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Gateway Pet Guardians: Purina New Year, New Home Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

This money will be used to eliminate the adoption fees for nine adoptable animals who have been with Gateway Pet Guardians for an extended amount of time.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

Unfortunately, none of our featured dogs have found their own couch yet! We plan to use some of our advertising budget to purchase social media ads supporting these nine pets. We will also utilize an existing spot in a local newspaper, which a donor funds, to increase the visibility of these sweet dogs.

How many pets did this grant help?

9

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

At this time, these dogs are still with Gateway Pet Guardians. We are currently increasing efforts to find them their people and get them home. Their adoption fees will forever be funded by the generous Petfinder Foundation grant. One of the sponsored dogs is Baby Bella (first photo). From her Petfinder profile: “Baby Bella is GPG’s certified DIVA! Bella doesn’t let her small stature (only 25 lbs.) stop her from demanding the very best in life! A huge fan of the Real Housewives series, Bella knows the importance of keeping in shape and looking great! She enjoys walks and hikes to keep her girlish figure and requires daily massages/petting to keep feeling like a star.

“Like most famous divas, Bella surrounds herself with a small entourage of friends whom she showers with love and affection. Worried you aren’t cool enough to roll with Bella’s posse? Don’t be! A little bit of patience and a whole lot of corn dogs are the key to this lady’s heart. And other dogs? Bella graces our shelter’s doggie playgroup on occasion, so we think she could live with a dog willing to let her shine. Big personality, impeccable style, and slobbery kisses … that is what you get with Baby Bella!” Meet Baby Bella here.

Gateway Pet Guardians: Purina Consider A Shelter Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The funds were used for enrichment toys and supplies for our shelter and foster pets.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

Any time we can utilize funds from programs like this, it frees up money for healthcare, which averages more than $20,000 a month.

How many pets did this grant help?

15

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Touchette is a sweet, petite playgroup rock star who doesn’t show well at the shelter. She is not fond of folks coming to her door. Making her life more fun behind bars makes us, and her, feel better. She is still available for adoption but is now in a foster home. Meet her: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/41318959

Gateway Pet Guardians: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Touchette was a playgroup rock star at the shelter, so we made sure she went to a foster home with other dogs so she would get occasional workouts. We also sent her with toys thanks to the wonderful donation in her honor.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

We love when we can provide the basics to enhance a pet’s life in the shelter and in a foster home. Sometimes it’s the little things.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

This made it possible for Touchette to arrive at her foster home with all the supplies she needed. Touchette still awaits a place to call home. From her Petfinder profile: “Meet Touchette! This dashing beauty is about a year old and 40 lbs. Touchette is the star of the Gateway Pet Guardians’ shelter and is wonderful at teaching the new dogs how to play. Even though she’s still very young, she is housetrained, crate-trained and incredibly well-behaved. Her ideal home is one with other doggy friends so she can have a playmate … or five! This overall easy and friendly girl is also great with cats! What more could you ask for?” Meet her: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/41318959

Gateway Pet Guardians: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

These P.L.A.Y. beds were used to enrich the lives of the pets in our emergency shelter and in foster homes.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

The beds were a hit with all who tried them. They were durable and washed well. We had several foster families say the existing pet in the home wanted it for themselves.

How many pets did this grant help?

15

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Cozumel is one happy recipient. His foster mom sent his bed with him when he was adopted. Here he is enjoying a “Chill” moment!

Gateway Pet Guardians: Petfinder Adoption Options in Action Grant (Invitation Only) Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The $1,000 Adoption Options in Action Grant was used to build an enrichment program for cats and kittens in foster homes. With the grant, we explored the use of interactive toys, vertical space, food puzzles, sounds, and aromatherapy to help cats transition from “street life” into foster homes. Furthermore, we invested in a special crate to showcase our cats at adoption events.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

With this program, we have not only seen an increase in natural cat behavior in foster homes, but it has improved cat foster satisfaction, as our fosters are able to provide additional mental stimuli for cats to improve their quality of care. Additionally, our adopters have shown satisfaction in seeing the cats’ true colors and personalities in the foster home prior to adoption, making the transition into a forever home easier.

One foster mom commented about the addition of enrichment toys to her foster experience: “Having enrichment to give my kittens enhances their lives while living with me and in their future homes. I know I have started them off on the right path by mentally and physically stimulating them with different toys and can pass on that knowledge to adopters! My foster kittens are happier and healthier because they know how to play, scratch, stalk, and hunt with appropriate things. The cute cat videos that result don’t hurt either!”

How many pets did this grant help?

Since the grant was awarded on October 30, 2017, we have rescued 15 cats and kittens. Each of these felines has been able to benefit from the additional enrichment supplies. Our organization has, on average, 35 cats and kittens in our rescue. Our goal is to continue to distribute supplies as additional cats and kittens are rescued, and ensure that supplies are distributed to cats already in our system.

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

We have one foster home with six kittens: Diego, Celia, Naiya, Roja, Isa, and Kiki. These kittens came from a community member who needed help with their momma cat, Dora. Dora was returned to her family after the kittens were weaned, and the kittens all waited in a foster home to meet their forever families. All six have since been adopted. The six kittens were our test subjects, and volunteered their services to test out the enrichment supplies as they were ordered. If the supplies proved successful, we ordered more for additional foster homes with cats and kittens. They especially loved and highly recommended the ball tracks and scratch posts.

Gateway Pet Guardians: Beggin' Pet Parade Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money was used for vetting our rescued pets. As an organization that doesn’t euthanize for space or illness, our average cost per rescued pet is approximately $420.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

In order to rescue, our organization must have two things: space and funding. As mentioned, each rescue is, on average, $420. These costs include common procedures and vaccinations such as spay/neuter, rabies, distemper and parvo vaccines and heartworm preventative. Additionally, the majority of our adult dogs rescued from the East St. Louis service area also have heartworm disease. This is a costly procedure. Many of our dogs are also injured or ill due to neglect and malnourishment. This grant allowed us to save the lives of these animals who may have been passed over by others.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant saved two dogs throughout their stay with our organization. We were able to adopt out two completely healthy dogs!

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

We’d like to share the story of Gaya. Late at night on June, 1, 2015, rescuers from Gateway Pet Guardians were notified of a dog tied up to a stop sign in Washington Park, IL. In the wee hours, volunteers rushed to the area to find her. Her rescuers quickly pulled the heavy tow chain off from around her neck and removed her from the stop sign. Gaya was emaciated and hot. Once at the vet, it was determined that she was severely malnourished, suffered from mange, had heartworms and had numerous sores on her body. Gaya weighed only 38 lbs. The chain we removed was 39 lbs. Gaya quickly made her way to a foster home and has never left. Her foster dad and four-legged siblings fell in love with her and decided to adopt her.