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.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
It was hard to say goodbye to Bubbles, but Mr. Israel's class is so excited for its second round of campers. Tomorrow he is getting a pair of budgies. Guess his room will be going to the birds! Stay tuned for pictures and more about them tomorrow.
Last night was a great one for Mr. Israel's foster Guinea Pig, Bubbles. She was finally done with her gestation hold and was ready to go to her forever home. She was loved by all the students, but only one of them gets to take her home. Bubbles will be joining Payton and her family, and is all ready to move into her new cage and get to know her new family. We, at Critter Camp, are excited that she is going home with one of our students, so we can get updates on how she is doing. Congrats, Payton and Bubbles!
|Payton is all smiles, and ready to take Bubbles home!|
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Monday, February 24, 2014
After a bit of quick discussion, we have decided that our new sweet momma bunny should be named Hope. After her crazy start in life, we feel that with her babies and a fresh start, she is full of hope, so it seemed like the perfect name.
After the kids left, she snuggled with her babies, ate a ton more food and then took some time to stretch out and chill for a few minutes. She seems to be much more at ease and happy. We are all keeping our fingers crossed that things will go well for Hope and her 6 babies. She has been a great mommy so far. She situated her babies all snuggled in the blanket inside her little nest box and then she tucked the fleece fringes over the top to keep them safe and warm.
|This mommy can eat! Hope has been eating a TON of pellets and dark leafy greens.|
|Welcome to room 107 and our Menagerie! |
Furby in her pen, Norbert (the bearded dragon, our permanent class pet) in his tank, and now Hope and her babies in their pen. Oh and of course the 23 awesome 4th graders.
|Hope is feeling a bit more relaxed and at home in her new space.|
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Early Saturday morning, Ms. Johnson received an email from Cindy at the ARL. They had a rabbit who had babies Friday night after they made it safely back to the ARL. This rabbit was one of 300+ animals rescued from the home in Davis County. Cindy wanted this momma and her babies to have a safe place to grow and be taken care of, so she asked if we would help. Ms. Johnson picked up Momma Bunny and her six new babies Saturday afternoon and brought them back to Windsor Critter Camp to settle in. They are all doing well, and Furby and Norbert are sharing the room graciously. Check back for updates and names soon!
Friday, February 21, 2014
The Animal Rescue League removed around 300 animals from a home in southern Iowa today. Our friend Cindy at the ARL alerted us to this, and let us know that they will need our help as many of the animals they took are small animals. Critter Camp is ready to help and is mobilizing a few extra classrooms to help lighten the load as soon as these poor animals are ready for foster. Please click on the ARL link on our page and consider donating. They are going to need a lot of supplies to cover the care for all these new animals.
Cookie and Cream joined Ms. Johnson's class during reading groups today. The boys spent some time hanging in Ms. Johnson's pocket and then got to make friends with a few students.
|Cookie and Cream in Ms. Johnson's pocket|
|Olivia and Cream|
|Trey and Cookie|
Having a long haired Angora rabbit has it's challenges. Furby is a sweet girl, but needs constant grooming. The kids do a great job of keeping her brushed on top and she is such a good girl letting anyone brush her. Unfortunately that doesn't take care of the bottom, belly and those hard to reach places behind her ears. Thank goodness for our favorite music teacher, Mrs. Wilken! She has become our official bunny groomer and has officially earned her Critter Camp Staff status! She comes down everyday to help Ms. Johnson groom all those hard to reach places and has saved poor Furby from many uncomfortable mats and kept her from getting any "hot spots" from those mats!
|Mrs. Wilken checking behind her ears.|
|Mats happen fast!|
|Mrs. Wilken tackling a pretty big mat on her neck.|
|Furby was so great. The scissors don't even phase her.|
|Making her pretty!|