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.

Meet Chewey! (1)

Meet Lucy! (4)

Meet Zephyr! (2)

Meet Lark & Jigglypuff! (1)

Meet Rita and Cooper! (1)

Meet Snowdrop! (1)

Meet Stevie! (1)

 

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!

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 Teaches Humane Education With Southwest Youth and Family Services

Our slogan here at Emerald City Pet Rescue is “Love Can Save Lives.” Every day, all of us here at ECPR discover how true that is in so many ways. Not only does adopting a rescue pet give them a new chance at a happy life, but so many people who have rescued often tell us, “Really, he/she rescued ME!” I can personally speak to the truth of that as my first rescue dog, Lily, has been with me through thick and thin and I can’t imagine my life without her unconditional support and friendship. Dogs love without conditions, they forgive the unforgivable, and they have the resilience to overcome unspeakable horrors. My love and respect for how courageous they are is not only a personal passion of mine, but it has become a large part of why I do the work that I do. In the recent outreach that I have been fortunate enough to be a part of, I have had the privilege of witnessing dogs, just by being the loving souls that they are, reach the hearts of many and brighten their lives.
3D17Recently, our wonderful Education and Outreach Specialist, Bethany, had the opportunity to collaborate with counselors from Southwest Youth and Family Services who help young children deal with aggression and bullying issues. They visited an after-school program in Burien called New Futures twice per week and asked us to assist with dogs one day per week. The children in the program ranged from ages 5 – 8.
As I often do, my personal dogs and I came along with Bethany (our ECPR “ambassador” dogs!) As much as we would love to bring adoptable rescue dogs to every type of event, outreach, or educational opportunity, we don’t always know how they are going to react in those types of situations and we want to make sure that we don’t put them in situations that may be unsafe for them or for others, nor do we want to add any extra stress to their lives. Fortunately, Bethany and I have wonderful rescue dogs of our own, some of them ECPR alums themselves, that can serve as ambassadors; they are socialized, very loving, and wonderful representations of how much love rescue pets have to give.
BF15Bethany developed a variety of activities over a three-day period of time (one day a week for three weeks) to help the children learn and understand the concepts of empathy and compassion while using the animals as a way to help them understand the message. These lessons were partly about learning about animals and how to care for them, but she also had them relate things animals need to be healthy and happy to what they, the children, need to be healthy and happy. Their faces lit up when they realized that people and animals need the same things! We had them do activities where they worked in pairs (to encourage healthy communication and respect toward one another), and of course, we had plenty of “dog time” where they were able to pet and hold the dogs and learn about their rescue stories. It is amazing and uplifting when young children truly understand the responsibility of caring for a pet, and how teaching them about animals helps them relate to each other better as well. The teachers mentioned they already saw a noticeable difference in their behavior, and Bethany and I were so touched by that!
DBD6When we first met the children, they were rowdy (like all children are!) and oh-so-eager to meet the dogs, but as we taught them about how to approach, pet, and handle the dogs, and as we did various activities with them to help them understand empathy and compassion, we witnessed new concepts in the world opening up to them as they learned all about communication and body language. I was particularly amazed when one of my dogs got a bit frightened and tucked her tail between her legs – one of the young children said, “oh give her some space, she’s scared!” His concern for her and his attention to her body language truly touched my heart!
One of the children had a very difficult time sitting still and being quiet, but when I put my littlest chihuahua in his arms, suddenly he was very calm and so gentle with her. The immediate transformation as he showed compassion for my dog, Peaches, was simply amazing to witness.
0351Bethany did an incredible job creating tailoring lessons and activities to the age range and needs of these students and I feel incredibly honored that I was able to join her on this experience. I’m very thankful to be a part of such a compassionate rescue that values encouraging the community (people of ALL ages) to have compassion for animals, and for each other.
If you are a part of a school, a program, a community center, or anything else and you would like the opportunity to bring in a form of Humane Education, please contact our Education and Outreach Specialist Bethany at bethany@emeraldcitypetrescue.org 
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Action Jackson Found His Soulmate!

Capone mid bathCapone is a special dog that has been with Emerald City Pet Rescue for over a year. This four-year-old Cavalier King Charles mix was found as a stray in California, and once his owners were finally found, they said they didn’t want him anymore. We rescued him from the shelter and brought him to Seattle so he could find a forever home.

Once Capone warms up to people he is a cuddle-bug and a goofball, but he has had difficulty finding a forever home because he is reactive when first meeting someone before that trust and bond is built. (We don’t blame him, being abandoned in his past and all!) 20170513_165519

We are strictly no-kill here at ECPR and we will keep a pet as long as it takes for them to find a forever home, no matter what.

Along came someone who had sadly lost their companion a few months back, and was hoping to honor her beloved pet by giving a dog like Capone a home. Capone, now named Jackson, went to her house just yesterday, and it brings tears of joy to our eyes that she has already begun documenting their journey together as she works with compassion and kindness to build a strong bond and a sense of trust with a dog who has a difficult past.

We are thrilled for any and all ECPR dogs, cats, and critters who find their forever homes through Emerald City Pet Rescue, but sometimes there is that special dog, and that special person, who when they come together spark pure magic.
Join Jackson on his journey with new mom on Facebook: Action Jackson the Cavalier King. Our motto rings true, Love Can Save Lives!

ECPR’s Clinic Staff Works Wonders With An Injured Dog

At Emerald City Pet Rescue, we are blessed with an amazing staff that all work together with passion, commitment, and unconditional love for our rescue animals. As we continue to expand at a fast pace so we can help more pets in need, we have had the good fortune to be able to bring a wonderful veterinary team on board. In just the short time that we have had our in-house clinic, the team has already come across triumphs, challenges, and even some heartbreak.
Today, we’d love to share a wonderful story about an incredible little dog with more heart and spirit than we can possibly imagine, and everything our veterinary team has done, and continues to do, in order to support this pup through her rough time. Their efforts are creative and compassionate, and we are proud and blessed to have them on board as an integral part of our rescue effort.
Little Gingersnap was found by a good Samaritan by the side of the road in California on June 17, 2017, and taken to Marysville Veterinary Hospital. Because of her extensive injuries, she was quickly transferred to a 24-hour speciality hospital, Valley Oak VCA in Chico.
Gingersnap had been hit by a car and her injuries were found to be quite severe. This poor, sweet girl had extensive amounts of skin torn off of her paws and both hind legs because the car that hit her dragged her across the pavement. So much skin was missing that her bones, tendons, and muscles were all exposed. Wounds that extensive can be quite painful and the road to healing from them comes with the risk of infection. Healing requires a LOT of patience from the dog while the wounds are cleaned, sterilised, and re-bandaged daily. I can’t imagine how painful that must be for her!

***TRIGGER WARNING, please be advised that these photos linked below are of Gingersnap’s initial leg injuries and they are very graphic in nature, click at your own risk!

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Thanks to our amazing veterinary team, Gingersnap did not need to have skin grafts to help heal her wounds. Instead, they decided on the innovative choice to use Manuka honey to keep her safe through her healing process. Manuka honey has been found to destroy bacteria that could otherwise infect open wounds. It also has bioactivities that help to boost the immune response, which helps new tissue grow and repair wounds. It also suppresses inflammation. How incredible is that!? Nature is its own miracle!
If that injury wasn’t bad enough, Gingersnap was also found to have a fractured bone in her hind foot, and the scariest part of all – she was pregnant. She was instantly put on pain relief medications, antibiotics, and fluids to help ease her suffering and keep her calm. An ultrasound was performed to check on the state of the puppies, and by the grace of nature; the pups had strong heartbeats and seemed okay! Amazing!
But, Gingersnap’s mammary glands were bruised, and one had to be removed. There were still some tough, scary decisions for the vets to make. Should they perform a c-section and deliver the pups immediately, or should they wait until they were born naturally in order to fix Gingersnap’s wounds? They decided to wait. Fortunately, they didn’t have to wait long!
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Gingersnap’s first puppy was delivered June 20th at 9:30 PM. Despite all of her injuries, she managed to then give birth to 4 healthy puppies who immediately began to nurse on her already wounded mammary glands. The poor girl had to undergo surgery to remove the severely damaged glands, but she was determined to use the ones she had left to continue nursing her pups. There was a concern at first that her puppies may have to be human-raised and bottle fed, but to everyone’s surprise, Gingersnap was determined to care for her puppies no matter what. One of our dedicated techs, Destiny, took Gingersnap home for a long weekend to monitor her progress and make sure she able to care for her pups.
Most dogs need to undergo anaesthesia to have wounds as extensive as hers cleaned and dressed daily, but Gingersnap wags her tail and patiently allows her wounds to be cleaned and re-dressed; a perfect little angel. Our staff began to dress her wounds with “designer bandages” with bright colors and fun designs, and she doesn’t even need a cone because she doesn’t try to chew on them at all, despite the itching and burning of her healing skin underneath.
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Gingersnap’s legs have healed up and the wounds are now closed. She has some scarring on her belly where some of her mammaries were removed. Her puppies are healthy, happy, and doing very well.
Gingersnap3A dog like Gingersnap is a true treasure, a walking, talking reminder of why we are all a part of this rescue. The courage, heart, and trust she has shown has blown us all away and touched us deeply in a way that none of us will ever forget. Every day she amazes us, every moment her kind eyes and wagging tail brings a smile to our faces. She will make the most wonderful pet once her puppies are grown and she is healed enough to be available for adoption, and the fact that her happy ending is at least within sight is such a rare miracle considering the condition she was found in.
Our veterinary staff pulled through for this dog by not only being creative and innovative on how to best heal her wounds, but the dedication, kindness, and love they have shown her is a level of commitment and compassion that we are beyond honored to have here at the rescue. They deserve credit for pulling together so quickly and giving Gingersnap the best chance possible to heal and succeed.
Gingersnap is a great example of why we do what we do. With compassion and dedication, our slogan reigns true; Love Can Save Lives!

Deena’s Happy Ending

Deena_PF2Deena is a sweet, wonderful Yorkie that has been with us here at Emerald City Pet Rescue for a handful of months. She came to us very fearful, but we could tell that more than anything, she desperately wanted to love and be loved. She needed to learn through positive daily interactions that she was now safe forever and our staff worked hard to show her that there was nothing to be afraid of. Slowly we watched this timid girl come out of her shell and begin to take treats from us, tolerate human touch, and then ask for pets. She went from cowering when approached to approaching those she learned that she could trust and asking them for attention.

Our staff does such wonderful work with the challenges some of our pets present when they first arrive, whether it be medical challenges, or behavioural/emotional. Our behavioralists guide our staff to work with our animals and help them gain confidence using practices by Sophia Yin using positive reinforcement, the “learn to earn” program, and more. We cater specific training plans to the animal’s individual needs, and with Deena, what she needed most from us was time, patience, and the gentle touch of kindness.

IMG_5151.JPGA potential adopter approached us with a lot of interest in adopting Deena. Because Deena is a flight risk as well as a climber/jumper, we had concerns that her potential adopter’s backyard fence simply wasn’t high enough for Deena to be safe in while romping in the backyard, but the adopter felt a special bond with Deena and very much wanted her. She hired a contractor to build her fence up higher so that Deena would be safe, and came in to visit with Deena in order to build a bond. When her home was ready, Deena was still available so she was able to then move forward with the adoption.

IMG_5154Our behavioralist Farrah took Deena to her new mom’s home for the home check. She was very touched by how relieved the adopter was, and she told us that Deena’s mom looked at her new dog and said, “She’s staying? She’s really mine?” Then she looked at Deena and said, “You’re finally home!”

We can’t express enough how much it meant to us that someone loved Deena enough to literally build her a safe yard, and to come and visit her regularly to build that crucial bond between them. Working in rescue can be tough on our hearts. We all bond with the animals that we care for and when we work extra hard to help an animal, seeing them find a home is both an amazing moment of triumph, and just a touch of sadness because although we know this is what we’ve been helping them work toward, we will still miss them. It helps so much to know that a special dog like Deena has an amazing adopter who has already gone above and beyond to meet her needs, we know that Deena is in safe and loving hands for the rest of her life. We’re so grateful to Deena’s new mom. Happy endings like this remind us of why we do what we do. Love can save lives!

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