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Little Oasis in a Resource Desert

Imagine waking up and having to choose between food for your pet or food for yourself when you make your way to the grocery store in the morning. Or having the money to pay for dog food, but no transportation to get you to the nearest pet supply store. This is the reality for many residents in East St. Louis and surrounding areas. At Gateway Pet Guardians, we strive to eliminate decisions lik…

A Holiday Tradition: Gina and Opie’s Story

Holiday traditions. Every family has them. Turkey for dinner, pumpkin pie for dessert, football on Thanksgiving Day. But one Gateway Pet Guardians volunteer has a tradition of her own. Every year, she brings home a shelter dog for the holiday to show them what life is like in a home.

Gina Loddeke has been bringing shelter dogs home for the holidays for three years now. She opens her home to…

Referrals and Reach: The Clinic’s Impact Continues

It’s been about a month since our Jones Park Vaccination Clinic, but East St. Louis and Washington Park residents are still receiving services for their pets. At the clinic, over 30 residents signed up for spay/neuter surgeries for their pets. Over the past few weeks, Spay/Neuter Coordinator Deanna Sanvi has transported 14 dogs and 2 cats to and from Carol House Quick Fix Pet Clinic for…

The Great Escape: Gingersnap’s Journey

Sometimes it’s the love of a single animal that encourages a family to try fostering. In this case, the beautiful and lovable Gingersnap stole the show. Julie Schroeder and Keith Jones met Gingersnap at the Gateway Pet Guardians Emergency Shelter several months ago, where they fell in love. Gingersnap went into a foster home, and shortly after escaped for a few days. Julie and Keith were a part…

Fighting for the Underdog: Erin and Benae’s Story

Written by Erin Celuch, Gateway Pet Guardians Foster Mom

About 3 months ago, Allison Busby and I received a plea from Animal Control Officer Stephanie Iisacs, who works for a Mt. Vernon IL Animal Control. She was tasked with finding a rescue within 6 hours or euthanizing a 5 week old puppy found in a box that morning that was infested with hundreds of maggots and intestinal parasites. T…

Stringer’s Story

Stringer was introduced to Gateway Pet Guardians in late July. We found him in a grassy area in the Metro East, not moving but shaking and crying. We instantly noticed something was wrong. Volunteers created a stretcher out of a sheet, carried him to their vehicle, and rushed him to receive immediate vet care. We learned that Stringer had a fractured vertebrae (possibly from being hit by a car)…

Just Jelly: A Foster’s Leap of Faith

Sometimes, the dogs we rescue have quirks that make them more difficult to place in a foster home. Jelly is one of those dogs, and had lived in our Emergency Shelter for over a year. Jelly struggled in the shelter, exhibiting guarding behaviors towards toys, food, water, etc. And the longer she lived in the shelter, the more she showed these behaviors. Until one day, a foster decided to take a…

2016 St. Louis Pet Expo

This past weekend we celebrated one of our favorite weekends – the St. Louis Pet Expo at the St. Charles Convention Center, a giant celebration of all things pets. It’s two entire days devoted to our pets, and Gateway Pet Guardians hosts a booth every year. Our amazing volunteers coordinate and work our booth, where we hand out goodies, share our mission with visitors, and talk about our amazing…

2016 Humanitarian of the Year… Julia Mittelstadt

Each year, Gateway Pet Guardians chooses honorees to spotlight at the annual Soiree for Strays Gala.  We look deeply at our volunteers and supporters and choose the person/family/organization that has extraordinarily helped us over the year (or more) make the biggest impact we could.  We have four categories of honorees that we feel best summarize those people that support us so passionately…

2016 Philanthropist of the Year… The Syberg Family

Each year, Gateway Pet Guardians chooses honorees to spotlight at the annual Soiree for Strays Gala.  We look deeply at our volunteers and supporters and choose the person/family/organization that has extraordinarily helped us over the year (or more) make the biggest impact we could.  We have four categories of honorees that we feel best summarize those people that support us so passionately…

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