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Kitten Season is Right Around the Corner: Obstacles During COVID-19

Veterinary clinics and animal welfare agencies are encouraged to limit non-emergency surgeries, including spay/neuter, during the COVID-19 pandemic (UWM School of Veterinary Medicine, ASPCA). Doing so will help conserve PPE to support health care professionals and reduce staffing needs to prevent risk for exposure.

These events are taking place right just prior to “kitten season,” a period of…

Nyla’s Story

Nyla came to us near death in October 2019. She had lost a lot of blood due to a ruptured mammary tumor and needed to stay the night in an emergency veterinary clinic. One of our kind volunteers, Jeanne Sommers, answered our urgent plea to transport her to the emergency clinic. During that short time, Jeanne fell in love with Nyla and offered to foster her when she was…

The Tale of Two Beetlejuices

Beetlejuice had to have his leg amputated after getting hit by a car when he was about 6 months old. His dad was so worried about him and called Gateway Pet Guardians for help. Through our Pet Crisis Fund, we were able to provide the amputation surgery as his leg could not be saved. Though he lost a leg, Beetlejuice did not lose his spirit! Even after the first day of surgery, he was running…

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…

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