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!

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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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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