Saint Louis, October 3, 2011 – Gateway Pet Guardians, in conjunction with the City of Centreville, Ill., is gearing up for the Centreville Health and Wellness Fair on Saturday, October 8. This event is sponsored by the city and Gateway Pet Guardians, a nonprofit animal rescue, with the intent to help educate and raise awareness not only about human-related health and wellness, but about the importance of proper veterinary care and overall pet safety as well.

The Health and Wellness Fair will take place at Centreville Park from 2-6pm. The fair will provide free health screenings for people and spay and neuter information and education to help encourage healthy lifestyles for dogs and cats. Gateway Pet Guardians will also give away pet food to those in need, free of charge, to help combat the growing problem of hunger and starvation among pets. In addition, the city of Centreville Fire Department will talk about fire safety.

The fair will be a fun and educational event – with plenty of fun activities for the kids and free refreshments for all attendees.

Gateway Pet Guardians recently purchase a plot of land in Centreville to build an emergency shelter and education center that will serve the city and other surrounding areas such as East St. Louis and Washington Park.

“Attending the Health and Wellness Fair was the logical next step for our education program,” explained Education Committee Chair Kara Dalton. “We’ve been working toward reducing the pet overpopulation problem in the Metro East for years, but education about spay and neuter is the only way we will ever be able to truly end homelessness for animals.”

“Now that we’ve got a location for the shelter, we want to focus on building relationships with the community we’ve chosen to become a part of,” said Executive Director Jamie Case.

About Gateway Pet Guardians

Gateway Pet Guardians is a nonprofit virtual animal shelter 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, rehabilitation, 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.