Beyond Rescue

For twenty years, we have been leading the animal welfare industry by investing in people and communities to end the cycle of animal homelessness. By building capacity for animal advocates in our own neighborhood, we increase animal well-being across the East Side Pet District and beyond! We are proudly located in East St. Louis, joining an already robust community of pet lovers. By removing barriers to foster and adoption, and providing an infusion of resources such as affordable, quality veterinary care and pet supplies – we unleash the power of partnership!


We want you to help us Empty the Shelter.

Take part in the Bissell Pet Foundation’s Empty the Shelters! We have:

  • Increased Walk-in Adoption/Foster Hours. Come in Tuesday – Friday, 2 – 6 pm and Saturday 9 am – 12 pm and walk out with a new best friend! See current pets residing at the shelter here.
  • No appointments needed to foster or adopt! Just come in during our open hours to adopt/foster!
  • Reduced adoption fees!  Through July 31 adoption fees for adult cats and adult dogs residing at the shelter are $50. Excludes small adult dogs.

We are looking for partners to go Beyond Rescue with us!

Join us August 15 & 16, 2024 for our biggest fundraising event of the year!


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.

Keeping Pets and People Together. This philosophy guided us to open the largest Pet Resource Center in the region (54,000 square feet) that includes an affordable veterinary clinic, pet supply retail store and grooming spa. 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 community members to care for their pets, including access to a free pet food pantry and free spay/neuter program.

Help make a difference by volunteering.

Moving on up – another record breaking year!

Affordable, quality vet care to keep pets happy and healthy.

Low-cost, professional grooming services now available.