Pet Blogger Locking Herself Up in Animal Shelter Kennel

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St. Tammany Humane Society shelter

This is the dog kennel where Kristine Lacoste will spend her day. "I hope I get a water pail," she jokes. Photo by: Kristine Lacoste of

It might sound like a 'crazy pet lady' story to a lot of people. [But this event] can raise additional money for the Second Chance fund and also heighten awareness of the plight of shelter pets.

Have you ever wondered what a day in a shelter pet’s life is like?

Kristine Lacoste, managing editor of, aims to find out -- by locking herself in a dog kennel at her local animal shelter. And get this: Kristine will be wearing a full-body dog costume to complete her canine transformation.

The "jailbreak" event will take place Saturday, November 16, 2013 from 8:30am to 4pm Central at the St. Tammany Humane Society, 20384 Harrison Ave. in Covington, Louisiana.

Here's some of what Kristine hopes to accomplish:

  • Get a first-hand perspective of the life of a shelter animal.
  • Raise money for the shelter's Second Chance fund, which pays for medical care of pets without owners, strays with heartworm, animals hit by cars and more. Without these critical funds, the animals would not get the vet care they need to survive.
  • Influence others to volunteer, donate and get involved.
  • Promote responsible pet ownership, including the importance of spaying/neutering, pet health care and identification.

Kristine says, "We walk past the cages at the shelter, but it is hard to imagine being locked in there all day and night. So, I'll be doing hard time, for as long as the shelter is open on Saturday."

She further explains herself in a new blog post at Pets Adviser:

Provided internet and electricity are available in the kennel, Kristine will also be using her laptop to publish live updates on Saturday, including photos and video clips. Go to for her latest musings, and you can also leave questions or messages of support for Kristine.

Dave Baker, publisher of Pets Adviser, says, "When Kristine first pitched this plan, I have to admit it sounded a little weird to me. And I imagine it might sound like a 'crazy pet lady' story to a lot of people who maybe aren't as passionate about animal welfare as we are. But then I thought, You know what? If she and the other volunteers and sponsors can raise additional money for the Second Chance fund and also heighten awareness of the plight of shelter pets, then you go, Kristine!"

The all-day event in Covington, Louisiana will include a bake sale and raffle prizes donated by local sponsors such as Camp Bow Wow New Orleans, Camp Bow Wow Covington, Zeus' Place, Willow's Oak Pet Lodge & Obedience Academy, Adventure Pets, and Swamp Dog & Friends; and national sponsors Blue Buffalo Company and Pets Adviser.


The St. Tammany Humane Society is Louisiana's largest not for profit, no-kill animal welfare organization. Since 1953, the St. Tammany Humane Society has been serving the unwanted, neglected, abandoned and abused animals of the gulf coast. The STHS is an independent, non-governmental shelter that offers veterinary care, fostering, and adoption services. They rely solely on the support of caring people to fund programs and services that profoundly benefit the animals of the community. The STHS is currently pushing to get the entire St. Tammany Parish to no-kill status. For more info, see


Kristine Lacoste, managing editor of Pets Adviser, is an author, poet and pet lover from Louisiana. She is the author of an award-nominated book, "One Unforgettable Journey." Her love of animals started at a young age with cats, dogs and many frogs.


Pets Adviser (that’s with an “-er” on the end) has two dual goals: to educate and entertain. You will find a daily dose of well-researched advice about pets and an extensive library of hundreds of expertly written articles about pet health, behavior, training and grooming. Pets Adviser is a strong supporter of animal welfare causes, donating hundreds of dollars of its advertising revenue each year to charities and causes. For more info, see

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