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Operation Clean Sweep 2018

‘Haul it all away’ were the instructions for the day! Gateway Pet Guardians volunteers spent the morning helping out at Operation Clean Sweep in East St. Louis. We picked up garbage and hauled limbs and trees away to a burn pile to help clean up the city, alongside residents and friends. It was incredible seeing everyone come together and do their small part in such a big…

East Side Pet Crisis Fund: Taco’s Story

Taco was attacked by a large dog this week. Luckily, volunteers were nearby and jumped into action, breaking up the attack and rushing him to a partner vet. Taco’s mom recently lost her job because of an injury, and couldn’t afford vet care. But thankfully, she has us in her corner and we are supporting her in this time of need.

Taco had dental x-rays done and we learned his jaw is…

Alyvia and Alicia’s Rescue

Alyvia and her sister, Alicia, were being cared for by a community cat caretaker in East St. Louis. We received a frantic call from her stating Alyvia was hit by a car and not using her front paw. She was a very sick kitten, with a 105+ temperature and battling a massive infection from the open wound. Alyvia’s leg needed amputated to save her life. Watch her rescue video below!

Alyvia’s…

East Side Pet Crisis Fund: King’s Story

This is King. His dad called in a panic because he became very sick, very fast. We worked together to get him into a vet, where we discovered the poor puppy had lepto. Leptospirosis is a disease caused by infection with bacteria, and his body was working overtime to fight off this infection, but failing. We put him on supportive care to help him fight the infection, but sadly it wasn’t enough. H…

East Side Pet Crisis Fund: Bella’s Battle With Parvo

Vomiting. Diarrhea. Loss of appetite. These symptoms have been commonly described during calls into our Community Hotline this summer. We’ve worked with several cases of puppies that have caught the dreaded parvovirus–a highly contagious viral illness that affects unvaccinated puppies. Unfortunately, emergency treatment is very expensive and costly and most families cannot afford to pay for…

East Side Pet Crisis Fund: Zuri’s Story

We received a frantic call from a pet owner concerned about her tiny puppy, Zuri. Zuri suddenly started shaking and acting lethargic–not her happy-go-lucky self. We worked with Zuri’s mom to get her to a full-service vet to figure out what was wrong.

We ran some x-rays and a few tests, but couldn’t find anything visibly wrong with Zuri except dropped glucose levels. We believed she might hav…

Keeping Missy Home

Missy’s mom rescued her as an adult cat six years ago. When she found her, Missy lived outside, but she quickly brought her in and introduced her to being an indoor kitty. They lived many happy years together, but her mom suddenly found herself in a tough situation. She had to move, and her new place required a pet deposit, which she couldn’t afford. She called our Community Hotline in tears…

Supporting Senior Pets in the Metro East

There is nothing that makes us happier than meeting a senior pet in our service area. Our silver muzzled friends are proof that dogs truly are man’s best friend. Proof that residents in our service area love their pets, and that these pets have lived long, happy lives next to the people that adore them. And our hope is that they live many, many more years together.

Our spay/neuter services…

East Side Pet Crisis Fund: Chyna’s Story

Two years ago, Chyna was hit by a car. She laid around the house recovering for months. Her family even made a sling out of bed sheets to help her gain her strength back. She made a full recovery.

Fast forward to last week, and she went in to get spayed through our Spay/Neuter Program. The clinic noted a mass or obstruction in her colon. Chyna could eat and drink and poop, although she mostly…

Community Cat Update in the Metro East

In 2015, Gateway Pet Guardians started a new approach to controlling the homeless cat population in the Metro East. We recognized the need to address the overpopulation of cats and prevent their intake at our local animal control, where the risk sickness or death. To address this issue, we implemented a TNR program (trap-neuter-return), which focuses on fixing community cats and returning…

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