Roller Derby Donates to ECPR!

Last Saturday, December 15th, 2018, the Tilted Thunder Rail Birds Roller Derby had a Bout in Monroe, Washington. One of our ECPR employees, Animal Caregiver Dom is on the derby team and arranged for a fundraiser to help our pets! People brought in beds, blankets, toys, and other items to help keep the pups healthy, warm and happy during this rainy winter season.

We were able to be there as well with a few ambassador pups to help represent the rescue and bring some smiles to the faces of the competitors as well as their friends and family.

We want to express our gratitude to everyone who donated, we very much appreciate all of the awesome donations, and we know the animals appreciate them, too!

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A Happy Ending For Lacey

A few weeks ago, we had a scare. Sweet pup Lacey was lost in West Seattle. Lacey is a shy pup, so we knew that she wouldn’t simply stroll up to someone so she could be brought back to safety. This was going to be a challenge. With the heat being so intense and lots of cars zooming down busy West Seattle streets, we were worried. We teamed up together and put up flyers everywhere we could. We raced out to any section in which a tip was received that she was spotted. We split up into teams and diligently searched from morning until night and even brought in Three Retrievers Lost Pet Rescue  to help with their search dogs. The full story of Lacey’s miraculous rescue effort is documented here on our blog.

ECPR employees quickly made their way just ahead of where the search dogs had led us. They quietly sat down on the ground, hoped, and waited. Finally, Lacey emerged, but the employees knew not to try and snatch her in case she got startled and ran again. She finally mustered up the bravery to approach her doggy-daughter, Leda, whom the employees had with them, and then she approached her favorite kennel attendant and licked her arm. A slip lead was quickly put in place and Lacey was saved!

Lacey’s story wasn’t over. She was brought back to the rescue, examined by our Veterinary staff and thankfully she was all right, but the last leg of her journey, finding a forever family, was still ahead of her.

The impact of Lacey approaching her favorite kennel attendant despite her timid nature and overwhelmed state of mind stuck with a lot of us, especially the kennel attendant whom Lacey finally trusted enough to approach. She was fostering another dog at the time, but as the days began to pass, the bond she knew she shared with Lacey did not leave her mind or her heart.

Yesterday, we brought Lacey to the kennel attendant’s home where she will be staying for good, officially adopted by the person she allowed to save her! We couldn’t ask for a better forever home for this special girl. It is truly inspirational to see the bond between a dog and a human grow so strong that it leads to an unexpected adoption. Lacey was the one who chose her family, and they welcomed her with open arms. It’s moments like this that make us proud to do what we do. Congratulations to Lacey and her new family, we are so glad that you got your “Happily Ever After!”

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ECPR Teaches Humane Education to Summer Staircase Program Students

Last week, ECPR had the privilege of teaching Humane Education to a few groups of wonderful students at Roxhill Elementary and Highland Park Elementary for their Summer Staircase programs. The program serves students from Kindergarten through Fourth Grade. During our first visit, we discussed the world of Rescue with the kids focusing on Respect and Responsibility when it comes to caring for animals. We did a “game” in which we had the kids tell us what they need to be healthy and happy in life (food, love, a home, etc) and then we asked them what they think animals need. We let them realize that animals need a lot of the same things we do. That helped them understand the Responsibility in caring for an animal. We split the students up into groups and discussed Empathy. We gave the students little stories about different animals and we had them tell us what they think happened to the animals and how they could help the animal.

1During our second visit, we brought a group of dogs for them to meet. Our ambassador dogs had a wonderful time as always, but we also brought ECPR adoptable pup, Fran! Fran is an eight-year-old mini poodle mix who adores attention and loves dogs, cats, and humans of all ages. She is hoping to find a loving, mellow home where she can get lots of snuggles!

We had another opportunity to emphasize Respect and Responsibility, and safe and proper ways to greet and pet dogs.

A few of the students in the program were in last summer’s program as well. One of the kids last year was very fidgety and a bit disruptive, but this year he was very calm. One of the dogs we brought who can often be a bit shy crawled right into this student’s lap. (His was the only lap that she crawled into on her own.) He was so happy that she wanted to visit him! He was very gentle and compassionate to her. It is amazing for us to witness how animals can really bring out a deeper understanding of compassion and empathy in others, not to mention the pure joy that we see on students’ faces when the dogs approach them and ask for their love and attention. We are thrilled for opportunities to reach out to our Seattle community and offer these programs to children of all ages. These educational visits remind us once again that Love Can Save Lives!

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Lacey Has Been Found!

lacey_PF3Thanks to ECPR’s amazing staff and friends and Seattle’s amazing community support, Lacey the lost dog is safe!

Last weekend, ECPR Lacey, a timid dog who is a “flight risk” got loose. She not only bolted out of a door, but she managed to slip under a fence before she could be grabbed. (Houdini dog!)

We were all very worried about Lacey. The weather here in Seattle has been very hot and she was loose without food or water. Since she is very timid, we knew it was unlikely that she would allow someone to approach her in order to bring her to safety.

Our wonderful ECPR employees and volunteers immediately rallied together to come up with a plan on how to help retrieve Lacey safely. We spread the word all around West Seattle by putting up numerous flyers, we stopped into local businesses, and we endlessly canvased neighborhoods. We put together maps that tracked any tips we received on where people were spotting Lacey so we could try and figure out her movements in order to anticipate where she might travel next. We searched from the wee hours of the morning until past nightfall every day since she got loose on Saturday.

This morning, Three Retrievers Lost Pet Rescue helped us with their scent-tracking dogs. Once we had Lacey’s trail, our employees and volunteers fanned out in front of the trail hoping to spot her. They brought Lacey’s daughter, Leda, with them hoping that Leda would help make Lacey comfortable enough to approach. Lacey’s favorite ECPR kennel attendants were also on the forefront.

Soon, Lacey was spotted! She was actually headed back to where she got loose from, having made a very wide circle around a large area! We knew not to try and pursue her or call out to her. If she got startled, she would surely run again! The kennel staff along with Leda sat quietly on the ground. They “ignored” Lacey and softly spoke to Leda while giving her enticing treats. Slowly, Lacey crept toward Leda and bumped noses with her. Then, recognizing one of her favorite kennel attendants, she cautiously approached and gave her kisses on her arm. A treat was offered and the slip lead was quickly put in place. LACEY WAS SAFE!

A frightened dog loose in the city is a very scary thing. Lacey is Microchipped, but being so timid, she wasn’t going to approach a stranger or allow herself to be casually captured. Safely retrieving Lacey required a colossal amount of teamwork, dedication, and patience. We would like to publicly thank everyone who made this daring rescue possible. Three Retrievers Lost Pet Rescue was an invaluable asset, their amazing service allowed us to know firmly where Lacey had been so we could anticipate where she might be heading or hiding. Our staff and volunteers who spent day and night putting up flyers and canvassing neighborhoods reminded us all of why we do what we do; it’s all for the animals! Our amazing team members who kept on top of all of the sightings and tips we received in order to map them out and get them to our searchers as quickly as possible helped position us in the right places at the right times. The early morning search team of kennel attendants who were able to remain calm and patient despite the worry they felt for Lacey made all the difference in making her feel safe enough to approach them so they could bring her back to safety. Incredible!

ECPR friends and family, we want to take a moment to remind you of how important it is to be cognoscente of your pet’s safety. A collar and tags are a great way to make sure your pet is identified, but collars get caught on things or pets slip out of them. Please also microchip your pet! (Have your vet check for their microchip during their annual visits because chips can sometimes migrate!) Even with all of those precautions, sometimes pets like Lacey get loose and they cannot be identified if they cannot be caught. Even if you have a fully fenced yard, make sure there are no small holes and make sure your pet cannot slip underneath the fence. As Lacey demonstrated, sometimes pets can be little magicians! This was a scary situation for us and especially for poor Lacey, but we are all so relieved and happy that, with great ECPR teamwork and a wonderful Seattle community to help, The Saga of Lacey has a happy ending!

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ECPR Attends Special Needs Pets Meet-and-Greet

This past weekend, Emerald City Pet Rescue was asked to present and participate in a very unique and awesome event. Patrons of Washington Talking Book & Braille Library came to learn about ECPR and our work with special needs animals and animal assistive technology.

Adoptable ECPR pup, Chewey, and his foster mom, Linda, came to join us for the presentation. Chewey is in recovery from IVDD (Intravertebral Disc Disease.) After surgery from his back injury, Chewey began his recovery with the use of a wheelchair, but now he is able to use his back legs and get around without it!

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We also invited ECPR alum, Millie, who had the same injury. Millie’s injury was a bit more severe than Chewie’s, and although she has made, and continues to make, great improvements in her mobility, she still needs to occasionally use her wheelchair. Her adoptive dad let us know that even though she needs to use it sometimes, it doesn’t slow her down one bit!

IMG_1469Also joining us were two ECPR alums, Asha and Athena, miniature Australian Shepherd sisters that were born deaf. Both were adopted into loving families, and one of them was adopted by a deaf couple who have taught her sign language! Both dogs are healthy and happy.

Peaches, a tiny ECPR alum chihuahua who lived the first eight years of her life in a basement was in attendance as well, and although her challenges are not physical, until a year ago, she hadn’t seen much of the world. Now she is healthy and happy and wants cuddles and pets from everyone she meets.

The important thing that we wanted to show WTBBL patrons is that although some of the dogs that we had with us had special needs, they never let their challenges slow them down. They are happy and loved.

It was touching for us to see these wonderful dogs interacting with equally wonderful humans. As we all know, dogs have a special way of communicating that makes us feel calm, loved, and seen for the valued living beings that we all are. To watch a child’s face, apprehensive at first as they cautiously reach out their hand, transform into delight as the dog cuddles up to them, warmed our hearts. We were glad we were able to share the stories of these amazing dogs with equally amazing people who have stories of their own.

Thank you, Washington Talking Book & Braille Library, for organizing this event and hosting us and our wonderful dogs!

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Jet City Roller Girls Welcome ECPR to Bout

Last Saturday, April 14th, ECPR had the privilege of attending a Jet City Roller Derby bout at Edmonds Community College. They were up against the Terminal City Roller Girls from Vancouver, BC.

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The girls were kind enough to invite us out and introduce us, as well as the star of the show, ECPR adoptable pup Chewey! Prior to the bout, the girls visited our facilities and took photos with some of our adoptable dogs. The amazing Dirtie Dog Photography also came to take the photos! During the bout, they ran a slideshow of some of their photos with our featured adoptable dogs and introduced our organization. At the first half-time, Chewey and his foster momma, Linda, got to take a run around the track!

IMG_1255 (1) Chewey is one of our long-term residents. He came to us after an IVDD injury (Intravertebral Disc Disease) and could not use his back legs. He needed a wheelchair to get around.

With a lot of physical therapy and dedication, first from our ECPR staff and then from his foster mom, Chewey is now not only walking without his wheelchair, but he is zooming! We were so grateful that the derby girls gave Chewey the opportunity to “strut his stuff” and show the world what great progress he has made!

Chewey is still available for adoption. To learn more about his condition, his recovery, and our adoption process, give us a call at 206 557 4661.

Special thanks to Jet City Roller Derby, and Dirtie Dog Photography for teaming up with ECPR and taking the time to showcase our adoptable pets! We had an awesome time at the bout, and we hope that everyone there enjoyed learning about our organization and our wonderful rescue pets!

Check out all of the available dogs featured in the slideshow below. Photos were taken by Dirtie Dog Photography.

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Meet Zephyr! (2)

Meet Lark & Jigglypuff! (1)

Meet Rita and Cooper! (1)

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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!