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March 2020

East Side Pet Crisis Fund: Sophia’s Story

Earlier this week, we received a call from Sophia’s owner. Something terrible had happened to her eye and she desperately needed help. She had rushed Sophia to an animal hospital, but could not afford the surgery she needed. She went home with pain meds and antibiotics and called Gateway Pet Guardians for help.

We scheduled an appointment with our partner vet, who recommended removing…

Burpees for Puppies and Jumping Jacks for Cats Challenge

Want to help dogs and cats in need? Need help staying active during quarantine? Join the Burpees for Puppies and Jumping Jacks for Cats Challenge! To learn how it works, watch this video and/or follow these steps:

Click on our Facebook PageClick FundraisersClick “Raise Money”Start your fundraiser and make a post committing to do one burpee or one jumping jack for every dollar donated to…

Finder Turns Foster During COVID-19

We have seen an outpouring of support from fosters, adopters and donors wanting to step up and help animals during this unprecedented time. But today, we also wanted to share some more great work from our community!

We received a call from a resident from our service area about a pregnant community cat. Since we are temporarily slowing intake to honor the Illinois Shelter in Place order, w…

Turning Our Community into A Pet Shelter: Metro St. Louis Steps Up for the Animals

March 23, 2020 (East St. Louis, IL) – One local East St. Louis animal shelter has emptied ALL of their kennels because of a tremendous outpouring of support from the metro area community.  

“I am so relieved and happy to say that we moved all of our shelter pets into foster homes. We haven’t closed our doors, we’ve simply turned our community into a remote pet shelter,” said…

GPG Covid-19 Crisis Update

These are definitely trying and uncertain times we are facing right now.  Covid-19 has thrown our entire world upside down in a matter of a few months and our country in a matter of weeks.  My heart weeps daily for every one of my fellow men, women and children during this pandemic.  

Fortunately, Gateway Pet Guardians leadership is experienced in navigating change and…

Take Advantage of the COVID-19 Shelter in Place by Adopting a New Best Friend

We get it. This whole “self-quarantine” and “social distancing” thing can be hard. It can be isolating and lonely. But it doesn’t have to be! Now, more than ever, we would LOVE to see one of our adoptable dogs make their way into your home! Consider them your “COVID-19 buddies” or your “social distancing sidekicks!”

All of our adoptable pets are available online. Visit…

Additional Barriers to Pet Supplies During COVID-19

“I just had a heart attack and got out of the hospital. My cats do not have any cat food or litter. The store I went to did not have any, and I can’t shop around due to quarantine and my health. Can you please help us?”

This is one of the many phone calls that have come in over the past several days. Pet food is becoming scarce in our area as families stock up on supplies to prepare for t…

Sharing Resources in a Time of Uncertainty

At Gateway Pet Guardians, we are keeping a close eye on the rapidly evolving events surrounding COVID-19. To limit exposure and keep risk of transmission as low as possible, we are searching for ways to continue to serve our community while still taking precautionary measures.

Despite this pandemic, families still need access to food–and pet owners still need access to pet food. We reached…

East Side Pet Crisis Fund: Sky’s Story

Sudden emergency veterinary expenses in times of crisis can put many families in a tough financial situation. For example, meet Sky. Sky is treasured by her family, but she suffered from a gunshot wound to her shoulder. Her family, with help from a friend, was able to get her to an emergency vet, but couldn’t afford the treatment plan. They reached out to us for help.

We sent Sky to on…

East Side Pet Crisis Fund: Aunt Mary’s Story

Despite our shelter being closed, we are still in the business of helping pets and the people who love them–especially in times of crisis. We received a call from Aunt Mary’s mom concerned about her face. After being attacked by a dog, her face was extremely swollen and she was in a lot of pain. We knew she needed help, so we sent her to a full service vet partner who sedated her to clean her…

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