Emerald City Pet Rescue Blog | Love Can Save Lives
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.
FUTY Festival is a free annual volunteer appreciation party hosted by Mud Bay to celebrate and thank the animal welfare volunteers of the Pacific Northwest.
In addition to the celebration party, each organization is invited to nominate one volunteer for the FUTY Festival Volunteer Award of Excellence. Nominee profiles will be part of an online vote. All nominees will be recognized at FUTY Festival and the three nominees with the most votes will receive $1000.00 cash prize and the nominating shelter will receive a $1000.00 donation from Mud Bay.
Here at Emerald City Pet Rescue, our nominee for the Volunteer Award of Excellence is our very own faithful volunteer and foster mom, Linda Peirce!
Linda is currently fostering ECPR adoptable Chewey!
Hi, my name is Chewey! I’m a 6-year-old Chihuahua/Dachshund mix and I’m available for adoption at Emerald City Pet Rescue. I’m a REALLY good dog (I promise!), but no one will adopt me! Maybe it’s because my back legs don’t work very well. I have IVDD (Intervertebral Disc Disease) and that means I need physical therapy every single day, I need help with bladder expressions, (okay, fine, I need help to pee! Don’t judge me!) and sometimes I can’t control when I poop. Hey, no one’s paw-fect!
After two years in a rescue, I thought I was going to lose my mind. Everything felt so overwhelming! Then, something AWESOME happened… Linda took me in! Linda is my foster mom and she’s the reason that I’m writing to you. I can’t think of anyone more deserving of a treat than her. I’ve been with her for 11 months now (almost a WHOLE YEAR!) and I feel like a brand new dog! She gives me a reason to get out and use my legs! Sure, I still wobble, but I’ve gotten so good that I don’t even need my wheelchair anymore! She brags to everyone at the rescue about my progress, like how I can get onto and off a curb without assistance now. (I’ve got SKILLZ!) She even brags about the handful of times I’ve been able to pee on my own! It’s a little bit embarrassing, but I know she loves me. I know I’m a little bit more “high maintenance” than your average dog, but Lucky for me, Linda is not afraid of a challenge. Before I came home with her she had no idea how to express a bladder or do my physical therapy, but she did not shy away from the challenge and she was a quick and eager learner.
Linda really is the BEST foster mom! She has been a volunteer at Emerald City Pet Rescue for the last 2 years. In addition to fostering, she also comes into the rescue regularly and works with the dogs that aren’t in foster. She takes them on walks, cares for them, cleans up after them – she’s A-MAY-ZING! Did I mention she also goes to events on a regular basis (especially on short notice) and helps spread the word about rescue to the public? She is a rescue machine that never stops being awesome!
In addition to Emerald City Pet Rescue, Linda has also volunteered at the Humane Society for the last 7 years. She helps with something called the Pet Project where she delivers pet supplies to people with low income and so they are able to care for their pets.
I really want my foster mom to win this award. She is always doing things for others (especially me right now!) so I wanted to do this one thing for her. I don’t want to get too mushy, but Linda is hands-down my favorite human being. Please help me show her how much she means to me! After everything she’s done for me, she deserves this more than anyone I have ever met.
Today, July 6, 2018, we began our bi-weekly summer Starbucks Pet Fairs! We set up a booth at the Starbucks Plaza in Sodo and invited plenty of our friends and affiliates to join us for summer fun. Lots of folks stopped by and grabbed some free samples, met adoptable dogs and cats and learned about different pet-related services offered within our Seattle community.
ECPR adoptable dog, Mia, had her “day in the sun” today as she joined us for the Pet Fair. Mia is a three-year-old Terrier mix who absolutely loves people of all ages. A true snuggle-bug, Mia had a great time getting pets and hugs from everyone she met. We know she’ll find her forever home soon!
Keep an eye on our Facebook Events for the upcoming dates of future Starbucks Pet Fairs this summer. Plenty of furry fun for the whole family!
Snowdrop is ready for her close-up, Mister Dog-mille!
Snowdrop is a 10-year-old chihuahua that has been with us here at ECPR for over a year! She is a staff-favorite with her adorable little antics, her big personality, and the way she loves to burrow in blankets.
Snowdrop hopes to find a home in the Seattle area soon! Snowdrop does fine with other mellow dog friends, but she would like to kindly request a home without cats. Other than that, all she asks for is lots of naps, some short walks, and Netflix marathons! (Or Hulu marathons, she’s not picky!) She would do great in an apartment or as an office-dog lounging in a bed by your desk.
Do you have room in your heart and home for this little sweetie-pie? Let us know!
*Special thanks to Pawsitive Alliance, Pet Connection Magazine and Q13Fox for debuting this wonderful #WhyNotMePets gal to the public! View Snowdrop on the news HERE!
We love all of our adoptable pets here at Emerald City Pet Rescue, but there are those few who touch our hearts in unique and special ways. If you say the name “Cypress” to any of our staff members, we can’t resist the huge smile that spreads across our faces!
Cypress is a five-month-old German Shepherd puppy here at the rescue looking for his fur-ever home. He is blind, but he doesn’t let that slow him down AT ALL!
Thanks to Pawsitive Alliance and Q13 FOX, Cypress got his debut on the #WhyNotMePets campaign last weekend. See for yourself what an amazing pup he is!
This past weekend, Emerald City Pet Rescue was asked to present and participate in a very unique and awesome event. Washington Talking Book & Braille Library invited people dealing with challenges to come and meet some of our special needs pets, and learn about the care of pets with special needs and animal assistive technology.
We invited adoptable ECPR pup, Chewey, and his foster mom, Linda, to join us for the presentation. Chewey is in recovery from IVDD (Intravertebral Disc Disease.) After surgery from his back injury, Chewey began his recovery with the use of a wheelchair, but now he is able to use his back legs and get around without it!
We also invited ECPR alum, Millie, who had the same injury. Millie’s injury was a bit more severe than Chewie’s, and although she has made, and continues to make, great improvements in her mobility, she still needs to occasionally use her wheelchair. Her adoptive dad let us know that even though she needs to use it sometimes, it still doesn’t slow her down one bit!
Also joining us were two ECPR alums, Asha and Athena, miniature Australian Shepherd sisters that were born hearing impaired. Both were adopted into loving families, and one of them was adopted by a hearing impaired couple who have taught her sign language! Both dogs are healthy and happy.
Peaches, a tiny ECPR alum chihuahua who lived the first eight years of her life in a basement was in attendance as well, and although her challenges are not physical, until a year ago, she hadn’t seen much of the world. Now she is healthy and happy and wants cuddles and pets from everyone she meets.
The people in attendance were families and children that had also had special needs. The important thing that we wanted to show them is that also some of the dogs that we had with us had special needs, they never let their challenges slow them down, and they are happy, and loved.
It was touching for us to see these wonderful dogs interacting with equally wonderful humans. As we all know, dogs have a special way of communicating that makes us feel calm, loved, and seen for the valued living beings that we all are. To watch a child’s face, apprehensive at first as they cautiously reach out their hand, transform into delight as the dog cuddles up to them, warmed our hearts. We were glad we were able to share the stories of these amazing dogs with equally amazing people who have stories of their own.
Thank you, Washington Talking Book & Braille Library, for organizing this event and hosting us and our wonderful dogs!
Last Saturday, April 14th, ECPR had the privilege of attending a Jet City Roller Derby bout at Edmonds Community College. They were up against the Terminal City Roller Girls from Vancouver, BC.
The girls were kind enough to invite us out and introduce us, as well as the star of the show, ECPR adoptable pup Chewey! Prior to the bout, the girls visited our facilities and took photos with some of our adoptable dogs. The amazing Dirtie Dog Photography also came to take the photos! During the bout, they ran a slideshow of some of their photos with our featured adoptable dogs and introduced our organization. At the first half-time, Chewey and his foster momma, Linda, got to take a run around the track!
Chewey is one of our long-term residents. He came to us after an IVDD injury (Intravertebral Disc Disease) and could not use his back legs. He needed a wheelchair to get around.
With a lot of physical therapy and dedication, first from our ECPR staff and then from his foster mom, Chewey is now not only walking without his wheelchair, but he is zooming! We were so grateful that the derby girls gave Chewey the opportunity to “strut his stuff” and show the world what great progress he has made!
Chewey is still available for adoption. To learn more about his condition, his recovery, and our adoption process, give us a call at 206 557 4661.
Special thanks to Jet City Roller Derby, and Dirtie Dog Photography for teaming up with ECPR and taking the time to showcase our adoptable pets! We had an awesome time at the bout, and we hope that everyone there enjoyed learning about our organization and our wonderful rescue pets!
Check out all of the available dogs featured in the slideshow below. Photos were taken by Dirtie Dog Photography.
Canine distemper is a contagious and serious viral illness. The disease affects dogs and certain species of wildlife, such as raccoons, wolves, foxes, and skunks.
The virus, which is spread through the air and by direct or indirect contact with an infected animal, initially attacks a dog’s tonsils and lymph nodes and replicates itself there for about one week. It then attacks the respiratory, urogenital, gastrointestinal, and nervous systems. In dogs or animals with weak immune systems, death may result in two to five weeks after the initial infection.
While there is no known cure for the virus, recovery from distemper is possible, though it is a long road. Due to the highly contagious nature of distemper, an infected dog must be kept in complete isolation from other animals or there is a risk of spreading the virus.
Emerald City Pet Rescue heard about a very sweet dog named Rusty who was, unfortunately, suffering the sickness of distemper. Due to both the expense of treatment and special isolation needs, vet hospitals in the area were not able to take him in. His choices were either to find help for recovery or to be humanely euthanized.
One of our dedicated fosters stepped up and offered to take on the challenge of providing Rusty with the care he required during his recovery. She began working on his set-up right away, a completely isolated room equipped with gowns, gloves, booties, and lots and lots of Accel (a pet-safe disinfectant.) She embarked on this journey knowing that no matter how much care and love Rusty received, he might not make it, but she, as well as our wonderful founder, believed that Rusty deserved a chance at life. We initially had no safe place for Rusty during his recovery, so along with the foster’s help, we BUILT him one!
At first, Rusty took a turn for the worse; he stopped eating and drinking and grew lethargic. He was rushed to an emergency vet. The veterinary team donned hazmat suits and his foster mother had to carry him because he was too weak to walk. He was diagnosed with secondary pneumonia. Despite the scare, miraculously, Rusty recovered! Although Rusty is not the first distemper dog that ECPR has tried to help, he is our first “miracle-pup,” the first guy to pull through! What an INCREDIBLE spirit Rusty has!
Although Rusty’s health has vastly improved and continues to improve, Rusty must get tested weekly until all signs of the virus are completely out of his system.
Rusty’s foster mom says, “So many people are terrified of distemper. I was, too. But it’s not impossible to deal with, just challenging and heartbreaking if the dog is more advanced than Rusty was when we got him. It’s been a huge undertaking to get everything assembled that was needed to take care of him. As many of you know, when ECPR commits to a dog, they are in it 100% plus. This is why I love being a part of this organization. ”
It’s true! As an organization, we firmly believe in giving every animal every chance that we possibly can.
We have all been deeply touched by Rusty’s struggle, his incredible will to live, and his limitless capacity to love. Rusty, we are in this with you all the way! YOU CAN DO IT!
If you would like to help Rusty on his continued journey to health and a forever home of his own, donations are always welcome. Visit our site at http://www.emeraldcitypetrescue.org to donate!
Please keep an eye out on our media for when Rusty is officially cleared, healthy, and ready for adoption!
You may have seen us post about Lucy before. She has been with ECPR for a while, and she has found a very special place in all of our hearts.
Lucy is an incredible, unique dog! She is a 3-year-old cattle dog mix and although she is beyond wonderful with people, she came to us with dog reactivity.
Our staff was not intimidated by her challenges in the least. Over the last weeks, they have been working with her every day to create a positive-reinforcement training plan to help desensitize her to being around other dogs.
When Lucy first came to us, she did not know how to socialize with other dogs. The moment she saw another dog, she would bark and try with all of her might to tug on her leash and get to that dog. Now, after the time we’ve spent with her training, she is able to have other dogs passing by her and in her visual range, and when asked to pay attention to her human handler instead of the dog, she obeys immediately.
All dogs are intelligent in their own ways, but Lucy has one of those minds that never stops working! You can see in her sparkling eyes that she is always thinking and always seeking a new puzzle to solve.
Lucy is looking for a home where she can be the only pet. She adores human attention and wants ALL of it! She is very active and she would do well in a home where she can go on lots of adventures. Her ideal home would include human parents who are willing to learn about the training plan we have been implementing with her and making sure that continues after adoption so that Lucy can continue to be the best possible version of herself. Lucy also thrives on brain games, she may do very well with agility, or even just puzzles and find-the-hidden-treat games.
If you’re an active person looking for a loyal best friend to join you on your daily adventures through life, Lucy may be the girl for you! To learn more about Lucy or if you’re interested in meeting her, give us a call at 206 557 4661
We want to give a huge shout-out and thank you to Girl Scout Troop 41696 for the amazing snuggle mats and cat wands they made for our rescue pets!
The troop did a community service project and decided to focus on helping animals. It always touches our hearts when young people have such compassion for our furry friends!
We brought the girls to the rescue for a visit and introduced them to our wonderful ambassador dogs. They were kind, considerate, and so wonderful with the animals. It always amazes us to see how easily animals can put a smile on the faces of people of all ages!
Thank you for your compassion, and your generosity in making wonderful gifts for the pets. You are all awesome!
The employees and volunteers here at ECPR try not to pick favorites. Key word, TRY! But none of us can deny that sometimes, certain pets will touch our hearts in specific ways. When that happens, sometimes we choose to foster, sometimes we choose to adopt, and sometimes we just do everything we can to help that animal find their ideal home.
Chewey, a chihuahua/dachshund mix, has been with us for nearly two years. He is a wonderful dog, sweet, energetic, eager, smart, adamant about getting attention, and more.
When Chewey first came to us, he had suffered an injury called IVDD, or Intervertebral Disc Disease.
IVDD is a condition in which a disc develops a problem and the material inside escapes into the spinal column, ultimately causing pain, nerve damage, and even paralysis. The condition is seen more often in dogs than cats.
When Chewey came to our rescue, we made sure he got the corrective surgery that he needed for his IVDD, but then, it was up to us, and Chewey, to see how far he could come in his rehabilitation.
Chewey began his recovery with the use of a wheelchair. Click here to see a video of Chewey nine months ago zipping around in his chair!
As soon as Chewey realized he could scoot around at warp speeds and keep up with his doggy-friends, he was as happy as a clam again. We were grateful that we could provide him the tool he needed to get around like any other dog, but we also knew that his recovery was not over.
Our passionate, dedicated staff began daily physical therapy with Chewey, and slowly, he began to move his back legs and regain some mobility.
Then, in comes one of our amazing volunteers, Linda. Linda does one of the hardest things to do in rescue; she fosters dogs in need, helps to heal their wounds whether emotional or physical and then finds the strength to let them go when they find their forever families. She decided one week that she wanted to take Chewey home for a weekend just to give him a break from the rescue environment, but it didn’t take long before she declared that she and Chewey were in it for the long haul until he gets adopted. She quickly learned all that she needed to know about his disease, and how to help him with his recovery.
To our absolute amazement, Chewey has made LEAPS AND BOUNDS of progress with Linda! Chewey has retained a lot of movement and feeling in his legs, and he can now go on walks unassisted, even getting up and down curbs all by himself! Every day, Chewey grows stronger.
IVDD can be unpredictable in just how much recovery is possible, and the severity of the injury is different with each animal. We didn’t know if Chewey would ever regain motion in his legs, so to go on a walk with this little guy and see him happily and confidently keeping up a brisk pace walking all by himself brought tears to many of our eyes. The dedication that Linda has shown Chewey, and the progress Chewey has made, reminds of our ECPR mantra, Love Can Save Lives!
Chewey has come farther than any of us thought possible, but he is still searching for his perfect forever home. We know that his ideal family is out there waiting to find him! He has so much courage and an endless amount of love in his heart. To steal a quote from ‘Marley and Me,’ “Give him your heart, and he’ll give you his.”
If this courageous, loving fella is tugging at your heartstrings, give us a call at 206 557 4661