Pet Owner Resources

Resources for Your Pet

Gateway Pet Guardians provides programming and services to support pet parents. Some services are free and/or discounted to families within the East Side Pet District, while others are low cost for everyone. The resources below are available to anyone who visits the facility.

Healthy Pet Clinic

Equitable access to veterinary care is something every community needs to ensure happy, healthy pets and their people. With the Gateway Pet Guardians Healthy Pet Clinic everyone has the opportunity to receive low-cost vaccines, basic testing and lifesaving preventatives.

Pet Spa

Our self-serve dog wash stations in our Pet Spa are a quick and low-cost way to help keep your dog clean without the stress and mess of bathing at home. Each wash is a suggested donation of $10. The Pet Spa is fully stocked with everything you need to give your pet the cleaning and pampering it deserves!


Check out branded Gateway Pet Guardians merchandise and fun doggy apparel and supplies at our Retail Store.

Lost and Found Pets

Our Lost/Found Pet Programming provides guidance for pet parents who have lost their pets, as well as good samaritans who have found pets.

East Side Pet District Resources

The East Side Pet District (located in St. Clair County, IL) is comprised of six municipalities: East St. Louis, Alorton, Centreville, Cahokia, Washington Park and Fairmont City. The following community programming is designed to assist families within the East Side Pet District.

Spay & Neuter Services

We provide a free spay/neuter package to families within the East Side Pet District. The package includes rabies and DHPP/FVRCP vaccines, microchip, nail trim, and dewormer. 

TNR Services

We provide free trap-neuter-return (TNR) services to caretakers within our service area. TNR allows cats to be humanely trapped, sterilized, and released back to the outdoor area where they were found. 

WAG Program

We have a special program for qualified families in the East Side Pet District called the WAG Program. Benefits include discounted wellness services and preventatives and access to the pet food pantry. 

Rehoming Support

Life Happens. We Get It. Relinquishing your pet can be one of the most difficult decisions you’ll make. To help make the process easier, we have Counselors on staff to help families within the East Side Pet District.

Need help finding food for your pet?

Picking out a food to feed your pet can be INCREDIBLY overwhelming. There are so many options on the market. But not to worry! Purina has made it simple (and actually kind of fun!) with a helpful quiz for potential adopters or current pet parents to answer some questions on their preferences, and they will receive a custom food recommendation based on their responses. This is a fabulous resource for those of you looking for some assistance in choosing the right food type for your pets.