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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ECPR Celebrates World Spay Day!

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Hello everyone, February 28th is WORLD SPAY DAY!!

We thought we’d celebrate by taking a few moments here at ECPR to provide some quick information on why spaying is so important to the health of your pet, and why it’s the responsible choice to make as a pet parent.

Overpopulation can be a sad and challenging issue. As much as we all love puppies and kittens, there are many animals that end up homeless, starving, and alone. That’s why we always encourage people to adopt don’t shop. Working at a rescue, on a daily basis I see the most wonderful pets come into our care and I often wish I could take home every single sweet soul I meet. If you truly love animals, the best thing you can do for them is to give a dog, cat, or critter in need a forever home, and spaying prevents contributing to the overpopulation by allowing your pet to breed.

Spaying also improves your pet’s health! A USA TODAY article cites that pets who are spayed live on average 23% longer than those who are not! Some of this statistic has to do with decreasing the pet’s urge to roam, and also it removes the potential future complications of problems with your pet’s reproductive system, such as ovarian cysts or uterine cancer.

Spaying can also assist in curbing your pet’s unwanted behaviors. As stated above, spayed pets will be less likely to have the desire to “roam” which decreases their risk of being hit by cars, or running into other unpredictable outdoor dangers. They will often be less aggressive as well. They will be less likely to engage in humping (“get off my leg!”)

“What about the cost?”
By spaying your pet, you are actually saving money in the long run by giving your pet a healthier, safer life and decreasing the potential of costly health problems down the line. If you are concerned about the up-front cost, below are some great resources in the Seattle area that provide affordable options!

Don’t forget – TO SPAY IS AYE-OKAY!

Seattle Animal Shelter Spay and Neuter Clinic – VERY affordable services, and in addition to low-cost spay and neuter service, they also provide certain vaccinations, microchipping, and licensing.

Seattle Humane also offers very affordable spay and neuter services according to your income bracket, they will work with you to make sure your pet gets the preventative care he / she needs!

Purrfect Pals will provide vouchers that can be used at spay and neuter clinics! If finances is a high concern, they can help!

For those of you a bit further out, Northwest Spay and Neuter Center hosts clinics in the surrounding areas in Tacoma, Kitsap County, and more!

HAPPY WORLD SPAY DAY!

ECPR’s Wonderful, Adoptable Kitties!

We are just so excited about our merge with Kitty Harbor, and we can’t wait to open Emerald City Kitty Harbor!

While the Kitty Harbor facility is being renovated, we have some WONDERFUL kitties here at our main facility on 1st and Hanford in Sodo waiting to find loving homes!

 

b1How cute is Blackberry??! Blackberry spent the first 13 years of her life in a warm home, though found her way to our rescue when her owner could no longer look after her. This lively, active girl loves to play with toys when she’s not stretching out near a window and enjoying the sunshine! Blackberry used to live with other cats. yet would prefer to be the only cat in her future forever home. She loves to receive affectionate attention without any other competition. While she starts out shy, it isn’t long before she’ll be leaning into your hand while you stroke her fuzzy cheeks – but you’ll know you’ve sealed the deal with her when she rolls onto her back to offer her belly up for rubs! A girl of few words, Blackberry is extremely sweet and prefers the mellow life in her golden years, so a home with people over 16 years old is on her wish list. In exchange for a quiet, loving, forever home, Blackberry will give you companionship and devotion for years to come…!

h Little Harley is such a charmer! At 6 months old, Harley is barely out of babyhood and is excited to get the search underway for his new forever home. This vet staff favorite gets along well with other cats and dogs, so he would do well with other furry friends in the home. Harley loves to play and loves attention so a person who loves to play hard or has plenty of time to spare is ideal for him. Although he is affectionate, Harley isn’t the cuddliest little guy in the world and is likely to wiggle free so that he can get started on his next adventure! Fans of spunky, friendly little guys who come dressed in their own formal wear (he is a “tuxedo” breed after all) are sure to be big fans of Harley!

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Meet Keva and Sativa, two of our new rescue arrivals! Their devoted mama has fallen on hard times and is trying to secure a forever home for her two girls. This bonded pair of 7 year-olds has been through quite a lot of change in the last several months and lean on each other for comfort. What Keva and Sativa want more than anything is safety and stability so they can begin their new lives together. Shy and scared at first meeting, these kitties would prefer a quiet home without any dogs or young children, but welcome adults who can show them the patience they need to come out of their shells. Once they are comfortable with you, these girls love receiving affection, attention, and being brushed while sitting on your lap! Emerald City Pet Rescue is a firm believer in second chances, and we can’t think of a pair more deserving than Keva and Sativa!

mMeet Maddie, one of our new rescue arrivals! This sweet, beautiful little domestic short hair girl is looking forward to finding her forever home in the Seattle area. Maddie is a classic wallflower, just like the pretty girl at school waiting on the sidelines for you to ask her to dance. Once you take a chance on her with a smooth, patient, gentle approach, you will find her apprehension melting away to reveal a sweet, affectionate side. Not one for playing so much as snuggling, Maddie does fine with other respectful cats, but would prefer a home with kids 12 and up because she isn’t such a fan of excitement or adventure. If a quiet, easygoing, and lovable is what you’re looking for all wrapped up in a petite package that loves to purr, look no further than Maddie!

mi Meet Minou! This tiny little 3-month-old girl is looking for her forever home in the Seattle area. Petite and sweet Minou may be small in stature but she is big in heart, with lots of love to share for just the right person (or people)! While a lot of kittens are courageous, risk-taking little daredevils, Minou is very mature for her age and is a bit more cautious with new people and situations. One of Minou’s favorite things to do is to play with other kittens, which is a great way of helping to build Minou’s confidence (and also to help burn that kitten energy). Minou would love most to find a home where she won’t be lonely and by herself too much, so another kitty companion or someone who is home frequently would be ideal for her (or why not both?). If shy, sweet and beautiful are what you’re seeking in a kitten, Miss Minou may be your match!

ALL of our adoptable kitties are fully vetted, spayed / neutered, and microchipped. If you’d like to meet any of these fuzzy felines, give us a call at 206 557 4661!

Emerald City Pet Rescue’s Cats Have a New Facility!

It’s been an adventurous road, but here we all are, rolling toward the end of 2016 into a brand new year! It’s amazing to look back on how far Emerald City Pet Rescue has come since first opening our doors as a nonprofit in 2013. ECPR found its humble beginnings with our dedicated founder, Vivian Goldbloom, in a small room in the back of VCA West Seattle. We opened our first independent facility in SoDo on 1st Ave South and Hanford Street in the summer of 2014, and as each month goes by, we find ourselves fortunate enough to have the privilege of saving more pets.

 

We are very grateful for the positive support we have received from people all over the Seattle area. Orijen/Acana has recently begun providing us with an amazing monthly food donation to assist in keeping our cats’ bellies full and healthy. As we are now taking in more and more kitties, such a generous donation from a high-quality pet food brand has been so helpful! This brand is also sold at our retail store attached to our facility on 1st Ave South, and all proceeds go directly back into the rescue. If you’re looking for high-quality pet food and supplies at affordable prices, come in and check out our merchandise! Our retail employees are very knowledgeable regarding all of our products and will be happy to assist you in finding the right food and supplies for your pet’s individual needs.

 

Getting back to the kitties, we are thrilled about the merger and expansions Emerald City Pet Rescue is rolling out in 2017. Kitty Harbor, just off the West Seattle bridge and down the street from Luna Park Cafe, is currently closed for renovations, yet will re-open early next year as Emerald City Kitty Harbor, our very own cat-specific adoption location! Our facility on 1st Ave South in SoDo will then be our dog-specific adoption location. Emerald City Kitty Harbor will then be open 7 days a week, all year round! The kitties will even have an all-season “catio” — they are purrfectly excited!

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In addition to Kitty Harbor, we recently opened Emerald Kitty Café at our Kitty Harbor location! Serving delicious Stumptown Coffee Roasters brews and espresso, we are currently open Saturdays and Sundays from 7AM until 4PM. Stop on by and warm up with a delicious latte while helping to support a noble cause. Soon, you will have the added bonus of being able to view adorable adoptable cats and kitties romping around behind viewing windows while sipping your coffee!

Emerald Kitty Café is also able to take any donations you may have, monetary or supplies, for our Emerald City Pet Rescue kitties.

With the addition of Emerald City Kitty Harbor plus another new facility in SoDo on South Idaho Street — which will house our very own clinic and provide more space for larger dogs as well as critters like bunnies, hamsters, chinchillas and more — 2017 is full of possibilities! We can’t wait to share more details with you as we continue to grow, allowing us to give more and more rescue pets a second chance to find the happy endings they truly deserve.

Happy Holidays 2016 From ECPR!

*** HAPPY HOLIDAYS, ECPR FRIENDS! ***

Thank you so much for being a part of our lives and purpose as we reach the end of 2016! We are so excited to have had the opportunity to get to know so many amazing people, and to have found wonderful forever homes for so many animals in need.

ECPR will be CLOSED on Sunday, December 25 and Monday, December 26, as well as Sunday, January 1 and Monday, January 2. Be ready to ring in a Happy New year with us as we happily waltz into 2017!! The new year will hold so many exciting developments for ECPR and we can’t wait to see what the future has in store!

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#WhyNotMePets Features Our Soi Dogs!

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Earlier this year, Emerald City Pet Rescue ventured all the way to Thailand to pick up five dogs rescued from the streets by Soi Dogs. They have been hanging out in the Seattle area, and all except for one are still searching for their forever homes!

Despite being street dogs, all of these pups are incredibly sweet with people. They are very intelligent, eager to learn, and although they will need experienced and attentive adopters, they will make such wonderful companions!

The last Thailand pup to arrive in Seattle, Bubbles, has already found her forever home but there are still four waiting to meet you!

Lincoln is a sweet, well-socialized fella, who makes the funniest noises when he’s trying o communicate with you. Lincoln is very treat motivated and learns quickly, and is very good at communicating with other dogs, though he can be impatient with them from time to time, so Lincoln would prefer a home with either senior or mellow dogs (or, ideally, he could be the only dog in the home and hold the spotlight all on his own).

Nancy is a very cuddly, sweet, smart dog that gets along with all kinds of humans. She loves her doggy pals, though it can take some time to warm up at first (but, Nancy says “no cats, please and thank you”). Nancy is treat motivated, and is quick to learn with positive reinforcement. She loves to go hiking and romp outdoors, so an active family would be a wonderful fit for her! Nancy is currently with a foster family and has a doggy foster-sibling, and she is doing great acclimating to a home environment!

Thelma is goofy and sweet, and while she gets along well with a lot of dogs, she would thrive in a home with individualized attention where required training with an experienced adopter would help her to grow in her obedience, manners, and trust (particularly with food guarding, her biggest area for improvement). Because she can be vocal and likes to bolt, a house with a fenced yard is the name of the game for Thelma – so no apartments or condos, please. Thelma is the best kind of challenge there is, the one that will reward you with endless kisses!

And now for my personal favorite (the dog that I would adopt in a heartbeat if I had the right kind of environment!) … SNOWFLAKE! Cute, independent Snowflake likes to be cuddled and would love to be a family’s one-and-only until she feels safe and secure. Great on walks and great with handling, Snowflake would likely benefit from crate training to keep her safe from harm when left at home alone. Because of her smarts, Snowflake can be precocious, so she demands a job and / or lots of physical and mental activity to keep her from being destructive (toys and chewy treats would help). Like her Soi Dog mates, Snowflake can be vocal and could escape if given the chance, so a house with a fenced-in yard is a must for her safety (no apartments or condos, please). This little girl is the smartest, most mischievous little pooch I’ve ever met and she will make a wonderful companion for someone that can outsmart her smarts and can keep up with her energy level!

These dogs are in luck – PAWSITIVE ALLIANCE has partnered with Q13Fox to spotlight these wonderful dogs, and they recently had their television debut! Check them out in full action on the news!

Tomorrow is #GivingTuesday!

Following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving, and who deserves contributions more than wonderful rescue pets?

Emerald City Pet Rescue, although still a new organization officially launched in 2013, is growing fast! Our motto is “Love Can Save Lives” and we strive to give each animal we rescue and rehome all the love and care they deserve, and more.

For this Giving Tuesday, we want to introduce you to one of the many pups near and dear to our heart that has come upon us, a sweet-as-pie Pitbull named Sweetie Pie!

Sweetie Pie was found as a stray, wandering the streets. She was thin, covered in scars, and we suspected she had been the mother to a litter of puppies in her recent past.

Despite the vague story that Sweetie Pie’s health could tell us, never have we met a dog more loving and kind. Her eyes are filled with hope and wisdom beyond her years, and when she raises her head and looks up at you with her tail softly wagging, you can’t help but reach down and give her a little hug.

At Emerald City Pet Rescue, the health of our rescue pets is our top priority. Sweetie Pie came with challenges that weren’t visible to the naked eye upon being taken in by us, but that didn’t scare us any more than it scared her! Sweetie Pie needed two ACL surgeries to repair her knees, and if that wasn’t difficult enough, she then developed tumors which turned out to be cancerous and had to withstand chemotherapy! What amazed us beyond belief was that no amount of pain or struggle dampened her spirits for a single moment. The moment she’d return from a surgery or a vet visit, even when she was supposed to be on bedrest all she wanted to do was play. We can’t fathom where she found her energy and optimism! Sweetie Pie was a rare, precious gem that brightened each day she was here at the rescue with us.

We are so happy to conclude that after all the hardships that Sweetie Pie endured, she finally found the happy ending she deserved a hundred times over. A wonderful couple adopted her and now she spends her days playing with giant sticks (HER FAVORITE!) and running along the beach with the wind in her face. It fills our hearts with joy knowing that we were able help her along on her long, difficult journey to happiness, and we wouldn’t have been able to help her without amazing, generous support from the surrounding community.

This Giving Tuesday, please consider donating to Emerald City Pet Rescue. Your generous donation will enable us to help more dogs like Sweetie Pie on their own journeys toward the forever happy homes we know are out there waiting to find them.

DONATE HERE to help more pets like Sweetie Pie find their happy endings!