Critter Camp Exotic Pet Sanctuary Newsletter

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We had a SNOWSTORM!! 
We had over a foot of snow in one day, and then the temps went below zero! Winter hit with a vengence here in the Midwest! 
Luckily all the critters fared well, and Shadow especially loved the snow!
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However we do not love the snow! Look what it did to our outdoor exercise pen!
Shed after the snow
Luckily we won't need it till next spring, hopefully we will be able to have it repaired then. 
With this awful weather we are especially grateful to Lauren Stran, her family and Girl Scout troop for renovating the barn enclosure where the Bunny and Piggy Havens are back in January & February! She saw to it that the whole building was insulated, & the walls finished compeltely, the ceiling insulated and enclosed, as well as many more upgrades! All the animals out there are much safer and comfortable this winter because of her hard work and generosity!

Welcome New Piggies

Clover & Penny
Clover & Penny!
 The girls were rescues living with a loving mommy, not realizing 
they would aggravate her allergies and asthma as much as they did. She wanted them to live a safe happy life and arranged for them to come here to Critter Camp's Piggy Haven.
Last Week to VOTE!

Animal Rescue Site Challenge

There are over 11,000 shelters in this contest, and Critter Camp is already ranked 574 nationally and 28th in IL
This is the LAST WEEK!
The contest will be over December 20- lets see what the "Critter Camp Nation"  can do! 
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EVERY DAY!!!   It's FREE!!!
Ask your friends to vote too! 
Oxbow Animal Health Announces 2009 Rescue Grant Winners


Contact: Melissa Ross, Marketing Operations Manager
Phone: 1-800-249-0366

Murdock, NE, December 11, 2009 --Oxbow Animal Health, a leader in the innovative care and nutrition of small and exotic animals worldwide, has announced the recipients of its 2009 Oxbow Animal Health Rescue Grants.  The eight winning organizations will receive funding for a variety of projects and programs that benefit the welfare of small animals throughout North America. Grant winners are chosen for excellence in the areas of educational outreach, public awareness, and project impact, measured by scope of volunteerism and number of animals served.

 "We are pleased to announce this year's grant recipients," said John Miller, President and Founder of Oxbow.  "The applicant pool for this year's grant program was larger and more competitive than ever.  The winning organizations represent excellence when it comes to the rehabilitation and welfare of small animals.  We are honored to support their efforts."    

"Critter Camp Exotic Pet Sanctuary is honored to be chosen as a recipient of the Oxbow Rescue Grant 2009," said Beth Randall, Director of the Critter Camp Exotic Pet Sanctuary in German Valley, Illinois.  "Literally thousands of people will be enriched by the information we will now be able to provide due to the generosity of Oxbow Animal Health." 


Julia Hinrichs, President of Texas Rustlers Guinea Pig Rescue, expressed similar sentiments.  "The staff at Texas Rustlers Guinea Pig Rescue is thrilled to be a recipient of Oxbow's 2009 Education/Outreach Support Grant, as this enables us to blend hands-on presentations with the latest technology to provide accurate, precise information about small animal care to various audiences," said Hinrichs.

Information regarding the 2010 Oxbow Rescue Grant will be available at beginning January 31, 2010. Applications for the 2010 Oxbow Rescue Grant will be accepted from June 1, 2010, through August 31, 2010, for small animal rescue and rehabilitation projects throughout all of North America. For more information about the program and Oxbow Animal Health, visit

About Oxbow Animal Health

Oxbow Animal Health is a worldwide supplier of premium life-staged feeds and supportive care products for small exotic animals. Used and recommended by top exotic animal veterinarians worldwide, Oxbow offers an extensive line of superior quality, high-fiber hay and pellet products for rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas, hamsters and adult pet rats. Oxbow's mission is to provide superior-quality feed and forage products for specialized animal markets. Oxbow accomplishes this through genuine concern for animals and their caregivers; educational awareness of nutritional needs; a high standard of product excellence; research and development of new products; and highly personalized service.

2009 Oxbow Animal Health Rescue Grant Winners

Luna's House


As a foster-based rescue, the primary long-term goal of Luna's House is to establish a central facility in order to maximize rescue and education efforts.  The primary day-to-day objective is to provide high quality care to each and every companion animal who is welcomed into its foster programs. 


Texas Rustlers Guinea Pig Rescue


Texas Rustlers Guinea Pig Rescue is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization dedicated to the rescue and adoption of abandoned, neglected and abused guinea pigs in the DFW area and beyond.  They offer a home for life to any guinea pig when a suitable permanent home is unavailable. 




Ojai Raptor Center is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the rehabilitation and release of orphaned and injured raptors and wildlife, and to the education of the public surrounding native wildlife in the form of presentations to all ages, at schools and within the community.  Through educational programs, they teach individuals how to preserve the wildlife native to the area. 


Leaps & Bounds Rabbit Rescue, Inc.


Leaps & Bounds Rabbit Rescue, Inc. was formed exclusively for charitable and educational purposes.  Specifically, Leaps & Bounds operates as an all volunteer, "no-kill" animal rescue for rabbits.  Leaps & Bounds takes in stray and homeless rabbits in the Placer, Sacramento, and surrounding counties near Roseville, CA. 


Critter Camp Exotic Pet Sanctuary


Critter Camp provides a safe, healthy, happy home to un-adoptable exotic pets.  It is the only licensed 501c3 exotic pet sanctuary of its kind in the U.S., accepting a wide range of pets with long term needs. 


Small Mammals Refuge/Faculty of Veterinary medecine


The objective of le Refuge for rabbits and pocket pets is to provide care and shelter for abandoned animals and place them in adoptive homes to decrease the percentage of euthanasia.  As this is a project for veterinary students, it offers them a valuable opportunity to gain clinical exposure to these less familiar species that are encountered with increasing frequency in clinical practice. 


The SPCA of Anne Arundel County, MD, Inc.


The mission of the SPCA shall be to serve as the leading private nonprofit organization within Anne Arundel County which exists to protect animals from acts of cruelty and neglect; to promote humane care and concern for animals by educating the public and by working to end pet overpopulation; to provide shelter and rehabilitation to animals in need; and to work for the passage and enforcement of laws which promote and provide for the humane treatment of animals.


Western Pennsylvania Humane Society


The mission of Western Pennsylvania Humane Society is to provide the most comprehensive, compassionate and educational services to enhance the lives of companion animals for families and the community, and to prevent the cruelty of all animals in the region they serve.  The WPHS has made a decision to continually operate as an "open door" shelter, maintaining their commitment to never turn away an unwanted pet or homeless animal. 

In This Issue
Critter Camp Benefit Sales
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 Make the Critters' Holiday Dreams Come True! 
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Read the letter all of the animals here at Critter Camp wrote &
See what they asked for !
And what they've gotten so far! 
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From John & Amanda
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From Miss Izzy at Totally Ferret!
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Angel with his special present from TF
This holiday as you place online orders remember to go to
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first and select Critter Camp as your chosen charity then go thru to any site and do your shopping! A percentage of your purchase goes to Critter Camp!


& direct  your donation to 
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Holiday Shopping Tip #2! 
Critter Camp Benefit Sales!

Buy cool stuff at Great Prices & help out Critter Camp!
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Order any item(s) and designate Critter Camp as your charity, or select from the special Critter Camp benefit page of $5 discount T's!

Critter Camp joins the Freeport Area Chamber of Commerce!

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We are also members of the Rockford Chamber of Commerce and the Northwest Illinois Center for Nonprofit Excellence
Join us for

Second Sundays at Burpee Mueseum of Natural History

Critter Camp Exotic Pet Sanctuary joins Burpee Museum to offer informative presentations all about pets.
Learn more about exotic animals and what makes them a good or bad choice as an addition to your household. These presentations will take place the second Sunday of every month 3:00-4:30pm from September 2009 through April 2010. See the
events calendar for more details. 
Next : Sunday January 10: Rabbits & Guinea Pigs 
**** There will be door prizes and informational handouts**** 
Sponsored by a grant from Oxbow Animal Health