Visit from the Bridges Program

IMG_8479Today, Emerald City Pet Rescue had the privilege of welcoming some wonderful members of Seattle Public School’s Swedish First Hill branch of the Bridges Program into our facility for an educational visit.

The Bridges program is designed for students with disabilities between the ages of 18-21. The vision of the program is to create a world where these young adults are given the tools to live their adult lives as independent, productive, and engaged community members. They aim to provide opportunities for them to build vocational, social, and independent living skills.

Our Education and Outreach Specialist, Bethany, along with our Volunteer Coordinator Austin, created a learning environment for these students that included “Intro to Rescue” where we discussed who we are as a unique rescue, where we rescue our animals from, and the steps we go through to rehabilitate them and to help them find safe, happy forever homes. Our wonderful trainer Skye then joined the lesson to do a training demo with a focus on respect and responsibility, with adoptable pup Barry, and the students were given the opportunity to join in and participate actively with the dog. The lesson ended with another adoptable dog Yuki being brought in for them to meet, as well as a few staff dogs (Emerald City Pet Rescue Ambassadors) Athena and Lily.

IMG_8485We are proud as a rescue to have had the opportunity to meet these wonderful young adults and to educate them about animal rescue. There is nothing more inspiring to us than young people having a passion for animals, and for us to be given the chance to hopefully inspire them to advocate for those in need.

A special shout-out and thank you to the teachers and the students of the Bridges Program who participated in today’s educational visit. We were happy to meet each and every one of you!

If you have a group or a class that would enjoy an educational visit to our rescue to learn about animal rescue, compassion-based training, and more, OR if you would like US to come to YOUR school or facility, please contact our Education and Outreach Specialist, Bethany, at bethany@emeraldcitypetrescue.org to arrange a visit!

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ECPR Hangs Out at Muddy Mutt!

IMG_8697This past Saturday, Emerald City Pet Rescue brought a few dogs down to a very fun event, Muddy Mutt in Carnation, Washington! We love opportunities to spread the word about our rescue and the wonderful animals we have available for adoption, but even more than that, sometimes we just want to have some down-and-dirty fun! IMG_8699.JPG

Sweet adoptable pup Olivia joined us for lots of outdoor romps, as well as our awesome ambassador dogs. There were props, hills to climb, mud pits to get dirty in, and lots of grass to RUN AND RUN AND RUN in!! Everyone had a blast! Olivia can’t wait to find a forever home all her own so she can have lots of outdoor times just like Saturday! Give us a call at 206 557 4661 if you’re looking for a very loving and high energy shepherd mix to romp in the dirt with!

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Bulldogs are Beautiful Day!

Hello everyone – Happy Bulldogs are Beautiful Day!
We LOVE our bullies here at Emerald City Pet Rescue, and we have some amazing bulldogs and bulldog mixes available for adoption right here in Seattle!

Adopt Marco Have you met Marco yet? This 2 year-old Pit Bull mix boy is sweet, cuddly, and “Terrier brained” (i.e. short attention span).

A great walker, this adorable little guy is very protective of his food and treats, so don’t plan on sharing with him until you’ve helped him refine his manners through training which would be a great benefit to him.

Marco would love a home with an adopter who is experienced with his breed, and needs to be the only animal in the home. However, we are sure Marco has more than enough companionship, affection, and love to fill any home to capacity! What a great guy!!

Adopt Lois SUPERHERO and SUPERCUTE, have you met Lois Lane? She is a 3 year old American Bulldog looking for a very special forever home.

This very sweet, smiley, boisterous gal loves to play and throw her weight around, so must go to a household with no small children (as she may knock them right on over in a fit of joy!) or dogs smaller than ~40 lbs. She is a LOVER though, and she gets so excited to see you that her entire body wiggles like crazy!

Lois is looking for an adopter who is willing to continue her manners training and to work on her leash walking skills. Her dream home would be fairly active and up for fun and games (though Lois also loves to cuddle and lounge around!) with experienced adopters of larger breed dogs. Lois wouldn’t mind another well-behaved, large canine sibling to hang out with either. Lois would like a home with no cats, critters or small dogs. Lois is a staff favorite and deserves the best home…is it yours?

BULLDOGS ARE BEAUTIFUL Meet Rennie! This handsome 6 year old Terrier mix came to us with a heartbreaking story, having been dumped in a California shelter where he was so scared that he rapidly lost weight due to stress and fear. Since then, Rennie has come such a long way, in part due to the help from various rescue groups and fosters who would not give up on him! However, Rennie does seem a bit stressed in the rescue environment and he could REALLY use a foster home or a forever family to help him rebuild his confidence and remember how wonderful it is to be loved by humans again – and he will love you tenfold in return!

Agile, playful and affectionate, Rennie is a big fan of walks and edible chew toys. He would make a great companion for someone with an active lifestyle. Though Rennie is not fond of crating or kenneling, he is great with other large dogs his size that can give him clear social cues, as he is still learning the ropes. Because Rennie is extremely curious and active, a fully fenced and completely secure yard is required for his safety.

Are any of these WONDERFUL bulldogs pulling on your heartstrings? Give us a call at 206 557 4661 to find out more about adoption!

Please Help Stille Find a Home!

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A very special kitty needs a family who will love her, and in return she promises to love you until the end of her days. ECPR is willing to continue to fund her medical needs, if you can provide the love and care! Please spread and share with everyone you know, let’s help Stille find the family she truly deserves!

 

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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March : Adopt a Rescued Guinea Pig Month!

Yay for March, it’s Adopt A Rescued Guinea Pig Month! 

Here at Emerald City Pet Rescue, while we love our cats and dogs, we don’t want people to forget that we rescue critters of all kinds! We have rabbits available for adoption, hamsters, gerbils, and yes, even guinea pigs!

chachapiglet_pf2Cha-Cha and Piglet have been with us for a few months now and they’re very excited about their future forever home! These two are a bonded pair of adorable chubby little boys who love to squeak, love to eat, and love to explore.

 

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Cha-Cha and Piglet are looking for a mellower lifestyle without a lot of hustle, bustle and loud noises. These two are refined gentleman, they’d rather wiggle their noses at a spot o’ tea than go out to a party! Do you have room in your home and heart for these handsome fellas?

 
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Joining our guinea pig pack are Mister and Dumbo, soon to be available for adoption! These two have the most hilarious facial expressions, always looking skeptical and irritated until you hold up food. Suddenly they come to life and wiggle over to you eagerly (it’s always great to know the key to winning a pet’s heart!) Just look at these goofy little boys, how can you not love them? Keep an eye out on our website at http://www.emeraldcitypetrescue.org for when these boys are ready for adoption!

Cinnamon Needs Your Help!

Here at Emerald City Pet Rescue, we are so thankful to have the opportunity to give our pups an alternative to staying in kennels. We have a wonderful playroom where they get to spend their days socializing with staff, volunteers, and other dogs and many of our adoptable animals thrive in this environment. However, sometimes we have a dog who feels a bit overwhelmed and overstimulated by the busy, social days and really needs a home environment in order to thrive, grow, learn to trust, and prepare to find a forever home of their very own. This is where our foster program comes in!

Cinnamon has had some experiences in her past that have caused her to be reactive and fearful in certain situations, so she would benefit most from an experienced adopter who can give her the guidance and training she needs to build her confidence. After all that she has been through, Cinnamon hopes to find someone to give her a chance and support her through her progress and setbacks, because she truly wants to trust and love humans.

Cinnamon is a great communicator and always lets you know when she’s feeling happy and brave, or when she feels insecure and frightened, and in time you will see her great capacity for love and affection! When Cinnamon trusts you, she lets her guard down and reveals her cuddly, snuggly, sweet side. Cinnamon also gets along with other animals, so a foster home with cats and other dogs are no problem at all, especially if you can keep the treats and cuddles coming her way!

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