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!


Get Your Jammies!

Join Gateway Pet Guardians for the best pawty around – the 2024 Slumber Pawty! 

Spend a fun-filled 24 hours at the shelter with like-minded animal lovers!
Date: April 6, 2024 at 12:00pm through April 7, 2024 at 12:00pm
Location: 725 N 15th Street, East St. Louis, IL 62205

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.