Thelma is Perfect – Let’s Get Her a Home!

Foster or AdoptThelma! (1)Thelma is a 4-and-a-half-year-old shepherd mix. She is medium-sized, around 30 pounds. ECPR rescued her with the help of SOIdogs all the way from Thailand! She grew up on the streets there and she was rescued from the meat trade.

Thelma has been in foster for a handful of months, but her fosters are moving out of state so she will be returning to our facility shortly.

We couldn’t be happier with all of the WONDERFUL things Thelma’s fosters have to say about how well she’d adjusted to living in a house! She has a healthy level of independence, she’s not barky, she doesn’t have bathroom accidents in the house, she doesn’t chew on inappropriate things, and she LOVES outdoor adventures like hiking and jogging! How wonderful to hear that she will make such an excellent pet – and we are SO excited to help her find that forever home! We could go on and on about how great she is, but her fosters gush about her better than we can! Check out what they have to say about Thelma HERE!

For more information on adopting this dog described several times by her fosters as “perfect,” give us a call at 206 557 4661!

ECPR AWARDS: Spring and Snow Drop!

We are excited to announce that we have two new winners of the extremely coveted ECPR AWARDS! These are only given out to our most special and influential pets (though ALL of our adoptable animals are special!) and this week, we’d love to highlight a very sweet bonded pair, Spring and Snow Drop!

Untitled design (5)Snow Drop , a 10-year-old Chihuahua mix, has won the award for “Best Manners” because she is always so courteous and polite in the play room with the other dogs, and with our staff and volunteers! She is a quiet girl who loves to cuddle and lay low. She is such a delight! She even dances when asked, and is always willing to listen to what her humans are asking of her. Such a good little angel! Congrats Snow Drop, you truly deserve this award, and you deserve a home with a wonderful family who will appreciate you for your gentle nature and your respectful sweetness.

Untitled design (6).jpgSpring, Snow Drop’s other half who is also a ten-year-old Chihuahua mix, has won the award for “Most Creative (in getting what she wants!)” This little lady is filled with mischievous personality!
Hold up a treat and she will do a dance for you! Watch her tilt her head and try different facial expressions just to make you giggle! She is the more energetic half of the Spring and Snow Drop duo, but she loves her sister dearly and encourages her in the most positive ways.

There are many benefits to consider a bonded pair when thinking about adopting! As long as they are a healthy pair, they help each other learn. They play with each other, and they keep each other entertained. These two are wonderful companions and they would love nothing more than to find a forever home where they can be together, share a nice warm bed, and have humans they can love on forever. They may be ten, but they still have many years ahead of them to live and love!

If Spring and Snow Drop are pulling at your heart strings, give us a call at 206 557 4661!

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!

Wednesday : Critter Week Featurette

Adopt LydiaIt’s Critter Week at ECPR and today we’d love to feature one of our tiniest little sweet-hearts, Lydia!
Lydia would like to say,
“I know what you’re thinking. Am I as precious in person as I am in my photos? You better gerbil-lieve it! I am as cute as a button (and not much bigger than one). I may not like sharing a cage with others like me, but that’s only because with a personality this big, a girl needs all the room she can get!
I am an expert at chewing on gerbil-friendly things – a sure way to make you smile. And did you know that my running skills are second to none? I am a master on my wheel, too. In fact, when I get going super fast, I’m really on a roll! Haha! I crack myself up! And I will crack you up, too. But to truly appreciate it, you should wheely come to meet me and see for yourself!”

If you’d love this tiny little creature to be your new bff, give us a call at 206 557 4661

Monday – Critter Week Featurette!

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Why hello there! It’s Critter Week and ECPR, so we wanted to tell you all about ourselves in hopes of finding a forever family to call our own.
We are Piglet and ChaCha, two cuddlebugs disguised as guinea pigs that love the mellow life. We would rather seek the warmth of your companionship than new horizons, as we are small and easily overwhelmed by too much excitement and loud noises.
If we could read, we would certainly be the bookish type, but since we can’t, snacking on treats and hopping around suits us just fine! We may argue over who is cutest, and the jury is still out on which is more photogenic, but one thing is certain – if you can give us the lap of luxury (or just a lap, really) we will fill your heart and home with twice the love!
Please call 206-557-4661 for more information on Cha Cha and Piglet!

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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