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Due 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!
SEEKING AN EXTRA SPECIAL PERSON WITH A HEART THE SIZE OF TEXAS – Is there anyone out there that can give me the FOSPICE care I truly deserve??
My name is Rennie, and I have been through a lot.
I lived my first 4 years outside with little human contact or attention. I never saw a toy or got to play with anyone.
After being fostered and going through training, I learned how to trust humans. I learned how to love treats and affection. I was excited to find a forever home. I dreamed of years of adventure and companionship.
Then the humans found out I am sick. They told me that I have terminal cancer. They want to find a warm, loving home for me to spend the rest of my days in. They told me they believe it will happen because they know how much I deserve it, after everything I’ve been through.
So that’s me. Rennie. I’d love to share a lifetime with you, but instead, I’ll share my heart and gratitude as long as I am here. As they say, “It only takes a moment to be loved a whole life long.” Thank you. Love, Rennie
Please call 206-557-4661 for more information on how to provide a fospice home for Rennie!
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!
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!
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.
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.
A 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!
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!
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!!
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?
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!
Meet one of our most handsome fellas around, Rennie!
This handsome 6 year old Terrier mix boy is eager to start the search for his forever home in the Seattle area. Rennie 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.
Rennie is as sweet as they come. 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! Thought 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 yard is required for his safety.
Although 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, the hustle and bustle of our rescue facility is causing Rennie to feel stressed. We feel it’s important for his health and happiness to find him a foster family, or a forever home, as soon as possible as we suspect he will feel calmer and more confident in a home environment. If you can help this sweet guy out, please let us know! If your home might not be the right match for him, please share this blog post with your family, friends, co-workers, and more – let’s spread the word and bring Rennie and the family he deserves together at last!
Photos by Erin Lynch Photography