Vows to stay in dog kennel until $150K is raised to help with Hurricane Harvey response efforts
Los Angeles, CA — After three days of livestreaming 24/7 and living in a dog kennel, YouTube star, Elton Castee reached his goal of raising $100,000 for Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA) at 10am this morning. Shortly thereafter, Castee announced he would be extending the goal to $150,000. He wants the additional $50,000 raised to support spcaLA’s disaster response efforts, beginning with Hurricane Harvey response. The live stream can be viewed 24/7 on his YouTube channel (YouTube.com/TFIL) and viewers can donate at spcaLA.com.
Castee entered the kennel at 12noon on Sunday, August 27th, just as Hurricane Harvey hit the Gulf Coast. “We are in communication with Houston SPCA, a wonderful organization that we worked side by side with on the ground during hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Ike,” said Madeline Bernstein, President spcaLA. “spcaLA is ready to deploy our elite Disaster Animal Response Team (DART) ™ as a part of the third wave of responders, starting as early as September 12th.”
When deployed, DART will consist of humane officers, veterinary staff, and animal care givers and the funds would help with transport, medical supplies, and other DART support and Hurricane Harvey rescue needs.
spcaLA Senior Director of Fund Development, Miriam Davenport says, “Because we’re not a government agency or a chapter of any group, spcaLA runs on donations. Elton’s efforts, and the generosity of his fans, allow spcaLA to investigate animal cruelty, respond to disaster, provide safe shelter, food, and veterinary care to abandoned and abused animals, and much more.”
Castee is living and broadcasting from a dog kennel at the spcaLA PD Pitchford Companion Animal Village & Education Center in Long Beach, the same shelter where he adopted his beloved dog, Sparta, who passed away in 2016. spcaLA planned the event to ensure the safety of the animals and the responsibilities of the facility would not be disrupted.
Over one million people have tuned into Castee’s fundraiser since it began.
Castee’s YouTube videos have been viewed over 100 million times with a total of 1.3 million subscribers over two channels. His videos have been featured on MTV’s Ridiculousness, TruTV’s Top 20 Funniest, iFunny, Break, The Chive and more.