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Curbside Pet Food Pantry Distribution for Month of June

The Pet Food Pantry was curbside for the month of June, and we were so happy to see so many familiar faces! Volunteers practiced social distancing and wore masks, delivering food directly to each family’s trunk.

We distributed 818 pounds of dog food, 96 pounds of cat food, and 224 pounds of litter. Each dog also received some milkbones. Thanks to a special donation from Greater Good,…

East Side Pet Crisis Fund: Gold’s Story

We would like to introduce you to this handsome lug, Gold.

Over the weekend, Gold was shot multiple times. He has 3 bullet holes in his right shoulder, and an x-ray showed some shrapnel. His rear leg has one bullet wound but the bone is completely shattered. Unfortunately, that leg needs amputated.

Gold is loved by everyone at Gateway Pet Guardians, but even more so loved by his…

American Pets Alive Hosts Gateway Pet Guardians for Webinar on Community Programming

On Wednesday, May 27th at 7 pm CST, Gateway Pet Guardians was invited to present in a webinar titled “Keeping Families Together: Pivoting Community Programming to Support People & Pets During COVID-19.”

“Gateway Pet Guardians has spent years working with low income families in the Metro East St. Louis area, providing supplies and services to families with pets. Community programming has…

Gateway Pet Guardians Contributes Pet Food to The Salvation Army’s Mass Food and Supply Distribution

The Salvation Army is increasing efforts to meet human need. In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the organization has evolved service delivery to ensure that immediate needs of community members, first responders, and government partners are met. As part of these efforts, The Salvation Army hosted a mass food and supply distribution for families in the Greater East St. Louis area on…

East Side Pet Crisis Fund: Prince’s Story


This past weekend we got a call from Animal Control about a dog that entered their facility in rough shape that was microchipped through our program. We helped track down the dog’s owner. She was so grateful to have found him, but he desperately needed help.

Prince had gone missing for two days, leaving the family in tears searching for him. We believe …

Supporting Pets in the Field: Snow’s Story

Meet Snow, isn’t she precious!? Snow hurt her little paw paw in hot grease late last week. 

COVID-19 has made it difficult to obtain veterinary appointments, as vets are implementing social distancing protocols and are booked out days and even weeks right now. So we tried addressing her injury by providing advice over the phone. But her paw became infected over the weekend, and we knew…

You’re a Match!

Adopting a new pet is an exciting time. Scrolling through websites, getting dog kisses at adoption events, happily clicking “add to cart” for collars and leashes and beds so you’ll be ready when you bring your new pet home. You finally find the right pet and submit an application – yay! But then there’s that other feeling. Nerves? Anticipation? Fighting the urge to push the other…

Gateway Pet Guardians Strives Towards Certification as Service Enterprise Initiative

Thanks to support from Best Friends Animal Society, Gateway Pet Guardians has been given the opportunity to pursue certification as a Service Enterprise through Points of Light. A Service Enterprise is an organization that strategically embeds volunteers and their skills across all levels of the organization to more successfully deliver on its social mission. Service Enterprises tend to b…

Alana’s Second Chance

Alana was found by a resident within our service area. At first glance, it was obvious she had experienced extreme trauma, in pain and with multiple wounds. Her finder took her to a local veterinarian, but her treatment plan was beyond what she could afford. She called Gateway Pet Guardians for help.

After an initial examination, the vet found a shattered left scapula, a through and…

We Needed a Win: Butterscotch’s Story

**Warning: Graphic content **

Times are tough. It has been a hard few weeks as families and communities are impacted by COVID-19 and learn to navigate the world that is our new norm. We’re all facing additional obstacles and setbacks, and doing the best we can to adjust. We could all use a win right now.

Butterscotch is our win. 

A few weeks ago, on Easter Sunday, we weren’t…

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