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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March : Adopt a Rescued Guinea Pig Month!

Yay for March, it’s Adopt A Rescued Guinea Pig Month! 

Here at Emerald City Pet Rescue, while we love our cats and dogs, we don’t want people to forget that we rescue critters of all kinds! We have rabbits available for adoption, hamsters, gerbils, and yes, even guinea pigs!

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Cha-Cha and Piglet are looking for a mellower lifestyle without a lot of hustle, bustle and loud noises. These two are refined gentleman, they’d rather wiggle their noses at a spot o’ tea than go out to a party! Do you have room in your home and heart for these handsome fellas?

 
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Joining our guinea pig pack are Mister and Dumbo, soon to be available for adoption! These two have the most hilarious facial expressions, always looking skeptical and irritated until you hold up food. Suddenly they come to life and wiggle over to you eagerly (it’s always great to know the key to winning a pet’s heart!) Just look at these goofy little boys, how can you not love them? Keep an eye out on our website at http://www.emeraldcitypetrescue.org for when these boys are ready for adoption!

ECPR Celebrates World Spay Day!

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Hello everyone, February 28th is WORLD SPAY DAY!!

We thought we’d celebrate by taking a few moments here at ECPR to provide some quick information on why spaying is so important to the health of your pet, and why it’s the responsible choice to make as a pet parent.

Overpopulation can be a sad and challenging issue. As much as we all love puppies and kittens, there are many animals that end up homeless, starving, and alone. That’s why we always encourage people to adopt don’t shop. Working at a rescue, on a daily basis I see the most wonderful pets come into our care and I often wish I could take home every single sweet soul I meet. If you truly love animals, the best thing you can do for them is to give a dog, cat, or critter in need a forever home, and spaying prevents contributing to the overpopulation by allowing your pet to breed.

Spaying also improves your pet’s health! A USA TODAY article cites that pets who are spayed live on average 23% longer than those who are not! Some of this statistic has to do with decreasing the pet’s urge to roam, and also it removes the potential future complications of problems with your pet’s reproductive system, such as ovarian cysts or uterine cancer.

Spaying can also assist in curbing your pet’s unwanted behaviors. As stated above, spayed pets will be less likely to have the desire to “roam” which decreases their risk of being hit by cars, or running into other unpredictable outdoor dangers. They will often be less aggressive as well. They will be less likely to engage in humping (“get off my leg!”)

“What about the cost?”
By spaying your pet, you are actually saving money in the long run by giving your pet a healthier, safer life and decreasing the potential of costly health problems down the line. If you are concerned about the up-front cost, below are some great resources in the Seattle area that provide affordable options!

Don’t forget – TO SPAY IS AYE-OKAY!

Seattle Animal Shelter Spay and Neuter Clinic – VERY affordable services, and in addition to low-cost spay and neuter service, they also provide certain vaccinations, microchipping, and licensing.

Seattle Humane also offers very affordable spay and neuter services according to your income bracket, they will work with you to make sure your pet gets the preventative care he / she needs!

Purrfect Pals will provide vouchers that can be used at spay and neuter clinics! If finances is a high concern, they can help!

For those of you a bit further out, Northwest Spay and Neuter Center hosts clinics in the surrounding areas in Tacoma, Kitsap County, and more!

HAPPY WORLD SPAY DAY!

Cinnamon Needs Your Help!

Here at Emerald City Pet Rescue, we are so thankful to have the opportunity to give our pups an alternative to staying in kennels. We have a wonderful playroom where they get to spend their days socializing with staff, volunteers, and other dogs and many of our adoptable animals thrive in this environment. However, sometimes we have a dog who feels a bit overwhelmed and overstimulated by the busy, social days and really needs a home environment in order to thrive, grow, learn to trust, and prepare to find a forever home of their very own. This is where our foster program comes in!

Cinnamon has had some experiences in her past that have caused her to be reactive and fearful in certain situations, so she would benefit most from an experienced adopter who can give her the guidance and training she needs to build her confidence. After all that she has been through, Cinnamon hopes to find someone to give her a chance and support her through her progress and setbacks, because she truly wants to trust and love humans.

Cinnamon is a great communicator and always lets you know when she’s feeling happy and brave, or when she feels insecure and frightened, and in time you will see her great capacity for love and affection! When Cinnamon trusts you, she lets her guard down and reveals her cuddly, snuggly, sweet side. Cinnamon also gets along with other animals, so a foster home with cats and other dogs are no problem at all, especially if you can keep the treats and cuddles coming her way!

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Emerald City Pet Rescue’s Cats Have a New Facility!

It’s been an adventurous road, but here we all are, rolling toward the end of 2016 into a brand new year! It’s amazing to look back on how far Emerald City Pet Rescue has come since first opening our doors as a nonprofit in 2013. ECPR found its humble beginnings with our dedicated founder, Vivian Goldbloom, in a small room in the back of VCA West Seattle. We opened our first independent facility in SoDo on 1st Ave South and Hanford Street in the summer of 2014, and as each month goes by, we find ourselves fortunate enough to have the privilege of saving more pets.

 

We are very grateful for the positive support we have received from people all over the Seattle area. Orijen/Acana has recently begun providing us with an amazing monthly food donation to assist in keeping our cats’ bellies full and healthy. As we are now taking in more and more kitties, such a generous donation from a high-quality pet food brand has been so helpful! This brand is also sold at our retail store attached to our facility on 1st Ave South, and all proceeds go directly back into the rescue. If you’re looking for high-quality pet food and supplies at affordable prices, come in and check out our merchandise! Our retail employees are very knowledgeable regarding all of our products and will be happy to assist you in finding the right food and supplies for your pet’s individual needs.

 

Getting back to the kitties, we are thrilled about the merger and expansions Emerald City Pet Rescue is rolling out in 2017. Kitty Harbor, just off the West Seattle bridge and down the street from Luna Park Cafe, is currently closed for renovations, yet will re-open early next year as Emerald City Kitty Harbor, our very own cat-specific adoption location! Our facility on 1st Ave South in SoDo will then be our dog-specific adoption location. Emerald City Kitty Harbor will then be open 7 days a week, all year round! The kitties will even have an all-season “catio” — they are purrfectly excited!

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In addition to Kitty Harbor, we recently opened Emerald Kitty Café at our Kitty Harbor location! Serving delicious Stumptown Coffee Roasters brews and espresso, we are currently open Saturdays and Sundays from 7AM until 4PM. Stop on by and warm up with a delicious latte while helping to support a noble cause. Soon, you will have the added bonus of being able to view adorable adoptable cats and kitties romping around behind viewing windows while sipping your coffee!

Emerald Kitty Café is also able to take any donations you may have, monetary or supplies, for our Emerald City Pet Rescue kitties.

With the addition of Emerald City Kitty Harbor plus another new facility in SoDo on South Idaho Street — which will house our very own clinic and provide more space for larger dogs as well as critters like bunnies, hamsters, chinchillas and more — 2017 is full of possibilities! We can’t wait to share more details with you as we continue to grow, allowing us to give more and more rescue pets a second chance to find the happy endings they truly deserve.

The Wheelies Whirl Toward Adventure

Right now at Emerald City Pet Rescue, we have three dogs with sweet sets of wheels. These dogs are:

Chewey the charmer!….

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…Mommas the love bug!….

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…and Walter the sweet mischief maker!

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Chewey, Mommas and Walter all suffered injuries prior to arriving to ECPR which left their back legs paralyzed. At one point in their life, they could frolic and play the way most dogs do, so the loss of their mobility must have been a shock and heartache for them. But these three little wheelies are resilient, strong and full of joy despite their injuries. They don’t let their lack of normal mobility get in their way of exploring the world. Just yesterday, the three buddies went on a walk together. They had the grandest time!

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Although Chewey may not be able to mark the way most dogs do (our wheelie dogs need help with bladder expressions), Chewey is still quite interested in smelling trees. He is probably thinking, “Someday, when I learn to walk again, I’ll come back to this very spot and mark this tree as mine!”

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Chewey’s dream is not all that farfetched. Mommas, Chewey and Walter all get daily physical therapy. Before Walter arrived at the ECPR facility, the vet clinic he stayed with helped him make amazing progress with walking. He now takes steps on his own and is well on his way to walking again. Chewey has been getting physical therapy since arriving and he has also made impressive progress. He also has taken steps on his own and is learning to walk again! Mommas hasn’t had quite the same success with walking. She still gets daily physical therapy which her doctor says is a help to her regardless if she learns to walk again because it will help her muscles not atrophy. Mommas may not be achieving the same success with walking, but she has lots of success with being lovable and wonderful.

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During their walk, the three pals ran into another pal! Fellow ECPR dog Echo who was on his own walk. The friends converged and the sniffing and tail wagging commenced!

After Chewey, Mommas and Walter’s meeting with Echo, more excitement rolled their way! The three wheeled friends politely stepped aside as another set of wheels passed by. They looked at the strange contraption curiously, comparing their own set of wheels to that of the smiling stranger’s.

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The air was crisp but the sun was shining for their walk. The three dogs loved the feel of the sun warming their fur. It gave them each an extra jaunty skip to their step.

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Mommas and Chewey have been at the rescue longer than Walter. Mommas and Chewey immediately gravitated toward each other and are great friends. They love to share a pillow or a sunspot in the playroom. They have their own cool kid clique that few can penetrate. But Walter, with his sweet, goofy joy, is winning over the two friends and fitting right into their crew.

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It is more difficult for special needs dogs to find their forever home. But all three of these dogs are so lovable and so inspiring. They have wonderful and unique personalities. The ECPR crew has no doubt they will charm their way into a forever home soon. Right now they are wheeling their way toward adventures such as sunny day walks. But their greatest adventure has yet to come…the adventure of forever in their forever home!