On July 23rd, Lulu’s Crew was working our Chicagoland Rescue Intervention and Support Program (CRISP) shift outside of Chicago Animal Care and Control (CACC). CRISP is where we and other local rescues help to divert animals to rescues to keep animals from needing admission to CACC. A beautiful German Shepherd mix dog walked up, all smiles and tail wags. Her mom told us that her dog’s name was Sunshine, which matched every aspect of her personality. Sunshine’s mom had fallen upon tough financial times. She was trying to find alternate housing which would accept Sunshine, but wasn’t sure if that was possible. We gave her resources for pet-friendly, affordable housing and they returned home. We hoped for the best for these two as the owner had Sunshine since she was 6 months old. Sunshine is now 9 years old.
July 29th came around and we were working the CRISP program again, when Sunshine and her mom walked up again. She couldn’t afford her own place and had to move in with others, and couldn’t bring Sunshine. They said their goodbyes and we started working to find her rescue. We were not successful, and she had to be brought inside CACC.
We learned a bit about Sunshine from the time we spent outside of CACC. She loves deeply and is a true companion dog. She LOVES children. We can’t bold, highlight, capitalize, or illuminate the word, LOVES, enough. She lit up any time a child would walk past and jump around like a pony to gain their attention.
Days went by and our concerns grew, as shelter life is especially hard on seniors.
Lulu’s Locker Rescue was proud to participate in Chicago Rescue Day on August 6th. Over 20 rescues and shelters in Chicagoland came together to save around 300 animals from 2 of Chicago’s open-admission shelters. (An open-admission facility is a shelter that does not turn away any animal based on their age, breed, health, or behavior.) Our hope was to spring Sunshine that day, and we received a call the night before letting us know that a foster home with no other dogs, one which could isolate her (a.k.a. an ISO foster home), could foster her for 2 weeks while she recovered from kennel cough. Sunshine was extremely happy to be out, but even happier that they had children.
After those 2 weeks, Sunshine went to her next foster home which was meant to be long-term but only ended up being there for just over a week. Sunshine is dog selective and was kept separate from the foster parents’ resident dogs. We were told that the foster parent was to have surgery, and Sunshine was going to have to be moved again very quickly.
Her situation did not improve. In order to keep her out of a boarding facility, we had to put her in a foster home that has multiple dogs and cats. She again needed to be separated. We did find out that she wouldn’t do well with cats and is not a fan of every dog she meets. This makes complete sense since she grew up as the only animal in her household.
While Sunshine gets to play in the backyard and go on walks, it really upsets her to be away from her humans. Her smile is intoxicating. Her loyalty is boundless. Her journey has been difficult, but she is resilient. And, we are committed to finding her the perfect home. A home that is truly forever; a home that reciprocates her loyalty; a home that she is allowed to shine as brightly as her name.
If this sounds like your home and would like to share it with a very deserving dog, please fill out an adoption application at LulusLockerRescue.org.
To donate for sweet Sunshine’s care, contribute here.
– Dawn Isenhart-Copp, President
We are happy to announce the opening of our new Adoption Center in Frankfort
Erin, Mike, and I started Lulu’s Locker Rescue over 5 years ago. Our mission is to provide education, to advocate, and to rescue overlooked animals in our community. These animals could be overlooked because of breed, age, color, medical condition, or just because there are other more urgent animals, and they aren’t getting as much attention.
During this time, FIV+ cats have always held a special place in our hearts. Even with all the literature about how they can live as long as FIV-, and research done on how they can live with FIV- cats, they have continued to be overlooked in our rescue. We have wonderful black cats, older cats, and cats with some medical issues that have been in foster care for far too long.
Our solution? For them to be seen by the public in a warm, quiet environment. An environment that is cageless where volunteers can socialize with the cats. That is why we went to the next step and opened a small, adoption center in Frankfort. Watch the video
Please help us with this next big step! We have a lot of work to do at the adoption center, and we are estimating the cost to be 15K. We would love to open up the beginning of April so we can start finding homes for some amazing cats!
– Dawn Isenhart-Copp, President
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.
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. read more…