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2019 Polar Vortex

A blast of cold air known as the polar vortex crept through the Metro East over the past few days, with temps dipping to -2 degrees (and feeling like -20). These frigid temps were dangerous for both pets and their people, and Gateway Pet Guardians jumped into action to deliver the supplies necessary to help pet owners weather the storm. Volunteers and staff spent hours in the field, delivering…

Gateway Pet Guardians Honors MLK By Supporting Pet Owners in Metro East

Today, we celebrate the life and achievements of Martin Luther King Jr. and his push for racial equality in the United States. Individuals and groups around the region embrace the holiday as an opportunity to promote equal rights for all Americans, regardless of their background. Many honor this day by giving back to the community, keeping King’s spirit alive and pushing for a more inclusive,…

Maddie’s Fund Grants $5,000 to Fund Life-Saving Return-to-Owner Program

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 return-to-owner program.

Recently, a No-Kill Resolution for St. Clair County was passed in…

2018 Community End-of-Year Report

Dear Gateway Pet Guardians Supporters:

I wanted to take a moment to celebrate a successful year in the community and highlight a few of our programs. Our community programs are designed to keep pets with their families and out of the area shelter. Below are some of the successes from the past year–all thanks to your support!

Community Hotline

We have a special hotline number for…

East Side Pet Crisis Fund: Brownie’s Story

This little gremlin gave her family quite the scare today! They knew something was wrong when she was weak, sleepy and disoriented. Worried about her well-being, they reached out, and through the Pet Crisis Fund we were able to get her into the vet. Luckily, she was just hypoglycemic, and with a little sugar she bounced back to her (very vocal) self! Low blood sugar can be deadly for tiny…

Poinsettia’s Puppies

Here’s a secret… we weren’t planning on rescuing these babies today. It just kinda happened…. Whoops! But they needed help. They were born overnight so just hours old, but thankfully they are sleeping snug as a bug in a foster home tonight! Check out the video below that shows the rescue of Poinsettia and her tiny newborn…

Athletes for Animals Grants $2,500 to Fund Spay/Neuter in Metro East

Gateway Pet Guardians is proud to be an Athletes for Animals grant recipient during the Fall 2018 grant cycle. Their support is critical to our work in the Metro East. Through our Spay/Neuter Program, we provide free surgery, vaccinations, microchips, and a nail trim–A4A’s grant will help us continue to provide these services for free!

Over the last five years, Athletes for Animals has…

East Side Pet Crisis Fund: Gigi’s Story

Gigi’s mom frantically took her to the vet because she noticed blood in her urine and she was struggling to urinate. She spent the last of her money on an examination, but could not afford the x-rays needed to determine a cause. She took Gigi home and picked up the phone. She called Gateway Pet Guardians for help.

The next day, we got Gigi into one of our partner vets and covered the cost of…

Preparing for the Winter Cold

 

The Gateway Pet Guardians Community Outreach Team has been out full force for the past week, connecting with pet owners to make sure they have the resources they need to care for their pets! We distributed crates to families who wanted to bring their dogs inside and doghouses and straw to the families who are not able to bring their pets inside. 5 On Your Side joined us as w…

The Utility of a Crate

To some, this might look like a dirty old crate. But to me, it’s the holy grail. Crates are the single easiest tool for pet owners to curb many of the problems and issues we encounter. Destruction, potty training, routine… all addressed through the use of a crate.

Crates give families the confidence to keep pets inside, while protecting the things they own and also keeping their pets saf…

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