THANK YOU to the PETCO Foundation for awarding Critter Camp another "We are Family Too" Grant to continue our Emergency Help Program!
Now we can help hundreds more pet owners keep their pets during times of crisis!
Visit our Emergency Help page for more details and the assistance form to fill out if you need help!
"Like" the PETCO Foundation's Facebook Page & tell them Thanks for these wonderful grants too!
The PETCO Foundation is one of very few animal organizations that help rescues of ALL companion animals, not just cats & dogs. We are so grateful for their support!
Critter Camp was quoted in the PETCO Foundation's Annual Report this year too regarding our grant received in 2009, see it on page 11!
Welcome NEW Critters!!!
Brand New to Critter Camp are 6
They were being used as feeders! Many are hurt and in need of TLC - our speciality! Spiny mice are very unique pets, you can learn more about them here.
See the video too!
Hercules the Lop earred rabbit came from a "kill" shelter, he had been abused and bites and kicks when handling is attempted. Since he was not adoptable and there were no fosters open he would have been euthanized if we did not accept him. So we made room. He will be introduced into the Bunny Haven colony soon.
3 Young Hamsters that are all biters:
Miss Puff Fluff
Lexar is a male ratty that is a biter. He is a big old adorable lug tho. He can live out his life safely here at Critter Camp now :)
In general all we ask of surrendering shelters and individuals is to pay the tranport fee if there is one - we use a courier service to get animals from in the Chicago area to Rockford, it saves time and money- and is only $10-15 per animal, we still have to drive to Rockford to get them, spending hours and several gallons of gas. Basically we are splitting the cost of getting the animal to us. Then we assume the cost of care for the entire rest of the animal's life- food, beding vet, etc.
So it is unfortunate when a shelter wants us to take an animal but refuses to pay the tranport cost, apparently opting to spend more on euthanizing the animal and disposing of the body than to save its life.
During our last two rescues we have had to pay some of the transport costs just to keep the animals alive & get them here, even though it would have cost the shelters more to kill them.
Obviously we cannot save all of the animals, but if there is room at all we will do our best!
PLEASE check into these details before you donate to any rescue- what animals do YOU personally value, and how are they treated at the places you support?
We all love dogs & cats, but if you are getting this newsletter you probably love ratties, or hammies, or hedgies, or ferrets, or bunnies, or lizards, etc too. As companion animals they deserve the same care and concern as Fido & Fluffy, and they need your support.