ECPR Attends Stick Figure Concert

IMG_0516.jpgECPR had an awesome opportunity last night (Thursday, Feb 1st) to attend a concert at Sodo Showbox!

We want to give a shout-out to Stick Figure and Scott Woodruff, and his dog Cocoa The Tour Dog. ( @cocoathetourdog on Instagram). Cocoa is a rescue dog, and while touring, Stick Figure invites local rescues to have a table at their shows in order to introduce people to their organizations!

We had a wonderful time attending a great show, and we were thrilled to have the opportunity to meet Cocoa The Rescue Dog and to be able to introduce more animal lovers to our rescue; who we are and what we do.

 

Lucy Gets Her TV Debut!

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Age/Gender/Size: 3 Yrs./Spayed Female/60 Lbs.
Likes: Puzzle toys, Sudoku
Dislikes: Uggs

“How many dogs do you know that are working on their PhD? Well, my name is Lucy, so now you know one! “Sit”, “Down”, and “Roll Over” were fun, but now that I’ve mastered them I’m ready for even more! They tell me that I am a very good girl and very smart too, and even without my doctorate, I am sure to impress you with my big brain. But I’m no bookworm, either – I love to run and romp and fetch and tug, so if you are an active person too, we could really have a lot of fun together! When it comes to people, I vibrate with happiness because I love being close to them (and the hot dog treats in their hands). Hiking pal or study buddy, I can be both to you – plus a total lover, all included! I may not have a medical degree (yet), but I can tell the cure for what ails you is ME! Love, Dr. Lucy (soon-to-be) PhD!”

Please call 206-557-4661 for more information on Lucy!

LUCY was just a Superstar on the News, check out her Q13Fox Debut!

On a personal note, I’ve had the privilege of hanging out with Lucy a number of times although I’m not a kennel attendant. I can attest to not only Lucy’s high intelligence but also her eagerness to learn. Lucy does present a few challenges, she is dog-reactive, but the staff works with her on her training regularly and she has made vast improvements. I have no doubt that with a family that is willing to continue her training, she will absolutely continue to grow into her full potential as the amazingly wonderful companion that she is, and truly wants to be.

Give us a call at 206 557 4661 to learn more about Lucy!

 

ECPR Teaches Humane Education With Southwest Youth and Family Services

Our slogan here at Emerald City Pet Rescue is “Love Can Save Lives.” Every day, all of us here at ECPR discover how true that is in so many ways. Not only does adopting a rescue pet give them a new chance at a happy life, but so many people who have rescued often tell us, “Really, he/she rescued ME!” I can personally speak to the truth of that as my first rescue dog, Lily, has been with me through thick and thin and I can’t imagine my life without her unconditional support and friendship. Dogs love without conditions, they forgive the unforgivable, and they have the resilience to overcome unspeakable horrors. My love and respect for how courageous they are is not only a personal passion of mine, but it has become a large part of why I do the work that I do. In the recent outreach that I have been fortunate enough to be a part of, I have had the privilege of witnessing dogs, just by being the loving souls that they are, reach the hearts of many and brighten their lives.
3D17Recently, our wonderful Education and Outreach Specialist, Bethany, had the opportunity to collaborate with counselors from Southwest Youth and Family Services who help young children deal with aggression and bullying issues. They visited an after-school program in Burien called New Futures twice per week and asked us to assist with dogs one day per week. The children in the program ranged from ages 5 – 8.
As I often do, my personal dogs and I came along with Bethany (our ECPR “ambassador” dogs!) As much as we would love to bring adoptable rescue dogs to every type of event, outreach, or educational opportunity, we don’t always know how they are going to react in those types of situations and we want to make sure that we don’t put them in situations that may be unsafe for them or for others, nor do we want to add any extra stress to their lives. Fortunately, Bethany and I have wonderful rescue dogs of our own, some of them ECPR alums themselves, that can serve as ambassadors; they are socialized, very loving, and wonderful representations of how much love rescue pets have to give.
BF15Bethany developed a variety of activities over a three-day period of time (one day a week for three weeks) to help the children learn and understand the concepts of empathy and compassion while using the animals as a way to help them understand the message. These lessons were partly about learning about animals and how to care for them, but she also had them relate things animals need to be healthy and happy to what they, the children, need to be healthy and happy. Their faces lit up when they realized that people and animals need the same things! We had them do activities where they worked in pairs (to encourage healthy communication and respect toward one another), and of course, we had plenty of “dog time” where they were able to pet and hold the dogs and learn about their rescue stories. It is amazing and uplifting when young children truly understand the responsibility of caring for a pet, and how teaching them about animals helps them relate to each other better as well. The teachers mentioned they already saw a noticeable difference in their behavior, and Bethany and I were so touched by that!
DBD6When we first met the children, they were rowdy (like all children are!) and oh-so-eager to meet the dogs, but as we taught them about how to approach, pet, and handle the dogs, and as we did various activities with them to help them understand empathy and compassion, we witnessed new concepts in the world opening up to them as they learned all about communication and body language. I was particularly amazed when one of my dogs got a bit frightened and tucked her tail between her legs – one of the young children said, “oh give her some space, she’s scared!” His concern for her and his attention to her body language truly touched my heart!
One of the children had a very difficult time sitting still and being quiet, but when I put my littlest chihuahua in his arms, suddenly he was very calm and so gentle with her. The immediate transformation as he showed compassion for my dog, Peaches, was simply amazing to witness.
0351Bethany did an incredible job creating tailoring lessons and activities to the age range and needs of these students and I feel incredibly honored that I was able to join her on this experience. I’m very thankful to be a part of such a compassionate rescue that values encouraging the community (people of ALL ages) to have compassion for animals, and for each other.
If you are a part of a school, a program, a community center, or anything else and you would like the opportunity to bring in a form of Humane Education, please contact our Education and Outreach Specialist Bethany at bethany@emeraldcitypetrescue.org 
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De-Stress With Dogs Event

IMG_3789Finals is a busy time in a college student’s life, and ECPR was so happy to be able to help bring them some cuddly stress-relief by arranging for some of our wonderful, adoptable pooches to take part in a “De-Stress With Dogs” event today, hosted by the College of Built Environments at Gould Hall at UW.
With us today was adoptable dog EUNICE, along with soon-to-be-adoptable pups BENJAMIN, PEANUT, and DUKE. Also along for the fun were staff dogs Athena, Peaches, Lily, and Delilah – and a good time was had by all! Every single dog soaked up the love and attention, and we are confident that both dogs and humans benefited greatly from the cuddle-time they all got to spend together. It warmed our hearts that our dogs could bring joy to others, and in turn, the love the dogs received helped a lot to lift their spirits and remind them of how wonderful they truly are despite hard times they have had in their pasts.
It means a lot to us when we have opportunities to take part in our community and we appreciate the privilege of being able to bring some of our wonderful rescue dogs out into the world to help make the day for college students just a little bit brighter.
At Emerald City Pet Rescue, we have a wonderful Education and Outreach Specialist who is always up for the challenge of arranging all sorts of opportunities, everything from reaching out to schools and offering Humane Education lessons, to senior center visits, to de-stress events, and more. Please reach out to us anytime if you would like to plan an event with rescue dogs in attendance by emailing bethany@emeraldcitypetrescue.org 
Also, don’t forget to check out our website to view all of our adoptable pets! Eunice, pictured below relaxing on a blanket is currently up for adoption, and Benjamin (in the adorable hat) Duke (next to Benjamin), and Peanut (who couldn’t stay still long enough for a photo, but he is a 3lb terrier mix, cute-as-a-button!) will all be adoptable soon!
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Helping Displaced Pets From Hurricane Harvey

HarveyDue to Hurricane Harvey, many areas in Texas received more than 40 inches of rain causing catastrophic flooding. Harvey is the wettest tropical cyclone on record in the contiguous United States and the resulting floods have displaced more than 30,000 people and prompted more than 17,000 rescues. Thousands of pets have also been displaced and are in need of immediate help!

There are many ways to help these large numbers of displaced pets no matter where you are in the country or even the world. Countless pets are in desperate need of immediate fostering while their owners are searched for, or while their owners are displaced out of their homes. Please consider opening your home to an animal in need, you will literally save a life and the love and appreciation they will show you will warm your heart forever.

These rescue pets are also in need of medical attention and supplies. We know not everyone is able to foster or adopt, but there are many other ways to help!

Below are some wonderful organizations that are in direct line of helping to house and care for these countless animals in need, some Texas-based organizations, and some local. All organizations are in great need of donations, both monetary or donations of goods and supplies. Please consider doing anything you can to help, no matter how small. Every bit gives an animal a chance at healing and happiness!

Austin Pets Alive has been a tremendous help and provider of resources for finding immediate fosters in the general area, and they are always accepting monetary donations to contribute to the care these animals need.

Best Friends Animal Society has been making a wonderful effort to help with these displaced pets! Not only are they directly taking in pets in need and organizing donation drives, but they are also organizing volunteers to assist in delivering emergency supplies and transporting animals.

SPCA of Texas  is also housing animals directly, taking monetary donations as well as donated supplies, and assisting in transporting animals. If you’re looking to help in a direct way, Best Friends or SPCA of Texas are great resources!

Locally, PAWS  in Lynnwood has directly taken in some displaced animals that will be available for foster and adoption, as well as Seattle Humane. If you can foster or adopt, please consider saving the life of a Harvey pet. They will also accept donations to help care for the animals while they are waiting to find a foster home and/or a new forever home.

Emerald City Pet Rescue extends our deepest sympathies for all of the people and pets affected by Harvey. Please help if you can, Love Can Save Lives!

 

 

 

Update on Sweet Rennie…

Rennie002We want to thank everyone who helped Rennie search for his happy ending by sharing his story or telling a friend.

Unfortunately, we discovered that while we thought Rennie had a handful of months left, his cancer had begun to progress much quicker than we originally anticipated.

One of our wonderful kennel attendants whom Rennie has a wonderful bond with has taken Rennie into her home for his last days/weeks. He will have a warm bed to sleep in, lots of treats to eat, and he will know unconditional love.

We are heartbroken that we cannot save this precious soul, but we are so thankful that he is loved, and that one of his favorite people is by his side for the rest of his life. What an amazing heart she has to give so freely to an animal in need! We are beyond grateful that she and Rennie have each other during this hard time.

Rennie is a rare treasure, and all of us here at the rescue feel lucky to know him.

Sweet Rennie is Ill – Needs TLC Fospice Care!

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SEEKING AN EXTRA SPECIAL PERSON WITH A HEART THE SIZE OF TEXAS – Is there anyone out there that can give me the FOSPICE care I truly deserve??

My name is Rennie, and I have been through a lot.
I lived my first 4 years outside with little human contact or attention. I never saw a toy or got to play with anyone.
After being fostered and going through training, I learned how to trust humans. I learned how to love treats and affection. I was excited to find a forever home. I dreamed of years of adventure and companionship.
Then the humans found out I am sick. They told me that I have terminal cancer. They want to find a warm, loving home for me to spend the rest of my days in. They told me they believe it will happen because they know how much I deserve it, after everything I’ve been through.
So that’s me. Rennie. I’d love to share a lifetime with you, but instead, I’ll share my heart and gratitude as long as I am here. As they say, “It only takes a moment to be loved a whole life long.” Thank you. Love, Rennie
Please call 206-557-4661 for more information on how to provide a fospice home for Rennie!