Our St. Louis Animal Shelter

St. Louis Pet Rescue


‘Welcome to Gateway Pet Guardians Emergency Shelter! How can I help you?”



Gateway Pet Guardians is currently a primarily foster-based animal rescue.  That means all of our dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens are living in the posh comfort of a real, live foster home – which is how we’d like to keep it!  

We believe that keeping our animals in a loving, nurturing home helps better socialize them and prepare them for their forever home than being cooped up in a kennel all day would.

But it does come in handy to have a building to house the East St. Louis strays that are in the most need – those who are sick or injured – on a temporary basis until a foster family steps forward.  It helps us as an organization rescue many more animals from the street. Over the past two years, we at Gateway Pet Guardians have been working diligently to raise the monetary funds necessary to build an animal shelter and education center in the heart of the Metro East. In 2012, we were lucky to have a shelter space on Manchester Road donated to us by Hillside Animal Hospital.

The Home of Gateway Pet Guardians’ Emergency Shelter

The city of East St. Louis has no animal shelter – no humane society, no one to care about the welfare of its non-human residents. It is only governed by St. Clair County Animal Control, which has to police the entire county. Now we have a wonderful space where we can temporarily house our rescued pets until they are ready to go to their foster or forever homes. We’re planning on renovating and expanding the current structure so that our rescue animals can enjoy their short stay in comfort.

East St. Louis Education Center

Our dream is not only to renovate and expand our current shelter, but to have a facility in the heart of East St. Louis that would offer resources and information about affordable spay/neuter services to the city’s residents, vaccinations at a low-cost, and perhaps even at no charge.  

The education center will teach people in the community, as well as people all over the St. Louis and Metro East area, the importance of spaying and neutering their pets, why their dogs and cats need to be vaccinated, and why it isn’t safe to let pets roam the streets.

With your help, our dream can become a reality, and we can make a difference not only in the lives of stray animals, but also change a community for the better.  Volunteer or donate to Gateway Pet Guardians today and become a part of our mission.  Click here to read about how we began.