Vivian Talks to NoblePortrait about Shelter Pets!

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7,400 pets are killed every day. That’s 2.7 million each year. If pets were humans, the entire city of Chicago would be completely gone within a year. Founder and CEO of Emerald City Pet Rescue Vivian Goldbloom talks about the ways to help shelter animals in the article “6 Ways to help Shelter Animals.”

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ECPR Provides Humane Education to Students in Seattle

IMG_5610 (1)At Emerald City Pet Rescue, not only are we passionate about caring for our rescue pets and finding them new homes, but we are also passionate about reaching out into the community and teaching them about the importance of rescue.
This winter, ECPR has had the wonderful opportunity to introduce the world of animal rescue to a group of eager, compassionate, animal-loving High School students. This group of students participated in a program called AMP (Action Module Program) and they chose humane education as their experiential subject.

Myself, (Kelley) and our education and outreach specialist, Bethany, had the opportunity to first visit the students at Bush School  for three days of classroom learning. We were able to engage them in discussions, debunk any “myths” about the rescue world, and give them some hands-on experience with a few of our dogs to give them a taste of what working with them directly is like.

Such wonderful hearts these students had, they even did a fundraiser / bake sale at their school to help raise money for our pets!

The students then had the opportunity to spend a handful of days at our rescue, learning further about the daily operations of what we do, and what all of our different departments are responsible for. They were also able to spend more time directly with our animals working on training, learning about their histories, and helping to socialize and prepare them to find forever homes.

Every person working at this rescue has a passion for animals, and it’s wonderful to be surrounded daily by others who all share such an important common interest. We set out on this mission to teach young people about rescue, but Bethany and I learned a lot from this experience as well. We were delighted that these students chose to learn about humane education and we were so encouraged by their eagerness to learn and help. Together, as a community, we can continue to save animals in need and make a difference. These students made a difference for our animals, and they made a difference to the people of ECPR as well by reminding us that we are not alone in our passion and purpose.

If you are a school or a business who has the desire to learn and help, please contact us. We would love to continue to provide humane education to anyone willing to learn. The more we come together, the more animals we can save! At ECPR, we know that Love Can Save Lives. “

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De-Stress With Dogs Event @ University of Washington

College can often be a very stressful time between early classes, challenging tests, and long, interactive lectures. Schedules are tight, sleep is minimal, and relaxing, quiet moments can be few and far between. One of the things we all firmly believe at Emerald City Pet Rescue is that pets are therapeutic. They intuitively respond to the stress in humans by bonding with us, cuddling with us, and taking us out of the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives. Dogs live in the moment and their presence encourages us to do the same.

Yesterday, we had a wonderful opportunity to bring some of our rescue dogs to the University of Washington so they could participate in a “De-stress With Pets” event. For an hour, college students could come in to a room, sit on the ground, and pet and play with dogs.

Where in the world was this when I was in college?!

I digress.

Three of our currently adoptable dogs, Buddy, Indigo, and Kona, joined us from the rescue along with some dogs owned by employees.

We had never participated in an event like this before, so we weren’t sure what to expect. We hoped the dogs would all behave, act friendly, and successfully de-stress these college students and we were not disappointed! Within the hour, nearly 100 students came to the event. It was truly amazing to watch the dogs light up, even in a room packed full of people, and without hesitation, greet people, ask for pets, sit on laps, and chase after toys in games of fetch. It was as if they fully understood that their “job” was simply to bring joy to others, and they found joy themselves in doing so.

As a dog-mom myself, I know firsthand the therapeutic benefits to having dogs around. When I’m feeling down, they don’t leave my side. When I’m stressed, they adamantly insist that I take a seat, remove myself from my “hurried” compulsions, and pet them in a slow, gentle rhythm until I am as calm as they are. Even so, watching them display such heart, soul, and amazingly compassionate intuition toward dozens of strangers all in one room was something I will remember for a long time.

We plan to do more events like this in the future. It’s an amazing, and I imagine much-needed break for college students, and it’s a wonderful experience for the dogs, as well.

We are always open to opportunities to reach out into the community and help others, educate others, and along with our wonderful rescue pets, facilitate bonding and appreciation between humans and animals alike.

If you are looking for a furry friend of your own to help de-stress you on a daily basis, our pets are gladly up to the task! Check them out at www.emeraldcitypetrescue.org

 

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ECPR Celebrates World Spay Day!

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Hello everyone, February 28th is WORLD SPAY DAY!!

We thought we’d celebrate by taking a few moments here at ECPR to provide some quick information on why spaying is so important to the health of your pet, and why it’s the responsible choice to make as a pet parent.

Overpopulation can be a sad and challenging issue. As much as we all love puppies and kittens, there are many animals that end up homeless, starving, and alone. That’s why we always encourage people to adopt don’t shop. Working at a rescue, on a daily basis I see the most wonderful pets come into our care and I often wish I could take home every single sweet soul I meet. If you truly love animals, the best thing you can do for them is to give a dog, cat, or critter in need a forever home, and spaying prevents contributing to the overpopulation by allowing your pet to breed.

Spaying also improves your pet’s health! A USA TODAY article cites that pets who are spayed live on average 23% longer than those who are not! Some of this statistic has to do with decreasing the pet’s urge to roam, and also it removes the potential future complications of problems with your pet’s reproductive system, such as ovarian cysts or uterine cancer.

Spaying can also assist in curbing your pet’s unwanted behaviors. As stated above, spayed pets will be less likely to have the desire to “roam” which decreases their risk of being hit by cars, or running into other unpredictable outdoor dangers. They will often be less aggressive as well. They will be less likely to engage in humping (“get off my leg!”)

“What about the cost?”
By spaying your pet, you are actually saving money in the long run by giving your pet a healthier, safer life and decreasing the potential of costly health problems down the line. If you are concerned about the up-front cost, below are some great resources in the Seattle area that provide affordable options!

Don’t forget – TO SPAY IS AYE-OKAY!

Seattle Animal Shelter Spay and Neuter Clinic – VERY affordable services, and in addition to low-cost spay and neuter service, they also provide certain vaccinations, microchipping, and licensing.

Seattle Humane also offers very affordable spay and neuter services according to your income bracket, they will work with you to make sure your pet gets the preventative care he / she needs!

Purrfect Pals will provide vouchers that can be used at spay and neuter clinics! If finances is a high concern, they can help!

For those of you a bit further out, Northwest Spay and Neuter Center hosts clinics in the surrounding areas in Tacoma, Kitsap County, and more!

HAPPY WORLD SPAY DAY!

ECPR Visits Providence Supportive Housing

Here at Emerald City Pet Rescue, we are very passionate about helping our animals grow, find trust and love, and find a forever home of their very own. We are equally as passionate about reaching out into the community and helping to connect people with pets so that everyone can experience the calming and therapeutic benefits that animals can bring to our lives.

Today, we had the opportunity to bring some lovely dogs to Providence Vincent House in Seattle. We met many wonderful people, and while they had the opportunity to learn about our rescue, our dogs had the opportunity to bring them joy. Communication can go beyond words, and it was wonderful to see these dogs opening up to new people, offering them warmth and love, and spreading happiness everywhere they walked with wagging tales, soft eyes and kissing tongues.

We were happy to be able to provide this opportunity for both the dogs, and for the residence at Providence Vincent House. We will be returning to their residence monthly and we look forward to being able to provide more opportunities to spread doggy-love into our community.

Special thanks to Emily Alder-Storm, a Social Work Intern from SU for Providence Vincent House, and Jennifer Bachhuber, Providence Vincent House’s program director, for facilitating this wonderful opportunity and allowing us to share our dogs with the residents!

Thank you for having us, Providence Vincent House, and thank you for giving our rescue dogs such a warm, wonderful welcome!

Our Dogs

The wonderful adoptable dogs that joined us today from the rescue were Kona, Pluto, and Hurley.

Kona came to us very fearful, having been picked on by other dogs and cats in his previous residence. He has come a long way toward trusting others, and he did wonderful at today’s visit to Providence Vincent House! He can’t wait to find a lap all his own.

Pluto is as sweet as they come! He is a hairless terrier, and he would be the perfect dog for someone that suffers from allergies but must have a pup to cuddle with. He loves laps, and his skin is so soft touch – like suade!

Hurley is still young and he has such a wonderful, curious nature. He can be a bit shy at first, but it doesn’t take him long to warm up. Once you’re in his cool-book, he never wants to leave your side!

All are currently available for adoption through Emerald City Pet Rescue. Click on their names to view their profiles and learn more information about these sweet, amazing pups!

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Emerald City Pet Rescue’s Cats Have a New Facility!

It’s been an adventurous road, but here we all are, rolling toward the end of 2016 into a brand new year! It’s amazing to look back on how far Emerald City Pet Rescue has come since first opening our doors as a nonprofit in 2013. ECPR found its humble beginnings with our dedicated founder, Vivian Goldbloom, in a small room in the back of VCA West Seattle. We opened our first independent facility in SoDo on 1st Ave South and Hanford Street in the summer of 2014, and as each month goes by, we find ourselves fortunate enough to have the privilege of saving more pets.

 

We are very grateful for the positive support we have received from people all over the Seattle area. Orijen/Acana has recently begun providing us with an amazing monthly food donation to assist in keeping our cats’ bellies full and healthy. As we are now taking in more and more kitties, such a generous donation from a high-quality pet food brand has been so helpful! This brand is also sold at our retail store attached to our facility on 1st Ave South, and all proceeds go directly back into the rescue. If you’re looking for high-quality pet food and supplies at affordable prices, come in and check out our merchandise! Our retail employees are very knowledgeable regarding all of our products and will be happy to assist you in finding the right food and supplies for your pet’s individual needs.

 

Getting back to the kitties, we are thrilled about the merger and expansions Emerald City Pet Rescue is rolling out in 2017. Kitty Harbor, just off the West Seattle bridge and down the street from Luna Park Cafe, is currently closed for renovations, yet will re-open early next year as Emerald City Kitty Harbor, our very own cat-specific adoption location! Our facility on 1st Ave South in SoDo will then be our dog-specific adoption location. Emerald City Kitty Harbor will then be open 7 days a week, all year round! The kitties will even have an all-season “catio” — they are purrfectly excited!

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In addition to Kitty Harbor, we recently opened Emerald Kitty Café at our Kitty Harbor location! Serving delicious Stumptown Coffee Roasters brews and espresso, we are currently open Saturdays and Sundays from 7AM until 4PM. Stop on by and warm up with a delicious latte while helping to support a noble cause. Soon, you will have the added bonus of being able to view adorable adoptable cats and kitties romping around behind viewing windows while sipping your coffee!

Emerald Kitty Café is also able to take any donations you may have, monetary or supplies, for our Emerald City Pet Rescue kitties.

With the addition of Emerald City Kitty Harbor plus another new facility in SoDo on South Idaho Street — which will house our very own clinic and provide more space for larger dogs as well as critters like bunnies, hamsters, chinchillas and more — 2017 is full of possibilities! We can’t wait to share more details with you as we continue to grow, allowing us to give more and more rescue pets a second chance to find the happy endings they truly deserve.

DailyECPR : Dealing With Losses

Eddie_2.jpgBringing a pet into our home, inviting a new member of the family to be as much a part of us as everyone else, is not a light decision to make. For me, the moment I take on the responsibility of a new pet I know I will adore them for the rest of their lives.

When I was eleven years old I brought home a kitten for the first time. I loved that kitten more than I had ever loved anything or anyone else, and miraculously that kitten loved me back. She tolerated others and sometimes avoided them but Tinkerbelle loved me fiercely. Throughout the rest of my childhood and teenage years, no matter what friends I was fighting with or who came and went from my life, Tink was a constant. There was never a night, regardless of whether or I was happy or sad, that she didn’t cuddle up under the covers with me and purr. I knew that no matter what was happening in the world around me she would always be there.

As Tink got older she started developing health problems. It began with hyperthyroid but fortunately some medication got that under control, but her difficulties kept on coming. When she was fourteen years old it fell on my shoulders to make the most difficult decision I have ever had to make as a pet-parent, the choice to let her keep struggling or to give her the peace she deserved. With tears streaming uncontrollably from my eyes and my heart sinking into the dark pit of my stomach, I sat with her for her last moments and allowed her veterinarian to help her go to sleep.

At first I resisted the idea of adopting a new pet, I couldn’t shake the thought that it would be as if I was replacing Tink and I knew that could never happen. Even though I know logically I made the right decision putting her down, my emotions fought with my logic and told me a different story. “There must be something I could have done differently, something I hadn’t tried, some way I could have saved her.”

Eventually I healed enough to consider adopting another pet. Without Tink I was lonely, I hadn’t been without a pet in a very long time and I told myself that holding on to Tink was never going to bring her back. There are so many animals out there that need loving homes and the best thing I could do to honor her was to be that person that Tink thought I was and help someone in need.

I brought home a ten month old yorkie-chihuahua mix, my first dog not including my stepmother’s dog when I was younger, but I wasn’t responsible for that animal’s upbringing and care so it was different.

I’ve told the story previously on this blog of Rue, the baby kitten that was brought to Emerald City Pet Rescue along with her six siblings in the fall of 2015. All of the kittens were small, only a few weeks old and without a mother but Rue was by far the runt, not just smaller than her siblings but literally skin and bones. No one was optimistic about her prognosis. I have never said this out loud, not to anyone else and not even to myself, but something about the moment I picked up Rue, a kitten the size of a hamster with the tiniest limbs much thinner than even a pencil, instantly brought me back to the first time I held Tinkerbelle.

Tinkerbelle was also the runt of her litter. I got her from a pet store (don’t judge, I was only eleven) and she was the last kitten left of her litter. She was very small and she was meowing like a newborn, loud and shrill, but the moment I took her into my arms the crying ceased and the purring began. I knew in that moment that Tinkerbelle was meant to be mine. Last fall, the moment I curled sickly little Rue into the palm of my hand I felt an instant connection with her. I stayed up with her night after night to syringe-feed her around the clock, and it was several weeks before she could eat on her own. When it came time for her brothers and sisters to be adopted out, I knew I couldn’t let her go because she was already home. I know Rue is not Tinkerbelle, and yet watching Rue play, or cuddling with her in my arms and listening to her purr is the only time I feel truly at peace about Tinkerbelle’s passing. Although I wish more than anything that our pets could live as long as we do so we don’t have to suffer the heartache of losing them, the best way you can honor a lost pet’s devotion to you is by allowing yourself to love another.

Things brings me to what inspired this personal post. Here at Emerald City Pet Rescue, we’ve suffered a few very sad losses over the last week. It is NEVER easy to decide, when an animal is suffering, what is best for them. I wish more than anything animals could communicate with us in speech and tell us what they want, but the best and most compassionate thing we can do is look into their eyes and try to listen to what is inside of their hearts.

I left work a few days last week with tears in my eyes over the losses and my heart felt heavy. I hugged both of my dogs and both of my cats and I felt comforted. I am sad for those wonderful animals we lost over these last few days.

If I could try to imagine what the animals we have tragically lost would want, I believe it would be for their fellow friends to find the forever homes they so very much deserve. In rescue, there are moments that lift us up and moments that weigh us down, but I wouldn’t change being a part of this world for anything.

I will always keep those we have recently lost in my thoughts, but I will honor them by pushing forward and being a support system for their brothers and sisters in spirit who are asking us with their eyes and heart to help them find happiness. I urge everyone else to do the same, together we can make a difference in so many lives. Every single happy ending is more than worth bearing the losses.

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