July 26, 2016 - 1:59 pm

Partner of the Week: Emerald City Pet Rescue

From the editor: This week we have guest post by Kelley Frillman from Emerald City Pet Rescue, based in Seattle, Washington. See how they transform lives throughout their state and even the world, no matter how difficult the case may be.
We also want to let you know that instead of a weekly blog post, we are switching up our posting schedule a little bit to bring you a wider variety of content.


Here at Emerald City Pet Rescue, we save at-risk pets from high kill shelters with the aim of finding them forever, loving homes. Not only do we rescue locally, but all around the country and even the world. We often rescue from the overcrowded So Cal area, and recently we rescued five dogs all the way from Thailand. Our hearts go out to all animals in need but we don’t shy away from the “hard-luck” cases; animals with medical or behavioral challenges that have made them more difficult for others to adopt. We have certified trainers on staff that assist with behavioral challenges and help our rescue pets find confidence through positive reinforcement and building trust.

Once rescued by ECPR, all of our animals get thorough medical care including but not limited to all needed vaccinations, spay/neuter, dentals, and any other surgeries or procedures they might need in order to help them live the happiest, healthiest lives possible.

Click to watch Chewy zooming around the dog room



One very special dog currently with us is named Chewey. He is an approximately 4.5-year-old beagle/dachshund mix. Chewey was first relinquished VSC (Veterinary Specialty Center) in Lynnwood post-surgery for IVDD, Intervertebral Disc Disease. As they had previously helped us with a dog named Walter, they reached out to us and asked if we would take on Chewey as well. Prior to surgery, Chewey had been unable to use his hind legs since April. We brought him to our facility in SoDo and had him measured for a wheelchair. He has been zooming around the building like an old pro with no idea that he is “disabled” in any way! Even better, we have been doing physical therapy with him which consists of a whole range of different exercises including but not limited to massage therapy, joint movement, treat walking, stretching his muscles, weight-bearing and more – and his legs have been showing movement! The vets are optimistic about the possibility that Chewey may walk again!



Chewey’s optimistic, go-getter personality and fearless happy abandon has quickly made him staff favorite. Rather than spending their days in kennels, our dogs are free in a “doggy-daycare” setting, running around a large room with other dogs, employees, and volunteers. Chewey greets everyone he meets with some enthusiastic barks, but although his vocals can be loud, he is simply saying, “Hello, pet me and spend time with me!” Everyone is always eager to do so. Watching Chewey improve on a daily basis is a good reminder to all of us why we do what we do. Whether Chewey walks again in the future without any assistance in the future or whether he masters life with a wheelchair that might as well be as mobile as his own two legs, nothing gets this pooch down or prevents him from being a regular dog just like his buddies. We can’t wait to find Chewey the perfect home with people that believe in him just as much as we do, and as much as he believes in himself.



Animal Webcams!

Don’t miss out on the chance to watch Chewey zoom around the playroom with all of his friends, Monday through Friday from 11AM – 4PM pacific time via MeShare! Links to the Live feed are on our website at emeraldcitypetrescue.org or click the pictures below.



P.S. Check out a touching video about the ECPR from Talk it Up TV


The MeShare Animal Cam Program periodically gives away WiFi live streaming cameras to ALL eligible animal shelters and rescues across the US. If you are from an animal shelter/rescue please fill in the camera request form. If you’re not please send your request to Wayne at [email protected].

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