On Wednesday morning, FOX 2 warned you about a dog on the highway at the I-64 and I-55/70 split in East St. Louis. We reached out to Gateway Pet Guardians and, with the help of IDOT, they were thankfully able to rescue that dog! Watch the full segment here.
Gateway Pet Guardians brought Bessie, a beagle estimated to be 11 years old, to the shelter for urgent medical treatment. Her situation was dire. Read the full article here.
Sometimes when it rains, it pours for St. Clair County Animal Services. “When it rains,” Sara Cordevant with Gateway Pet Guardians said, pointing to the creek running past the Belleville shelter, “it just doesn’t drain well.” The shelter has seen the creek overrun its banks and fill into the shelter. In 2022, pets had to be rescued after feet of water flooded into the kennels. Watch the full segment here.
February 28, 2023 | Best Friends Animal Society – Are big events worth the bother?
Like many shelters and rescues, Gateway Pet Guardians (GPG) in St. Louis had success with virtual events during COVID, so much so that they’re keeping them as an important plank in their fundraising strategy. They are also retiring some of their in-person events. Read the full article here.
Jill Henke had just pulled up to a local community center in Washington Park, Illinois, eager to drop off some cat food. On her way into the building, she saw a mysterious pair of eyes staring at her from across a field. Read the full article here.
Everyone in St. Louis, Missouri, was buckling down last month as they prepared for oncoming record-breaking low temperatures and a storm that promised to be brutal. But one St. Louis resident had nowhere to go — a brown and white dog named Mac, limping around the icy suburbs, looking for help. Read the full article here.
January 6, 2023 | NewsNation – More families need pet food pantries as prices rise
Pet food inflation is outpacing even high human grocery costs, up almost 15% from last year, leading to a growing number of families facing a heartbreaking choice between feeding their pets and paying for their own necessities. Shelter workers from Maine to Montana say they are struggling to keep up with the number of pets returned or surrendered because their owners can no longer afford to feed them. Read the full article here.
November 20, 2022 | MeTV St. Louis Interview
Now. St. Louis is a weekly public affairs program that examines issues and topics relevant to the people and communities in the St. Louis area. Our Executive Director, Alisha Vianello, sat down for an interview to discuss all things Gateway Pets! Watch the full interview here.
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 the full article here.
July 26, 2022 | Emergency Flash Flooding Coverage
Within a few hours of excessive rainfall in the early morning hours of July 26, the St. Louis Metro East region was hit with massive flash flooding. This historic rainfall affected many of our community residents and partners, including local animal control who had to evacuate all animals and close operations after the entire facility was under water. Along with other local shelters and rescues, we immediately jumped into action to make room in our already overcrowded facility for over 40 displaced dogs. After hearing about the flooding and emergency transports, hundreds of good Samaritans came out to lend a helping hand at the shelter, donate supplies or take an animal home to foster. A few days later, additional heavy rainfall brought on another round of flooding to affected areas. For many weeks following the record flooding, we provided pet supplies, temporary boarding and rescue assistance to community members in need as they worked to rebuild their lives. All media coverage surrounding this event below:
- Belleville News Democrat – Dogs and cats evacuated from flooded St. Clair County Animal Control facility.
- Chicago Tribune – St. Louis region hit by more flooding, prompting rescues
- FOX 2 Now article – Area animal shelters flooded, need foster parents
- FOX2Now – Metro East woman reunited with pets after flooding
- KMOV Channel 4 segment – Foster homes needed after flooding at St. Clair County Animal Services
- KSDK Channel 5 article – Here’s how you can help adoptable pets affected by flooding
- KSDK Channel 5 article – Emergency shelters for those displaced by flooding across St. Louis
- New York Times – St. Louis flooded again after more rain
- Riverfront Times article – St. Louis Animal Shelters Plead for Help Amid Flooding
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch – 10 rescue puppies in St. Peters die in flooding; St. Louis Zoo building roof collapses
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. Watch the full segment here.
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. Read the full article here.
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. Watch the full segment here
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. Listen to the full interview here.
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. Read the full article here.
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. Watch the full segment here.
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.Watch the full segment here.
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. Watch the full segment here.
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.
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. Read the full article here.
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. Watch the full segment here.
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.
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 segment here.
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.