Chewey’s Triumphant Road To Recovery

cheweynew_PF2The employees and volunteers here at ECPR try not to pick favorites. Key word, TRY! But none of us can deny that sometimes, certain pets will touch our hearts in specific ways. When that happens, sometimes we choose to foster, sometimes we choose to adopt, and sometimes we just do everything we can to help that animal find their ideal home.

Chewey, a chihuahua/dachshund mix, has been with us for nearly two years. He is a wonderful dog, sweet, energetic, eager, smart, adamant about getting attention, and more.

When Chewey first came to us, he had suffered an injury called IVDD, or Intervertebral Disc Disease.


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 is a condition in which a disc develops a problem and the material inside escapes into the spinal column, ultimately causing pain, nerve damage, and even paralysis. The condition is seen more often in dogs than cats.

When Chewey came to our rescue, we made sure he got the corrective surgery that he needed for his IVDD, but then, it was up to us, and Chewey, to see how far he could come in his rehabilitation.

Chewey began his recovery with the use of a wheelchair.
Click here to see a video of Chewey nine months ago zipping around in his chair!

cheweynew_PF5.jpgAs soon as Chewey realized he could scoot around at warp speeds and keep up with his doggy-friends, he was as happy as a clam again. We were grateful that we could provide him the tool he needed to get around like any other dog, but we also knew that his recovery was not over.

Our passionate, dedicated staff began daily physical therapy with Chewey, and slowly, he began to move his back legs and regain some mobility.

Then, in comes one of our amazing volunteers, Linda. Linda does one of the hardest things to do in rescue; she fosters dogs in need, helps to heal their wounds whether emotional or physical and then finds the strength to let them go when they find their forever families. She decided one week that she wanted to take Chewey home for a weekend just to give him a break from the rescue environment, but it didn’t take long before she declared that she and Chewey were in it for the long haul until he gets adopted.  She quickly learned all that she needed to know about his disease, and how to help him with his recovery.

To our absolute amazement, Chewey has made LEAPS AND BOUNDS of progress with Linda! Chewey has retained a lot of movement and feeling in his legs, and he can now go on walks unassisted, even getting up and down curbs all by himself! Every day, Chewey grows stronger.

Click here to see a video of Chewey NOW!

IVDD can be unpredictable in just how much recovery is possible, and the severity of the injury is different with each animal. We didn’t know if Chewey would ever regain motion in his legs, so to go on a walk with this little guy and see him happily and confidently keeping up a brisk pace walking all by himself brought tears to many of our eyes. The dedication that Linda has shown Chewey, and the progress Chewey has made, reminds of our ECPR mantra, Love Can Save Lives!

Chewey has come farther than any of us thought possible, but he is still searching for his perfect forever home. We know that his ideal family is out there waiting to find him! He has so much courage and an endless amount of love in his heart. To steal a quote from ‘Marley and Me,’ “Give him your heart, and he’ll give you his.”

If this courageous, loving fella is tugging at your heartstrings, give us a call at 206 557 4661

CYCLEBAR Raises Money for ECPR!

We want to send out a HUGE Thank You to an amazing foster-mommy of ours, Emily, who arranged an awesome fundraising event for us!
CYCLEBAR did a Charity Ride last Sunday, March 18, with all proceeds going to ECPR!
A few staff members and some of our adoptable dogs were able to attend this event as well.

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Pictured, with the tiny body and HUGE ears, is little Snowdrop, Emily’s current foster pet! She’s a 10-year-old chihuahua with a big personality!
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Donning the cone-of-shame is Mr. Taz, a 7-month-old pup who can’t wait to learn and grow with a forever family of his own. A staff-favorite for sure!
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Last, but certainly not least, we have Stunning London, a 10-year-old pug! Calm, cuddly lovebug! She can’t wait to plant herself on her forever family’s laps for the rest of her life!
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Visit our website at www.emeraldcitypetrescue.org or call us at 206 557 4661 to learn more about these awesome pooches!
Again, thank you SO much to Emily and to CYCLEBAR for hosting this amazing event, and thank you to everyone who participated, and helped us save lives!

Critter Connections Event!

For those of you in the Seattle area, have you stopped by our Critter Connections events??
We adore the cats and dogs that we have available for adoption, but did you know we have other types of pets available for adoptions, too? That’s right, we have lots of BUNNIES! We also have guinea pigs, sometimes hamsters, and we’ve even had chinchillas before!

CC1To highlight these wonderful pets, we host CRITTER CONNECTIONS, a monthly event where we invite you to come to our facility, meet our adoptable critters, and chat with our knowledgeable staff about our adoptable critters, and/or critter care.

This event is a great opportunity to learn more about critters whether you’re ready to adopt one, considering adopting, or if you already have them. It’s a fun event for the whole family!

CC2We offer free coffee and snacks, we have a coloring table for children, and a whole room-full of adoptable critters that you can visit with! Our special in-house exotics-vet even stops by for a few hours during each event, and she’s available for you to chat with as well.

Keep an eye out on our website and Facebook for when our next Critter Connections event is scheduled, we do them Monthly!

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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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