Fostering saves lives! Read this Guide for Potential Foster Parents which explains the process and answers many questions!
Do I qualify as a Foster Parent?
If you’re an animal lover 18 years and older, that can provide a safe, loving, temporary indoor home for a cat or dog in need, you are welcome to apply as a Foster Parent. You will be helping an overlooked and highly euthanized animal: a black cat or dog, or FIV cat.
Why are Foster Parents needed?
Our primary goal is to find loving, permanent homes for each animal we rescue! We are a foster-based rescue and do not have a physical facility.
Chicagoland shelters euthanize thousands of healthy and friendly animals each year due to limited holding space. Foster Parents maximize the number of animals rescued, and give Lulu’s Locker time to find permanent homes for many wonderful animals. Oftentimes, foster animals have come from a difficult situation, and restoring their confidence and trust is an important step in helping them learn to be tolerant, loving, and responsive. Animals that learn to bond and be confident in a foster home are able to do so in a new home again!
I already have animals in my home, can I still foster?
Yes! Before you consider fostering, consult your veterinarian to make sure your own animals are up-to-date on their vaccinations, and that they don’t need any additional vaccinations.
What animal is right for me?
We will work closely with you to ensure a foster animal fits well in your home environment.
What do I need to provide for the animal?
The foster animal is required to have adequate food, water, and shelter at all times. Each situation and animal is unique, therefore the length of time the animal resides in foster care will vary. Lulu’s Locker can cover dry food, litter, litter boxes, and medical care costs, unless the Foster Parent is able and willing to contribute to and donate such expenses. If the animal needs medical attention while in foster care, we will work to get the necessary care needed.
Where do Lulu’s Locker animals come from?
Once we have a confirmed foster home, Lulu’s Locker will rescue a cat or dog from Chicago Animal Care & Control or another urgent situation. The animal is then vaccinated, microchipped, and spayed/neutered to ensure a safe transition into your foster home. Either Lulu’s Locker staff or the Foster Parent will transport the animal to the new foster home.
How does the foster animal find a permanent home?
The entire time the animal is in foster care we work to find him or her a permanent home as soon as possible! Foster Parents work with the Rescue in order for the animal/s attend Adoption Events. When a potential adopter has been approved, we then schedule a visit for the adopter to meet the animal in the Foster Parent’s home.
Can I try to find a home for my foster animal on my own?
Yes! We love it when you find a home for your foster animal!
If I fall in love, can I adopt my foster animal?
Yes! Foster Parents adopt many of our animals.
Read this Guide for Potential Foster Parents which explains the process and answers many questions!