(618) 344-4096 | 2330 South Center, Maryville, Illinois 62062

Welcome to Cindy’s Critter Camp!

Cindy’s Critter Camp prides itself on being a safe, clean, humane, and reasonably priced choice for your lodging, grooming, day care, and training needs. Our staff is well trained, and strives to provide you and your pet with the best customer service every time you walk in the door.

Dog & Cat Lodging

All canine campers have private, individual indoor rooms for food, water, bedding and toys. This is connected with a pet door to an individual private outside area for exercise, potty and watching the other dogs and nature. All kitty campers stay in private, spacious individual enclosures for food, water, toys, scratch board, bedding, litter box and a pet taxi for privacy or to perch on.

Dog and Cat Grooming

Our groomers Margie and Tarah, and our bather Kelli combined have over 50 years of experience. We provide quality grooming and bathing for all breeds, sizes and ages, at a reasonable price!

Dog Training

Cindy’s Critter Camp is proud to have on-site training and behavior modification, provided by Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Nicole Lanahan. Niki will work with you and your dog to create a customized training program to address all of your dog’s training and behavioral needs.

Doggie Day Care

Cindy’s Critter Camp is happy to offer our excellent Doggie Day Care service. Imagine, your doggy coming home just as tired as you are after a long day. No longer is he home alone in a cage. No more accidents because she can not get outside in time. No more chewed pillows. No more mess when you come home! And no more feeling guilty.

Dog and Cat Rescue

For over 30 years, Cindy has been part of the pet rescue effort. At that time Labradors were very popular, and sadly, shelters were very full of homeless labs and lab mixes. Thus began her interest in trying to save as many labs as possible, and 2 years ago, incorporating a not for profit, Metro East Lab Rescue. However, since Cindy loves all pets, her rescue efforts have branched to an assorted mix of critters. Click Here to see how you can help our rescue effort.

About Cindy Kuschel

Cindy (Vuagniaux) Kuschel was born and grew up in Edwardsville, Illinois; an area she is still happy to call home. She received her Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Nursing from St. Louis University and spent twenty years working in the health care field as a registered nurse. At age twenty-five, she received her first pet: a Cocker Spaniel puppy she named Buffy Marie.

And little Buffy was the beginning of the new Cindy.


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Cindy soon realized how very wonderful pets are and found herself devoting more and more of her time and her life to the care of cats and dogs. She helped start the Highland Animal Shelter and spent several years there as a board member and volunteer. When she returned to the Edwardsville area, she spent another 10 years on the board and volunteering for the Metro East Humane Society. From 1986-2014 she was the Labrador Retriever Rescue Representative for the Purebred Dog Rescue of St. Louis.

Cindy Kuschel, owner of Cindy’s Critter Camp with Scooby, left, and Abby, right, two yellow lab’s looking for forever homes. Photo by Marci Winters-McLaughlin.

In November of 1994, Cindy made her devotion to pets a full time commitment. She gave up her nursing career and purchased the Watamug Boarding Kennel, which we now know as Cindy’s Critter Camp. Her goals at the kennel are simple enough: to provide a clean, safe, humane, reasonably priced and friendly atmosphere in which to take care of dogs and cats. Cindy loves what she does. Indeed, she feels truly blessed. She loves to provide excellent boarding, grooming and training services, but, the Critter Camp also allows Cindy and her staff to help people with their pet training problems and facilitate the rescue and adoption of homeless pets through Metroeast Labrador Retriever Rescue. This is Cindy’s Passion! She is proud to say that since 1994 she has facilitated the rescue, rehab and placement of more that 1,400 pets. Cindy hobbies are working at her business, exercising, reading, and spending time with the people and pets that are her friends and family.

Feel free to contact Cindy by clicking here!

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Cindy’s Critter Camp is your resource for Lodging, Grooming, Training, Dog Daycare, Dog & Cat Rescue.

New Training Classes

New Basic Classes
Tuesday, November 22nd @ 6:30pm
Saturday, December 3rd @ 10:45am

New Intermediate Classes
Thursday, January 5th @ 6:30pm

Advanced/Drop in Classes - $15 each
(These classes are available every Tues @7:45pm upon completion of intermediate level training)

Support Dog Class
every Wednesday @6:00pm

Therapy Dog Class
Every Saturday @12:00 noon

For more info or to sign up
Please Call 344-4096

(In-Home, Privates & Board n' Train Always Available)


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