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Knocking on Doors Can Save Lives

Last week, we received a call about a stray kitten that showed up on a resident’s property. He was in his yard, screaming and crying. The finder gave him food and water and waited for us to arrive and help.

We work with many community cats, often classified as “feral.” These cats live their lives outside and love it. They shy away from people and create special bonds with their…

East Side Pet Crisis Fund: Chester’s Story

Chester, a beautiful senior cat, enjoys the finer things in life. He loves his family, snuggling in his cat bed, and rubbing against those he loves. But one day, he accidentally slipped out the door. Suddenly, a stray dog was after him. Chester’s family scared the dog off their property and ran to their cat, noticing he was favoring his rear leg. They carried him back to t…

From the Desk of… the Animal Care Director

HELLO! MY name is Trey Cavazos. I am the new Animal Care Director at Gateway Pet Guardians and the newest member of the family. I have had the privilege and pleasure of working with a great bunch of individuals. The experience so far has been wonderful. Every single member of the GPG team is amazing!

Today, I would like to touch base and give you a glimpse into what has been happening…

East Side Pet Crisis Fund: Smoky’s Story

While playing with his tiny human friends, 10-week-old Smoky injured both of his front legs. He couldn’t walk or put pressure on them, so his family rushed him to the vet. The x-rays shared a devastating prognosis–he fractured both legs at the growth plates, requiring an expensive surgery. His family could not afford the surgery, so they went to a second doctor for a second opinion, wit…

Supporting Pets in the Summer Months: How YOU Can Help!

Welcome, summer! We are excited for the warmer weather and longer days, but summer also marks some unique challenges for our furry friends in the Metro East. We’ve already seen an increase in cases of fleas and fly strikes, and we could use your help to provide some relief to pets and families we serve! Check out the list of supplies below and consider donating to help out a pet (or two) this…

ASPCA Grants $2,500 to Fund Emergency Veterinary Care for Community Pets

Gateway Pet Guardians received a very special announcement from our friends at the ASPCA. The nonprofit organization awarded a $2,500 grant to Gateway Pet Guardians to be used towards our East Side Pet Crisis Fund, a fund created to assist families in the Metro East with emergency veterinary care.

Through our work with the community, we encounter situations where families need financial …

From the Desk of… the Program Director

GPG staff and volunteers recently attended Purina’s Adoption Options workshop

As we embark on this incredible journey to opening Gateway Pet Guardian’s Community Pet Resource Center in East St. Louis,  the one word that comes to mind is CULTURE SHIFT. I will never forget a meeting we had about a year ago where as a team we were literally debating whose life was more important–the animals…

Maddie’s Fund Grants $5,000 to Fund Life-Saving Extreme Weather Action Plan

We have an exciting announcement! Maddie’s Fund®, a national family foundation established by Dave and Cheryl Duffield to revolutionize the status and well-being of companion animals, has awarded Gateway Pet Guardians an Innovation Grant for $5,000 to be used to save more lives through our Extreme Weather Action Plan.

Over the years, Gateway Pet Guardians has grown to be a driving catalyst…

From the Desk of… THE DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

Becoming part of the Gateway Pet Guardians team was one of the best choices I have ever made. This organization is filled with the MOST compassionate people, who truly go beyond rescue (#beyondrescue) everyday to keep pets with the people who love them. We also aim to enrich the lives of pets in our care (shelter and foster) until we find homes for these sweet furballs who have lost their…

A Beautiful Family Portrait

This family portrait was taken on a sunny day in April. Gorgeous green grass, budding flowers, bright smiles, laughter and love for their pets radiated from the family as they doted on their dogs. It was beautiful.

But four months prior, we were unsure if this family portrait would ever exist. Sandy, a senior terrier, became very sick.

“They are like our kids. When we noticed…

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