Areas We Serve
Although the Community Outreach Program officially began in Winter 2013, volunteers have been caring for the stray animals of the Metro East every single day since 2001. We serve East St. Louis, IL and the closely surrounding areas of Washington Park, Alorton, Centreville, and Cahokia.
East St. Louis has a population of 26,790, with a median household income of $19,856. 45.4% of residents are at the poverty level (U.S. Census Bureau). Of that population, there are approximately 3,790 pet owning households.* It’s a community in need of help, but not just financially. East St. Louis is what we call a ‘resource desert,’ with no veterinary clinics and few pet supply/grocery stores available to obtain pet food. Even if residents are financially able to care for their pets, there are few resources within the community they can rely on. At Gateway Pet Guardians, we strive to provide the resources necessary to care for pets, so residents can better care for both themselves and their animals.
* Dog owning households per the pet population calculator from the American Veterinary Medical Association.