A few months ago, Emerald City Pet Rescue began bringing dogs to a low-income senior housing center, Providence House at Pike Place Market. This type of outreach is near and dear to our hearts, it means a lot to us that we can help bring joy to people’s lives by giving them the opportunity to visit with some of our dogs, and it’s also wonderful for the dogs to meet new people, as well.
We were so pleased, in fact, with how our visits at Providence House have been going, that when we were approached by Karen Carlos, previous ECPR adopter and Services Coordinator for Hilltop House in First Hill about bringing some dogs for a visit, we were more than happy to set something up.
Today we brought seven dogs to Hilltop House for a visit. Three of the dogs that came with us are available for adoption, as well as a group of “alumni” dogs that have been adopted by a few of our staff members that came along for the visit. On the car-ride back to the rescue, we couldn’t help but discuss among each other how powerful and positive these visits are for everyone; the residents at the housing communities, the dogs, and even us; the staff! The therapeutic aspects of visiting with dogs is evident. Faces light up the moment a dog curls up into their laps, laughter, and smiles ensue when a dog wags their tail and asks to be petted. For the rescue dogs, positive interactions with new people in a new environment helps to build their confidence, and that makes them all the more adoptable. For the staff, it warms our hearts to look around and see human and animal making such an amazing, positive connection, and knowing that we had a part in making that happen. We are all devout animal-lovers and we feel it is our personal responsibility to advocate for our rescue animals. It means the world to us that we are able to share the joy these animals bring to our daily lives with others in the community, and we hope to continue to do more and more of these visits in order to spread joy and educate others on how amazingly appreciative and therapeutic adopting a rescue pet can be.
Thank you to Hilltop House for inviting Emerald City Pet Rescue into your residence and allowing us to share our wonderful pets with you. We hope to come back on a regular basis!
If you help organize a living community and you’d like to give your residents the opportunity to meet some rescue dogs, please contact us at 206 557 4661. We would love to do more and more outreach in our Seattle communities!