Clear The Shelters 2017!

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Emerald City Pet Rescue is proud to participate in Clear The Shelters!

Spring and summer is a big season for shelter pets with a lot of new baby animals coming into the world. Let’s get these guys, from puppies and kittens to the elderly and special needs, forever homes!

Because of our unique adoption process in which we don’t do same-day adoptions, participation is as follows :

If you fill out an initial adoption survey on August 19th that results in an adoption throughout the month of August, you will receive 25% off of the adoption fees!

You can fill out a survey with us over the phone by calling us at 206 557 4661, or stop by our facility in person at 2962 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134

 

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!

Sweet Rennie is Ill – Needs TLC Fospice Care!

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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!

Deena’s Happy Ending

Deena_PF2Deena is a sweet, wonderful Yorkie that has been with us here at Emerald City Pet Rescue for a handful of months. She came to us very fearful, but we could tell that more than anything, she desperately wanted to love and be loved. She needed to learn through positive daily interactions that she was now safe forever and our staff worked hard to show her that there was nothing to be afraid of. Slowly we watched this timid girl come out of her shell and begin to take treats from us, tolerate human touch, and then ask for pets. She went from cowering when approached to approaching those she learned that she could trust and asking them for attention.

Our staff does such wonderful work with the challenges some of our pets present when they first arrive, whether it be medical challenges, or behavioural/emotional. Our behavioralists guide our staff to work with our animals and help them gain confidence using practices by Sophia Yin using positive reinforcement, the “learn to earn” program, and more. We cater specific training plans to the animal’s individual needs, and with Deena, what she needed most from us was time, patience, and the gentle touch of kindness.

IMG_5151.JPGA potential adopter approached us with a lot of interest in adopting Deena. Because Deena is a flight risk as well as a climber/jumper, we had concerns that her potential adopter’s backyard fence simply wasn’t high enough for Deena to be safe in while romping in the backyard, but the adopter felt a special bond with Deena and very much wanted her. She hired a contractor to build her fence up higher so that Deena would be safe, and came in to visit with Deena in order to build a bond. When her home was ready, Deena was still available so she was able to then move forward with the adoption.

IMG_5154Our behavioralist Farrah took Deena to her new mom’s home for the home check. She was very touched by how relieved the adopter was, and she told us that Deena’s mom looked at her new dog and said, “She’s staying? She’s really mine?” Then she looked at Deena and said, “You’re finally home!”

We can’t express enough how much it meant to us that someone loved Deena enough to literally build her a safe yard, and to come and visit her regularly to build that crucial bond between them. Working in rescue can be tough on our hearts. We all bond with the animals that we care for and when we work extra hard to help an animal, seeing them find a home is both an amazing moment of triumph, and just a touch of sadness because although we know this is what we’ve been helping them work toward, we will still miss them. It helps so much to know that a special dog like Deena has an amazing adopter who has already gone above and beyond to meet her needs, we know that Deena is in safe and loving hands for the rest of her life. We’re so grateful to Deena’s new mom. Happy endings like this remind us of why we do what we do. Love can save lives!

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ECPR Offers Humane Education Curriculum to Elementary Students

IMG_8738One thing that we feel very strongly about here at Emerald City Pet Rescue is reaching out to the public. Recently our Education and Outreach Specialist, Bethany, has developed a Humane Education curriculum for elementary students and we recently had the first opportunity to visit the students enrolled in Dearborn Park International School’s Summer Staircase Program for three sessions. The students were split into three groups ranging from Kindergarten to fourth grade. Bethany designed a program that would encourage the students to think about compassion and empathy in regards to both animals and to the other people in their lives.

IMG_8736The first day of our visit, we taught “Intro to Rescue.” We discussed The Three R’s (Rescuing, Rehoming, Rehabilitating), we discussed some of our adoptable animals and their special needs, and then led into what it takes to care for those animals and to have compassion for them.

On our second visit, we introduced the students to some activities in regards to empathy and engaged them in a conversation and Q and A about understanding a person’s basic needs, an animal’s basic needs, and to compare what a human needs vs what an animal needs (and allowing them to discover that many of our needs are all the same!). We then provided them with hypothetical situations / scenarios and asked for their feedback on how they should respond to those things with empathy in mind, a word we incorporated deeply into the lessons with the hope that the students would take with them an understanding of how to identify and have compassion for the feelings of others. Some of the hypothetical scenarios we gave them were, “If you see someone on the playground making fun of or picking on someone else, what can you do to make that person feel better?” The kids responded with answers like, “Tell a teacher” and “ask that kid to play with me so they won’t feel sad and left out!” Hooray – they were understanding empathy!
We then moved on to animals. “What if you see a mama cat out searching for food so she can care for her kittens, and someone is throwing rocks at her? How do you think that cat would feel, and what can you do to help her and make her feel better?” The kids responded with, tell the person to stop, give the mama cat some food, etc. They were understanding that an animal has feelings too. Success!

At ECPR, we firmly believe that helping young people understand empathy and compassion for both their fellow human and animals alike, they will grow up to be happy, healthy, helpful, kind adults. Animals need our empathy and compassion, especially when they cannot speak for themselves.

Our third visit was the most fun for the students, we brought some dogs for them to meet! We taught them about properly approaching a dog, about always asking permission before trying to pet a dog, and how to be gentle and respectful of the dogs and their space. We got them into smaller groups and allowed them to meet and pet our dogs.

IMG_8731Although the students were young, I watched them light up when they understood something, I saw them connecting the importance of caring for an animal’s needs by realizing their basic needs are the same as our own (food, water, shelter, LOVE, being safe, etc.) and I feel confident that the lessons we did will help these students grow into adults that are compassionate toward animals.

We are fortunate enough to have more schools lined up for this lesson plan, and we also plan on expanding and developing more lessons for all ages. We understand that as a rescue, we strive to help the animals in our care of course, but the best way we can help ALL animals is to be involved in our surrounding community and to help educate people about the awesome responsibility of caring for animal’s needs and what it takes to keep them healthy and happy. The more confident and knowledgeable a person can be about animals, the more equipped they will be to decide if owning a pet is right for them, what kind of pet might best fit their lifestyle, and what an animals needs are.

IMG_8740If you are involved in a school or program and you think Humane Education would be a great fit for your students, please don’t hesitate to contact our Education and Outreach specialist at bethany@emeraldcitypetrescue.org 

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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!