Wags & Whiskers Gala – 5th Anniversary Celebration

2016 LLR Gala flyer - png fileWe are lucky to have you as part of the Lulu’s family. Adopters, foster parents, volunteers, supporters, donors, friends, family, and even dogs, are coming together for one night to celebrate our 5th Anniversary on September 16, 2016.

YOU ARE INVITED!
Heavy appetizers and desserts
Dog costume contest
Silent auction
Raffle
Photo booth
Music
and more!

Adult ticket: $40 in advance/ $45 at the door
Youth ticket (8-18 years old): $20 in advance/ $25 at the door
Canine ticket: $10

Vaccinated, crowd- and dog-friendly dogs on leash welcome. Cash bar. Free on-site parking. Public transportation options also available.

Secure your tickets now! RSVP and invite your friends via the Gala Facebook event page!

2407 W. 111th Street
Chicago, IL 60655
7 – 11 pm

Questions? Contact Erin at 708-325-8581 or LulusLocker@gmail.com
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Come Party with CRISP!

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Join the rescues that started CRISP (Chicagoland Rescue Intervention & Support Program) as we host a combined fundraiser for our newest initiative!

$30 gets you admission which includes unlimited pints of Revolution’s craft beer and a food buffet.

Monday, July 25, 7-9pm. THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT!!! Thanks everyone!!!

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CRISP collaboration to help more animals

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Lulu’s Locker Rescue is proud to be part of this new program and partnership with One Tail at a Time, Alive Rescue, Players for Pits, Chicago Canine Rescue, and Fetching Tails Foundation.

Today we launched CRISP (Chicagoland Rescue Intervention & Support Program). CRISP is a way to help pets and families in the Chicagoland area stay healthy and stay together. CRISP is a new initiative that will pool the resources of six local rescues to work in concert with Chicago Animal Care and Control to provide assistance and support for pet owners in need, divert owner surrendered animals to accredited rescues, and ultimately reduce the number of dogs surrendered at Chicago Animal Care and Control.

We are really excited about this partnership and what it can mean for many homeless dogs in Chicago. Stay tuned for more details about this program and our CRISP launch party.

We are looking for Foster Parents to help make this program a success! Apply here!

ResQWalk app :: donate while you walk – free and easy!

ResQWalkSpring is upon us! Any time you’re out walking – with your pup, to work, shopping, or with friends – ResQWalk will donate to Lulu’s! Simply download this FREE app (Apple or Android), choose Lulu’s Locker Rescue, and GET WALKIN’! From just walking as you do every day, the animals can benefit from daily and weekly donations – free and easy! THANK YOU and please share this with your family, friends, and co-workers!

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Ella’s Emergency Room Fund – Urgent!

Please donate: www.classy.org/EllaERFund

Our sweet, 1-year-old Ella, who we just sprung from an open-admission shelter on Ella21/26/16, had to be rushed to a Chicago emergency room on the evening of 1/29/16. She was found as a stray in Chicago and had the flu, which turned into pneumonia by the time we rescued her. Her symptoms only began to surface once she could relax and be herself in foster care with Lulu’s.

She was in critical condition and in isolation on oxygen for several days, clinging on to her life. Lulu’s supporters from around the country were pulling for her and sending her good thoughts. It was a tough battle but she thankfully left the ER late on 2/1/16. There is at least one month of rest, recuperation, and close monitoring ahead, but she’s well on her way to recovery. Ella in car going to ER

Her first vet visit was $725.00, due to her requiring testing and X-rays. Her ER vet bill is $3,766.75. This subtotal of $4,488.75 does not yet include the follow-up care she requires over the next 4 – 6 weeks, as well as full vetting and spay surgery she also needs. We are estimating a $6,000 minimum to cover her full care.

We greatly appreciate every penny you are able to contribute to Ella’s ER Fund. We also appreciate you sharing her story. We rely solely on individual donors and could not continue this important work to help animals like Ella in times of need without YOU!

Thank you, thank you!

2nd Annual Paws & Claws benefit

2nd annual Paws and Claws 2016Who needs a pawdicure? Come out for an afternoon of nail trimming and painting for canines and their people, as well as a complimentary mimosa or bloody mary per guest!

100% of proceeds benefit the Lulu’s animals! First-come, first-served : )

Dog nail trim – $10
Mini manicure – $10
Brow or lip wax – $10

Chew on This Barkery is providing a goody bag for each pup. Special thanks to Jamie Crawley for organizing this event, and The Nail Shop staff for hosting and donating.

We hope to see you there!

12 – 3 pm
Saturday, February 21st

The Nail Shop, 24 Ash St, Frankfort, IL 60423

RSVP and share this event on the Paws & Claws Facebook Page!
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The Lulu’s Locker Blog

12.16.15 – Is there anything more heartbreaking than to see a senior animal in an open admission shelter? “Senior Alerts” (animals who have been abandoned by their families) are showing up more and more on our Facebook rescue feed, and for us personally, we have seen an increase in phone calls.

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The top reason is that the caretaker has become ill or has died and the family will not/cannot take the animal into their home. Please, please make a contingency plan for your animal companion now, not after the fact. People have no problem “getting their financial affairs in order” so what about securing your animal’s future? So many callers give us 24 – 48 hours to find placement for their family’s animal. If we are lucky, we get a week’s notice. Here is the sad reality; we are a foster-based rescue. This means that when we have a person willing to be a foster parent, we rescue an animal. We don’t keep foster animals in a glass bottle to “break glass in case of emergency.” We cannot plan for your poor planning. First step here, if you have a loved one who is elderly or ill, please talk to them out their companion animal’s future. You can’t take the animal into your home? Then start talking to friends and family to see if they are willing.  Talk to a local rescue group to ask advice for the future possibility of rehoming (contact us if you have questions about bequests). If you personally need help, start coming up with a plan. Ask for help. Most organizations are willing to work WITH you. They keyword there is WITH. So many times, callers feel that it is our responsibility to come up with a solution. After all we are a rescue, and that is what we do right? The bottom line is we can’t do what we do without your help.

The next group of people that need help is the family struggling financially and can’t afford treatment for their senior animal. Hard economic times have hit everyone and there is no shame in needing help. Again, ask for that help. More foundations are developing in the rescue world. Their specific mission is to help support families through food donations and veterinary services. Please do an Internet search in your area. If you are having trouble, reach out to rescue groups. They normally know local food pantries and may already have relationships with certain foundations. The one thing that I have learned in my rescue life is that animal people are by far the most generous and compassionate.

The last group is the group that makes rescuers lose faith in humankind. The people that drop their senior animal at open admission shelters, let them loose, or tie them up to a random fence post, because they just had a baby; they don’t have time; their new place doesn’t allow pets; their significant other doesn’t want the animal around; the furniture is being abused. And, my all time favorite…after having the animal for 10 years, I am now allergic because really, there couldn’t be anything else in our food or in the environment that can cause histamine production. I have struggled with this question, “Should I feel anger or pity for this specific group of people?” I know my rescue friends are screaming, “ANGER? right now?”, but think about really not having the ability to feel compassion or empathy. How else could you drop off a being that completely depends on you and loves you unconditionally without looking back? By definition, empathy is the capacity to understand or feel what another is experiencing from within the other’s frame of reference. The capacity to place oneself in another’s position. An antonym for empathy is unfeeling. Without feelings, you may save yourself some heartache, but you will never know the splendor that the world has to offer. The bottom line that I came up with is that you can’t make someone feel badly for something they don’t understand. I just try to be grateful that I as well as many others do understand and not waste my energy on those that don’t.

Senior animals do create a lot of empathy and social media support, and yet, we have a hard time placing them in foster care and permanent homes. We get tagged over and over again for these “senior alerts” on Facebook, but we can only take in the amount that we adopt out or put into long-term foster care. The most common objections to adopting or becoming a foster parent for seniors are: we will lose them in a short amount of time; senior animals are expensive; we don’t want to upset the kids; it would be a big lifestyle change. All of those can be very true. Senior animals may have months to years left, but I think anyone who has adopted a kitten with FIP (feline infectious peritonitis) can tell you that there are no guarantees at any age. Senior animals can be expensive. Luckily, puppies are so inexpensive…hmm, puppies…shots, numerous chewed up beds, toys, training, sweaters in sizes XS through L. And yes, the animal may pass and that can be very upsetting for children, but should they stop visiting grandma too? Life is full of learning opportunities, and showing respect for an older animal may result in respect for aging adults such as one particular aging animal who may not want to be stuck in a nursing home {wink, wink}.

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Milton

Okay, enough about objections. Since we live in a society of ‘what’s in it for me?’, here are a couple of examples of what I have benefited from doing end of life care for animals. My husband and I have been end of life/hospice fosters for a total of 5 dogs and 9 cats. Our first hospice foster dog was Milton, a 15 year-old Border collie mix from Chicago Animal Care and Control. We had to put a towel under his pelvis area to help him walk out. When we brought him home, he didn’t want anything to do with us. He walked the perimeter of our fenced yard while we sat in chairs in the middle of the yard. This went on for over a week, but each day his circle became smaller. He finally came up to us on his own. We were his nucleus, and Milton rewarded us with his trust. That was a gift that we were humbled to receive. As he grew stronger, he started taking walks with our own dogs. He was so amazing in the fact that he would not settle to be the last dog in the pack. He would hustle right up to the front and walk side by side with our other two dogs. He had such dignity about him. A pride swelled up in him that he was again part of a pack. It was at that moment, that I realized that every living being should be afforded the right to live and die with dignity. Maybe I knew it, but now I felt it. We had Milton for about 3 months. We cried our eyes out. We still talk about him, and smile.

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Mochi

The first hospice cat we had was Mochi, a black, geriatric cat from Chicago Animal Care and Control. He was so frail, but had the most soulful eyes. He had his own room with a baby gate so he could still see out, but had his own space. Every time he heard one of our voices, he would stand at the baby gate and look up at us. He didn’t like to be held. We would sit on the floor and let him climb into our laps. He would stay for about 15 minutes and then crawl back into his bed. He was the very first animal that we hospiced. What we learned from him was that we gave so little, just food, bed, and some attention, and that was the world to him. We had him for around 8 weeks. Mochi gave us the gift of adding seniors to Lulu’s Locker Rescue’s mission statement.

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Princess Shamrock

My last story will negate all thoughts that we are “special” people, or we “stronger” than most, or even “chosen.” We are none of the above. In March of 2014 I was at Chicago Animal Control when a rescue friend came running up that there was a small dog with a big tumor in the euthanasia room. We had minutes to react. Within that time, she was able to convince me that this girl was special and even found another group to help with medical. We named the dog Shamrock because she was rescued around St. Patrick’s Day. Long story short, the tumor was growing at a rate that would have killed her in a couple of weeks.  She had an advanced heart murmur so surgery was risky. We decided to try to give her the best chance we could at life. We prepared for the worst and spoiled her for a few days. The day of surgery came and a two-pound fatty tumor was taken out of a 12-pound dog.  She was by now means cured because she did have the heart murmur and an enlarged heart, but the tumor was completely removed with some other smaller mammary tumors. We ended up calling her Princess, Princess Shamrock. Only befitting because she was our little princess. She loved car rides and short walks. When the weather was too hot or cold, she used her puppy pads perfectly. She LOVED treats. She would jump around in a circle, barking for me to give one to her. She attended events and dog birthday parties. Through all of this, we forgot she had any issues. Her heart continued to enlarge, but it never stopped her. She was sleeping more, but that’s to be expected. This year in October her heart gave out, and she died in my arms. We had her for almost 17 months. It seemed like 17 minutes. As I begged and pleaded for this not to be happening, I thought I just don’t have the strength to keep doing this anymore. In the days to come, I kept looking at her picture. I would stare at the spot her bed was located. “Let someone else carry this burden for awhile”, I thought. I was mad, and I was angry. We had also lost our hospice cat, Georgia, weeks before.

Last week, we took in a geriatric cat named Zeus. He has cancer and his kidneys are failing. As far as “somebody else carrying the burden”, we are somebody, and we are nobody. We are no different than anyone else. We aren’t special or blessed. We just want to give back what has been given to us. Opening your home to a senior animal is not a one-way road. They give back more than you can ever imagine. Love is ageless. Please consider fostering or adopting a senior animal.

~ Dawn Isenhart-Copp, Co-Founder & President

Buy a shirt to show your support for senior animals!

Snoopy adopt seniors shirtLulu’s senior hospice dog, Snoopy, stole the hearts of so many before his passing. Show your love and support for him and other homeless senior animals by gifting or getting your very own “Adopt Seniors” long sleeve 50/50 tshirt, featuring Snoopy. Help us close out Adopt-a-Senior-Pet Month with a bang!

This is a Booster campaign, which means if a minimum of 15 shirts are ordered, they will go to print and the proceeds will be donated to the rescue. Our goal is 50 shirts. This is a two-week campaign that ends on December 11th, 2015. The more shirts purchased, the more animals that can be helped. THANK YOU for all you do!