All of the animals here at Emerald City Pet Rescue are special, but Yogi Berra has really impressed us all. This sweet boy came to us with extreme anxiety, allergies, and a lot of fear. Being in a busy environment with a lot of other rescue dogs helps a lot of dogs come out of their shell, but the environment wasn’t ideal for Yogi so one of our amazing Animal Care Specialists took him home to foster. It was there in foster that Yogi really blossomed! He settled into the routine at his foster home, got along with the other dogs there, and with the added benefit of a stable home-environment, Yogi learned to trust and be brave. We were all so excited when he recently reached enough confidence to be ready for adoption!
We don’t just rescue animals here at ECPR; we give them our love and complete devotion. It can be heartbreaking when an animal comes to us fearful and unsure, but the resiliency of animals to overcome their pasts always continues to amaze us. Yogi came to us crying, and now he greets us with a wag in his tail and his goofy tongue hanging out of his mouth! Special thanks to miracle worker Julie who devoted herself to him so patiently in foster. Because of her, Yogi now sees humans as safe, loving, and treat-giving!
Yogi is a smart guy who excels at learning commands. Not only has he mastered “sit” and “down”, but he also knows “give paw” and “ball!” Did we mention how much Yogi LOVES his ball?! REALLY loves it. Carries it around in his mouth like it’s his baby. It’s the cutest thing ever!
Although Yogi has come a very long way, he will need a forever home that can continue to be patient with him and provide him with ongoing positive-based training. He would thrive best in a cat-free, child-free home. Although he gets along with other dogs, he doesn’t like every dog so a home with other dogs will be considered on a case-by-case basis. If you’re a compassionate person who can’t resist a cute, goofy face, big clumsy dog hugs, and endless games of fetch, Yogi may be the guy you’ve been looking for!
If you’d like to meet Yogi and you live in or near the Seattle area, give us a call at 206-557-4661
Oh my goodness, have you ever seen a more handsome smile in your life? This adorable grin belongs to Alaska, a nine-month-old Husky who is searching for a forever home in the Seattle area.
Fall is in full swing, cold weather is upon us, and Alaska doesn’t mind at all! Like most young Huskies, this guy has a lot of energy. He would be a fantastic running partner or hiking side-kick! There’s something about his enigmatic blue eyes that really make a person stop in their tracks. Intelligent and boisterous, he has mastered commands like ‘sit’ and ‘down’ and he’s very excited to learn more. We’re not kidding – he LOVES to learn! When he knows that he’s done a good job, he uses his voice to express how proud of himself he truly is. In fact, he loves to speak — we’re semi-convinced that he thinks he can carry on a full conversation with humans! Even if we can’t understand what every vocalization means, his face and eyes also speak volumes to help guide us.
What comes to mind when someone says the words dream home? Alaska asks for a home with a fully-fenced yard so he can play LOTS of Fetch, a home with adults only (he loves people, but boy, does he have a lot of boisterous energy!), no cats, but size-and energy appropriate dogs are aye-okay with him. He asks for lots of play, lots of cuddles, and lots of brain games. In return, he will give you loyalty, love, and countless looks of pure adoration!
Are you interested in inviting Alaska to be a part of your family? Give Emerald City Pet Rescue a call at 206-557-4661.
Gazing off into the beautiful Seattle sky… that’s one of the things that Tesla loves to do!
We adore all of our rescue pets but sometimes the special ones wrap themselves around our hearts in unique, unforgettable ways.
Tesla, our October DOG OF THE MONTH, is a nine-month-old Boxer mix with a sweet-as-pie disposition who wants nothing more in this world than to love and be loved. Well, maybe she wants a FEW more things — treats, outdoor areas to play in, lots of things to sniff, and endless adventures!
Tesla has one slight challenge, she is incontinent. That might sound scary at first but she is a pro at wearing diapers when needed. If she could speak out loud to potential adopters, she would say, “I’m sorry, I can’t help it! But I’m a normal dog in every other way and I’m very fun and extremely loving! I’ve been watching my friends find homes and I can’t wait to cuddle up in a forever home of my own.” Tesla is fine with cats, great with humans of all ages (though we recommend children to be at least six years of age as she is playful and might knock over a small toddler on accident), and although she can be dog selective, she has made some great doggy-friends here at the rescue.
If you have an active lifestyle and you’re looking to share your life with an intelligent, active, loyal-forever best pal, Tesla might be your gal! If you have questions about her incontinence, we’d love to chat with you about it and give you more information on how we manage it here at the rescue. Don’t hesitate to give us a call at 206-557-4661. Tesla is waiting for you!
A few weeks ago, we had a scare. Sweet pup Lacey was lost in West Seattle. Lacey is a shy pup, so we knew that she wouldn’t simply stroll up to someone so she could be brought back to safety. This was going to be a challenge. With the heat being so intense and lots of cars zooming down busy West Seattle streets, we were worried. We teamed up together and put up flyers everywhere we could. We raced out to any section in which a tip was received that she was spotted. We split up into teams and diligently searched from morning until night and even brought in Three Retrievers Lost Pet Rescue to help with their search dogs. The full story of Lacey’s miraculous rescue effort is documented here on our blog.
ECPR employees quickly made their way just ahead of where the search dogs had led us. They quietly sat down on the ground, hoped, and waited. Finally, Lacey emerged, but the employees knew not to try and snatch her in case she got startled and ran again. She finally mustered up the bravery to approach her doggy-daughter, Leda, whom the employees had with them, and then she approached her favorite kennel attendant and licked her arm. A slip lead was quickly put in place and Lacey was saved!
Lacey’s story wasn’t over. She was brought back to the rescue, examined by our Veterinary staff and thankfully she was all right, but the last leg of her journey, finding a forever family, was still ahead of her.
The impact of Lacey approaching her favorite kennel attendant despite her timid nature and overwhelmed state of mind stuck with a lot of us, especially the kennel attendant whom Lacey finally trusted enough to approach. She was fostering another dog at the time, but as the days began to pass, the bond she knew she shared with Lacey did not leave her mind or her heart.
Yesterday, we brought Lacey to the kennel attendant’s home where she will be staying for good, officially adopted by the person she allowed to save her! We couldn’t ask for a better forever home for this special girl. It is truly inspirational to see the bond between a dog and a human grow so strong that it leads to an unexpected adoption. Lacey was the one who chose her family, and they welcomed her with open arms. It’s moments like this that make us proud to do what we do. Congratulations to Lacey and her new family, we are so glad that you got your “Happily Ever After!”
Three-year-old Terrier mix, Aviva, is the life of the party! This girl loves to be loved, and she can’t wait to find a forever home in the Seattle area. Aviva can thrive in an apartment, condo, or house, as long as she has a lot of human attention. She loves to go-go-go on outdoor adventures and she’s excellent at making new friends. Aviva would do best in a cat-free home with dog-savvy kids 10+. She loves to wiggle!
This sweet lady recently got her fifteen minutes of fame by starring as a #WhyNotMePet on Q13Fox! Special thanks also goes to Pawsitive Alliance and Dirtie Dog Photography for featuring this amazing lady. Check out Aviva on the news HERE!
Rusty is one special dog! He came to us suffering from distemper. Despite the difficult diagnosis, ECPR was committed to doing everything we could to try and get him well. Read about the long journey he has taken with his foster mom here.
Recently, Rusty had his monthly testing done, and the results we have all been hoping and waiting for – a viral load of 0, finally happened! Rusty is officially cured of distemper and he is ready to move on with his life!
Rusty spent a lot of time in isolation while he was on the mend, and yet when it was finally safe for him to come out, he couldn’t have been happier and bouncier! There’s always the worry after a dog spends so much time in isolation that they will be frightened of new people and new environments, but this rock star had a wagging tail and a cheery disposition ready for anyone who was eager to meet him. There is nothing more heartwarming than seeing pure happiness and joy on his sweet face, and knowing that all of the worry, time, and dedication during his road to recovery was worth every single second.
A huge shout-out and thank you goes to his dedicated foster mom, Julie, who has seen him through every scary moment, shown him immeasurable amounts of love and had an endless amount of patience because she truly believed in him with every fiber of her being. Rusty pulled through because he knows we all care about him. Love Can Save Lives.
Today, Rusty made his way to ECPR’s clinic so he can receive his neuter and get prepared for adoption! Whoever ends up taking this guy home will get a dog with an INCREDIBLE heart and a tremendous will to live and to enjoy life. He deserves all of the love we can give him. Keep an eye on our social media and website: www.emeraldcitypetrescue.org to stay up to date on when Rusty becomes officially available for adoption!
Last week, ECPR had the privilege of teaching Humane Education to a few groups of wonderful students at Roxhill Elementary and Highland Park Elementary for their Summer Staircase programs. The program serves students from Kindergarten through Fourth Grade. During our first visit, we discussed the world of Rescue with the kids focusing on Respect and Responsibility when it comes to caring for animals. We did a “game” in which we had the kids tell us what they need to be healthy and happy in life (food, love, a home, etc) and then we asked them what they think animals need. We let them realize that animals need a lot of the same things we do. That helped them understand the Responsibility in caring for an animal. We split the students up into groups and discussed Empathy. We gave the students little stories about different animals and we had them tell us what they think happened to the animals and how they could help the animal.
During our second visit, we brought a group of dogs for them to meet. Our ambassador dogs had a wonderful time as always, but we also brought ECPR adoptable pup, Fran! Fran is an eight-year-old mini poodle mix who adores attention and loves dogs, cats, and humans of all ages. She is hoping to find a loving, mellow home where she can get lots of snuggles!
We had another opportunity to emphasize Respect and Responsibility, and safe and proper ways to greet and pet dogs.
A few of the students in the program were in last summer’s program as well. One of the kids last year was very fidgety and a bit disruptive, but this year he was very calm. One of the dogs we brought who can often be a bit shy crawled right into this student’s lap. (His was the only lap that she crawled into on her own.) He was so happy that she wanted to visit him! He was very gentle and compassionate to her. It is amazing for us to witness how animals can really bring out a deeper understanding of compassion and empathy in others, not to mention the pure joy that we see on students’ faces when the dogs approach them and ask for their love and attention. We are thrilled for opportunities to reach out to our Seattle community and offer these programs to children of all ages. These educational visits remind us once again that Love Can Save Lives!