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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PROJECT HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS!

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All of our adoptable pets are wonderful! Sometimes they get noticed right away and are only with us briefly before adoption, and other times, they need a little extra help to connect them with their forever families. This season, we’re asking you, our friends, to help us help them!
We understand that not everyone can adopt, we understand that not everyone can foster, and we understand that not everyone has the financial means to help support their needs while they are with us. What some of these animals really need more than anything is exposure, and that’s where Project Home For The Holidays comes in! This year, you can help these pets by a non-monetary sponsorship.
If you sponsor a pet for PHFTH, we will send you a digital package via email. It will include a flyer for the pet you choose to sponsor in both PDF format for printing (we encourage you to post flyers anywhere you are able!), a few graphics for your own social media, and a donation list in case friends or family are able to donate goods. Also included will be a direct link to the pet’s feature video if they have one, and a link to their adoption profile. We encourage you to share those as well. Your mission will be simply to share the pet anywhere and everywhere that you can and get their faces out to the public! It’s free, and it will go a long way towards helping that pet’s perfect family find them. Different pets are available for sponsorship each week.
Can I Sponsor More Than One Pet? Yes! You can sponsor as many pets as you feel you can commit to sharing with your friends, family, neighbors, and more!
How Do I Sign Up? It’s easy! Just COMMENT on this blog post with your name, the pet you wish to sponsor, and your email address.
(Your comment/information will NOT be visible publicly, only ECPR will see it!)

** PETS AVAILABLE FOR SPONSORSHIP **

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Lark and Jigglypuff’s TV Debut

ECPR’s sweet bonded pair, adoptable pups Lark and Jigglypuff, had their TV debut last weekend! They were featured on Q13 Fox in conjunction with Pet Connection Magazine and Pawsitive Alliance.

They say, “There have been many love affairs throughout history – Antony and Cleopatra, Napoleon and Josephine, Peanut Butter and Jelly… and now the greatest of them all, Lark and Jigglypuff! That’s US! We are bonded in every way and love doing everything together, from eating to sleeping to romping to sleeping to cuddling to sleeping some more. We are both terribly shy at first, but with a patient approach and an available lap, you will watch us bloom into world-champion snugglers who love to share the love (with you)! We are quite quiet and sweet, and would love a mellow home to compliment our equally mellow energy, but small dogs our size are more than welcome (as long as they don’t hog all the treats, blankets, or affection). Let’s make this love one for the history books!”

Check out Lark and Jigglypuff ON THE NEWS, and if you think they might be the perfect addition to your family, give us a call at 206 557 4661

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Thank You, State Farm!!

We want to give a HUGE shout-out and THANK YOU to a group of amazing ladies at State Farm Insurance not only for their wonderful donations of toys, treats, bedding, and more for our adoptable pets, but also for joining us on our monthly outreach visit to senior center Hilltop House, bringing a delicious Whole Foods lunch for all of us, as well as the seniors we visit, to enjoy, and making such a fun event where we all made kits out of the donations for all of the dogs!

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Emerald City Pet Rescue is honored and grateful that State Farm chose us for such an amazing donation drive, we all had a fabulous time. There is no better way to head into the Holiday season than being a part of an awesome group-effort to help our rescue pets.

Thank you State Farm, and thank you to the seniors at Hilltop House for participating in this awesome giving-back event and helping each rescue pet get a sack of presents for the holidays!

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Action Jackson Found His Soulmate!

Capone mid bathCapone is a special dog that has been with Emerald City Pet Rescue for over a year. This four-year-old Cavalier King Charles mix was found as a stray in California, and once his owners were finally found, they said they didn’t want him anymore. We rescued him from the shelter and brought him to Seattle so he could find a forever home.

Once Capone warms up to people he is a cuddle-bug and a goofball, but he has had difficulty finding a forever home because he is reactive when first meeting someone before that trust and bond is built. (We don’t blame him, being abandoned in his past and all!) 20170513_165519

We are strictly no-kill here at ECPR and we will keep a pet as long as it takes for them to find a forever home, no matter what.

Along came someone who had sadly lost their companion a few months back, and was hoping to honor her beloved pet by giving a dog like Capone a home. Capone, now named Jackson, went to her house just yesterday, and it brings tears of joy to our eyes that she has already begun documenting their journey together as she works with compassion and kindness to build a strong bond and a sense of trust with a dog who has a difficult past.

We are thrilled for any and all ECPR dogs, cats, and critters who find their forever homes through Emerald City Pet Rescue, but sometimes there is that special dog, and that special person, who when they come together spark pure magic.
Join Jackson on his journey with new mom on Facebook: Action Jackson the Cavalier King. Our motto rings true, Love Can Save Lives!