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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About Our Shelter

Our 54,000 square foot building is more than your typical shelter–it is the area’s first Pet Resource Center. The Gateway Pet Guardians’ Pet Resource Center is located at 725 N. 15th Street, East St. Louis, IL 62205 in the heart of East Side Pet District. East St Louis is what we call a ‘resource desert’, with no veterinary clinics and few pet supply/grocery stores available to obtain pet food. Even if residents are financially able to care for their pets, there are few resources within the community on which they can rely.

After many years of looking for the perfect building and location, we purchased the Former Miles Davis Elementary School in March 2019. This expansive building is home to multiple key components to increase our lifesaving efforts for pets in the community: An Adoption Floor and Shelter, Pet Spa, Retail Space, Pet Support Room, Pet Food Pantry, and Healthy Pet Clinic.

65,000 residents don’t have the necessities in their local community to care for their pets. Let’s change that.


What We Do

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.

COVID-19 Response

COVID-19 has presented challenges and also opportunities to our little nonprofit. Learn more about how we are working through this pandemic.

COVID-19 Response

What if every pet had access to vet care when they needed it? Help us make this possible through our Vet Care for All Campaign!


Gateway Pet Guardians has 50-100 pets for adoption in the St. Louis area at all times! Take a look at our pets for adoption.

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