ECPR Teaches Humane Education w/ Bush School Students

Even though ECPR is still very young as a rescue, we are so excited for the new programs we have launched and we are thrilled that we have many unique opportunities to connect with the community around us. The Seattle community is wonderful; kind, eager, and willing to get together to help us save more lives!
IMG_0773One of our beloved staff members, our Education and Outreach Specialist, has had wonderful opportunities to put together many unique outreach programs that include everything from cuddle-visits with our dogs to senior centers and community centers, to teaching very young children safe ways to approach and pet dogs, and even putting together comprehensive Humane Education programs for interested High School Students. We are willing and able to work with people of all ages who are interested in learning about rescue, meeting rescue pets, and more.

We recently completed our second year of working with students at the Bush School. We met with them once a week for several weeks and had the opportunity to challenge their minds, and gave them opportunities to challenge ours! (And boy, they sure did! SO many thought-provoking questions and observations!)

IMG_0334 (1)For the first handful of weeks, we traveled to their school and did some work in their classrooms. We began by giving them a brief history of our specific rescue and how we operate. We discussed where our rescue pets come from, what our adoption process is, and all of the different departments and responsibilities that it takes to successfully rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome these animals safely and with the best care possible.
IMG_0329 (1)We then moved on to animal interactions, discussing not only general safe handling of animals, but also the types of training methods we use to work with and rehabilitate animals who have behavioral challenges due to many reasons including but not limited to; undersocialization, abuse, neglect, home-instability (being moved around from home to home and/or shelter to shelter). We also discussed some of our pets with specific medical needs and how our in-house clinic helps heal
We expanded beyond the world of our specific rescue into general animal welfare topics, and we had them split into groups and research and present information on topics such as animal exploitation, the meat trade, puppy mills, and more.

We then moved into the aspect of humane education that expands to human-to-human interactions, how, through animals, we learn compassion, empathy, and how we relate and communicate with both animals and each other with more than just words.

We want to give the Bush Students a huge THANK YOU as well, they organized a fundraiser for ECPR, and created amazing informative flyers to give to students, teachers, parents, and the community. They really went above and beyond to spread the word and we are so thankful for their creativity and dedication!

IMG_0504We then spent a handful of weeks bringing them into our rescue facilities. We began at our adoption center in Sodo. We introduced them to some of our rescue dogs and taught them some of our training methods. Our rescue coordinators were able to talk to them about adoptions, and our accounting department was even able to talk to them about some of the technical aspects of running a rescue! We then brought them to our cat adoption facility in West Seattle and they were able to learn about our unique adoption process for our kitties, and lastly, we brought them to our clinic. They were able to learn about all of the medical care we provide for our pets, tour the clinic, and talk with one of our amazing vet techs about the various jobs those in the clinic do, the procedures we perform, and how the clinic helps pets in need.

The students also had the opportunity to join us on one of our general outreach days. They went with a few of our staff members and some of our dogs; rescue dogs and ECPR ambassadors, to Hilltop House (a senior center) and were able to see firsthand the joy of our dogs spreading love throughout the community and what a positive impact that has on people. It was a wonderful experience for everyone!

IMG_0785We were so grateful that we had an opportunity to interact with youth interested in the world of animal care and animal rescue, they learned a lot, but we also learned a lot from them! What a wonderful opportunity for us all!

That was the run-down of the program we tailored to these student’s timeframe and learning desires, but our wonderful Education and Outreach Specialist is more than happy to tailor a program to your school’s time-frame and learning interests. If you’d like us to visit your school, or if you have a classroom interested in visiting our facilities, or both – please contact her at bethany@emeraldcitypetrescue.org

Special thanks to everyone who helped with this program and took the time to meet with these awesome students! Thank you to our founder, Vivian Goldbloom, for encouraging the program. Thank you to our rescue coordinators, kennel attendants, clinic staff, and more, for meeting the students and discussing your jobs here at the rescue! Thank you to the Bush School for inviting us to be a part of your educational goals, and we hope to meet more of your awesome students next year!

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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Visit from the Bridges Program

IMG_8479Today, Emerald City Pet Rescue had the privilege of welcoming some wonderful members of Seattle Public School’s Swedish First Hill branch of the Bridges Program into our facility for an educational visit.

The Bridges program is designed for students with disabilities between the ages of 18-21. The vision of the program is to create a world where these young adults are given the tools to live their adult lives as independent, productive, and engaged community members. They aim to provide opportunities for them to build vocational, social, and independent living skills.

Our Education and Outreach Specialist, Bethany, along with our Volunteer Coordinator Austin, created a learning environment for these students that included “Intro to Rescue” where we discussed who we are as a unique rescue, where we rescue our animals from, and the steps we go through to rehabilitate them and to help them find safe, happy forever homes. Our wonderful trainer Skye then joined the lesson to do a training demo with a focus on respect and responsibility, with adoptable pup Barry, and the students were given the opportunity to join in and participate actively with the dog. The lesson ended with another adoptable dog Yuki being brought in for them to meet, as well as a few staff dogs (Emerald City Pet Rescue Ambassadors) Athena and Lily.

IMG_8485We are proud as a rescue to have had the opportunity to meet these wonderful young adults and to educate them about animal rescue. There is nothing more inspiring to us than young people having a passion for animals, and for us to be given the chance to hopefully inspire them to advocate for those in need.

A special shout-out and thank you to the teachers and the students of the Bridges Program who participated in today’s educational visit. We were happy to meet each and every one of you!

If you have a group or a class that would enjoy an educational visit to our rescue to learn about animal rescue, compassion-based training, and more, OR if you would like US to come to YOUR school or facility, please contact our Education and Outreach Specialist, Bethany, at bethany@emeraldcitypetrescue.org to arrange a visit!

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Woody Searches For His Forever Home

adopt-me Meet Woody the Cocker Spaniel, currently available for adoption at Emerald City Pet Rescue!

Woody is an energetic 10-month old puppy who LOVES to snuggle and play!

So far in his life, Woody has had very little exposure to the world around him, so he can be fearful until he gets comfortable in new situations.

Woody can be a bit nervous around new people, but all it takes to win his heart is a good treat. Then, he becomes your BFF!

w1Woody is learning to walk nicely on a leash. He is working on commands. Currently, he knows ‘sit’ and ‘down’.

Woody requires an experienced adopter with plans to provide lots of training and exposure opportunities. Woody will make the extra time worth it; he is a stunning dog with a loving personality. Woody does get along with other dogs as long as they are ready to play! Woody needs a home with no small children, but children over 12 years old would be fine.

Woody does get along with other dogs as long as they are ready to play! Woody needs a home with 12 and older due to his boisterous nature; like most young dogs he doesn’t yet understand his size!

If Woody sounds like the perfect dog for you, give us a call at 206 557 4661!

DailyECPR : Beautiful Bettina

Adopt Me1.jpg Do you love huskies? Do you love boxers? You can have the best of both worlds – a husky / boxer mix! Beautiful Bettina has amazing eyes, a licky tongue, and a very exciting personality! Like a lot of huskies, Bettina is highly intelligent so she is hoping to find an adopter who can really work to keep her stimulated both physically and intellectually. One of our employees loves to call her “smart but naughty!” Bettina is currently being boarded in a wonderful place where she has lots of room to run around – but she does like to rile up the other dogs! (Naughty, naughty!)

adopt-meOnce this gorgeous gal gets a chance to run around and exhaust some of that high energy, Bettina is all about getting loved on! She loves being pet, and a nice brushing is always greeted with a wagging tail as well because she definitely has that husky coat!

Bettina’s main challenge is that she’s not too fond of other dogs but proper and consistent training will go a long way in helping her with her reactivity. Her ideal family would consider her their one and only (she wants to be spoiled!), have a very secure yard, older children only, and the willingness to further her training and help her be the best possible dog she can be! We may be a little bit bias, but we are convinced that her potential is infinite!

If you think your home might be the perfect match for Beautiful Bettina, give us a call at 206 557 4661!

 

 

Chewie and Mommas are Besties!

 

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The “Cutest BFFs in the Playroom” award goes to….

ECPR’s Chewey and Mommas! They love to hang out with each other, they think all of these other dogs with their four working legs and lack of wheels are just plain odd. They are in their own little wheelie club together where they joyfully roll around, or, more often, joyfully relax together while they wait to find their forever homes!

cm2Chewey is a handsome 4-year old Chihuahua mix. After receiving surgery for a ruptured disc, Chewey has been using a wheelchair, but he doesn’t let that slow him down for a second as he makes the rounds visiting his favorite people! And c’mon, who doesn’t love a guy with his own set of wheels? He is charismatic, friendly, and very sweet but he does not get along so well with cats.

Meet Mommas! 4-year old Mommas is a fantastic dog that loves people and other dogs. Mommas has lived with children – and loved them, too! Mommas is looking for a loving home that can offer her stability and support as she adjusts to her new life on wheels. As with most dogs that lose their ability to use their back end, this is not slowing her down! Mommas still has a happy-go-lucky attitude and she is always eager for new adventures. Mommas will need an adopter who is willing and able to work with her special needs. Mommas likes cats too!

If you might have the perfect home for one of these two special babies, give us a call at 206 557 4661!

Mischevious Thelma Wants a Home!

thelma1Meet Thelma, a VERY SPECIAL dog who came to us from SOI dogs all the way from Thailand!

Thelma is a ridiculous, goofy, ball of sillyness. She is an explorer and loves to sniff around in the woods. She has a fair amount of energy and she is always smiling. She is an accomplished climber and she is smart enough to open doors of varying styles. She has prey drive towards cats, but also does well with small dogs. She is incredibly playful with other dogs, but sometimes her excitement gets the best of her- she comes on very strong. She has alright leash walking skills and she is a fast learner. The leadership program is really starting to show results with her, she is learning to sit for pets instead of head butting you. She would be a good dog for kids with her happy, playful attitude.

thelma2Thelma is truly wonderful she but does require a very experienced new family due to her high intelligence and her past as a savvy street dog.

If you are in the Seattle area and you think you may have the confidence and willingness to make this wonderful girl a part of your family, give us a call at 206 557 4661