Welcome to our Critter Camp blog.
Windsor Elementary 4th Grade and the Animal Rescue League of Iowa are partnering to create "Critter Camp". The 4th grade classrooms will be caring for small animals from the ARL that are in need of foster care until they are ready for adoption. This blog will share about our foster critters' progress and their search for their forever home.
Sunday, October 12, 2014
Our wonderful foster rabbit was adopted! Her new family is so excited to bring her home. The second graders in Mrs. Heemskerk's class will miss Snowball and her wonderful personality, but they understand that she has a forever home now. Congratulations Snowball!!!
Posted by The Ginger at 7:29 PM
Friday, October 3, 2014
When Mrs. Nelson and the third graders come into the classroom in the morning, they are often surprised to see their two foster rats eagerly awaiting their arrival! Caramel, who was named for the rats' coloring, and Popcorn, who only jumps around rather than walking, have great personalities. We knew rats were some of the most social small pets, but it's awesome to see it firsthand. Caramel and Popcorn would do well in any family now that they have had a few weeks of experience with kids. Third graders Kaylee, Layla, and Joseph love snuggling--er, we mean socializing--
While the kids are learning a ton about caring for animals and having fun with the rat girls, they know what their goal is: making sure Caramel and Popcorn are adoptable and ready for a forever home. They are doing an awesome job! It might help that Mrs. Nelson knows what potential rat owners are looking for: she has 2 rats herself, Critter Camp alumni Edith and Agnes.
Contact Cindy Gerke (cgerke@arl-Iowa.org) with the ARL to schedule a visit with Caramel and Popcorn or any of our other critters!
Can't adopt but want to help? Invite friends to like Windsor Elementary Critter Camp's Facebook page!
Posted by The Ginger at 3:04 PM
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
This year we are starting off with even more knowledge of the care our foster pets require and a lot of support from our administration and the ARL. We would like to extend a special thank you to Mr. Nichols for supporting Critter Camp (and even wrangling bunnies last year!). We also want to thank Ms. Johnson for being instrumental in getting the program up and running, and all her continuing guidance. Lastly, THANK YOU Cindy, Michelle, Leah, Cecily, and everyone at the ARL for trusting Windsor students and staff to help you in your mission to provide animals with loving homes. We are honored to be a part of it.
Drumroll, please...This year's first critter campers are:
Mr. Cuddles, Winter, Banana, and Lime, parakeets with personality, Mr. Israel's 4th grade
Caramel and Popcorn, outgoing rat girls, Mrs. Nelson's 3rd grade
Chester and Wilson, sweet rat boys, Mrs. Bolte's 3rd grade
Snowball, the friendliest rabbit we've ever met, Mrs. Heemskerk's 2nd grade
Sparkle Butterscotch, the guinea pig as cute as the name, Ms. Taylor's 1st grade
Posted by The Ginger at 11:27 AM
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Our 4 little ladies are growing and learning every day and ready for their forever homes!!!
@arl-iowa.org. They need a loving home to call their own!
Edith and Agnes are staying with Mrs. Nelson until school starts, so they will be getting lots of valuable socialization, which is important for families wanting to enjoy a small pet. One of the best things about this pair is how clean they like to keep their cage. Mrs. Nelson put shavings on the bottom of their cage, and now the girls are close to "potty trained"--meaning, they typically eat up on their shelves and only go to the bathroom in the shavings. The shavings are easy to scoop out and replace, which has made for a nice smelling cage! (Our degus never quite figured this out...) They LOVE yogurt and also eat lettuce, apples, and carrots to supplement their diet of rat food. They are so sweet and like to cuddle sometimes too. They can be adopted at any time and would love to meet you.
Posted by The Ginger at 6:52 PM
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Sorry for the delay in sharing about this wonderful day! At the end of the regular school year the Windsor Critter Camp 4th Graders took a trip to the Animal Rescue League to learn more about the amazing organization we have spent all year helping. It was such a great experience, and the students had a wonderful time. We got to tour the kennels, the small animal rooms, make posters about fostering, walk through the horse barns, and even play with a dog! The ARL also had a really cool cake made for us with pictures of some of our foster animals. Thank you so much ARL for helping us wrap up the school year, and for teaching us so much more than we could have learned from any book. We look forward to continuing the awesome foster project next year!
|Making posters to share about fostering.|
|The cool cake they made for us|
|Checking out the cat adoption area.|
|Touring the small animal area.|
|Walking through the dog rooms.|
|Learning more about the ARL facilities.|
|Learning about how to approach a dog we don't know.|