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Emerald City Pet Rescue Blog

Read pet rescue stories and the latest news from Emerald City Pet Rescue!

Here at Emerald City Pet Rescue, we have a soft spot in our hearts not only for pets in need, but also for pets who have some extra challenges; either physically or emotionally.

Arcata came to us nearly a year ago from a rough background. She'd had lots of litters of puppies, and she had a myriad of skin issues and digestive problems. She couldn't be a sweeter dog, always happy to meet new people with a wagging tail no matter what.
But it can be challenging sometimes to find the right fit for larger dogs that have a few extra obstacles. We worked on figuring out the right diet and medications for her allergies, and she even wears booties to help protect her sensitive paws! We searched for many months to find her a great home.

A while, we had an inquiry from a long-haul trucker who saw her photo, heard her story, and fell in love. It's been a process, but yesterday we were finally able to connect Arcata with her new, forever dad. It was literally love at first sight, an instant connection! Sometimes, when you know, you know. She'll be joining him on his hauls, faithfully at his side. (She has separation anxiety, so getting to be with her person 24/7 is perfect for her!) and she'll get to experience the world and go on adventures every day!

Rescue can really take its emotional toll, but matches like this keep us going. Happily-ever-after's like this remind us of why we do what we do.

We have many more large dogs, some with behavioral challenges and others with minor medical conditions that require special diets and medication, that are still hoping to find their forever families. Please don't let their challenges scare you, I have a few "medical" dogs myself and they love taking their pills in a tiny peice of cheese, easy-peasy! (Easy...cheesey?) :)

Do you want your heart warmed, too? Check out the emotional first meeting of Arcata and her new dad on our TikTok and follow her adventures on her new Instragram account!

We have lots of large dogs still available if you're looking for an adventure friend, too! Check out their profiles here.

Don't hesitate to CALL US with any questions, we would love to chat with you more about ANY of our adoptable pets! 206 557 4661

Categories: animal rescue, adoption stories

Posted: May 19, 2022

Johnny Rocket is a special guy. Once he gets to know and trust you he's the best friend you'll ever have; your faithful sidekick, unwaveringly loyal, your protector, your best friend. It's been difficult finding that perfect home for him though because he's the kind of guy that isn't going to love you the first time he meets you. You have to work to earn his trust, and that makes that special moment when he becomes your best friend that much more special!

Our fabulous employees don't just care for our animals' basic needs while they are here, they are very dedicated to getting to know them as individuals and proving the best care and stylized experience that they can for them.

Last weekend Johnny got to go on a day adventure with one of his favorite people! It turns out that he loves car rides and does well buckled in with his harness on. He loved watching the scenery fly by! He met a new person during the adventure and did not react, which was excellent! We realized that he doesn't love meeting new strangers in his own territory (aka his home) so introducing him to new people on neutral ground is the way to go to set him up for success. He went for a little hike and especially loved the enriching experience of sniffing everything that he could. (Dogs sense of smell is extraordinary compared to our own and scent tells them so much about the world around them!) He also did a great job learning some new commands with treat-based positive reinforcement. 

We believe that Johnny's ideal home/person is someone who understands that Johnny feels compelled to be protective within his home, but the outdoors really help him to relax, focus, and open up. He would be a great buddy for an adventurous person who has confidence and experience with dogs that can be reactive. Once you're accepted into his inner-circle, you're set for life! 

If you think you may be Johnny's forever bestie, please give us a call at 206 557 4661

- Special thanks to our staff for really going the extra mile (literally!) to learn everything that we can about the animals in our care so that we can help set them up for success in their future forever homes. Love can save lives!

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Posted: March 09, 2022

Did you know that February is Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month?! We are so excited to tell you our top reasons why rabbits can make wonderful pets!

1. Are you hoping to find a social pet who loves being a part of your family, but doesn't need to be taken outside for walks and potty breaks? Rabbits LOVE to be involved in your day-to-day life!

2. "But cats are like that, too, and they can be litter box trained..." So can rabbits! Plus, a lot of people who are allergic to cats and dogs are not allergic to rabbits!

3. As herbivores, rabbits mesh well with vegetarian and vegan lifestyles. Generally speaking, though, having a pet who encourages you to stock your fridge with fruits and vegetables is good for everybody — vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. Feeding a rabbit properly can definitely help to encourage you to eat a variety of healthy foods, too!

4. Bunnies are quiet. If you live in an apartment or condo, neighbors will definitely not complain about any noises your bunny make make, they certainly don't bark! ;) They're a great fit for an urban lifestyle.

5. Rabbits don't need a ton of space. Of course, we are not referring to a mini box where it can barely move, but they are often quite happy in a singular room or an x-pen. Again, great for the urban lifestyle!

6. Rabbits love to be clean, in this, they look a bit like cats, as they are constantly grooming themselves. Interestingly, these animals are organized even in their own space, constantly organizing their own belongings (their toys, of course). Which is excellent for their owner and for the home. A negative aspect of them is the excess fur of rabbits. They lose plenty of hair and to avoid knots, you have to brush their fur constantly.

* We have some wonderful bonded pairs currently available for adoption, we have some bachelors/bachelorettes that prefer their solitude from rabbits but love human company, and we have single rabbits looking for the love of their life that can be bonded with your current bunny. Browse our available bun-buns on our Critters page under "Our Animals", and give us a call at 206 557 4661 to ask us about our adoptable bunnies and find one, or a pair, that would be a great fit for your home!

Categories: bunnies, rabbits, adopt don't shop

Posted: February 10, 2022

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