East Side Pet Crisis Fund

Sudden emergency veterinary expenses in times of crisis can put many families in a tough financial situation. The resources below are available to support families in this time of need.

  • Waggle is a fundraising platform dedicated to helping sick and injured pets regain good health through crowdfunding. If your pet is in need of emergency veterinary care, use Waggle to tell your story and share across your social media platforms to raise funds to cover your veterinary expenses.
  • RedRover has urgent relief grants that provide financial assistance, resources and emotional support to pet guardians struggling with economic hardship when pets are in life-threatening situations.
  • The Pet Fund provides financial assistance to owners of domestic animals in the United States who need non-basic, non-urgent veterinary care. 
  • Care Credit offers a credit card allowing you to finance the care for your pets through convenient monthly payments that fit your budget.

For residents in the Metro East St. Louis area, an additional resource is available through Gateway Pet Guardians called the East Side Pet Crisis Fund. This fund is available to residents in zip codes 62201, 62203, 62204, 62205, 62206, and 62207 only. Financial assistance and treatment options are determined in conjunction with the family, veterinarian and Community Director. This is always on a case by case basis and while funds are available. 

To qualify, recipients need to provide proof of residence and proof of need (proof of government assistance, fixed income, etc). We ask that the family pays back a portion of the total cost if they can and/or create an online fundraiser to offset the expenses.

To inquire about emergency veterinary assistance through the East Side Pet Crisis Fund, call (314) 399-9738.

From January 2014 to December 2019, the Pet Crisis Fund has helped over 200 families with pets receive emergency veterinary care. Assistance has included examinations, obstructions, parvo treatment, emergency surgeries, and humane euthanasia. Below are just a few of the many pets this fund has helped. Or, you can read more stories on our blog!


J-Lo’s Story

We received a call from a community member concerned about her dog J-Lo in active labor. Unfortunately, she had complications and the puppy didn’t make it. Because J-Lo is a senior and had such a difficult delivery, we scheduled her spay surgery immediately. She also had pyometra and was hospitalized for a few days, but she quickly bounced back returned home spayed, vaccinated, microchipped, and dewormed!

Click here to read more about J-Lo’s story.


Huck’ Story

Poor Huck was attacked by a dog, resulting in several wounds to his stomach. The trauma had weakened a muscle in his stomach, and he endured an inguinal hernia. Huck had what ended up being a very difficult surgery where they repaired his hernia and neutered him, and he returned home to his family! 

Click here to read more about Huck’s story.


Taco’s Story

Taco was attacked by a large dog. Dental x-rays confirmed his jaw was fractured in two places. He needed surgery to wire his jaw back together. Thanks to our Pet Crisis Fund, Taco was able to have surgery. He made a full recovery and was neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped once healthy. His family was so happy he is home!

Click here to read more about Taco’s story.


Thanks to our East Side Pet Crisis Fund, we are able to help keep pets with their people by providing emergency veterinary care. But we aren’t able to help unless funds are available. YOU can make a difference in the life of a community pet, and keep a family whole by donating to this fund.



Metro East residents in need of emergency veterinary care for their pets may call our outreach hotline at (314) 399-9738.