Yogi Berra Wants To Play a LOT of Fetch!

Y3 2.jpgAll of the animals here at Emerald City Pet Rescue are special, but Yogi Berra has really impressed us all. This sweet boy came to us with extreme anxiety, allergies, and a lot of fear. Being in a busy environment with a lot of other rescue dogs helps a lot of dogs come out of their shell, but the environment wasn’t ideal for Yogi so one of our amazing Animal Care Specialists took him home to foster. It was there in foster that Yogi really blossomed! He settled into the routine at his foster home, got along with the other dogs there, and with the added benefit of a stable home-environment, Yogi learned to trust and be brave. We were all so excited when he recently reached enough confidence to be ready for adoption!Y2 2.jpg

We don’t just rescue animals here at ECPR; we give them our love and complete devotion. It can be heartbreaking when an animal comes to us fearful and unsure, but the resiliency of animals to overcome their pasts always continues to amaze us. Yogi came to us crying, and now he greets us with a wag in his tail and his goofy tongue hanging out of his mouth! Special thanks to miracle worker Julie who devoted herself to him so patiently in foster. Because of her, Yogi now sees humans as safe, loving, and treat-giving!

Yogi is a smart guy who excels at learning commands. Not only has he mastered “sit” and “down”, but he also knows “give paw” and “ball!” Did we mention how much Yogi LOVES his ball?! REALLY loves it. Carries it around in his mouth like it’s his baby. It’s the cutest thing ever!

Although Yogi has come a very long way, he will need a forever home that can continue to be patient with him and provide him with ongoing positive-based training. He would thrive best in a cat-free, child-free home. Although he gets along with other dogs, he doesn’t like every dog so a home with other dogs will be considered on a case-by-case basis. If you’re a compassionate person who can’t resist a cute, goofy face, big clumsy dog hugs, and endless games of fetch, Yogi may be the guy you’ve been looking for!

If you’d like to meet Yogi and you live in or near the Seattle area, give us a call at 206-557-4661

This Husky Will Capture Your Heart!

A1 2.jpgOh my goodness, have you ever seen a more handsome smile in your life? This adorable grin belongs to Alaska, a nine-month-old Husky who is searching for a forever home in the Seattle area.

Fall is in full swing, cold weather is upon us, and Alaska doesn’t mind at all! Like most young Huskies, this guy has a lot of energy. He would be a fantastic running partner or hiking side-kick! There’s something about his enigmatic blue eyes that really make a person stop in their tracks. Intelligent and boisterous, he has mastered commands like ‘sit’ and ‘down’ and he’s very excited to learn more. We’re not kidding – he LOVES to learn! When he knows that he’s done a good job, he uses his voice to express how proud of himself he truly is. In fact, he loves to speak — we’re semi-convinced that he thinks he can carry on a full conversation with humans! Even if we can’t understand what every vocalization means, his face and eyes also speak volumes to help guide us.

What coA3 2.jpgmes to mind when someone says the words dream home? Alaska asks for a home with a fully-fenced yard so he can play LOTS of Fetch, a home with adults only (he loves people, but boy, does he have a lot of boisterous energy!), no cats, but size-and energy appropriate dogs are aye-okay with him. He asks for lots of play, lots of cuddles, and lots of brain games. In return, he will give you loyalty, love, and countless looks of pure adoration!

Are you interested in inviting Alaska to be a part of your family? Give Emerald City Pet Rescue a call at 206-557-4661.

October Dog of the Month – TESLA!

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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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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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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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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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