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August 9, 2022 | Overpopulated pet shelters in the St. Louis area struggle to support animals in need

In 2020, when COVID-19 began spreading in the U.S., pet shelters couldn’t predict the number of adoptions that would result from people being stuck at home. Today, however, local shelters are contending with overpopulation and are limited in how to support the metro area’s animals in need of care. Read more on Ladue News.

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July 26, 2022 | Emergency Flash Flooding Coverage

On the morning of July 26, St. Clair County Illinois Animal Control (SCCAC) was hit with massive flooding during a historic rainfall (10-12″) affecting the St. Louis, MO and Metro East area. The entire facility was under water and they needed to evacuate the animals immediately, so along with other incredible local shelters and rescues, Gateway Pet Guardians (GPG) immediately jumped into action. With a full facility, there were many displaced animals. Even as shelters and rescues continue to struggle with overcrowding, everyone involved stepped up and made space for some new arrivals. After hearing about the flooding and emergency transports, we had hundreds of people come out to lend a hand at the shelter, donate supplies or take an animal home to foster. With an already full shelter, we worked diligently to find fosters for the animals already in our care. After our foster team successfully moved all the current animals out to foster, we hustled to clean, gather supplies and set-up kennels for the over 40 dogs being transported to our facility. All animals went into foster and GPG received over 1,110 foster request forms and a handful of adoption submissions. In the coming week, GPG anticipates that more dogs and cats will need placement as SCCAC works to get their facility up and running again. All media coverage surrounding this event below:

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June 15, 2022 | KMOV – St. Louis Proud

In 2004, Gateway Pet Guardians was founded after a good Samaritan named PJ Hightower began leaving food out for packs of roaming dogs she would see everyday while traveling to and from St. Louis to Belleville. Since then, our organization has expanded operations to open the largest Pet Resource Center in the region (54,000 square feet) that includes an affordable veterinary clinic, pet supply retail store and grooming spa. For much of our building’s life, it was a school – Miles Davis Elementary. Prior to our purchase in 2019, it stood vacant in an area with limited pet resources available. Today, it provides a lifesaving operation for animals in need and a reliable destination for community members to care for their pets, including access to a free pet food pantry and free spay/neuter program. We are so proud of how far we have come and this all wouldn’t be possible without your support. Click here to watch the full KMOV segment.

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June 13, 2022 | I Heart Dogs | Dogs From This Shelter Have A Habit Of Saving Their Humans’ Lives

It’s amazing how far dogs will go to take care of their human companions. Adoptable Jack’s foster mom, Aisha, recently shared that he saved the life of her unborn baby. At eight months pregnant and just after the baby turned into cephalic presentation (head-down position), Jack repeatedly started nudging his nose up under Aisha’s belly. While doing this, Jack whined and headed towards the car. As she felt something was off, Aisha went to the hospital. It turned out the baby’s heartbeat was low and was essentially cut off from all nutrients. Because Jack sensed and alerted her there was a problem, Aisha was able to seek medical care in time to receive treatment and continue carrying her pregnancy to term. This handsome hero’s adoption fee is covered by a generous pet lover and he is currently looking for his forever home. Click here to read the full article.

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March 4, 2022 | KSDK – Snuggling with Shelter Pets for a Good Cause

Earlier today, we spoke to KSDK about all things slumber pawty. In 2017, we hosted the first-ever shelter slumber pawty in an effort to help long-term resident pets find forever homes, raising over $30,000 in 24 hours. The following year, Belleville Area Humane Society joined the pawty and together, we raised over $50,000. The pawty exploded in 2019 with 15 participating organizations joining in the fun to raise nearly $300,000! We are excited to be back together this year to raise awareness and much-needed funds for pets in need. Click here to watch the full KSDK segment

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March 3, 2022 | KTRS – Jennifer and Wendy Show Interview with Executive Director, Alisha Vianello

Our Executive Director, Alisha Vianello chatted with The Jennifer and Wendy Show from The Big 550 KTRS about all things slumber pawty, as well as how the pandemic has impacted rescues and where to turn for assistance when rehoming a pet. Click here to listen to the full interview.

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March 2, 2022 | The Dodo – Dog Dad Interrupts Shelter’s Maternity Shoot To Be With His Pregnant Girlfriend

Last month, we received a call about two stray dogs living together in an abandoned house. With wintery weather on the way, we did everything possible to get them safely into our care. Unfortunately, they were scared and kept dodging us, but after three days in the middle of a winter storm, we finally rescued both dogs – a male and female duo who we named Papa Memphis and Norma Jean. It wasn’t long until we discovered that Norma Jean was very pregnant, so we did what any sane person would do and put on a maternity photo shoot. Click here to read the full article.

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March 1, 2022 | Fox2Now – Dog ‘Slumber Pawty’ to Help with Pet Adoption

Earlier today, we spoke to Fox2Now about all things slumber pawty. In 2017, we hosted the first-ever shelter slumber pawty in an effort to help long-term resident pets find forever homes, raising over $30,000 in 24 hours. The following year, Belleville Area Humane Society joined the pawty and together, we raised over $50,000. The pawty exploded in 2019 with 15 participating organizations joining in the fun to raise nearly $300,000! We are excited to be back together this year to raise awareness and much-needed funds for pets in need. Click here to watch the Fox2Now segment.

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February 14, 2022 | KMOV4 – A Different Valentine’s Day Gift: A Puppygram

Earlier today, KMOV4 tagged along with our amazing volunteers to give out snuggles and sloppy wet puppy kisses. In addition to today’s stops, we visited several spots around the Greater St. Louis area this past Friday, raising over $1,000 to support our pet welfare community. Click here to watch the KMOV4 segment.

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February 10, 2022 | KMOV4 – Dozens of Abandoned and Neglected Dogs Rescued on a Rural Southwest Missouri Property.

Last week, two local rescuers, Lee Kern and Bree Self with Houston Animal Hero’s made it their mission to help dozens of abandoned and neglected dogs on a rural southwest Missouri property. After hearing the news earlier this week, our friends at Stray Rescue of St. Louis stepped in to assist with the nearly 100 dogs left to fend for themselves. It truly takes a village and we were happy to be one of the many neighboring rescues to provide extra supplies for this lifesaving effort. Click here to watch the KMOV4 segment.

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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.