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Petco Foundation Invests in Gateway Pet Guardians to Support Pet Fighting Cancer

Gateway Pet Guardians has been awarded a $1,700 grant investment from the Petco Foundation to help a rescued pet fight cancer by covering his cost of care.

Everson was rescued by Gateway Pet Guardians from the urgent list at our local animal on February 24, 2020 and was diagnosed with mast cell tumors, eight total. He was adopted by his foster mom, Krista, with the understanding that GPG…

Managing a Foster Program During a Pandemic

Gateway Pet Guardians has always been a foster-based rescue but we have had a brick and mortar shelter since 2012. Our philosophy on animal sheltering is that it should be a temporary holding place for a pet until the pet can be placed in a foster home. We took this philosophy to a new level when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. We made the decision to send dogs and cats straight to foster care as…

Gateway Pet Guardians Participates in GESTL COAD Collaboration

Gateway Pet Guardians is a proud partner in the Greater East St. Louis COAD (Community Organizations Active in Disaster), a local network of public, private, and non-profit agencies created in response to COVID-19 spearheaded by East Side Aligned. The COAD seeks to enhance communication, collaboration, and coordination; enhance East St. Louis’s ability to prepare, respond, and recover; and…

Mama Cat Accepts Two Orphan Kittens as Her Own

Last weekend, we received a call from the East St. Louis Fire Department about a mama cat that had been attacked by a dog. They scared the dog off, but mama laid in the yard, unable to move. They could hear her kittens crying out nearby. They knew she needed help.

The department helped us round up the kittens and mama and we brought the family into our rescue. We took them to a partner…

Gateway Pet Guardians Community Hotline Provides Support Over the Phone

Gateway Pet Guardians offers a Community Hotline to residents in East St. Louis, Illinois and closely surrounding areas. Families can call a Google Voice number (314-399-9738) and leave a voicemail. The Gateway Pet Guardians team responds, connecting families with supplies, services and resources to help them care for their pets. 

From 2015-2019, we have responded to 3,961 calls on t…

Celebrating our Volunteers Virtually During COVID-19

On April 16th through April 26th, we celebrated our amazing volunteers during National Volunteer Appreciation Week. Each year, nonprofit organizations and communities recognize volunteers and celebrate service, and we pride ourselves on our volunteers feeling welcomed and appreciated. We know that volunteers are the backbone of our organization and critical to our mission to champion a thriving…

Gateway Pet Guardians Encourages Families to Consider an Emergency Pet Plan

Though the Illinois Shelter in Place order has altered or temporarily suspended some of our operations, our community programming continues to provide vital support to families in the Metro East. We have implemented extra precautions, including the use of PPE when working in the community, practicing social distancing, and limiting interactions with residents.

We might be working from a…

In Preparation for Increasing COVID-19 Cases, St. Clair County Animal Services is Cleared Out of Animals

April 10, 2020 (Belleville, IL) – Two partnering animal shelters came together with a single goal to empty all of the kennels at St. Clair County Animal Services this week. This is to prepare for potential emergency intake due to the COVID-19 virus.

“Our shelters have been working with top organizations across the country since early March to adjust programming for this pandemic. T…

Pet Food Pantry Delivers Food to Families’ Doorsteps During COVID-19

Before COVID-19 talk became the norm, the Gateway Pet Guardians community team created a program called WAG. Qualified families could become members of the WAG Program and get lots of freebies and discounts at our new Pet Resource Center. One perk was access to our monthly pet food pantry.

Yesterday, we started making deliveries to the 40+ families that had signed up so far (plus some that…

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…

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