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.
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– Dawn Isenhart-Copp, President