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Gateway Pet Guardians

Beyond Rescue

We are 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!

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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.

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.

Become a lifesaving foster to a pet in need – no experience required.

How do you measure a year? In several lifetime records broken!

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

Low-cost, professional grooming now available to service area.