Gateway Pet Guardians

Beyond Rescue

East St. Louis, IL   |  http://gatewaypets.org

Mission

Our mission is to champion a thriving pet welfare community in the East Side Pet District. We strive to create a community of healthy pets and empowered pet owners through judgement-free, equitable access to pet resources.

Ruling year info

2004

Executive Director

Emily Stuart

Main address

725 North 15th Street

East St. Louis, IL 62205 USA

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Formerly known as

PJs Pet Guardians

EIN

26-0096240

NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In the East St. Louis metropolitan area, over 45% of the population lives below the poverty line. Gateway Pet Guardians provides necessary resources to pet owners. The community is also a resource desert. There is no veterinarian or pet supply store. In 2020, the East St. Louis metro area had a 96% overall save rate . We impacted 3,480 animals in 2020, a 27% increase from the previous year. We completed 782 adoptions, which is 56% more adoptions than in 2019. We provided a total of $41,827 in emergency veterinary services to the community.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Community Outreach Program

The East St. Louis metro area is Gateway Pet Guardians' (GPG) target service area. With no veterinary clinic and over 43% of the population living below the poverty line, the community is in desperate need of resources for their pets. Family pets are a large part of the community. GPG is dedicated to serving the residents and their pets providing them with quality food, appropriate and legal housing needs and medical services.
Daily, volunteers are in the community speaking to residents of proper, legal and responsible animal ownership. Volunteers provide dog houses, straw, medical and vaccination resources to owners to assist them with caring for their loved family pet.
GPG runs a successful spay/neuter clinic for the residents as no charge. We have successfully sterilized over 1000 animals in the community. That's hundreds of thousands unwanted pets that stayed off the streets and out of over-capacity shelters.
Additionally, GPG will assist with providing emergency medical support for injured or sick animals. Pet owners are walked through the process of medical treatment for their animals and GPG provides support throughout.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Awards

What's Right with the Region 2021

Focus St. Louis

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of animals rescued

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Since 2018, we have dedicated all of our resources to East Side Pet District. We ONLY take in animals from East St. Louis, Alorton, Centreville, Washington Park, Cahokia and Fairmont City.

Number of animal adoptions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of animals vaccinated

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Community Outreach Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

We vaccinate owned pets in the communities we serve, East Side Pet District. We have historically done these for free through our vaccination clinics in parks in local parks.

Number of animals spayed and neutered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Community Outreach Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

These are TOTAL sterilization surgeries for community owned pets and community cats.

TNR sterilizations (trap, neuter and return)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Community Outreach Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

These are community cat sterilizations. As our efforts were successful in controlling the stray dog population, the cat population has increased. This program is crucial for saving cat's lives.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

In addition to assisting residents with critical tools, vaccinations and services to care for their pets, Gateway Pet Guardians transfers animals from St. Clair County Animal Services, rescues stray animals from the community and accepts surrendered pets from residents Our goal is to assist in creating a no-kill community by prevention intake into area shelters and transferring from our county's euthanasia list.

Gateway Pet Guardians uses a multi-faceted approach. Aside from transferring animals from the euthanasia list at St. Clair County Animal Services, staff and volunteers work tirelessly to prevent intake into local shelters. Spay/neuter programming, emergency veterinary care and supplying resources to families in need are a few of the programs to keep pets with their families and out of shelters.

Additionally, Gateway Pet Guardians targets transferring pets from East St. Louis metro area from St. Clair County Animal Services to make the biggest impact possible in our service area. To increase the number of animals returning home, GPG has also implemented a lost pet team to target our community and attempt to find the lost pet's owner.

In 2020 we moved into the region we serve, East St. Louis, IL. We have a 54,000 sq ft facility with a state of the art veterinary center, a pet store and spa, an adoption floor and intake suites, and enhanced community programs like our pet food distribution and weekend drive-through vaccination and microchip clinics. We have expanded our team to 17 staff, including a Community Support Manager who works exclusively with the human part of the family. We are expanding our Board of Directors in 2021, entering a new strategic planning cycle, and incorporating the work of a new racial equity committee.

By reducing the length of stay in our shelter by 45 days, we are able to increase intake by 48% and save $184,872.

We established the first-ever vet clinic in East St. Louis, offering subsidized veterinary care to more than 500 pets since opening in August.

In 2020 we became the largest transfer partner for St. Clair County Animal Services and became the Rescue Bank Affiliate partner for St. Louis region.

Last year we prevented 1,352,694 unwanted pets from being born through the spay/neuter of 642 dogs and cats, thus saving St. Clair County $135,269,400 ($100 basic care estimate per animal).

We earned the Points of Light Service Enterprise certification

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Residents of the East St. Louis pet district

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    SMS text surveys, Case management notes, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We recently removed a required question about employment on our "become a pet foster" application because it was increasing the barrier to participation for community members

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Gateway Pet Guardians

Board of directors
as of 6/11/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Angela Schaefer

Laura Nelson

Kristen Burger

LaKeisha Coleman

Jenny Dolce

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 06/11/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/30/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.