Creating a more caring community for people and pets.
CARE STL is the no-kill open admission shelter dedicated to saving & caring for the unwanted, abused, neglected, and homeless companion animals of the City of St. Louis.
CARE STL envisions a world where all animals are nurtured in body, mind, and heart.
CARE STL exists to create a supportive community rooted in collaboration, compassion, and caring, for people and animals.
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.