Thank You, State Farm!!

We want to give a HUGE shout-out and THANK YOU to a group of amazing ladies at State Farm Insurance not only for their wonderful donations of toys, treats, bedding, and more for our adoptable pets, but also for joining us on our monthly outreach visit to senior center Hilltop House, bringing a delicious Whole Foods lunch for all of us, as well as the seniors we visit, to enjoy, and making such a fun event where we all made kits out of the donations for all of the dogs!

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Emerald City Pet Rescue is honored and grateful that State Farm chose us for such an amazing donation drive, we all had a fabulous time. There is no better way to head into the Holiday season than being a part of an awesome group-effort to help our rescue pets.

Thank you State Farm, and thank you to the seniors at Hilltop House for participating in this awesome giving-back event and helping each rescue pet get a sack of presents for the holidays!

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Summer Starbucks Pet Fairs Begin!

Wahoo, today we kicked off the first of a group of summer events, the Starbucks Pet Fair! Emerald City Pet Rescue will be at Starbucks Plaza in Sodo (1st and Lander) twice per month throughout the summer on alternating Thursdays and Fridays. Joining us each time are a different assortment of awesome affiliates, and as long as the weather is good (today’s was beautiful!) there is nothing better than stopping by with your pet, grabbing them a treat, learning about animal rescues in the area, and more!

Today, we brought adoptable dog Merry Frost with us. She got to meet a lot of new people, she enjoyed a puppuchino, and more!

This 10 year old Chihuahua mix girl is looking forward to starting the search for her forever home in the Seattle area. Merry Frost is incredibly soft and gentle, with a graceful, delicate way about her that helps to show off her impeccable manners. She is also a fan of the mellow life, preferring cuddles and quiet time to a lot of unnecessary ruckus and adventure. When she isn’t enjoying a welcome round of butt scratches (one of her favorites) or some delicious treats, Miss Merry is busy charming the vet staff with her lovely personality and sweet, soulful eyes.
Merry can be vocal and should go to a house rather than an apartment or condo, and she would prefer a home with respectful children ages 12 years old and older. Because of this sweet girl’s low energy and mellow disposition, Merry would make a wonderful companion for a first time dog owner, or anyone seeking a snuggly lap dog to call their own! This little lady may be a bit gray in the face but don’t let Miss Merry’s age fool you – on the contrary, she is in great health and has many years ahead to share with a very lucky person (or two, or three)!
Interested in giving Merry a forever home? Give us a call at 206 557 4661!

 

 

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Pet Owners Appreciation Day : An Editorial

IMG_8092I’m not a huge fan of the word “owner.” I own my clothes, I own my phone, but do I own my pets? If anything, they own me! But in all seriousness, I prefer the term pet-parents, or even just parents. After all, I raised my pets, I care for my pets, I assume responsibility for my pets, and I love them. They are family.

Being a pet parent can be a roller-coaster ride. The “baby” months are often a lot of work. If you have a puppy, you’re constantly preoccupied with crate-training and/or potty training, teaching them what is okay to chew on and what is not, building trust as their pet-parent as well as making sure they have plenty of socialization with other people and other animals so they grow to be healthy, happy, safe, trusting adults, and so much more!  If you have a kitten, your hands will look like you got in a fight with a scalpel for a good few months while teaching Kitty that your body is NOT a scratching post! RIP curtains until kitty learns the appropriate places to scratch, and that toys are not the same as body parts. The truth is, every young animal relies on you to dedicate the time, love, and patience it takes to guide them.

IMG_8125Like a parent of tiny humans, your “job” as a pet-parent is never over. That animal will need you to care for them consistently and dependably every day of their life, but as a pet-parent, I can honestly say that the love and appreciation they give you back is worth every “accident” on the floor, every accidentally ruined curtain, and even the minutes of sleep you lose because you have to get up early and make sure your dog gets a short walk to poo and pee, or morning play sessions with kitty so they are not a bundle of mischievous energy while you are at work.

Being a pet parent can be inevitably heartbreaking. I got my first cat at eleven years old, and she was my best friend. Tinkerbelle and I had a bond that I struggle to find words to describe. One summer, I went to camp for four weeks and Tinkerbelle was left in my father’s care. An indoor kitty, she escaped past my father one day and hid under our gazebo. My dad was quite worried, and daily he would sit out there and try to coax her out, but she would not come to him no matter what he did. He left food and water for her every day, and sat by the gazebo every night faithfully until I arrived home. Immediately I went to the gazebo and called her, and she shot out from her tiny hiding place and right into my arms in five seconds. The look on my father’s face was priceless!

IMG_8139When I was in my twenties, Tinkerbelle started having many health problems and those problems extended to her kidneys. She got very sick, and to my horror, it was suddenly up to me to make a decision for Tinkerbelle; life without quality, or to end her pain and let her move on. That was one of the hardest choices I ever had to make. I saw with her and held her paw as she was put to sleep and I tried to be silent and supportive to her, but tears were streaming down my cheeks. She looked up at me moments before her life ended, and I knew she understood what was happening, and she wasn’t angry with me.

There was a part of me that was so hurt and empty that I didn’t know if I should ever get another pet, but as empty as I felt from Tinkerbelle’s passing, I felt just as empty not having pets because I knew so many animals out there deserve to be loved as much as I had loved her. When I felt the time was right, I went to a rescue with the intention of adopting another cat, but I ended up coming home with my first dog, Lily.

Taking that leap into being a pet-parent again after I lost my first best friend took a lot of courage on my end. I know that it’s quite likely I will outlive all of the pets in my home right now, and even though the thought of having to go through that pain again terrifies me, I have no regrets about having them with me now and loving and caring for them like they deserve. I admire every pet-parent who has faced loss, who has gone above and beyond to meet their pet’s needs, and who, despite all of those things, can’t imagine life being any other way.

Please take a moment, if you are a pet-parent, to remind yourself what an amazing gift you are giving your pets. If you are not a pet-parent, but you have a family member or a friend who is, tell them that it is Pet Owner’s Appreciation Day, and remind them that their pets love them very much.

So many pets are in need of forever homes. If you’re thinking about expanding your family, please consider adopting a rescue. The gift you give them is priceless, immeasurable, and so very worth it. Stop by your local shelter, or contact a rescue near you today :).

Last note : I may be biased, but here at Emerald City Pet Rescue, we have PLENTY of extremely wonderful pets waiting to find their forever homes! Check out our website at http://www.emeraldcitypetrescue.org

 

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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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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