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Happy Tail: Work-Out Buddy

Happy Tail written by Nicole Cameli.
I adopted Dill from Gateway Pet Guardians in November of 2013. I had never owned a dog and didn’t put much thought into owning a dog until about two years before adopting Dill. In May 2011, I had a heart ablation to fix an abnormality in my heart’s electrical pathways. My symptoms were triggered by exercise, so I went from a Division I college soccer player…

Happy Tail: A Story of Friendship

Happy Tail written by Jennifer Brewer.
When my son Jordin was just a toddler, we knew there was something extra special about him. Diagnosed sometime later with level one autism, ADHD and anxiety, he would often come to me in tears, overcome with his emotions. One day, when he was eight, he said the most heartbreaking thing a parent could hear, “mom, I am so tired of being sad all t…

Happy Tail: He Saved Both of Us

Happy Tail written by Jane Davis.

My love story of Jasper (formerly Pickle) adopted from Gateway Pet Guardians.

He came into our (yes he has a 4-legged sister) lives just in time. I rescued Jada, his golden lab sister, shortly after I had sent my previous love to the rainbow bridge. At that time, I was suffering from tremendous loss. Three of my family members had been murdered, my mother…

Happy Tail: Oh Brody

Happy Tail written by Jane Gram.
For reasons I can only attribute to insanity, our family decided to adopt Brody from Gateway Pet Guardians Rescue in October 2013. At the time, we had an older German Shepherd Dog named Mack, and our cat, Newman. We thought Mack, who was the ultimate couch potato, needed a playmate. And we thought two dogs are just as easy as one. Right?

So, off we (myself, my…

Happy Tails: Ziti – My Favorite Italian Dish

Happy Tail written by Amelia Fisher.
As a foster for Gateway Pet Guardians, I have had many puppies come and go through my front door. It was sad when they left of course, but the sadness was outweighed by how comforting it was to see them be adopted into loving new homes. Then this little spunky freckle-faced puppy showed up named Ziti. I fostered her and her brother, Mac. They were from t…

What is your WHY

Season’s Greetings,

This Holiday Season, in conjunction with Newman’s Own and #GivingTuesday, Gateway Pet Guardians thought we would let the people who help us, help them tell you WHY. Why do they volunteer? Why do they foster? Why do they donate? WHY Gateway Pet Guardians? There is no way we could have made the impact we have in such a short time without the kindness and hard work of…

Homeless Veterans Help Homeless Cats at the Joseph Center

About a month ago, we received a call on our hotline asking for help for some sick kittens.  These kittens were part of a colony of seven that live behind the Joseph Center in East St. Louis. The Joseph Center is a transitional housing program for homeless veterans.

When we visited the center, we learned that the veterans feed the cats and kittens three times a day—after every one of…

Mama Belle and Her Kittens

A few months ago, we received a call on our outreach hotline from a Metro East family that had found a stray cat that had kittens in their home. They didn’t know what to do, so they reached out to us for help. A foster home stepped up to take the mama cat and her kittens and help them grow healthy and strong. But the family had grown to love and adore the mama cat, who they named Belle. They…

Happy Families, Healthy Pets: Jones Park Vaccination Clinic 2017

On Saturday, Gateway Pet Guardians hosted a Community Pet Day in Jones Park where 100 pets received free rabies and distemper/parvo vaccinations. We host two clinics each year, designed to bring necessary vet care to residents in the Metro East. “There are so many obstacles Metro East residents face when accessing veterinary care, including transportation and cost. Thanks to our clinic, we ar…

When One Becomes Twenty-One, And Counting

Last November, a lady in our service area fed one cat she found on her property struggling to survive in the bitter cold. Ten months later… guess how many now exist? We’ve counted anywhere from 21-27 cats at one time on her property! She loves them and feeds them everyday, but she needs help. She reached out to the Gateway Pet Guardians Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) Program to see if we could offer…

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