ECPR Teaches Humane Education w/ Bush School Students

Even though ECPR is still very young as a rescue, we are so excited for the new programs we have launched and we are thrilled that we have many unique opportunities to connect with the community around us. The Seattle community is wonderful; kind, eager, and willing to get together to help us save more lives!
IMG_0773One of our beloved staff members, our Education and Outreach Specialist, has had wonderful opportunities to put together many unique outreach programs that include everything from cuddle-visits with our dogs to senior centers and community centers, to teaching very young children safe ways to approach and pet dogs, and even putting together comprehensive Humane Education programs for interested High School Students. We are willing and able to work with people of all ages who are interested in learning about rescue, meeting rescue pets, and more.

We recently completed our second year of working with students at the Bush School. We met with them once a week for several weeks and had the opportunity to challenge their minds, and gave them opportunities to challenge ours! (And boy, they sure did! SO many thought-provoking questions and observations!)

IMG_0334 (1)For the first handful of weeks, we traveled to their school and did some work in their classrooms. We began by giving them a brief history of our specific rescue and how we operate. We discussed where our rescue pets come from, what our adoption process is, and all of the different departments and responsibilities that it takes to successfully rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome these animals safely and with the best care possible.
IMG_0329 (1)We then moved on to animal interactions, discussing not only general safe handling of animals, but also the types of training methods we use to work with and rehabilitate animals who have behavioral challenges due to many reasons including but not limited to; undersocialization, abuse, neglect, home-instability (being moved around from home to home and/or shelter to shelter). We also discussed some of our pets with specific medical needs and how our in-house clinic helps heal
We expanded beyond the world of our specific rescue into general animal welfare topics, and we had them split into groups and research and present information on topics such as animal exploitation, the meat trade, puppy mills, and more.

We then moved into the aspect of humane education that expands to human-to-human interactions, how, through animals, we learn compassion, empathy, and how we relate and communicate with both animals and each other with more than just words.

We want to give the Bush Students a huge THANK YOU as well, they organized a fundraiser for ECPR, and created amazing informative flyers to give to students, teachers, parents, and the community. They really went above and beyond to spread the word and we are so thankful for their creativity and dedication!

IMG_0504We then spent a handful of weeks bringing them into our rescue facilities. We began at our adoption center in Sodo. We introduced them to some of our rescue dogs and taught them some of our training methods. Our rescue coordinators were able to talk to them about adoptions, and our accounting department was even able to talk to them about some of the technical aspects of running a rescue! We then brought them to our cat adoption facility in West Seattle and they were able to learn about our unique adoption process for our kitties, and lastly, we brought them to our clinic. They were able to learn about all of the medical care we provide for our pets, tour the clinic, and talk with one of our amazing vet techs about the various jobs those in the clinic do, the procedures we perform, and how the clinic helps pets in need.

The students also had the opportunity to join us on one of our general outreach days. They went with a few of our staff members and some of our dogs; rescue dogs and ECPR ambassadors, to Hilltop House (a senior center) and were able to see firsthand the joy of our dogs spreading love throughout the community and what a positive impact that has on people. It was a wonderful experience for everyone!

IMG_0785We were so grateful that we had an opportunity to interact with youth interested in the world of animal care and animal rescue, they learned a lot, but we also learned a lot from them! What a wonderful opportunity for us all!

That was the run-down of the program we tailored to these student’s timeframe and learning desires, but our wonderful Education and Outreach Specialist is more than happy to tailor a program to your school’s time-frame and learning interests. If you’d like us to visit your school, or if you have a classroom interested in visiting our facilities, or both – please contact her at bethany@emeraldcitypetrescue.org

Special thanks to everyone who helped with this program and took the time to meet with these awesome students! Thank you to our founder, Vivian Goldbloom, for encouraging the program. Thank you to our rescue coordinators, kennel attendants, clinic staff, and more, for meeting the students and discussing your jobs here at the rescue! Thank you to the Bush School for inviting us to be a part of your educational goals, and we hope to meet more of your awesome students next year!

Zephyr has her TV Debut!!

Zephyr12Zephyr, a 3 and a half year old pibble mix, is a staff-favorite and SUCH A LOVE here at the rescue! She has been with us for nearly eight months now, and as much as we all love her, we know she truly deserves a forever home of her own. We really want to help her find it!
Zephyr is GREAT with people! She LOVES love, she loves to be cuddled, she loves to go on walks, and her tail literally NEVER stops wagging!
Zephyr would do best in a home without other dogs (she wants to be the focus of your attention) and without cats.

Last weekend, Zephyr got to team up with Q13Fox and Pawsitive Alliance and on Saturday morning she had her spot on the news! Of course, she did excellent during the taping, made lots of new friends, and really showed off her wiggly, happy energy.

Please share the video on your social media, and tell all of your friends. Let’s all get together and help this girl find the perfect home. We know they’re out there just waiting for a chance to meet her!

Zephyr’s Q13Fox Video!

ECPR Attends Stick Figure Concert

IMG_0516.jpgECPR had an awesome opportunity last night (Thursday, Feb 1st) to attend a concert at Sodo Showbox!

We want to give a shout-out to Stick Figure and Scott Woodruff, and his dog Cocoa The Tour Dog. ( @cocoathetourdog on Instagram). Cocoa is a rescue dog, and while touring, Stick Figure invites local rescues to have a table at their shows in order to introduce people to their organizations!

We had a wonderful time attending a great show, and we were thrilled to have the opportunity to meet Cocoa The Rescue Dog and to be able to introduce more animal lovers to our rescue; who we are and what we do.

 

ECPR Does Outreach at Market Commons Neighborhood Center

IMG_5465We love doing outreach events here at ECPR, it provides us with a wonderful opportunity to go out into our Seattle community and let them know about the amazing, adoptable pets we have available. It gives our dogs an opportunity to get out of the rescue, meet new people, and have a great socialization experience, and hanging out with dogs puts a smile on EVERYONE’S face!

Today was our first day doing a visit at Market Commons Neighborhood Center in Pike Place Market. We had four ambassador dogs with us, and also two sweet adoptable pups, Yella, and Harry! Both are sweet, cuddly, wonderful lap dogs who can’t wait to find a family to play with and curl up on the couch with. They were so happy to receive extra-special attention and lots of petting today! They were both curious and gracious in the new environment, they were eager and happy to meet new people, and we were very proud of how at east and friendly they were. They are wonderful dogs who will make excellent forever friends!

IMG_5463In addition to “Cuddle Visits” ECPR also offers Humane Education classes that range from after-school programs with very young children to extra-curricular High School programs.

If you would like a visit from ECPR at your school or Community Center, please contact our Education and Outreach Specialist at bethany@emeraldcitypetrescue.org 

 

 

 

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Sophy and Tippy Made The News!

ECPR-5.jpgECPR adoptable bonded pair Sophy and Tippy have been with us for over a year. At 9 and 10 respectively, they are really hoping that 2018 is the year they’re going to find their forever home. They came to us through no fault of their own, their owner had cancer.

Q13Fox along with Pawsitive Alliance’s #WhyNotMePets campaign teams up to feature adoptable pets in the Seattle area, and last weekend it was Sophy and Tippy’s turn to shine! Check out their news feature HERE! If you’re looking for a bonded pair of adorable dogs who love walks and treats, Sophy and Tippy might be your perfect match!

 

Help George Find His Smile!

_DSC9919.JPGGeorge is a super sweet 8-year-old pug/beagle mix. We adore him, but we’ve noticed that George seems sad. Although we are doing everything we can to give him lots of love, we believe that he would feel much more comfortable in a home environment with less commotion. He’s a good boy who doesn’t ask for much, a warm place to lay and some petting. We understand that not everyone can adopt, but even a foster home would do George lots of good. Check out the link below to learn about our foster program!
If you cannot foster, please help spread the word any way you can so we can help George find his smile again 
http://www.emeraldcitypetrescue.org/foster-information.html

 

Sophy The Star Proudly Shows Off Her Jester Costume!

20180118_124637Today was Comedy Show day in the ECPR playroom, and adoptable pup Sophy earned the coveted role of Playroom Jester!

Even though Sophy and her bonded sister Tippy came to the rescue from a sad situation, their own had cancer, and they’ve now been with us for quite a while, they still find reasons to smile and enjoy life. We’re pretty sure it’s because they know that the perfect adoptive family for them is out there somewhere just waiting to find them. Perhaps they’ll meet at a comedy show??

If you’re looking for two goofy dogs who will hang on your lap when you’re relaxed, alert you to any danger that might be outside with a few barks, and prance alongside you on short daily walks, Sophy and Tippy are your gals!
Give us a call at 206 557 4661 if you’d like to attend a comedy show in which they are the stars (aka if you’d like to meet them!)

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