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CARE STL is the no-kill open-admission shelter dedicated to saving and caring for the unwanted, abused, neglected, and homeless companion animals of the City of St. Louis.


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.



Our core values involve providing progressive programs and services to the St. Louis City community by:


  • Providing humane treatment and care for all companion animals

  • Protecting animals from abuse and neglect and rehabilitating those animals

  • Respect for the dignity and worth of all animal life by providing education regarding the prevention of animal cruelty

  • Proclaim that population control killing isn't an act of kindness and that animals have a right to a dignified life

  • Promote the health and safety of our employees, volunteers, donors, and the public


Gasconade Dog Pound

In January 2012, the Department of Agriculture ordered the City of St. Louis Department of Health to comply with the Canine Cruelty Prevention Act. The city closed the Gasconade Dog Pound to the public after learning that it had inadequate ventilation, plumbing, and cages, which spread disease and hurt the animals. However, it was kept as a holding tank and euthanasia facility for animal-aggressive dogs and for those that had bitten people.


CARE was born!

In October of 2018, the City Department of Health issued a public Request for Proposal for the management of the Animal Care & Control Shelter, and Weng Horak, who’s been involved in the animal welfare community for many years, submitted a proposal. Officially, this Animal Care and Control facility, or “city pound,” transitioned in name and management to CARE STL.



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