Animal Rescue | Gateway Pet Guardians kennels are empty


Gateway Pet Guardians launched an appeal for emergency foster homes last week and within days – there were hundreds of people wanting to help

EAST STREET. LOUIS, Ill. – A local animal shelter emptied all of its kennels thanks to the outpouring of support from the community.

Gateway Pet Guardians launched an appeal for emergency foster homes last week and within days – there were hundreds of people wanting to help.

“I am so relieved and happy to say that we have moved all of our pets into foster homes. We didn’t close our doors, we just turned our community into a remote pet haven,” said Jamie Case, executive director of Gateway Pet Guardians.

The shelter currently has a waiting list of people who would like to welcome a pet into their home.

“It’s amazing and humbling to see how quickly the community has responded to our call for help. I can’t think of a better way to be quarantined than to snuggle up with a shelter animal,” Case said.

Gateway Pet Guards said it manages more than 100 pets in foster homes and plans to take in more dogs from St. Clair County Animal Services.

He will limit his animal consumption to sick, injured, pregnant and lactating animals.

The non-profit organization said it is also encouraging the public to consider adopting a pet now. It offers friendly social distancing adoptions, so adopters don’t have to come to the shelter.

“As fundraising events are canceled, we need donations to continue our rescue work,” Case said.

Anyone interested in donating can visit https://www.gatewaypets.org/why or send donations to

Gateway Pet Guardians said it also needed supplies to support all pets in foster homes. The most needed items are metal crates for medium/large dogs, medium martingale collars, and pet food for our pantry. Items can be purchased from her Amazon Wishlist

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