YouTuber Aims to Sleep in Long Beach Kennel Until Reaching $100K for spcaLA

A YouTube personality is taking fundraising to new levels as he eats, sleeps and broadcasts live from a kennel at a Long Beach animal shelter until he raises $100,000 for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ Los Angeles chapter (spcaLA).

As of late Monday morning, Elton Castee has raised over $88,000 since he locked himself in kennel #420 at the spcaLA P.D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village & Education Center at noon Sunday.

Castee is not only a YouTuber but an spcaLA adopter, according to the nonprofit animal welfare organization’s president, Madeline Bernstein.

“In 2010, he adopted a dog named Sparta from us,” Bernstein stated. “The experience and Sparta so deeply affected him that he came up with this fundraiser as a way to honor Sparta’s memory (Sparta passed away about a year ago).”

Fans can view the broadcast 24 hours a day on his YouTube channel and viewers can donate money here. Castee has also been inviting friends and fans to visit him during the fundraiser.

City News Service contributed to this report.

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Stephanie Rivera is the community engagement editor for the Long Beach Post. After graduating from CSULB with a degree in journalism, Stephanie worked for Patch Latino and City News Service before coming to the Long Beach Post in 2015.