Bulldogs are Beautiful Day!

Hello everyone – Happy Bulldogs are Beautiful Day!
We LOVE our bullies here at Emerald City Pet Rescue, and we have some amazing bulldogs and bulldog mixes available for adoption right here in Seattle!

Adopt Marco Have you met Marco yet? This 2 year-old Pit Bull mix boy is sweet, cuddly, and “Terrier brained” (i.e. short attention span).

A great walker, this adorable little guy is very protective of his food and treats, so don’t plan on sharing with him until you’ve helped him refine his manners through training which would be a great benefit to him.

Marco would love a home with an adopter who is experienced with his breed, and needs to be the only animal in the home. However, we are sure Marco has more than enough companionship, affection, and love to fill any home to capacity! What a great guy!!

Adopt Lois SUPERHERO and SUPERCUTE, have you met Lois Lane? She is a 3 year old American Bulldog looking for a very special forever home.

This very sweet, smiley, boisterous gal loves to play and throw her weight around, so must go to a household with no small children (as she may knock them right on over in a fit of joy!) or dogs smaller than ~40 lbs. She is a LOVER though, and she gets so excited to see you that her entire body wiggles like crazy!

Lois is looking for an adopter who is willing to continue her manners training and to work on her leash walking skills. Her dream home would be fairly active and up for fun and games (though Lois also loves to cuddle and lounge around!) with experienced adopters of larger breed dogs. Lois wouldn’t mind another well-behaved, large canine sibling to hang out with either. Lois would like a home with no cats, critters or small dogs. Lois is a staff favorite and deserves the best home…is it yours?

BULLDOGS ARE BEAUTIFUL Meet Rennie! This handsome 6 year old Terrier mix 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. Since then, 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! However, Rennie does seem a bit stressed in the rescue environment and he could REALLY use a foster home or a forever family to help him rebuild his confidence and remember how wonderful it is to be loved by humans again – and he will love you tenfold in return!

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. Though 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 and completely secure yard is required for his safety.

Are any of these WONDERFUL bulldogs pulling on your heartstrings? Give us a call at 206 557 4661 to find out more about adoption!

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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De-Stress With Dogs Event @ University of Washington

College can often be a very stressful time between early classes, challenging tests, and long, interactive lectures. Schedules are tight, sleep is minimal, and relaxing, quiet moments can be few and far between. One of the things we all firmly believe at Emerald City Pet Rescue is that pets are therapeutic. They intuitively respond to the stress in humans by bonding with us, cuddling with us, and taking us out of the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives. Dogs live in the moment and their presence encourages us to do the same.

Yesterday, we had a wonderful opportunity to bring some of our rescue dogs to the University of Washington so they could participate in a “De-stress With Pets” event. For an hour, college students could come in to a room, sit on the ground, and pet and play with dogs.

Where in the world was this when I was in college?!

I digress.

Three of our currently adoptable dogs, Buddy, Indigo, and Kona, joined us from the rescue along with some dogs owned by employees.

We had never participated in an event like this before, so we weren’t sure what to expect. We hoped the dogs would all behave, act friendly, and successfully de-stress these college students and we were not disappointed! Within the hour, nearly 100 students came to the event. It was truly amazing to watch the dogs light up, even in a room packed full of people, and without hesitation, greet people, ask for pets, sit on laps, and chase after toys in games of fetch. It was as if they fully understood that their “job” was simply to bring joy to others, and they found joy themselves in doing so.

As a dog-mom myself, I know firsthand the therapeutic benefits to having dogs around. When I’m feeling down, they don’t leave my side. When I’m stressed, they adamantly insist that I take a seat, remove myself from my “hurried” compulsions, and pet them in a slow, gentle rhythm until I am as calm as they are. Even so, watching them display such heart, soul, and amazingly compassionate intuition toward dozens of strangers all in one room was something I will remember for a long time.

We plan to do more events like this in the future. It’s an amazing, and I imagine much-needed break for college students, and it’s a wonderful experience for the dogs, as well.

We are always open to opportunities to reach out into the community and help others, educate others, and along with our wonderful rescue pets, facilitate bonding and appreciation between humans and animals alike.

If you are looking for a furry friend of your own to help de-stress you on a daily basis, our pets are gladly up to the task! Check them out at www.emeraldcitypetrescue.org

 

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The Chainsmokers Visit ECPR!

 

CS_6Last Friday, December 4th, here at Emerald City Pet Rescue, we were bustling with activity! We were so excited to receive some very awesome visitors. DJ Duo “The Chainsmokers” (You KNOW you’ve heard of the song #Selfie!) stopped by our facility with some of their loyal fans in tow to play with our precious pups!

ECPR quickly became very festive as The Chainsmokers and their crew prepared to love on our doggies. With a crowd of new people in the building, even before they had the chance to meet the new strangers, the pooches were so excited! As everyone began to file into the meet and greet room, they were practically jumping at the window for an opportunity to see what all of the fuss was about.


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ECPR MollyPop quickly became the center of attention. Now here’s a dog who REALLY knows how to work a crowd with her huge size but very gentle demeanor, her perfectly polite nudge for a head-pat, and amazingly chill attitude! MollyPop made her way from person to person mesmerizing them with her St Bernard charm and of course the cameras couldn’t stop flashing with this dynamic dog as the perfect subject. MollyPop should work crowds for a living, she’s perfect at it!

CS_20Our amazing founder Vivian personally introduced Piggles and Humphrey to The Chainsmokers, and of course it was love at first sight. These two elderly pooches might not be as energetic as some of our precarious pups, but they live to be cuddled and they thoroughly enjoyed being passed from arm to arm while people instantly fell in love with them. These two senior malteses are a bonded pair and available for adoption!

 

CS_13This was a fantastic experience for ECPR Turbo as well, he was a bit shy when he first came to us but he has really been coming out of his shell and did excellent with all of the snuggles! He can be a bit of a jumper, but he minded his manners quite well and his sweet little face was perfect for some great camera shots! Who wouldn’t want to take Turbo home??

 

We feel honored that while in Seattle, The Chainsmokers chose to pay us and our pooches a visit. A good time was had by all!

Be sure to check these guys out on Spotify! Maybe the next time this awesome duo comes through Seattle, they will stop by again and meet a whole new batch of puppies! (Because let’s face it, there’s no better way to pump yourself up AND wind yourself down from playing shows than to cuddle some dog!)

DailyECPR : Tails of Triumph Documentary

Hello party people and funky furkids! Do any of you Seattlites have plans next Wednesday, December 3rd in the evening?

If you do – cancel them, we’ve got something for you to do that will be way more awesome than your plans! 😉 Maybe. I suppose that’s a little presumptuous. But really, it is awesome!

If not – GOOD!

On Wednesday evening, December 2nd, an amazing documentary created by Left Behind K-9 Rescue is premiering in Seattle! It focuses on the importance of rescue, why spay/neuter is vital, and it follows the heartwarming stories of parvo survivors and abuse victims from the moment of rescue up until they find their loving forever homes.

Tickets for the documentary are just 1o dollars and it will be shown downtown Seattle in Capitol Hill. More info and ticket purchasing can be found here!

ECPR is proud to announce that will also be at the premiere with an awesome booth of even more information about animal rescue and responsible pet ownership.

Hope to see some of you there, don’t forget to stop by our booth and say hello!