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We met Leon a few years ago. He had eight Shih Tzus at the time. He signed up for spay/neuter, but as he puts it, “It wasn’t a priority for me.” We had trouble reaching him for his appointments so we moved on in the long list of pets in our queue.

A year later, we got a frantic call. His male dogs had gotten in a fight over a female in heat, leaving one of them with a ruptured eye. On…

Banfield Foundation Grants $7,500 to Fund Emergency Veterinary Care for Community Pets

We recently received a very special announcement from our friends at the Banfield Foundation. The nonprofit organization awarded a $7,500 grant to Gateway Pet Guardians to be used towards our East Side Pet Crisis Fund! This fund was created in 2014 to assist families in the Metro East with emergency veterinary care. Through our work with the community, we encounter situations where families need…


One month ago, something incredible happened that is setting the stage for a hyper-launch of life-saving and life-enriching efforts in the East St. Louis Community. One month ago, we closed on a building that is going to be the largest pet resource center in the region!

Now, we didn’t intend for it to be the largest BUT it was set up so perfectly for what we needed (and wanted) that we knew…

GPG Spay/Neuter Fleet Grows by One

We set out the year with a goal of 400 spay/neuter surgeries and 300 TNR surgeries for pets within the Metro East St. Louis community. That’s a tall order to fill, and with the help of Schicker Ford of St. Louis and some very special donors, we will be able to meet those goals, and so much more!

Words cannot express how excited we are to have this second vehicle out in the community.

East Side Pet Crisis Fund: Scrappy’s Story

On Sunday night, Scrappy went out to use the bathroom and returned home limping. He favored his rear left leg, and was in a great amount of pain. He wasn’t his normal self, laying around and avoiding food. His family believed he might have been hit by a car. They reached out to Gateway Pet Guardians for help.

Thanks to our East Side Pet Crisis Fund, we scheduled an appointment at a…

Dolly’s Community Cats

Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) is not just about providing services for community cats, but also the caretakers that love them! We had done quite a bit of TNR in East St. Louis, but one day Spay/Neuter Coordinator Deanna Sanvi noticed seven new cats at a house we had never connected with. The cats were fat and definitely cared for, and we worked to make contact with the owner of the home.


Keeping Pets With Their People: Block’s Story

Last week, Block was outside using the bathroom and wandered out of his yard. His nose took him a few blocks down, where he chased a female in heat. He ended up at St. Clair County Animal Control (SCCAC).

Yesterday, we got a frantic call from his owner wanting to reclaim him from animal control, but unable to foot the fees. His owner missed having him sleep at the foot of his bed–his…

Working Together to Save Lives: Scrappy’s Story

Every month, we receive countless calls from community members needing help. These calls consist of owner surrenders, stray reports, and lost dog reports–in addition to the dozens of calls requesting services. Gateway Pet Guardians recognizes that we cannot intake every animal in need as we field these calls, and we rely heavily on strong partnerships with rescue organizations in the area. When…

East Side Pet Crisis Fund: Pretty Boy’s Story

Meet Pretty Boy. This handsome senior cat sustained an injury to his eye, leaving him in a lot of pain. After a visit to the vet, we learned that he had a tumor in his eye that likely developed after an old injury. We determined the eye needed to be removed to improve Pretty Boy’s quality of life.

Thanks to the East Side Pet Crisis Fund, we were able to assist Pretty Boy’s mom with the cost…

Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks: Professional Development and Animal Welfare

It is never too late to teach an old dog new tricks!  That same philosophy applies to animal welfare professionals.  My name is Jill Henke and I have been involved in animal welfare for 12 years and currently work as the Program Director for Gateway Pet Guardians (GPG).  Prior to GPG, I had always worked with 100% foster-based organizations and didn’t have a ton of experienc…

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