It’s Puppy Mill Awareness Day! As a rescue, we’d love to honor this day by bringing to light some information about the dangers of puppy mills, and why we do what we do as a rescue to help save animals.
What is a puppy mill?
A puppy mill (or "puppy farm") is a place where dogs are bred for commercial/profit purposes. There are at least 10,000 puppy mills still operating in the USA which breed more than 2 million puppies per year.
On the flip side, did you know that over 1 million dogs are euthanized annually in shelters?
Let’s chat about how puppy mills operate. "Mama dogs" are not treated as household pets, let alone treasured family members, in a puppy mill! They are kept in cages almost 24/7 (if not literally 24/7) often without any protection from the elements; hot sun in the summer, bitter cold in the winter, rain, etc. Often the cages have wire bottoms which can be very painful for their feet. These mamas usually don’t receive regular vet care; they are unvaccinated and often not groomed properly, which means that their nails are painfully overgrown, and if they are longer-furred, sometimes very painfully matted with caked-in feces and urine. These mamas are simply the tools in which puppy mills use to make money and regard for their quality of life is not considered. They are forced to breed litter after litter, one right after the other until they can no longer physically do so. Then they are “disposed of” sometimes using inhumane methods.
The puppies are born into these same horrific conditions. They are cramped and crowded in unsanitary conditions and not socialized. In larger puppy mills, these dogs are shipped to pet stores across the country, often in inhumane ways. In smaller “independent” (unlicensed) puppy mills, these dogs are offered up for sale on Facebook, Craigslist, and other networking sites.
When you see cute puppies running around in pet stores, please don’t forget where they came from! Purchasing a puppy from a commercial pet store is often supporting the puppy mills that continue to supply these stores.
How can we stop this?
If you suspect a puppy mill is operating in your area, please report it to the police, animal control, and 1-877-MILL-TIP to file a report with the Humane Society.
When thinking of adding a new furry family member to your household, PLEASE consider adoption!
But we have some reservations about adoption.
"We’re not sure if we’re in a position to care for a dog with medical or behavioral challenges right now."
We completely understand that! Not all dogs in rescues or shelters have an abusive past or medical problems, some end up in rescue through no fault of their own. A reputable shelter or rescue will work with you to help you find a pet that will be the best fit possible for your household.
"But we were hoping to find a puppy/kitten because we want to raise one from a young age."
Rescues and shelters have puppies and kittens! This often happens when we rescue pregnant mamas, so the puppies or kittens are born into good conditions and receive proper care and socialization until they are ready for their forever homes.
How do we know if a rescue is reputable?
Great question! These are definite red flags to look out for when seeking a pet to adopt. A responsible rescue or shelter will properly vet an animal before allowing him or her to be available for adoption. This includes vaccinations, spay/neuter (very important!), and being upfront about any medical issues that they are aware of. They will provide you with proof of the animal being vetted upon adoption. They will have some type of vetting process for the adopters as well; interviews, meet and greets, reference checks, and home checks. It is important to any responsible rescue to try and ensure the best match possible for the family and the animal so that the chances of that animal staying in that household for the rest of its life are good. They will also take back any animal that they adopt out if the adoption sadly does not work out. At ECPR, we are committed to our animals for their whole lives.
Rescue can be a very emotional job and it never gets easier. Although we sometimes take in pets from very sad conditions, we have the privilege and responsibility of saving these animals and then helping them find that happily-ever-after that they truly deserve.
If you are searching for a new furry family member, (or a not-so-furry one, we sometimes have hairless pets as well!) please visit our website at www.emeraldcitypetrescue.org we update it at minimum weekly with new adoptable pets. We are happy to answer any questions that you have, give us a call daily between 10am and 6pm at 206 557 4661
(Images do not belong to ECPR, they are stock photos but an accurate representation of what conditions can be like in a puppy mill.)
Categories: adopt don't shop, Daily News and Happenings, puppy mills, animal rescue, pet rescue
Posted: September 18, 2021
— PLEASE NOTE that these initial descriptions are just the starting point (as of 7/15/21), all of these horses need to go through quarantine, extensive vetting and evaluations prior to being available for adoption. We invite you to follow their journey from rescue to adoption right here on our blog, and on our social media! Make sure to Like us on Facebook, and follow us on Instagram!
What we know thus far and the information may change as we learn more about them:
* Chance (chesnut with the green rope halter) is a four-year-old ranch gelding. He stands at about 15hands and he is willing, quiet, and a good mover under saddle.
* Peponita is an AQHA grey (almost white) mare with a black rope halter, Gentle under saddle.
* Safari is a grade GAITED Chesnut mare (pictured with a rider!) said to be a wonderful trail mount!
* Amisha is another grey (almost white) mare who is very sweet and kid-gentle under saddle.
* Pecosa is a flea-bitten grey mare with a light green rope halter. She is super sweet and gentle under saddle as well.|
All of these horses would be wonderful additions to any loving family! They are not available for adoption yet, but if you are interested in learning more, give us a call at 206 557 4661 and we'd love to talk to you about our adoption process. LOVE CAN SAVE LIVES!
Categories: horses, horse, rescue horse, rescue horses, adopt don't shop, pet rescue, seattle
Posted: July 15, 2021
We currently find ourselves in need of new toys to keep our cats and kittens entertained and stimulated throughout the day.
How Can I Help?
As much as we appreciate the kindness in donating toys in your possession, we are trying hard to keep everyone, including our animals, safe during these uncertain times. We would be thrilled to accept direct donations of unused toys, or we would be happy to accept newly purchased donations sent directly to us from the place of purchase.
Our Store - Emerald City Pet Supplies!
Don't forget that we have our own retail store! All proceeds go right back into the rescue to help us save more pets.
Here are a few items that we need which our store currently has in stock:
Chewey.com is such a wonderful source of pet supplies often sold at amazingly discounted prices! Here are some items Chewey sells that our kitties would love:
The easiest and quickest way the items can reach our kitties is to have them shipped directly to our kitties at:
Emerald City Kitty Harbor
3422 Harbor Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98126
We appreciate you all so much and we thank you for being such a wonderful and supportive friend to ECPR and to animals in need! Love can save lives!
Posted: February 23, 2021
The holidays are stressful (do you have to do a zoom call with that 'one' relative this year?) but keeping your pets safe shouldn't be! Keeping these safety tips in mind can help you avoid a pet emergency during the holiday season.
- Table Scraps: Probably the most common reason that pets end up in the ER during the holidays. We understand that people want to treat their pets, but foods they aren't used to, including fat and bones can cause diarrhea, and in some cases, pancreatitis. It's best to steer clear of slipping your dog human food under the table. Warn any guests if your pet has allergies or a sensitive stomach. You can always make them a plate of their own food and/or treats so that they feel special just like everyone else!
- Christmas tree water. This water can contain bacteria, trees can leak sap into the water, and some trees are treated with fertilizers that can get into the water.
- Poinsettias: This beautiful Christmas plant is highly toxic to our pets if ingested.
- Chocolate: Though most humans love it, it is toxic to our pets and can be very dangerous for them if eaten. Please keep this out of reach of pets as it only takes a moment for a mischievous pet to find and ingest.
- Mince Pies: Grapes, raisins, and currants are also toxic to our pets.
- Blue cheese: Yep, really! It contains a chemical, roquefortine C, which many dogs are sensitive to.
- Tinsel: Oh the fun! But it can cause a lot of damage to your pet's stomach and intestines if ingested, best to avoid them having any access to the sparkly decoration.
- Garlic, chives, and onions: All from the same family and found in a lot of Holiday dishes, but these foods can cause anemia.
- Candles: Who doesn't love the ambiance that a pretty lit candle can provide? The problem is that curious kitties can be drawn to the moving flames. They can accidentally burn themselves or knock the candles off of a counter or table. Flameless candles are a great alternative; same mood, but safe!
- Alcohol: This probably goes without saying, but it's not a good idea to share an alcoholic beverage with your pet. Emerald City Pet Supplies has many treats and beverage options for your pet. We even have Meowijuana for your kitties! There are lots of options available to celebrate with your pet safely. Ask us all about them!
Lastly, be prepared in case any of these things happen by mistake. Try and stay calm, as your fear can often cause your pet's stress level to go up as well. When in doubt, take your pet to the nearest emergency vet.
From our fur-family to yours, have a wonderful and safe Howl-i-day season!
Tips provided by ECPR staff member Lynda
Posted: December 16, 2020