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Help Keep Our Shelter Pets and People Cool

We have 28 individual units providing air conditioning and heat to 26 different rooms, and only 25 percent of them are currently functioning. The majority of these rooms are utilized for animal care and without functioning HVAC systems, we cannot intake any dogs and cats. With the purchase of an older building comes maintenance and replacement needs. When we moved in 2020, it had a fully operational HVAC system. It was an older system, but due to budget constraints, it was not in the first phase of renovations. Our HVAC system is a combination of a forced air roof system and individual room units. Over the last two years, the individual room units have been steadily needing more repair and losing all function. These are very old, specialized units that most technicians have deemed beyond repair, are not willing to work on and/or are no longer able to get parts for the units. The time has come to do a large HVAC renovation. We have developed a plan to replace the old HVAC units in a cost efficient way. The larger, old units will be replaced with Packaged Terminal Air Conditioners (PTAC) units (typically used in hotels or apartments). These are smaller than the old units but will provide the necessary air conditioning and heating needed for the rooms. Light construction will be needed to cover the remaining hole in the wall left by the old system. We are currently over capacity with the number of dogs and cats in the shelter. When the temperatures soar above 90 or below freezing, the rooms without HVAC will become completely uninhabitable, which will decrease our ability to take in any new animals in need. With a new HVAC system, we will be able to consistently provide space for animal care. There is also the potential for mold to grow in the rooms in the summer due to humidity without air conditioning running. The impact of replacing these units will ensure our veterinary clinic can continue surgery without interruption. Currently, the surgery suite has one working HVAC unit. If that unit stops working, the clinic will not be able to function during the hottest summer or coldest winter days. Our clinic is scheduled out, with our community spay/neuter program regularly booking out 4-6 weeks. Lastly, it will ensure our volunteers and staff have a comfortable and inviting environment while at the shelter.

Your Donation Saves Lives

Your contribution goes straight to work helping thousands of pets in need – both at the shelter and through outreach and rescue programs the East Side Pet District – East St. Louis, Cahokia Heights, Washington Park and Fairmont City. You can also mail checks to: 725 N. 15th St. East St. Louis, IL 62205. We accept in-kind donations in addition to monetary donations. You can donate items found on our Amazon Wish List or contact us at donate@gatewaypets.org to ask about specific items you have available for donation.

Gateway Pet Guardians is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. Our Tax ID/EIN # is 26-0096240. We are proud to be a Service Enterprise certified organization with a 100/100 rating on Charity Navigator and platinum status on GuideStar.


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