Creating a more caring community for people and pets.
CARE STL exists to create a supportive community rooted in collaboration, compassion, and caring for people and animals.
CARE STL envisions a world where all animals are nurtured in body, mind, and heart.
We accept the homeless, abused, neglected, injured, and surrendered animals of the City of St. Louis into our care, so they will be safe and loved until they can be adopted into loving homes.
Rescued Animals in 2022
Rescued Animals in 2020
Rescued Animals in 2021
Rescued Animals in 2019
Who We Are
The Center for Animal Rescue and Enrichment of St. Louis, or CARE STL, was founded in 2018 in response to the City of St. Louis Department of Health's Request for Proposals for an animal shelter partner to run the existing city-run animal shelter, recording a 55% euthanasia rate. Weng Horak founded the organization. CARE STL was awarded the contract and has managed the city shelter since March 2019. CARE STL's mission is to create a supportive community rooted in collaboration, compassion, and caring for people and animals.
CARE STL provides adoption services, receiving animals within the City of St. Louis jurisdiction, fostering, and much more since its mission and focus is exclusively on protecting the safety of the City of St. Louis residents and its animals and protecting the public from strays that are possibly dangerous animals. CARE STL helps the city enforce Title 10 of the City Code relevant to animal care and control. CARE STL's target goal is to achieve the highest live release rate in the nation by following the guiding principles of proper sheltering practices such as:
Save and rehabilitate community dogs and cats, regardless of whether they are perceived to be friendly or unsocial with humans ("feral")
Save orphaned animals as well as pregnant animals and their newborns.
Rehabilitate animals suffering from or exposed to treatable contagious illnesses and provide emergency medical help to them.
Enrichment of poorly socialized dogs, shy dogs, or traumatized dogs
Care for the animals surrendered; our veterinarian and professional behaviorist staff will independently evaluate the animals to determine treatability.
Work with treatable animals considered to have "behavior problems" or "medical problems.
Evaluate animals with behavior and medical impediments even if they have been signed over for euthanasia.
Provide care for all animals not based on arbitrary criteria such as color, age, or breed.