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Happy Tails Update: DeeDee

I first met DeeDee at an adoption event in February. She was shy and cautious of people, and spooked by lots of things. I knew we had a connection the minute I sat down with her, and I couldn’t leave knowing that she didn’t have a chance with our family. We did a trial week, and in that short time, DeeDee opened up and gained our trust. It’s been a month since her adoption, and I’m happy…

The Right Time is Now: Amanda and Marilyn’s Story

Amanda had toyed with becoming a foster parent for a long time. Of course, like many others, she had a busy life, traveled 9 months out of the year, had her own dogs to care for, and had a long list of reasons why it was never the right time. Amanda reports though, she’s come to learn that the right time never really shows up and decided to go for it anyways!

Marilyn Monroe was one of t…

2017 Impact

As we finalize another successful and impactful year, I am reminded of some inspiring words. You will find them in our year-end impact report and you will find them throughout the year as we describe reality for many residents in the community we serve. “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 t…

Overcoming Tragedy: Letitia and Furball’s Story

Tragedy struck Letitia’s East St. Louis home a little over a week ago when her house caught fire. Sadly, she lost two kittens in the blaze, but was able to save one cat, Furball. We heard about Letitia in the local newspaper, and couldn’t imagine the devastation and loss she felt. We felt compelled to reach out to her, to offer our services, and to show her she has friends that care for her…

East Side Pet Crisis Fund: Bella’s Story

Yesterday, we received a call from a concerned pet owner. Her mama dog, Bella, had a gaping wound on her belly. We had previously helped her family find homes for Bella’s puppies, and when we heard she needed help we didn’t hesitate.

Hillside Animal Hospital fit Bella into their busy schedule. After a physical examination, it was determined that Bella had mastitis, a painful bacteria…

East Side Pet Crisis Fund: Zena’s Difficult Delivery

Earlier this week, we received a call from a frantic pet owner concerned about his dog. She went into labor 24 hours earlier, and still hadn’t given birth to her puppies yet. They had taken the dog, Zena, to the vet for an examination and received a quote for $1,200 for an emergency cesarean surgery to save her life. The family could not afford this surgery. With nowhere else to turn, they…

An Interview with Mama Heart

She’s known for her stunning brown locks, piercing eyes and standout ears, but we wanted to know what lies beneath Mama Heart’s striking exterior. So GPG News spent some time with “Mama” to discover what makes this lady tick!

GPG News: It’s Friday night! What are your plans?
Mama: Binge-watching my favorite shows with my favorite people. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a social girl, but I spend most…

A Powerful Partnership: Making Pet Food Accessible in the Metro East

East St. Louis is a ‘resource desert,’ with no veterinary clinics and few pet supply/grocery stores available to obtain pet food. Even if residents are financially able to care for their pets, there are few resources within the community they can rely on. The Gateway Pet Guardians Community Outreach Program strives to empower pet owners to keep pets in their homes and out of area shelters. To…

Banfield Foundation Grants $10,000 to Fund Emergency Veterinary Care for Community Pets

Last week, we received a very special announcement from our friends at Banfield Foundation. They awarded a $10,000 grant to Gateway Pet Guardians to be used towards our East Side Pet Crisis Fund! This fund was created in 2014 to assist families in the Metro East with emergency veterinary care. Through our work with the community, we encountered many situations where families needed financial …

MLK Day in the Community

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?”
– Martin Luther King, Jr.
Following in Dr. King’s footsteps, Gateway Pet Guardians hosted a day of service focused on helping pet owners in the Metro East. Fifteen volunteers made 45 stops, spending 5 hours in the blustery cold delivering pet supplies and visiting residents. Supplies delivered included…

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Microsoft Store Cat Adoption Event

June 24 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Fri 29

Bark & Brews

June 29 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Sat 30

Bentley’s Pet Stuff Adoption Event

June 30 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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