ST. LOUIS. (September 19, 2011) – Gateway Pet Guardians, a local nonprofit animal rescue, is partnering with Whole Foods Market in Brentwood and Town & Country to raise money for their effort to rescue, rehabilitate, and adopt homeless strays from East St. Louis, Illinois and the surrounding Metro East area. Five percent of all purchases made at either store on September 22 will be donated to the organization.

Gateway Pet Guardians volunteers will be on hand starting at 11 am at both Whole Foods Market locations to hand out information and host activities for adults and children.

The day’s events include an adoption event featuring adoptable dogs and cats from Gateway Pet Guardians, a children’s activity table with coloring books and bandana decorating, a question and answer session with a professional dog trainer and screenings of Gateway Guardians: A Documentary, which follows the daily activities of Gateway Pet Guardians’ founder P.J. Hightower as she feeds and rescues abandoned strays in East St. Louis.

The events of the day are scheduled as follows:
● Adoption Event – 11am-7pm (both locations)
● Children’s Activity Table – 11am-4pm (both locations)
● Ask The Trainer with K9 Carnival’s OuNiel Perez – 11am-2pm (Brentwood), 2:30-6pm (Town & Country)
● Gateway Guardians: A Documentary screening: 11:30am, 6:30pm & 7:45pm (both locations)

All activities are free to the public.

About Whole Foods Market®

Founded in 1980 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market (wholefoodsmarket.com, NASDAQ: WFM) is the leading natural and organic food retailer. As America’s first national certified organic grocer, Whole Foods Market was named “America’s Healthiest Grocery Store” by Health magazine. The company’s motto “Whole Foods, Whole People, Whole Planet”™ captures its mission to ensure customer satisfaction and health, Team Member excellence and happiness, enhanced shareholder value, community support and environmental improvement. Thanks to the company’s nearly 60,000 Team Members, Whole Foods Market has been ranked as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in America by FORTUNE magazine for 14 consecutive years. In fiscal year 2010, the company had sales of more than $9 billion and currently has more than 300 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

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.