A Happy Ending For Lacey

A few weeks ago, we had a scare. Sweet pup Lacey was lost in West Seattle. Lacey is a shy pup, so we knew that she wouldn’t simply stroll up to someone so she could be brought back to safety. This was going to be a challenge. With the heat being so intense and lots of cars zooming down busy West Seattle streets, we were worried. We teamed up together and put up flyers everywhere we could. We raced out to any section in which a tip was received that she was spotted. We split up into teams and diligently searched from morning until night and even brought in Three Retrievers Lost Pet Rescue  to help with their search dogs. The full story of Lacey’s miraculous rescue effort is documented here on our blog.

ECPR employees quickly made their way just ahead of where the search dogs had led us. They quietly sat down on the ground, hoped, and waited. Finally, Lacey emerged, but the employees knew not to try and snatch her in case she got startled and ran again. She finally mustered up the bravery to approach her doggy-daughter, Leda, whom the employees had with them, and then she approached her favorite kennel attendant and licked her arm. A slip lead was quickly put in place and Lacey was saved!

Lacey’s story wasn’t over. She was brought back to the rescue, examined by our Veterinary staff and thankfully she was all right, but the last leg of her journey, finding a forever family, was still ahead of her.

The impact of Lacey approaching her favorite kennel attendant despite her timid nature and overwhelmed state of mind stuck with a lot of us, especially the kennel attendant whom Lacey finally trusted enough to approach. She was fostering another dog at the time, but as the days began to pass, the bond she knew she shared with Lacey did not leave her mind or her heart.

Yesterday, we brought Lacey to the kennel attendant’s home where she will be staying for good, officially adopted by the person she allowed to save her! We couldn’t ask for a better forever home for this special girl. It is truly inspirational to see the bond between a dog and a human grow so strong that it leads to an unexpected adoption. Lacey was the one who chose her family, and they welcomed her with open arms. It’s moments like this that make us proud to do what we do. Congratulations to Lacey and her new family, we are so glad that you got your “Happily Ever After!”

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Aviva’s TV Debut!

Three-year-old Terrier mix, Aviva, is the life of the party! This girl loves to be loved, and she can’t wait to find a forever home in the Seattle area. Aviva can thrive in an apartment, condo, or house, as long as she has a lot of human attention. She loves to go-go-go on outdoor adventures and she’s excellent at making new friends. Aviva would do best in a cat-free home with dog-savvy kids 10+. She loves to wiggle!

This sweet lady recently got her fifteen minutes of fame by starring as a #WhyNotMePet on Q13Fox! Special thanks also goes to Pawsitive Alliance and Dirtie Dog Photography for featuring this amazing lady. Check out Aviva on the news HERE! 

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Rusty Is Cured!

Rusty1Rusty is one special dog! He came to us suffering from distemper. Despite the difficult diagnosis, ECPR was committed to doing everything we could to try and get him well. Read about the long journey he has taken with his foster mom here.

Recently, Rusty had his monthly testing done, and the results we have all been hoping and waiting for – a viral load of 0, finally happened! Rusty is officially cured of distemper and he is ready to move on with his life!

Rusty spent a lot of time in isolation while he was on the mend, and yet when it was finally safe for him to come out, he couldn’t have been happier and bouncier! There’s always the worry after a dog spends so much time in isolation that they will be frightened of new people and new environments, but this rock star had a wagging tail and a cheery disposition ready for anyone who was eager to meet him. There is nothing more heartwarming than seeing pure happiness and joy on his sweet face, and knowing that all of the worry, time, and dedication during his road to recovery was worth every single second.

A huge shout-out and thank you goes to his dedicated foster mom, Julie, who has seen him through every scary moment, shown him immeasurable amounts of love and had an endless amount of patience because she truly believed in him with every fiber of her being. Rusty pulled through because he knows we all care about him. Love Can Save Lives.

Today, Rusty made his way to ECPR’s clinic so he can receive his neuter and get prepared for adoption! Whoever ends up taking this guy home will get a dog with an INCREDIBLE heart and a tremendous will to live and to enjoy life. He deserves all of the love we can give him. Keep an eye on our social media and website: www.emeraldcitypetrescue.org to stay up to date on when Rusty becomes officially available for adoption!

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ECPR Teaches Humane Education to Summer Staircase Program Students

Last week, ECPR had the privilege of teaching Humane Education to a few groups of wonderful students at Roxhill Elementary and Highland Park Elementary for their Summer Staircase programs. The program serves students from Kindergarten through Fourth Grade. During our first visit, we discussed the world of Rescue with the kids focusing on Respect and Responsibility when it comes to caring for animals. We did a “game” in which we had the kids tell us what they need to be healthy and happy in life (food, love, a home, etc) and then we asked them what they think animals need. We let them realize that animals need a lot of the same things we do. That helped them understand the Responsibility in caring for an animal. We split the students up into groups and discussed Empathy. We gave the students little stories about different animals and we had them tell us what they think happened to the animals and how they could help the animal.

1During our second visit, we brought a group of dogs for them to meet. Our ambassador dogs had a wonderful time as always, but we also brought ECPR adoptable pup, Fran! Fran is an eight-year-old mini poodle mix who adores attention and loves dogs, cats, and humans of all ages. She is hoping to find a loving, mellow home where she can get lots of snuggles!

We had another opportunity to emphasize Respect and Responsibility, and safe and proper ways to greet and pet dogs.

A few of the students in the program were in last summer’s program as well. One of the kids last year was very fidgety and a bit disruptive, but this year he was very calm. One of the dogs we brought who can often be a bit shy crawled right into this student’s lap. (His was the only lap that she crawled into on her own.) He was so happy that she wanted to visit him! He was very gentle and compassionate to her. It is amazing for us to witness how animals can really bring out a deeper understanding of compassion and empathy in others, not to mention the pure joy that we see on students’ faces when the dogs approach them and ask for their love and attention. We are thrilled for opportunities to reach out to our Seattle community and offer these programs to children of all ages. These educational visits remind us once again that Love Can Save Lives!

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Lacey Has Been Found!

lacey_PF3Thanks to ECPR’s amazing staff and friends and Seattle’s amazing community support, Lacey the lost dog is safe!

Last weekend, ECPR Lacey, a timid dog who is a “flight risk” got loose. She not only bolted out of a door, but she managed to slip under a fence before she could be grabbed. (Houdini dog!)

We were all very worried about Lacey. The weather here in Seattle has been very hot and she was loose without food or water. Since she is very timid, we knew it was unlikely that she would allow someone to approach her in order to bring her to safety.

Our wonderful ECPR employees and volunteers immediately rallied together to come up with a plan on how to help retrieve Lacey safely. We spread the word all around West Seattle by putting up numerous flyers, we stopped into local businesses, and we endlessly canvased neighborhoods. We put together maps that tracked any tips we received on where people were spotting Lacey so we could try and figure out her movements in order to anticipate where she might travel next. We searched from the wee hours of the morning until past nightfall every day since she got loose on Saturday.

This morning, Three Retrievers Lost Pet Rescue helped us with their scent-tracking dogs. Once we had Lacey’s trail, our employees and volunteers fanned out in front of the trail hoping to spot her. They brought Lacey’s daughter, Leda, with them hoping that Leda would help make Lacey comfortable enough to approach. Lacey’s favorite ECPR kennel attendants were also on the forefront.

Soon, Lacey was spotted! She was actually headed back to where she got loose from, having made a very wide circle around a large area! We knew not to try and pursue her or call out to her. If she got startled, she would surely run again! The kennel staff along with Leda sat quietly on the ground. They “ignored” Lacey and softly spoke to Leda while giving her enticing treats. Slowly, Lacey crept toward Leda and bumped noses with her. Then, recognizing one of her favorite kennel attendants, she cautiously approached and gave her kisses on her arm. A treat was offered and the slip lead was quickly put in place. LACEY WAS SAFE!

A frightened dog loose in the city is a very scary thing. Lacey is Microchipped, but being so timid, she wasn’t going to approach a stranger or allow herself to be casually captured. Safely retrieving Lacey required a colossal amount of teamwork, dedication, and patience. We would like to publicly thank everyone who made this daring rescue possible. Three Retrievers Lost Pet Rescue was an invaluable asset, their amazing service allowed us to know firmly where Lacey had been so we could anticipate where she might be heading or hiding. Our staff and volunteers who spent day and night putting up flyers and canvassing neighborhoods reminded us all of why we do what we do; it’s all for the animals! Our amazing team members who kept on top of all of the sightings and tips we received in order to map them out and get them to our searchers as quickly as possible helped position us in the right places at the right times. The early morning search team of kennel attendants who were able to remain calm and patient despite the worry they felt for Lacey made all the difference in making her feel safe enough to approach them so they could bring her back to safety. Incredible!

ECPR friends and family, we want to take a moment to remind you of how important it is to be cognoscente of your pet’s safety. A collar and tags are a great way to make sure your pet is identified, but collars get caught on things or pets slip out of them. Please also microchip your pet! (Have your vet check for their microchip during their annual visits because chips can sometimes migrate!) Even with all of those precautions, sometimes pets like Lacey get loose and they cannot be identified if they cannot be caught. Even if you have a fully fenced yard, make sure there are no small holes and make sure your pet cannot slip underneath the fence. As Lacey demonstrated, sometimes pets can be little magicians! This was a scary situation for us and especially for poor Lacey, but we are all so relieved and happy that, with great ECPR teamwork and a wonderful Seattle community to help, The Saga of Lacey has a happy ending!

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PLEASE VOTE FOR ECPR VOLUNTEER LINDA!

FUTY Festival is a free annual volunteer appreciation party hosted by Mud Bay to celebrate and thank the animal welfare volunteers of the Pacific Northwest.

In addition to the celebration party, each organization is invited to nominate one volunteer for the FUTY Festival Volunteer Award of Excellence.  Nominee profiles will be part of an online vote.  All nominees will be recognized at FUTY Festival and the three nominees with the most votes will receive $1000.00 cash prize and the nominating shelter will receive a $1000.00 donation from Mud Bay.

Here at Emerald City Pet Rescue, our nominee for the Volunteer Award of Excellence is our very own faithful volunteer and foster mom, Linda Peirce!

Linda is currently fostering ECPR adoptable Chewey!

>>>> PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO VOTE FOR LINDA BY CLICKING THIS LINK! <<<<<

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Hi, my name is Chewey! I’m a 6-year-old Chihuahua/Dachshund mix and I’m available for adoption at Emerald City Pet Rescue. I’m a REALLY good dog (I promise!), but no one will adopt me! Maybe it’s because my back legs don’t work very well. I have IVDD (Intervertebral Disc Disease) and that means I need physical therapy every single day, I need help with bladder expressions, (okay, fine, I need help to pee! Don’t judge me!) and sometimes I can’t control when I poop. Hey, no one’s paw-fect!

After two years in a rescue, I thought I was going to lose my mind. Everything felt so overwhelming! Then, something AWESOME happened… Linda took me in! Linda is my foster mom and she’s the reason that I’m writing to you. I can’t think of anyone more deserving of a treat than her. I’ve been with her for 11 months now (almost a WHOLE YEAR!) and I feel like a brand new dog! She gives me a reason to get out and use my legs! Sure, I still wobble, but I’ve gotten so good that I don’t even need my wheelchair anymore! She brags to everyone at the rescue about my progress, like how I can get onto and off a curb without assistance now. (I’ve got SKILLZ!) She even brags about the handful of times I’ve been able to pee on my own! It’s a little bit embarrassing, but I know she loves me. I know I’m a little bit more “high maintenance” than your average dog, but Lucky for me, Linda is not afraid of a challenge. Before I came home with her she had no idea how to express a bladder or do my physical therapy, but she did not shy away from the challenge and she was a quick and eager learner.

Linda really is the BEST foster mom! She has been a volunteer at Emerald City Pet Rescue for the last 2 years. In addition to fostering, she also comes into the rescue regularly and works with the dogs that aren’t in foster. She takes them on walks, cares for them, cleans up after them – she’s A-MAY-ZING! Did I mention she also goes to events on a regular basis (especially on short notice) and helps spread the word about rescue to the public? She is a rescue machine that never stops being awesome!
In addition to Emerald City Pet Rescue, Linda has also volunteered at the Humane Society for the last 7 years. She helps with something called the Pet Project where she delivers pet supplies to people with low income and so they are able to care for their pets.

I really want my foster mom to win this award. She is always doing things for others (especially me right now!) so I wanted to do this one thing for her. I don’t want to get too mushy, but Linda is hands-down my favorite human being. Please help me show her how much she means to me! After everything she’s done for me, she deserves this more than anyone I have ever met.

Paw-somely Yours,

– Chewey​

Snowdrop’s News Debut!

Snowdrop is ready for her close-up, Mister Dog-mille!

Snowdrop is a 10-year-old chihuahua that has been with us here at ECPR for over a year! She is a staff-favorite with her adorable little antics, her big personality, and the way she loves to burrow in blankets.
Snowdrop hopes to find a home in the Seattle area soon! Snowdrop does fine with other mellow dog friends, but she would like to kindly request a home without cats. Other than that, all she asks for is lots of naps, some short walks, and Netflix marathons! (Or Hulu marathons, she’s not picky!) She would do great in an apartment or as an office-dog lounging in a bed by your desk.
Do you have room in your heart and home for this little sweetie-pie? Let us know!
*Special thanks to Pawsitive Alliance, Pet Connection Magazine and Q13Fox for debuting this wonderful #WhyNotMePets gal to the public! View Snowdrop on the news HERE! 

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