Critter Camp Exotic Pet Sanctuary

Critter Camp's Mission is to provide a safe, healthy, happy forever home to unadoptable small exotic and unusual pets. These animals are unadoptable due to advanced age, chronic illness, aggression and/or excessive fearfulness, generally from abuse or neglect. Many come to us from other shelters where they were to be euthanized. Our main goal is to provide care for as many of these forgotten pets as possible. Critter Camp's secondary goal is to educate the public on the needs of these pets for two outcomes. One is to help current pet owners provide better care of their pets, the second is to prevent impulse buying of these types of pets by creating educated potential pet owners. Critter C...
Jul 27, 2015

Welcome Mr & Mrs Whiskers, success stories too!

Mr Whiskers
Mr Whiskers

Critter Camp takes in abused neglected injured animals just like any other rescue, we also take in ones on death row in kill facilities- but UNLIKE other rescues we do NOT hold these animals hostage- we never post pics of animals & say we'll save them only if you donate, we don't stop to take horror pics of ones we saved using them to extort donations- we HELP THEM immediately! (We have a few such pics if someone is taking them while another is getting the needed treatment ready) We read over and over that people do not like those tactics- they hate the graphic pics and the promise of death to the animal, and yet they bring in the $ needed to care for those rescues AND they are Shared. One pic of a cat in a kill shelter 'needing $ to be pulled' brings in hundreds of dollars, but when we post that we already saved a rabbit from a kill shelter and it needs to be spayed/neutered apparently everyone thinks someone else is donating because we didn't hold it hostage. So our questions are: Should we start doing that? How can we compel you to donate? Even $5 helps! With 300 sanctuary animals here we go through 1000 lbs of supplies (food, bedding, cleaning items) every week at an average cost of $500 EVERY WEEK, plus our other expenses such as insurance & licenses etc.(NO salaries- we are all Volunteer!) Then the new animals' costs- vet checks, spay/neuters, etc. Show us you don't want us to start using extortion & scare tactics- tell us you LIKE the cute pics & success stories! 

We welcome newest rescues Mr & Mrs Whiskers- highly aggresive rabbits that bit and scratched their owner repeatedly. They will be spayed and neutered and re assessed for adoptibility.

We also welcome Leroy the red footed tortoise who was found as a stray. He had metabolic bone disease and we are treating him.

Success Stories: All of the 8 baby ratties and the one baby guinea pig have been adopted! And we were slated to take in an elder bunny from a high kill facility but the transporter saw that he was super friendly and loving so he helped find an adoptive home, andf Muffin is now happy & loved! 

 

And please keep voting: 

 

http://www.petvote.com/jul15/bright-eyes-randall

once a day in July- we only need to be in the top 20 to be a finalist!

And For Critter Camp in the Shelter Challenge:

We need to maintain our #1 in IL for $1000 - vote once a day through August 9!
Thank you!!!
Mrs whiskers
Mrs whiskers
Leroy
Leroy
Miss Pearl on a walk
Miss Pearl on a walk
Putt Putt the prairie dog snoozing
Putt Putt the prairie dog snoozing
Jul 8, 2015

Newest Rescues & Contests!

Bright eyes
Bright eyes
New Rescues! Bright Eyes- newborn guinea pig abandoned by his momma at birth. Hand raised here at Critter Camp & now he is thriving!
Some of the 17 ratties we took in from the Michigan hoarding situation were pregnant and we have our first litter of 7! 
We can only save these creatures with your help! 
NEW Contest! We really NEED your votes! this is a FREE easy way to help the rescued animals at Critter Camp! 

Please VOTE in these 3 contests to help the rescued animals at Critter Camp:

For Bright Eyes the rescued baby guinea piggy: 
This contest runs for ONLY 1 WEEK!! Please vote once a day every day from July8-July15. 1st and 2nd place win $1000!

For Bright Eyes the tiny baby rescued guinea piggy at Critter Camp here too:

http://www.petvote.com/jul15/bright-eyes-randall

 Please vote once a day every day in July- we only have to be in the top 20 to be a finalist! 

Please vote once a day every day through Aug 8- we need to maintain our #1 in IL position for $1000! 
Thank you!!!!
Baby Ratty
Baby Ratty
Wiley asks you to vote too
Wiley asks you to vote too
Jun 8, 2015

New Rescues & New Contest!

Black Jack and Critter Camp Mom
Black Jack and Critter Camp Mom

Thanks to your generous support Critter Camp has been able to rescue some more needy animals. 

We welcome Ratties: Eclipse- was left at a pet store and considered unadoptable because she has aninoperable tumor, Terra Crazy & shadow all edler ratties that do not like people came from a family moving that could not take them along. 

New elder guinea piggies Sugar and Oreo's owner has late stage cancer and could not care for them, also elders Ronan and Penelope 's owner just did not ahve time for them.

All are safe and loved now here at Critter Camp for the rest of their lives.

Critter Camp is also taking in a large group of rats from a recent rescue in MI where over 1000 pet rats were found in a condemed home - more info to come in a later report. 

You can also stop by our website for NEWS as it happens! www.crittercamp.org  

Another way you can help the rescues at Critter Camp is to VOTE- once a day Every day and share inviting others to vote too for Critter Camp in the Shelter Challenge:

http://www.shelterchallenge.com/web/charityusa/shelter-details?nomineeId=14672  

And finally,

Critter Camp Mom recently lost one of her 3 elder rescue dogs to old age and multiple medical issues, and decided to go ahead and open her heart to another oldie. So Black Jack now helps out at Critter Camp. He is a 13 year old chow and basset mix, left at a pound byt his owner along with his lifelong buddy a pug- the pug was adopted but he was not. His time was up and thanks to a Senior dog rescue network Critter Camp Mom got the alert that he was going to die alone if no one spoke up for him that day. Since he is good with all animals he has been a seamless fit at the rescue - bringing smiles to all who meet him during his twilight time.

Thank you again! Enjoy your summer!

Oreo
Oreo
Penelope
Penelope
Eclipse
Eclipse

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