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Our Spay/Neuter Program – Recent Podcasts

Deanna Sanvi, Spay/Neuter Coordinator for Gateway Pet Guardians, has been spreading the word about our community outreach program through several podcasts in the animal rescue community. Below are a few of the features we’d like to share!

 
Pawprint Animal Rescue Community
June 25, 2017

The goal for Pawprint is simple – get inspired and do something. If you’re interested in…

TNR in the Metro East

Special thank you to Operation SPOT and St. Louis Feral Cat Outreach for funding seven east side community cat fixes on June 11, 2017! While community cats aren’t ‘owned,’ they do have residents that care for them and feed them. To keep the cat population in check, GPG helps residents “TNR” (trap-neuter-return) to get the cats fixed and return them to their homes. Learn more from Spay/Neuter…

Speaking the Same Language: Kelsey and Raanan’s Story

488 days ago, Raanan (RonRon) was rescued from St. Clair County Animal Control. In the year and four months that followed, he was shuffled around foster homes and stayed some time at the emergency shelter. His condition made it difficult to place him in a foster home. He’s hard of hearing (possibly fully deaf), which makes interacting with other dogs difficult and confusing. He gets so excited…

Kittens, Kittens Everywhere

It’s kitten season! What does that mean? Kitten season refers to the time of year when many litters of kittens are born. Animal Control is currently overwhelmed with cats and kittens. While Gateway Pet Guardians has traditionally been focused on the rescue of dogs, lately we’ve tried to lend a hand to help cats and kittens whenever we have the resources.

Yesterday, three foster families…

From Community Cat to Cuddle Monster: Jennifer and Sylvester’s Story

The Gateway Pet Guardians Community Outreach Program has taken a new approach to controlling the homeless cat population in the Metro East. Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) specifically targets stray and feral cats—cats that otherwise could not be adopted out into a family home. In TNR, cats are humanely trapped and taken to a veterinarian to be spayed/neutered and vaccinated. After recovery, the cats…

Looking for a Lap to Lay On: Rosemary and Mr. Trooper’s Story

Mr. Trooper is a five-year-old, eleven-pound shih tzu mix. He found himself living briefly at the Gateway Pet Guardians Emergency Shelter. It’s not common for small breed dogs to make their way to the shelter, but we are lucky he did, because this charismatic little pup won over the heart of shelter volunteer Rosemary Hamann, who ended up taking him home to foster. Rosemary met this…

Seeing Beyond the Bars: Laura and Baby Bella’s Story

When I first met Baby Bella, my initial thought was “she is so small!” That was quickly followed with “why is she so angry at me?” Shelter staff explained that Bella did not like strangers and it could take multiple meetings and walks for her to warm up to people. You couldn’t harness her if she wasn’t your “friend”, but she would let you walk her. So, I took her for a walk…

Hiking Trails in St. Louis for Your Water Loving Pup

Adoptable Raanan at Trail Among the Trees at Rockwoods Reservation

Summer in St. Louis is hot, but there are plenty of fun activities you can do with your pet that will help you both cool off! One favorite activity of many Gateway Pet Guardians volunteers is hiking, especially on trails with water. Our fosters and volunteers provide their comprehensive list of their favorite ‘watering holes’ below:

Mastadon State Park, Imperial, MO
You can wade up t…

Bi-State Pet Food Pantry Partnership

In September 2016, Gateway Pet Guardians and Bi-State Pet Food Pantry formed a partnership to bring pet food services to the Metro East community. Once a month, residents who qualify for the program pick up a month’s supply of food. Last weekend we distributed food to 18 families, including 750 pounds of dog food and 42 pounds of cat food.

Learn more about this incredible partnership by…

Rescue’s #1 Fan: Catalina and Scruffy’s Story

Life can be busy. Crazy busy. And we often hear people say they don’t have time to foster. That might be true, but we’ve also met many individuals who have made it work, despite their busy lives. Recent high school graduate Catalina Cuevas is one such person. With a busy school and social life, she made time to foster adorable little Mr. McScrufferPants. And thanks to her sacrifice, this…

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