About Cindy

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.

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.


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.

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Cindy’s Critter Camp is your resource for Pet Lodging, Grooming, Training, Day DaycareRescue.