Clear The Shelters 2017!

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Emerald City Pet Rescue is proud to participate in Clear The Shelters!

Spring and summer is a big season for shelter pets with a lot of new baby animals coming into the world. Let’s get these guys, from puppies and kittens to the elderly and special needs, forever homes!

Because of our unique adoption process in which we don’t do same-day adoptions, participation is as follows :

If you fill out an initial adoption survey on August 19th that results in an adoption throughout the month of August, you will receive 25% off of the adoption fees!

You can fill out a survey with us over the phone by calling us at 206 557 4661, or stop by our facility in person at 2962 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134

 

ECPR AWARDS: Spring and Snow Drop!

We are excited to announce that we have two new winners of the extremely coveted ECPR AWARDS! These are only given out to our most special and influential pets (though ALL of our adoptable animals are special!) and this week, we’d love to highlight a very sweet bonded pair, Spring and Snow Drop!

Untitled design (5)Snow Drop , a 10-year-old Chihuahua mix, has won the award for “Best Manners” because she is always so courteous and polite in the play room with the other dogs, and with our staff and volunteers! She is a quiet girl who loves to cuddle and lay low. She is such a delight! She even dances when asked, and is always willing to listen to what her humans are asking of her. Such a good little angel! Congrats Snow Drop, you truly deserve this award, and you deserve a home with a wonderful family who will appreciate you for your gentle nature and your respectful sweetness.

Untitled design (6).jpgSpring, Snow Drop’s other half who is also a ten-year-old Chihuahua mix, has won the award for “Most Creative (in getting what she wants!)” This little lady is filled with mischievous personality!
Hold up a treat and she will do a dance for you! Watch her tilt her head and try different facial expressions just to make you giggle! She is the more energetic half of the Spring and Snow Drop duo, but she loves her sister dearly and encourages her in the most positive ways.

There are many benefits to consider a bonded pair when thinking about adopting! As long as they are a healthy pair, they help each other learn. They play with each other, and they keep each other entertained. These two are wonderful companions and they would love nothing more than to find a forever home where they can be together, share a nice warm bed, and have humans they can love on forever. They may be ten, but they still have many years ahead of them to live and love!

If Spring and Snow Drop are pulling at your heart strings, give us a call at 206 557 4661!

KITTY HARBOR IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS!!

IMG_0757Drumroll please for the pawesome meow-ment we’ve all been waiting for…Emerald City Kitty Harbor is open for adoptions! Nope, we’re not kitten! This last Caturday — we mean, Saturday, August 5, we opened our doors to the public! We had some amazing feline friends waiting to meet potential adoptors (no appointment necessary).

This Wednesday, August 9, will see the official opening of Emerald Kitty Cafe, where if you’re feeling a little sluggish, you can grab a coffee or a latte and enjoy the cat-feine boost!

Thank you so much for your patience while we prepared Emerald City Kitty Harbor for our wonderful cats; we’re so excited to join the West Seattle community!

To see our adoptable kitties, visit our website:http://emeraldcitypetrescue.org/available-pets.html. If you are interested in a particular cat, or have questions regarding our cat-specific adoption process, please call us at (206) 557-4661.

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ECPR Offers Humane Education Curriculum to Elementary Students

IMG_8738One thing that we feel very strongly about here at Emerald City Pet Rescue is reaching out to the public. Recently our Education and Outreach Specialist, Bethany, has developed a Humane Education curriculum for elementary students and we recently had the first opportunity to visit the students enrolled in Dearborn Park International School’s Summer Staircase Program for three sessions. The students were split into three groups ranging from Kindergarten to fourth grade. Bethany designed a program that would encourage the students to think about compassion and empathy in regards to both animals and to the other people in their lives.

IMG_8736The first day of our visit, we taught “Intro to Rescue.” We discussed The Three R’s (Rescuing, Rehoming, Rehabilitating), we discussed some of our adoptable animals and their special needs, and then led into what it takes to care for those animals and to have compassion for them.

On our second visit, we introduced the students to some activities in regards to empathy and engaged them in a conversation and Q and A about understanding a person’s basic needs, an animal’s basic needs, and to compare what a human needs vs what an animal needs (and allowing them to discover that many of our needs are all the same!). We then provided them with hypothetical situations / scenarios and asked for their feedback on how they should respond to those things with empathy in mind, a word we incorporated deeply into the lessons with the hope that the students would take with them an understanding of how to identify and have compassion for the feelings of others. Some of the hypothetical scenarios we gave them were, “If you see someone on the playground making fun of or picking on someone else, what can you do to make that person feel better?” The kids responded with answers like, “Tell a teacher” and “ask that kid to play with me so they won’t feel sad and left out!” Hooray – they were understanding empathy!
We then moved on to animals. “What if you see a mama cat out searching for food so she can care for her kittens, and someone is throwing rocks at her? How do you think that cat would feel, and what can you do to help her and make her feel better?” The kids responded with, tell the person to stop, give the mama cat some food, etc. They were understanding that an animal has feelings too. Success!

At ECPR, we firmly believe that helping young people understand empathy and compassion for both their fellow human and animals alike, they will grow up to be happy, healthy, helpful, kind adults. Animals need our empathy and compassion, especially when they cannot speak for themselves.

Our third visit was the most fun for the students, we brought some dogs for them to meet! We taught them about properly approaching a dog, about always asking permission before trying to pet a dog, and how to be gentle and respectful of the dogs and their space. We got them into smaller groups and allowed them to meet and pet our dogs.

IMG_8731Although the students were young, I watched them light up when they understood something, I saw them connecting the importance of caring for an animal’s needs by realizing their basic needs are the same as our own (food, water, shelter, LOVE, being safe, etc.) and I feel confident that the lessons we did will help these students grow into adults that are compassionate toward animals.

We are fortunate enough to have more schools lined up for this lesson plan, and we also plan on expanding and developing more lessons for all ages. We understand that as a rescue, we strive to help the animals in our care of course, but the best way we can help ALL animals is to be involved in our surrounding community and to help educate people about the awesome responsibility of caring for animal’s needs and what it takes to keep them healthy and happy. The more confident and knowledgeable a person can be about animals, the more equipped they will be to decide if owning a pet is right for them, what kind of pet might best fit their lifestyle, and what an animals needs are.

IMG_8740If you are involved in a school or program and you think Humane Education would be a great fit for your students, please don’t hesitate to contact our Education and Outreach specialist at bethany@emeraldcitypetrescue.org 

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Help Rennie Find a Home!

pitty-2Meet one of our most handsome fellas around, Rennie!

This handsome 6 year old Terrier mix boy is eager to start the search for his forever home in the Seattle area. Rennie came to us with a heartbreaking story, having been dumped in a California shelter where he was so scared that he rapidly lost weight due to stress and fear.

Rennie is as sweet as they come. Agile, playful, and affectionate, Rennie is a big fan of walks and edible chew toys. He would make a great companion for someone with an active lifestyle! Thought Rennie is not fond of crating or kenneling, he is great with other large dogs his size that can give him clear social cues, as he is still learning the ropes. Because Rennie is extremely curious and active, a fully fenced yard is required for his safety.

Rennie_PF1Although Rennie has come such a long way, in part due to the help from various rescue groups and fosters who would not give up on him, the hustle and bustle of our rescue facility is causing Rennie to feel stressed. We feel it’s important for his health and happiness to find him a foster family, or a forever home, as soon as possible as we suspect he will feel calmer and more confident in a home environment. If you can help this sweet guy out, please let us know! If your home might not be the right match for him, please share this blog post with your family, friends, co-workers, and more – let’s spread the word and bring Rennie and the family he deserves together at last!

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Photos by Erin Lynch Photography

 

Community Outreach : Hilltop House Visit

IMG_7915A few months ago, Emerald City Pet Rescue began bringing dogs to a low-income senior housing center, Providence House at Pike Place Market. This type of outreach is near and dear to our hearts, it means a lot to us that we can help bring joy to people’s lives by giving them the opportunity to visit with some of our dogs, and it’s also wonderful for the dogs to meet new people, as well.

We were so pleased, in fact, with how our visits at Providence House have been going, that when we were approached by Karen Carlos, previous ECPR adopter and Services Coordinator for Hilltop House in First Hill about bringing some dogs for a visit, we were more than happy to set something up.

Today we brought seven dogs to Hilltop House for a visit. Three of the dogs that came with us are available for adoption, as well as a group of “alumni” dogs that have been adopted by a few of our staff members that came along for the visit. On the car-ride back to the rescue, we couldn’t help but discuss among each other how powerful and positive these visits are for everyone; the residents at the housing communities, the dogs, and even us; the staff! The therapeutic aspects of visiting with dogs is evident. Faces light up the moment a dog curls up into their laps, laughter, and smiles ensue when a dog wags their tail and asks to be petted. For the rescue dogs, positive interactions with new people in a new environment helps to build their confidence, and that makes them all the more adoptable. For the staff, it warms our hearts to look around and see human and animal making such an amazing, positive connection, and knowing that we had a part in making that happen. We are all devout animal-lovers and we feel it is our personal responsibility to advocate for our rescue animals. It means the world to us that we are able to share the joy these animals bring to our daily lives with others in the community, and we hope to continue to do more and more of these visits in order to spread joy and educate others on how amazingly appreciative and therapeutic adopting a rescue pet can be.

IMG_7917Thank you to Hilltop House for inviting Emerald City Pet Rescue into your residence and allowing us to share our wonderful pets with you. We hope to come back on a regular basis!

If you help organize a living community and you’d like to give your residents the opportunity to meet some rescue dogs, please contact us at 206 557 4661. We would love to do more and more outreach in our Seattle communities!

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