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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…

East Side Pet Crisis Fund: Angel’s Story

Every morning, her mom tells her “You are beautiful. You are smart. You are my Angel.” We couldn’t be more in love with this sweet little family. 

We got a call last night from mom, saying Angel had seven 3-week-old puppies but had stopped nursing and eating for three days. She clearly wasn’t feeling well. She had never owned a dog before, and she was one worried mama.

After…

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,…

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