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East Side Pet Crisis Fund: Bellah’s Story

Bellah’s family was beside themselves after an incident leaving their best friend, their baby, in pain. Bellah was shot in her front leg, and they rushed her to a local vet. After paying everything they had towards the office visit, they were faced with three options: find some way to afford a $5,000 surgery to repair the leg, surrender her to a rescue or shelter, or humanely euthanize their…

Lost Dog Team in Action: Novah and Bear’s Story

Days after the Polar Vortex where temperatures dropped to below zero, we met these two adorable dogs. They were roaming as strays in the Metro East, and we were concerned for their safety with the frigid temps. We picked up the two dogs and took them to our shelter, but knew they likely had family out there missing them. We shared their photos on lost/found pet Facebook pages and mad…

Diversion in the Field: Helping Ruby and Pebbles Return Home

Years ago, packs of stray dogs were a part of the landscape in the Metro East. But after years of community programming, we rarely see packs of dogs. Spay/neuter initiatives and support to pet parents have helped tackle the issue of animal homelessness. Now, we might see a dog here and there, but they rarely travel in packs. And the dogs that we do see are generally owned by families we work…

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…

Happy Tails Update: Porsche

Just wanted you all to know how happy I am with my dog from you, Porsche (formerly Portlandia), Had her spayed Thursday and she is adjusting well to my home.
– Pet…

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: Sandy’s Story

On New Year’s Day, Sandy’s mom was in a panic. Sandy had a bloated stomach, wouldn’t eat, and was acting lethargic. There was clearly something wrong with her little girl. She called Gateway Pet Guardians, and after visiting, we scheduled an appointment at our partner veterinarian, Hillside Animal Hospital.

Sandy was a very sick pup. She was diagnosed with pyometra, which is an infection in…

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…

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