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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…

Peppa Ann’s Pedicure

Meet Peppa Ann! She was fixed through our Spay/Neuter Program three years ago. This little girl was in pain, as one of her toenails grew so long it curled under and cut her toe pad. We set up an appointment with our vet partner Four Paws Animal Hospital, who helped us out by cutting down her nails and prescribing antibiotics to fight off infection. Plus, we got this senior girl up to date on…

Lucky #101: Our Targeted Efforts in Cahokia

It’s a special day today! This year, we received a $5,000 grant from Best Friends to focus spay/neuter efforts in Cahokia. We are targeting Cahokia because 34% of all owner surrenders at St. Clair County Animal Control from East Side Health District are from this zip code. We had a goal to fix 100 pets in Cahokia alone this year (while also continuing our efforts in our entire service area). W…

Our community’s homeless pets… whose problem are they?

Daily, as an animal “rescue” we are faced with life-saving (and potentially life-ending) decisions.  Which animal’s life is more important?  Which animal’s situation is more urgent? Do we have enough money to save that pet’s life?  Do we have a place for that animal to go?  What are ALL of the potential, positive solutions for that animal?  Our staff and volunteers are in t…

Heartworms in the Community: Xena and King’s Story

Heartworms. Those icky, parasitic worms that are spread through the bites of mosquitoes, infecting countless pets in our service area. The combination of warm weather, standing water, and lack of heartworm preventative make East St. Louis a breeding ground for this disease. And unfortunately, heartworm disease can result in severe lung disease, heart failure, other organ damage, and death in pets…

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