work.

Donor

Rating: 5

We originally found out about the Critter Camp Exotic Pet Sanctuary and Beth Randall on Facebook. Quigley the Fennec Fox won our hearts and we have been following them ever since. Their Facebook page contains a wealth of information about the different critters and updates on them. Since Critter Camp Exotic Pet Sanctuary was close by, we booked a tour and were very impressed with the quality of loving care provided for all of the Critters that come to the Camp. Beth is knowledgeable on the care and the specifics of all of the animals under her care and she willingly shares the information with others. Not only does she manage, maintain, provide daily care, and organize fundraisers for her shelter, she goes out of her way to help shelters in need. When a local shelter in our town needed legal assistance, she found through her many contacts, a lawyer who was willing to work with them. For those critters, most people wouldn’t even consider helping, Beth and the Critter Camp Exotic Pet Sanctuary is a safe haven.

Donor

Rating: 5

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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