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January 10, 2022 | Honoring Betty White Through Heartwarming Rescue of Two Stray Dogs

Last week, we were successful in humanely trapping two female stray dogs, including one who had been roaming the Metro East area since November. With temperatures dropping below freezing, our community outreach team and countless concerned community members were on a mission to rescue this longtime wayward wanderer. Click here to read the full press release.

To donate in memory of Betty White, you can donate directly on Facebook or on our website here

KSDK | These St. Louis area animal shelters are participating in the #BettyWhiteChallenge

KMOV4 | Gateway Pet Guardians to honor Betty White with fundraising drive after rescue of two dogs

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December 17, 2021 | ASPCApro – They Did It: Hired a Social Worker for Their Animal Shelter

In a recent interview with ASPCApro, Jill Henke, Director of Community Programming, and Katie Anderson, MSW, Community Support Manager, discuss how our organization is developing innovative ideas and programs to navigate human welfare issues, which aim to improve the quality of life for pets and people alike so pets stay in homes and out of the shelter. Click here to read the full article.

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November 23, 2022 | KMOV4 – Home for the Howlidays Thanksgiving Slumber Pawty

We are gearing up for Thanksgiving with the goal to clear our shelter before the holiday. This seasonal spin-off of our year-round Slumber Pawty Dog Program encourages families to foster over the holidays, which provides a much-needed break from the stress of the shelter in a home setting. Click here to watch the KMOV4 segment.

April 3, 2021 | KMOX – April’s Voice of Caring Partner

We were selected as one of the ten featured non-profit organizations in the St. Louis metropolitan area to be a 2021 KMOX Voice of Caring Partner for April. We were featured multiple times on the station, including a one-on-one interview with our Executive Director, Emily Stuart. Listen to the full Total Information AM Weekend interview here.


February 26, 2021 | FOCUS St. Louis 2021 What’s Right with the Region Awards

Along with three other local organizations, we were recognized in the Promoting Stronger Communities category, presented by the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis, for the FOCUS St. Louis 2021 What’s Right with the Region Awards. Watch the full interview featuring our Executive Director, Emily Stuart here.


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August 6, 2020 | Nine PBS – Pet Fostering During Self-Quarantine | Living St. Louis

When animal rescue shelters had to reduce staff/hours or close their facilities due to COVID-19 shutdowns, an army of volunteers stepped up to give the animals safe places to stay while waiting for a forever home. Watch the full Nine PBS segment here.

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July 24, 2020 | GreaterGood.org – Introducing a New Rescue Bank Affiliate – Gateway Pet Guardians!

GreaterGood.org’s Rescue Bank Program delivers donated pet food to shelters and rescues all across the country through their network of regional affiliates. We are excited to join as their newest affiliate, helping them serve the St. Louis community. Watch the full affiliate spotlight video here.

July 14-16, 2020 | Maddie’s Fund – Evolution of the No-Kill Movement Three-Part Series

An overview of how we operate and how we’ve pivoted since COVID-19 hit. Read Part One: Could Gateway Pet Guardians’ holistic approach for animal sheltering be the model of the future?

Tactical ways organizations can build community programming. Read Part Two: 7 ways your animal welfare organization can build community programming to keep people and pets together.

Overcome common barriers when trying to implement community programming. Read Part Three: How animal shelters can overcome barriers when building their community programming.


July 2, 2020 | Best Friends Animal Society – Animal nonprofits like Gateway Pet Guardians exemplify why moving beyond rescue to comprehensive, community-based sheltering saves more pets

Those of us focused on solving the specific problem of dogs and cats being killed in shelters rarely characterize our work using the word “rescue” because it’s not all that relevant to most of what we do. Our work is about saving lives, supporting communities and reframing the role of animal shelters in that space. Read the full article here.

June 24, 2020 | Best Friends Animal Society – Supporting pet lovers in East St. Louis and surrounding areas

Last year, Linda Hopkins lost her job. Then she got sick. With no money coming in, she began to worry about how she would feed her four cats ― that is, until she remembered Gateway Pet Guardians, an East St. Louis, Illinois, community organization that stepped up to vaccinate and fix her cats for free. Read the full article here.

June 2, 2020 | American Pets Alive – Keeping families together: Pivoting community programming to support people and pets during COVID-19

We have spent years working with low income families in the Metro East/St. Louis area, providing supplies and services to families with pets. Community programming has been put in place to help families access these resources, overcoming obstacles such as affordability and access. Watch the full interview here.

May 15, 2020 | KTRS 550am – Gateway Pet Guardians: Structure and routine

Our Program Director, Alisha Vianello shares some tips for leaving your pet at home when you return to work. Also, how the pandemic has affected our day-to-day operations. Listen to the full interview here.