October Dog of the Month – TESLA!

TeslaOffsite4.jpgGazing off into the beautiful Seattle sky… that’s one of the things that Tesla loves to do!

We adore all of our rescue pets but sometimes the special ones wrap themselves around our hearts in unique, unforgettable ways.

Tesla, our October DOG OF THE MONTH, is a nine-month-old Boxer mix with a sweet-as-pie disposition who wants nothing more in this world than to love and be loved. Well, maybe she wants a FEW more things — treats, outdoor areas to play in, lots of things to sniff, and endless adventures!

Tesla has one slight challenge, she is incontinent. That might sound scary at first but she is a pro at wearing diapers when needed. If she could speak out loud to potential adopters, she would say, “I’m sorry, I can’t help it! But I’m a normal dog in every other way and I’m very fun and extremely loving! I’ve been watching my friends find homes and I can’t wait to cuddle up in a forever home of my own.” Tesla is fine with cats, great with humans of all ages (though we recommend children to be at least six years of age as she is playful and might knock over a small toddler on accident), and although she can be dog selective, she has made some great doggy-friends here at the rescue.

If you have an active lifestyle and you’re looking to share your life with an intelligent, active, loyal-forever best pal, Tesla might be your gal! If you have questions about her incontinence, we’d love to chat with you about it and give you more information on how we manage it here at the rescue. Don’t hesitate to give us a call at 206-557-4661. Tesla is waiting for you!

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Call To Action : FeLV+ Kitty Tabitha Needs a Foster or Adoptive Home ASAP!

One-year-old Tabitha is an FeLV+ kitty who is looking for a foster household with another FeLV+ cat to romp and play with. She is a confident, friendly, playful girl who is full of adventure.
Tabitha is considered a flight risk because she really wants to explore the outdoors, so she would do best in a mindful home. Homes with enclosed, safe “cattios” would be a huge bonus for this curious gal!
If your FeLV+ kitty needs a friend, call us at 206-557-4661 to meet Tabitha!

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ECPR Helps An Amazing Dog Recover from Distemper

R1Canine distemper is a contagious and serious viral illness. The disease affects dogs and certain species of wildlife, such as raccoons, wolves, foxes, and skunks.
The virus, which is spread through the air and by direct or indirect contact with an infected animal, initially attacks a dog’s tonsils and lymph nodes and replicates itself there for about one week. It then attacks the respiratory, urogenital, gastrointestinal, and nervous systems. In dogs or animals with weak immune systems, death may result in two to five weeks after the initial infection.

While there is no known cure for the virus, recovery from distemper is possible, though it is a long road. Due to the highly contagious nature of distemper, an infected dog must be kept in complete isolation from other animals or there is a risk of spreading the virus.

Emerald City Pet Rescue heard about a very sweet dog named Rusty who was, unfortunately, suffering the sickness of distemper. Due to both the expense of treatment and special isolation needs, vet hospitals in the area were not able to take him in. His choices were either to find help for recovery or to be humanely euthanized.

One of our dedicated fosters stepped up and offered to take on the challenge of providing Rusty with the care he required during his recovery. She began working on his set-up right away, a completely isolated room equipped with gowns, gloves, booties, and lots and lots of Accel (a pet-safe disinfectant.) She embarked on this journey knowing that no matter how much care and love Rusty received, he might not make it, but she, as well as our wonderful founder, believed that Rusty deserved a chance at life. We initially had no safe place for Rusty during his recovery, so along with the foster’s help, we BUILT him one!

At first, Rusty took a turn for the worse; he stopped eating and drinking and grew lethargic. He was rushed to an emergency vet. The veterinary team donned hazmat suits and his foster mother had to carry him because he was too weak to walk. He was diagnosed with secondary pneumonia. Despite the scare, miraculously, Rusty recovered! Although Rusty is not the first distemper dog that ECPR has tried to help, he is our first “miracle-pup,” the first guy to pull through! What an INCREDIBLE spirit Rusty has!
Although Rusty’s health has vastly improved and continues to improve, Rusty must get tested weekly until all signs of the virus are completely out of his system.

R2Rusty’s foster mom says, “So many people are terrified of distemper. I was, too. But it’s not impossible to deal with, just challenging and heartbreaking if the dog is more advanced than Rusty was when we got him. It’s been a huge undertaking to get everything assembled that was needed to take care of him. As many of you know, when ECPR commits to a dog, they are in it 100% plus. This is why I love being a part of this organization. ❤”

It’s true! As an organization, we firmly believe in giving every animal every chance that we possibly can.

We have all been deeply touched by Rusty’s struggle, his incredible will to live, and his limitless capacity to love. Rusty, we are in this with you all the way! YOU CAN DO IT!

If you would like to help Rusty on his continued journey to health and a forever home of his own, donations are always welcome. Visit our site at http://www.emeraldcitypetrescue.org to donate!

Please keep an eye out on our media for when Rusty is officially cleared, healthy, and ready for adoption!

Chewey’s Triumphant Road To Recovery

cheweynew_PF2The employees and volunteers here at ECPR try not to pick favorites. Key word, TRY! But none of us can deny that sometimes, certain pets will touch our hearts in specific ways. When that happens, sometimes we choose to foster, sometimes we choose to adopt, and sometimes we just do everything we can to help that animal find their ideal home.

Chewey, a chihuahua/dachshund mix, has been with us for nearly two years. He is a wonderful dog, sweet, energetic, eager, smart, adamant about getting attention, and more.

When Chewey first came to us, he had suffered an injury called IVDD, or Intervertebral Disc Disease.


IVDD
 is a condition in which a disc develops a problem and the material inside escapes into the spinal column, ultimately causing pain, nerve damage, and even paralysis. The condition is seen more often in dogs than cats.

When Chewey came to our rescue, we made sure he got the corrective surgery that he needed for his IVDD, but then, it was up to us, and Chewey, to see how far he could come in his rehabilitation.

Chewey began his recovery with the use of a wheelchair.
Click here to see a video of Chewey nine months ago zipping around in his chair!

cheweynew_PF5.jpgAs soon as Chewey realized he could scoot around at warp speeds and keep up with his doggy-friends, he was as happy as a clam again. We were grateful that we could provide him the tool he needed to get around like any other dog, but we also knew that his recovery was not over.

Our passionate, dedicated staff began daily physical therapy with Chewey, and slowly, he began to move his back legs and regain some mobility.

Then, in comes one of our amazing volunteers, Linda. Linda does one of the hardest things to do in rescue; she fosters dogs in need, helps to heal their wounds whether emotional or physical and then finds the strength to let them go when they find their forever families. She decided one week that she wanted to take Chewey home for a weekend just to give him a break from the rescue environment, but it didn’t take long before she declared that she and Chewey were in it for the long haul until he gets adopted.  She quickly learned all that she needed to know about his disease, and how to help him with his recovery.

To our absolute amazement, Chewey has made LEAPS AND BOUNDS of progress with Linda! Chewey has retained a lot of movement and feeling in his legs, and he can now go on walks unassisted, even getting up and down curbs all by himself! Every day, Chewey grows stronger.

Click here to see a video of Chewey NOW!

IVDD can be unpredictable in just how much recovery is possible, and the severity of the injury is different with each animal. We didn’t know if Chewey would ever regain motion in his legs, so to go on a walk with this little guy and see him happily and confidently keeping up a brisk pace walking all by himself brought tears to many of our eyes. The dedication that Linda has shown Chewey, and the progress Chewey has made, reminds of our ECPR mantra, Love Can Save Lives!

Chewey has come farther than any of us thought possible, but he is still searching for his perfect forever home. We know that his ideal family is out there waiting to find him! He has so much courage and an endless amount of love in his heart. To steal a quote from ‘Marley and Me,’ “Give him your heart, and he’ll give you his.”

If this courageous, loving fella is tugging at your heartstrings, give us a call at 206 557 4661

PROJECT HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS!

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All of our adoptable pets are wonderful! Sometimes they get noticed right away and are only with us briefly before adoption, and other times, they need a little extra help to connect them with their forever families. This season, we’re asking you, our friends, to help us help them!
We understand that not everyone can adopt, we understand that not everyone can foster, and we understand that not everyone has the financial means to help support their needs while they are with us. What some of these animals really need more than anything is exposure, and that’s where Project Home For The Holidays comes in! This year, you can help these pets by a non-monetary sponsorship.
If you sponsor a pet for PHFTH, we will send you a digital package via email. It will include a flyer for the pet you choose to sponsor in both PDF format for printing (we encourage you to post flyers anywhere you are able!), a few graphics for your own social media, and a donation list in case friends or family are able to donate goods. Also included will be a direct link to the pet’s feature video if they have one, and a link to their adoption profile. We encourage you to share those as well. Your mission will be simply to share the pet anywhere and everywhere that you can and get their faces out to the public! It’s free, and it will go a long way towards helping that pet’s perfect family find them. Different pets are available for sponsorship each week.
Can I Sponsor More Than One Pet? Yes! You can sponsor as many pets as you feel you can commit to sharing with your friends, family, neighbors, and more!
How Do I Sign Up? It’s easy! Just COMMENT on this blog post with your name, the pet you wish to sponsor, and your email address.
(Your comment/information will NOT be visible publicly, only ECPR will see it!)

** PETS AVAILABLE FOR SPONSORSHIP **

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Helping Displaced Pets From Hurricane Harvey

HarveyDue to Hurricane Harvey, many areas in Texas received more than 40 inches of rain causing catastrophic flooding. Harvey is the wettest tropical cyclone on record in the contiguous United States and the resulting floods have displaced more than 30,000 people and prompted more than 17,000 rescues. Thousands of pets have also been displaced and are in need of immediate help!

There are many ways to help these large numbers of displaced pets no matter where you are in the country or even the world. Countless pets are in desperate need of immediate fostering while their owners are searched for, or while their owners are displaced out of their homes. Please consider opening your home to an animal in need, you will literally save a life and the love and appreciation they will show you will warm your heart forever.

These rescue pets are also in need of medical attention and supplies. We know not everyone is able to foster or adopt, but there are many other ways to help!

Below are some wonderful organizations that are in direct line of helping to house and care for these countless animals in need, some Texas-based organizations, and some local. All organizations are in great need of donations, both monetary or donations of goods and supplies. Please consider doing anything you can to help, no matter how small. Every bit gives an animal a chance at healing and happiness!

Austin Pets Alive has been a tremendous help and provider of resources for finding immediate fosters in the general area, and they are always accepting monetary donations to contribute to the care these animals need.

Best Friends Animal Society has been making a wonderful effort to help with these displaced pets! Not only are they directly taking in pets in need and organizing donation drives, but they are also organizing volunteers to assist in delivering emergency supplies and transporting animals.

SPCA of Texas  is also housing animals directly, taking monetary donations as well as donated supplies, and assisting in transporting animals. If you’re looking to help in a direct way, Best Friends or SPCA of Texas are great resources!

Locally, PAWS  in Lynnwood has directly taken in some displaced animals that will be available for foster and adoption, as well as Seattle Humane. If you can foster or adopt, please consider saving the life of a Harvey pet. They will also accept donations to help care for the animals while they are waiting to find a foster home and/or a new forever home.

Emerald City Pet Rescue extends our deepest sympathies for all of the people and pets affected by Harvey. Please help if you can, Love Can Save Lives!