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Emerald City Pet Rescue exists to rescue abused, neglected and homeless animals. We pull predominantly from high-kill shelters around the country and place them into loving forever homes. Sometimes these animals come from abroad and sometimes from right around the corner.
ECPR had an awesome opportunity last night (Thursday, Feb 1st) to attend a concert at Sodo Showbox!
We want to give a shout-out to Stick Figure and Scott Woodruff, and his dog Cocoa The Tour Dog. ( @cocoathetourdog on Instagram). Cocoa is a rescue dog, and while touring, Stick Figure invites local rescues to have a table at their shows in order to introduce people to their organizations!
We had a wonderful time attending a great show, and we were thrilled to have the opportunity to meet Cocoa The Rescue Dog and to be able to introduce more animal lovers to our rescue; who we are and what we do.
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.
Recently, 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.
Bethany 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!
When 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.
Bethany 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 email@example.com
Finals 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 firstname.lastname@example.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!
We love doing outreach events here at ECPR, it provides us with a wonderful opportunity to go out into our Seattle community and let them know about the amazing, adoptable pets we have available. It gives our dogs an opportunity to get out of the rescue, meet new people, and have a great socialization experience, and hanging out with dogs puts a smile on EVERYONE’S face!
Today was our first day doing a visit at Market Commons Neighborhood Center in Pike Place Market. We had four ambassador dogs with us, and also two sweet adoptable pups, Yella, and Harry! Both are sweet, cuddly, wonderful lap dogs who can’t wait to find a family to play with and curl up on the couch with. They were so happy to receive extra-special attention and lots of petting today! They were both curious and gracious in the new environment, they were eager and happy to meet new people, and we were very proud of how at east and friendly they were. They are wonderful dogs who will make excellent forever friends!
In addition to “Cuddle Visits” ECPR also offers Humane Education classes that range from after-school programs with very young children to extra-curricular High School programs.
If you would like a visit from ECPR at your school or Community Center, please contact our Education and Outreach Specialist at email@example.com
ECPR adoptable bonded pair Sophy and Tippy have been with us for over a year. At 9 and 10 respectively, they are really hoping that 2018 is the year they’re going to find their forever home. They came to us through no fault of their own, their owner had cancer.
Q13Fox along with Pawsitive Alliance’s #WhyNotMePets campaign teams up to feature adoptable pets in the Seattle area, and last weekend it was Sophy and Tippy’s turn to shine! Check out their news feature HERE! If you’re looking for a bonded pair of adorable dogs who love walks and treats, Sophy and Tippy might be your perfect match!
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!”
George is a super sweet 8-year-old pug/beagle mix. We adore him, but we’ve noticed that George seems sad. Although we are doing everything we can to give him lots of love, we believe that he would feel much more comfortable in a home environment with less commotion. He’s a good boy who doesn’t ask for much, a warm place to lay and some petting. We understand that not everyone can adopt, but even a foster home would do George lots of good. Check out the link below to learn about our foster program!
If you cannot foster, please help spread the word any way you can so we can help George find his smile again http://www.emeraldcitypetrescue.org/foster-information.html
Today was Comedy Show day in the ECPR playroom, and adoptable pup Sophy earned the coveted role of Playroom Jester!
Even though Sophy and her bonded sister Tippy came to the rescue from a sad situation, their own had cancer, and they’ve now been with us for quite a while, they still find reasons to smile and enjoy life. We’re pretty sure it’s because they know that the perfect adoptive family for them is out there somewhere just waiting to find them. Perhaps they’ll meet at a comedy show??
If you’re looking for two goofy dogs who will hang on your lap when you’re relaxed, alert you to any danger that might be outside with a few barks, and prance alongside you on short daily walks, Sophy and Tippy are your gals!
Give us a call at 206 557 4661 if you’d like to attend a comedy show in which they are the stars (aka if you’d like to meet them!)
“How many dogs do you know that are working on their PhD? Well, my name is Lucy, so now you know one! “Sit”, “Down”, and “Roll Over” were fun, but now that I’ve mastered them I’m ready for even more! They tell me that I am a very good girl and very smart too, and even without my doctorate, I am sure to impress you with my big brain. But I’m no bookworm, either – I love to run and romp and fetch and tug, so if you are an active person too, we could really have a lot of fun together! When it comes to people, I vibrate with happiness because I love being close to them (and the hot dog treats in their hands). Hiking pal or study buddy, I can be both to you – plus a total lover, all included! I may not have a medical degree (yet), but I can tell the cure for what ails you is ME! Love, Dr. Lucy (soon-to-be) PhD!”
Please call 206-557-4661 for more information on Lucy!
On a personal note, I’ve had the privilege of hanging out with Lucy a number of times although I’m not a kennel attendant. I can attest to not only Lucy’s high intelligence but also her eagerness to learn. Lucy does present a few challenges, she is dog-reactive, but the staff works with her on her training regularly and she has made vast improvements. I have no doubt that with a family that is willing to continue her training, she will absolutely continue to grow into her full potential as the amazingly wonderful companion that she is, and truly wants to be.
Give us a call at 206 557 4661 to learn more about Lucy!
This has been a special Holiday season here at Emerald City Pet Rescue! We are so fortunate that we have made it through another year of being able to rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome many wonderful pets. Some we have rescued from high-kill shelters out of state, and others we have rescued locally. Some pets have needed extra medical or behavioral help and we feel so lucky that we have had the resources to be able to help them. This year has brought shy and/or fearful dogs out of their shells in their new forever homes, and it has seen three dogs who needed wheelchairs slowly regaining the use of their legs through patience, love, and physical therapy.
Today we had a visit from Jina who stopped over from Animal Medical Center of Seattle. They did their own “Santa Paws” event where people could come in and get photos of Santa with their pets, and they chose to donate all of the proceeds to ECPR to help our wonderful rescues!
We feel so fortunate that they chose to gift us with a donation. So many people in our Seattle community care about these animals, and we couldn’t ask for a better “Holiday gift” than that!
Thank you so much, Jina and Animal Medical Center, your generosity has touched us, and people like you make it possible for us to keep doing what we do!
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