ST. LOUIS. (September 1, 2011) – Gateway Pet Guardians, a nonprofit animal rescue, is partnering with H.A.L.O. (Helping Animals find Loving Owners)  to raise money for animal rescues around St. Louis and the surrounding metro area with Pooch-A-Palooza, a family and pet-friendly music festival featuring five local acts on Sunday, September 18.

Pooch-A-Palooza will be held at the Swansea Moose park on Illinois 159. Music will start at noon with One More Round: A Tribute to Johnny Cash featuring Bill Forness, followed by Elvis tribute artist Steve Brandis, local band Neon Cadillac and closing with Big Mike Aguirre and the Blu-City All-Stars. The event will also feature a demonstration by the Cahokia Police K-9 Unit at 1pm. Food and drinks will be available for purchase with pet-related vendors and adoptable dogs from local rescue groups also in attendance.

Tickets are $15 per person and can be purchased online at www.gatewaypets.com/events,  children 12 and under have free admission as well as pets. Local rescues will also be selling tickets and each receives $10 from the $15 ticket. Check with your local group for details.

The event is sponsored by St. Louie Tails Magazine, St. Louis TAME Pet Magazine, H.A.L.O. and Gateway Pet Guardians.

About Gateway Pet Guardians

Gateway Pet Guardians is a nonprofit virtual animal rescue that relies on donations and volunteer foster families to rescue starving and abandoned animals. Gateway Pet Guardians’ focused efforts in East St. Louis, IL and surrounding areas aim to end homelessness for animals in the Metro East through rescue, adoption, and community education.  For more information about Gateway Pet Guardians, events, purchasing tickets, or to donate, volunteer, or become a foster family, visit www.gatewaypets.com.