ECPR Helps An Amazing Dog Recover from Distemper

R1Canine distemper is a contagious and serious viral illness. The disease affects dogs and certain species of wildlife, such as raccoons, wolves, foxes, and skunks.
The virus, which is spread through the air and by direct or indirect contact with an infected animal, initially attacks a dog’s tonsils and lymph nodes and replicates itself there for about one week. It then attacks the respiratory, urogenital, gastrointestinal, and nervous systems. In dogs or animals with weak immune systems, death may result in two to five weeks after the initial infection.

While there is no known cure for the virus, recovery from distemper is possible, though it is a long road. Due to the highly contagious nature of distemper, an infected dog must be kept in complete isolation from other animals or there is a risk of spreading the virus.

Emerald City Pet Rescue heard about a very sweet dog named Rusty who was, unfortunately, suffering the sickness of distemper. Due to both the expense of treatment and special isolation needs, vet hospitals in the area were not able to take him in. His choices were either to find help for recovery or to be humanely euthanized.

One of our dedicated fosters stepped up and offered to take on the challenge of providing Rusty with the care he required during his recovery. She began working on his set-up right away, a completely isolated room equipped with gowns, gloves, booties, and lots and lots of Accel (a pet-safe disinfectant.) She embarked on this journey knowing that no matter how much care and love Rusty received, he might not make it, but she, as well as our wonderful founder, believed that Rusty deserved a chance at life. We initially had no safe place for Rusty during his recovery, so along with the foster’s help, we BUILT him one!

At first, Rusty took a turn for the worse; he stopped eating and drinking and grew lethargic. He was rushed to an emergency vet. The veterinary team donned hazmat suits and his foster mother had to carry him because he was too weak to walk. He was diagnosed with secondary pneumonia. Despite the scare, miraculously, Rusty recovered! Although Rusty is not the first distemper dog that ECPR has tried to help, he is our first “miracle-pup,” the first guy to pull through! What an INCREDIBLE spirit Rusty has!
Although Rusty’s health has vastly improved and continues to improve, Rusty must get tested weekly until all signs of the virus are completely out of his system.

R2Rusty’s foster mom says, “So many people are terrified of distemper. I was, too. But it’s not impossible to deal with, just challenging and heartbreaking if the dog is more advanced than Rusty was when we got him. It’s been a huge undertaking to get everything assembled that was needed to take care of him. As many of you know, when ECPR commits to a dog, they are in it 100% plus. This is why I love being a part of this organization. ❤”

It’s true! As an organization, we firmly believe in giving every animal every chance that we possibly can.

We have all been deeply touched by Rusty’s struggle, his incredible will to live, and his limitless capacity to love. Rusty, we are in this with you all the way! YOU CAN DO IT!

If you would like to help Rusty on his continued journey to health and a forever home of his own, donations are always welcome. Visit our site at http://www.emeraldcitypetrescue.org to donate!

Please keep an eye out on our media for when Rusty is officially cleared, healthy, and ready for adoption!

Shout-Out to Girl Scout Troop 41696

imageedit_62_4292822603 We want to give a huge shout-out and thank you to Girl Scout Troop 41696 for the amazing snuggle mats and cat wands they made for our rescue pets!
The troop did a community service project and decided to focus on helping animals. It always touches our hearts when young people have such compassion for our furry friends!

We brought the girls to the rescue for a visit and introduced them to our wonderful ambassador dogs. They were kind, considerate, and so wonderful with the animals. It always amazes us to see how easily animals can put a smile on the faces of people of all ages!

Thank you for your compassion, and your generosity in making wonderful gifts for the pets. You are all awesome!

Special Thanks to Animal Medical Center of Seattle!

This has been a special Holiday season here at Emerald City Pet Rescue! We are so fortunate that we have made it through another year of being able to rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome many wonderful pets. Some we have rescued from high-kill shelters out of state, and others we have rescued locally. Some pets have needed extra medical or behavioral help and we feel so lucky that we have had the resources to be able to help them. This year has brought shy and/or fearful dogs out of their shells in their new forever homes, and it has seen three dogs who needed wheelchairs slowly regaining the use of their legs through patience, love, and physical therapy.

2017-12-18 11.06.57_resizedToday we had a visit from Jina who stopped over from Animal Medical Center of Seattle. They did their own “Santa Paws” event where people could come in and get photos of Santa with their pets, and they chose to donate all of the proceeds to ECPR to help our wonderful rescues!

We feel so fortunate that they chose to gift us with a donation. So many people in our Seattle community care about these animals, and we couldn’t ask for a better “Holiday gift” than that!

Thank you so much, Jina and Animal Medical Center, your generosity has touched us, and people like you make it possible for us to keep doing what we do!

 

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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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Girl Scout Troop Donates $300!

IMG_8778The wonderful thing about rescue is that there are so many ways to help out and get involved, and we feel very blessed to be a part of such a supportive and enthusiastic community.

Yesterday, we had a visit from Girl Scout Troop #45302, and they gave us an amazingly generous donation of $300! What a wonderful gift from young people, who already feel compassion for our animals and the desire to help.

Like this troop, there are so many ways for people to get involved and help our animals. If you can adopt, wonderful! If you cannot adopt, foster. If you cannot foster, our animals always need supplies and funds to help them on their way to finding their forever homes, and there’s no age limit on the ability to make a positive difference in the lives of these amazing rescue pets.

Thank you so much, Girl Scouts, for your wonderful and generous donation, and for caring about our animals and working hard to help them out. You’re making a difference in their lives and they know it!

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DailyECPR : ZORRO the Wonder-Cat!

zorro1Meet the distinguished Mister Zorro! Zorro is a dashing twelve-year-old kitty who boasts a cute moo-cow pattern and a little goatee! This sweet gentleman exudes a sense of confidence and calm — no midnight zoomies for this seasoned guy! Nothing seems to phase him, and within a few hours of being in new surroundings, you might think he had been there his whole life! His favorite things to do are to give little kitty licks to his people and curl up on your lap. Zorro is also great with cats and dogs!
 
zorro2Zorro has diabetes, but don’t let that discourage you; he takes his insulin like a pro, and he even seems to recognize when it is time for it. He might be considered special needs, but he doesn’t think so. If you asked him, he would just leave it at he is special!
He would make the most wonderful kitty for virtually any home, his demeanor is quiet, calm, tolerant, and go-with-the-flow! If you’re looking for a fantastic cuddly new friend, Zorro is DEFINITELY your super-kitty!
 
Zorro is neutered, fully vetted, and microchipped. Call Emerald City Pet Rescue at 206-557-4661 to set up a time to come in and meet him!

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!