These are just a few of our Rescue stories, these animals now live here
with us in a safe loving "forever" home:

A rat left in a girl's dorm room as a joke

A malnourished chinchilla with scraggly fur

A bearded dragon with a large burn/wound on its tail found as a stray

A hedgehog found in a dumpster

A white mouse found at a forest preserve

A baby gerbil rejected by his mother,
the only one of the litter to survive

A kinkajou who had never had a safe home, housed inappropriately with other animals in the
same cage, terrified of human and other animals

Rabbits abandoned, left in their cages covered up tightly with no food or water on a 100
degree day.

A baby ferret living in a car.

Rabbits abandoned at Friend's Forever Humane Society in Freeport

Rabbit with a collar digging into it's neck.

Many animals confiscated by local animal control departments from poor living conditions,
some former owners have been prosecuted for animal cruelty and neglect.

A hedgehog found at a yard sale, outside in freezing cold (they are never to be below 60
degrees!), covered in his own filth,  with green gunk growing in his water bottle.

A rabbit living in a tiny box for months.

Animals found in filthy cages -  not cleaned in many months.

Ferrets sick with adrenal disease, cancer, & kidney failure.

Domestic rabbits found loose in residential areas.

Animals thought to nip or bite, but were in fact just hungry - not having received appropriate
food in adequate amounts.

People moving and leaving their pets abandoned.

A hairless rat left in a cardboard box outside in the freezing cold.

A child having an organ transplant and then needing to find a new home for his beloved pet
because his doctors ordered his family to get rid of any animals in the home due to his
compromised immune system.

Many family pets needing loving homes due to family members with severe allergies.

Animals purchased on impulse and then people realizing they cannot provide the extensive
care such exotics require.

We also placed a ferret who was found nearly starved to death wandering along some
railroad tracks in a good forever home!
Critter Camp is a
501c3 Tax

Critter Camp is a
100% NO-Kill
Operated by

All income
supports the
rescued animals
We just had to share this:

This is the ORIGINAL.

Please Help!
Please help!

After two long years of being on a waiting list for an exotic rare breed dog, we were finally notified by the
breeder that at long last, our number has come up, and... WE'RE HAVING A PUPPY!

We must IMMEDIATELY get rid of our children now, because we just KNOW how time consuming our new
little puppy is going to be! Since our puppy will be arriving on Monday, we MUST place the children in new
homes this weekend!!! They are described as:

-One male, white, blonde hair, blue eyes. Four years old. Excellent disposition. He doesn't bite. Name is
Tommy. Temperament tested. Current on all shots. Tonsils removed already and very healthy condition!
Tommy eats everything, is very clean, house trained and gets along well with others. Does not run with
scissors and with a little time and training, he will do well in a new home.
-One female, strawberry blonde hair, green eyes. Three years old. Can be surly at times. Non-biter, thumb
sucker. Her name is Mary. Temperament tested, but needs a little attitude adjusting occasionally. She is
current on all shots, tonsils out, and is very healthy and happy (mostly.) Gets along well with little boys, but
does not like to share toys. She is house trained, and would do best in a one child household.

We really LOVE our children, and want to do what is best for them. I hope you understand, that ours is a
UNIQUE situation, and we have a real emergency here! They MUST be placed by Sunday night at the latest. I
hear that in Tennessee there are bins where you can leave off strays...does anyone know if there is
something like that around here for children?

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Exotic Pet Rescue
Critter Camp takes in exotic pets that need new homes,
for whatever reason and gives them a safe, happy,
healthy forever home. The animals here are not available
for adoption. Please see some of their stories below.

Critter Camp is a 100% NO-Kill Sanctuary
Our Belief:
At a certain point re-homing pets, particularly the unusual and exotic ones, at all costs
often serves only to make the people involved feel better about themselves, irregardless of
the stability and continuity of care the elderly, abused or ill animal, actually needs.
Euthanizing such animals brings the rescuer down to the universally despised level of
“puppy-mills” in that if an animal is no longer useful to humans it must be killed. This is
incredibly heartbreaking. Again, people bred every one of these pet animals for human
enjoyment and/or profit, therefore we as humans have an obligation to provide quality
care for these animals for their entire lives whether or not they are “pet quality.”
Our Latest Success Stories!!!

Not only does Critter Camp take in & care for homeless pets but
we also help people re-home their pets and find pets they are
looking for!
*Kito the wolf hybrid was an emergency placement when his owner
died and then his previous owner took him back to keep him from
being euthanized, but could not keep him. We found a foster home
for Kito, had his neutered and got his shots and finally found a
fantastic home in Tennessee with Annette & her family!

*Pigeoto the homing pigeon was found lost and hurt after a storm
at Friends Forever Humane Society and they asked if we could
take him in since they mainly handle cats & dogs. We nursed him
back to health and located his owner through internet searches
with his band identification. He was happily reunited with his
owner recently.

*Murphy the goose was found in rough shape, rescued and kept on
a pond where he should have been very happy. However,
unbeknownst to his new owner, Murphy had imprinted on humans
and is a pet goose! Therefore he was not happy at all with other
birds and was constantly at the house looking for people to be
with. This did not work with his new owner and so he contacted us
here at Critter Camp to find a good home for Murphy. Which we
did within a couple of days! Murphy’s new family is thrilled with
him and he follows the dad everywhere! He also seems to have
fallen in love with their new Scion, or perhaps it’s his reflection in
the new vehicle he adores, they aren’t sure yet!

If you are looking for any type of pet please feel free to call or email us at
And be sure to check out the best kept secret of pet adoption
Petfinder Classifieds!
When you go to and search for a pet it only
takes you to the shelter animals, who of course need homes.
However, there are thousands of pets being advertised by their
current owners that need new homes in the Classified Section!
Even if you are looking for unusual animals or purebreds they are
there too! We have recently seen posted a plated lizard, a 9 foot
boa, a gray fox, & fancy rats, as well as many purebred dogs and
cats often for little or no adoption fee and including their supplies!
Celebrate National Animal
Shelter Week Nov.2-8, 2008!

Donate even a few dollars
to your favorite cause!