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June 2017

Rescue Me: Happy Tails

Once a week, our friends at Y98 St. Louis film and share a video of an adoptable pup in a series called “Rescue Me.” These videos help potential adopters see how they interact with others, what their personality is like, and other important information about the featured dog. We decided to follow up with some of the featured dogs post-adoption to see what their life is like now.

Happy Tails Update: Beni (formerly known as Benae)

We adopted Beni in December of 2016 when she was about 4 months old. We had been looking to adopt a dog or puppy from a rescue and when we saw a picture on Gateway’s website we fell in love. Beni’s story was featured on Gateway’s website in the end of November of 2016. She was found as just a sickly puppy by an Animal Control Officer who was tasked with finding a rescue to take her within 6 hours…

Giving Guardians Ice Cream Social


What do you call a beautiful afternoon of sunshine, ice cream and some generous, dog-lovin’ humans? A Giving Guardians Ice Cream Social… our first ever event held exclusively for our monthly donors, our “Giving Guardians”.

We had the opportunity to meet and visit with each other while enjoying some cold, albeit melting, ice cream with toppers and syrup and whipped cream.

Our Spay/Neuter Program – Recent Podcasts

Deanna Sanvi, Spay/Neuter Coordinator for Gateway Pet Guardians, has been spreading the word about our community outreach program through several podcasts in the animal rescue community. Below are a few of the features we’d like to share!

Pawprint Animal Rescue Community
June 25, 2017

The goal for Pawprint is simple – get inspired and do something. If you’re interested in…

TNR in the Metro East

Special thank you to Operation SPOT and St. Louis Feral Cat Outreach for funding seven east side community cat fixes on June 11, 2017! While community cats aren’t ‘owned,’ they do have residents that care for them and feed them. To keep the cat population in check, GPG helps residents “TNR” (trap-neuter-return) to get the cats fixed and return them to their homes. Learn more from Spay/Neuter…

Speaking the Same Language: Kelsey and Raanan’s Story

488 days ago, Raanan (RonRon) was rescued from St. Clair County Animal Control. In the year and four months that followed, he was shuffled around foster homes and stayed some time at the emergency shelter. His condition made it difficult to place him in a foster home. He’s hard of hearing (possibly fully deaf), which makes interacting with other dogs difficult and confusing. He gets so excited…

Kittens, Kittens Everywhere

It’s kitten season! What does that mean? Kitten season refers to the time of year when many litters of kittens are born. Animal Control is currently overwhelmed with cats and kittens. While Gateway Pet Guardians has traditionally been focused on the rescue of dogs, lately we’ve tried to lend a hand to help cats and kittens whenever we have the resources.

Yesterday, three foster families…

From Community Cat to Cuddle Monster: Jennifer and Sylvester’s Story

The Gateway Pet Guardians Community Outreach Program has taken a new approach to controlling the homeless cat population in the Metro East. Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) specifically targets stray and feral cats—cats that otherwise could not be adopted out into a family home. In TNR, cats are humanely trapped and taken to a veterinarian to be spayed/neutered and vaccinated. After recovery, the cats…

Looking for a Lap to Lay On: Rosemary and Mr. Trooper’s Story

Mr. Trooper is a five-year-old, eleven-pound shih tzu mix. He found himself living briefly at the Gateway Pet Guardians Emergency Shelter. It’s not common for small breed dogs to make their way to the shelter, but we are lucky he did, because this charismatic little pup won over the heart of shelter volunteer Rosemary Hamann, who ended up taking him home to foster. Rosemary met this…

Seeing Beyond the Bars: Laura and Baby Bella’s Story

When I met Baby Bella for the first time, my initial thought was “she is so small!” That was quickly followed with “why is she so angry at me?” Shelter staff explained that Bella didn’t like strangers and it took multiple meetings for her to warm up to people. I also learned that Bella couldn’t be harnessed unless you were her “friend”, but she would let strangers walk her…

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