Critter Camp: Pet Sanctuary to be Featured on Reality TV Show!
": What started as a pet research project has bubbled over into a massive stateline animal sanctuary. Now, it's about to get another boost into the national spotlight."Right now we have about 350 of about 30 different species," said Beth Randall, Director and Founder of Critter Camp.All the animals are housed at Critter Camp in German Valley. It's a pet sanctuary founded by Randall. It's the only one like it in the nation."Our main focus is to give a home to small, unadoptable unusual pets other than cats and dogs," said Randall."
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"Exotic Pet Rescuers Dream A Dream That Comes True
Nestled in German Valley, Illinois, is Critter Camp, a 501(c)(3), USDA-licensed, all volunteer-operated pet sanctuary that only accepts unadoptable and unusual small pets. It is run with blood, sweat and tears by the Randall family with the help of generous volunteers. It has come a long way from where it began. And due to a pending new TV series, it might be able to go much further.
Beth Randall is the creator and operator. This year marks the exotic pet sanctuary’s 10th anniversary. The rescue survives on donations given for its educational presentations in the community, tours, individual donations from caring people from all over, and a few small grants."
See more here: http://www.smallanimalchannel.com/critter-news/2014/05/06/exotic-pet-rescuers-dream-a-dream-that-comes-true.aspx
The actual building construction will be either this fall or next spring- we are beyond excited!!
Thank you to everyone who has and continues to support Critter Camp!!
We hope you all had a wonderful Mother's Day as well!
A few weeks ago Critter Camp had a RATASTROPHE!
We got a call form a couple who said they had saved a young domestic rat that was loose outside from a dog's jaws. They took it all over the neighborhood & no one claimed it. So they read up on care & found they shoudl get it a friend. Unfortunately they ahd mis-sexed it and got the opposite sex buddy. They said there was alitter and they didnt get the boys out soon enough and they had another litter. Then another. They were beyond overwhelmed and asked us to take their "20 or so" ratties because no other resuce would take them, even though we already ahve 40+ rats we said ok.
Well people have problems counting apprently because there were a grand total of 69 ratties in the batch! All are safe & sound & we ahve adopted out 2 so far, several are still not weaned yet. So we've been scrambling for adopters and doantiosn to cover their immense food needs!
In the meantime we took in a pregnant mousie from akill shelter, who has had her 12 babies, and abandoned pregnant guinea pig who hjad her 3 babies too!
On a sad note we lost one of our precious fennec foxes to kindey failure- Mister Quiggly is greatly missed. We hand fed him for 3 weeks, gave him round the clock care, but sadly his body was done.
Thank you again for all your support!!!
2014 is Critter Camp's 10 Year Anniversary!
A few stats from Critter Camp's 10 years in operation:
We've had a busy week here at Critter Camp Exotic Pet Sanctuary! Eleven new rescues came in!
Three 5 year old rabbits that had worked in a lab for their whole lives as food testers needed a home after the lab closed. They had been well cared for but not handled much and did not take to people so were not adoptable. Warren, Sirius Black & Dark Knight are all happily settled in to our free range Bunny Haven and have made new bunny friends here already!
Four guinea piggies were abandoned by their owner with a roommate who then dropped them off at a pet store. We picked them up and are considering which ones can be adopted and which will stay here for sanctuary.
Two degus came in because their owner couldnt care for them anymore.
And two ferrets came in because their owner has a serious medical condition that will only get worse. She and her young son were so sad to bring them but know they need to be in a safe place while their own lives change so dramatically. At least they ahve peace of mind that their beloved ferrets will be happy and cared for.
During this holiday season we are very grateful for all of the supporters who make it possible for Critter Camp to care for the animals that have nowhere else to go.
Everyone here at Critter Camp Exotic Pet Sanctuary wishes you a very happy Thanksgiving!
We are very grateful for all of the wonderful people who support our efforts to save the lives of small pets!
Recently we took in two more hedgehogs, Citrus and Mango. Their owner could not care for them, and had not given them attention so they do not like to be handled. They will be safe and happy here at Critter Camp!
We are looking forward to giving all the animals here holiday presents, as we do every year too!
We will update you with photos next month.
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