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Gateway Pet Guardians

Beyond Rescue

Gateway Pet Guardians is not your average animal shelter. We are a partner in the community, spearheading innovative and comprehensive programming with the goal of keeping pets and people together. We strive to create a community of healthy pets and empowered pet owners.

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Rescuing Animals

Bringing pets and people together

Community outreach

Keeping pets and people together.

Spay & Neuter

Ending the cycle of animal homelessness.

Healthy Pets

Providing equitable access to vet care.

Our 54,000 square foot Pet Resource Center provides essential and accessible services, including affordable veterinary care, pet supplies and grooming to residents in East St. Louis, Cahokia Heights, Washington Park and Fairmont City, which we have coined the East Side Pet District.

For much of our building’s life, it was a school – Miles Davis Elementary. Prior to our purchase in 2019, it stood vacant in an area with limited pet resources available. Today, it provides a lifesaving operation for animals in need and a reliable destination for our community to care for their pets.

Browse adoptable pets to find your new best friend

Keeping pets happy, healthy and together with their people

Affordable veterinary care made possible by your support

Helping our community during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic