September 21, 2021 (East St. Louis, IL) – Gateway Pet Guardians (GPG) recently introduced a free in-house spay and neuter program for community-owned pets. Since its launch in July, their clinic team provided over 250 pets this service at no cost to the families in the community, and with the support from a recent grant from the BISSELL Pet Foundation (BPF), GPG is on track to spay and neuter over 500 pets through the remainder of 2021.
With thousands of pets abandoned each year, proactive spay/neuter procedures address the root cause of animal overpopulation by preventing unwanted births, freeing up shelter space for pets in need and saving pets from potential abandonment or euthanasia.
“We understand how important it is to support preventative efforts that allow our partners to save lives through safe spay and neuter procedures,” BPF Founder, Cathy Bissell said. “We also strongly encourage all pet owners to be responsible and have their pets sterilized, to further ensure healthy pet populations.”
With the implementation of community-focused programs, the local municipal shelter for the East Side Pet District is currently intaking less than 2,000 pets annually and euthanizing less than 10 percent. By providing barrier-free access to spay and neuter services, GPG is reducing the cycle of animal homelessness and providing equitable access to lifesaving care to our pet welfare community.
“Moving this program in-house is a game changer,” Community Director, Jill Henke said. “It allows us to be so much more efficient, which means we have the capacity to spay and neuter more pets. As we typically have a waiting list, we can reduce the amount of time pets have to wait by performing procedures in-house.”
To date, BPF has awarded thousands of dollars in dedicated spay and neuter grants to shelters and animal welfare organizations throughout the United States and the world. The awarded grant from BPF will help GPG fund the spay and neuter of over 400 dogs and cats in their pet welfare community.
About Gateway Pet Guardians:
Gateway Pet Guardians (GPG) is a 501(c)3 animal welfare organization focused on creating a community of healthy pets and empowered pet owners in East St. Louis, Cahokia Heights, Washington Park and Fairmont City, which is referred to as the East Side Pet District. Founded in 2004, GPG works to provide judgment-free and equitable access to pet resources, as well as remove barriers to pet ownership through progressive programming and collaborative partnerships. GPG relies on the generosity of contributors, funders and volunteers to help further the mission of keeping pets and people together in the East Side Pet District. For more information or to make a donation, visit gatewaypets.org.
About BISSELL Pet Foundation:
BISSELL Pet Foundation (BPF) exists to support animal welfare organizations and provide resources to underserved communities. This includes helping to reduce the number of animals in shelters and rescues through pet adoption, spay/neuter programs, vaccinations, microchipping, and emergency support. Founded in 2011 by Cathy Bissell, BPF is an extension of her long-standing love for animals and commitment to their welfare. BPF has since partnered with more than 5,300 shelters and rescues across the U.S. and Canada to help pets find loving homes. The foundation is supported by generous donors and BISSELL Homecare, Inc where every purchase saves pets. To learn more, visit bissellpetfoundation.org.