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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: 100% of the animals we rescue come from municipal pounds with very high euthanasia rates. Our core mission is to find a new home for every adoptable animal that comes through our door, to educate the public on the benefits of adopting older pets, and to decrease the euthanasia rate for older, adoptable dogs and cats in the state of Illinois.

Programs: Adoptions: 101 dogs and cats were rescued from high euthanasia facilities, completely vetted, and evaluated for proper placement in new homes. They were placed for adoption.

food pantry, sanctuary, education: food was stored and sanctuaries were kept as a safe place for senior pets. Brochures, ads in local pet publications, participation in local events, & websites were used to reach and educate a larger audience.

Community Stories

9 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This organization is the ONLY senior animal ( 5+ years) rescue/shelter/foster care group in ALL the US WOW! They do a wonderful job with finding homes for the older animals in the homeless population. Please if you are able to give an older animal a forever home Please look to this great organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughter and I have been volunteering with this wonderful organization for two years now. We work with the cats -- socializing and brushing them, playing with them -- and cleaning up their messes. We also ensure they have clean water and fresh food as needed. We love going there. Even though there are mixed emotions when the cats leave to go to their forever homes -- we are greatful to have gotten to know them during their stay -- and that we could help them get over their fears and/or anxieties -- whatever they may be. We are proud to volunteer for an organization that thinks senior pets deserve to live -- no matter what their story is.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered weekly for a year at the Young at Hearts LZ Cat Center. Unfortunately I've had to rein back these responsibilities due to my busy work schedule, but I miss it all the time! Working with the cats in the LZ Cat Center has been such a joy. Every time another one gets adopted it makes you feel like you are doing something to help these babies that might not otherwise have had a chance, find forever homes!
Young at Heart has grown even since I learned of them, and they continue to have a community presence and make their name more well known. Their special dedication to senior pets has saved so many lives, and I'm so proud to be a small part of their organization!

4 Candace C.

Donor

Rating: 5

Young at Heart is a wonderful organization dedicated to rescuing senior pets. Many times, these lovely creatures are left behind at shelters, yet they make wonderful companions and need the loving care and friendship provided in new homes. Young at Heart's unique mission of saving senior pets is one deserving of much more attention and support. I would highly recommend this organization to anyone looking to adopt, and I also hope their rescue dreams for senior pets blossom and grow exponentially over the next few years. We're very pleased to support this organization in all their efforts and look forward to many more successful rescue stories and increased visibility for this group, all of which are well deserved! Great pets, super volunteers, and a well-run rescue group!

2 Jeannie W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Young at Heart takes on the unique challenge of placing senior (5 year old+) dogs and cats into new homes, where they can live out their golden years. There are a lot of rescue groups, and all do admirable work. But, Young at Heart are not afraid to say yes to senior pets that would otherwise be first on the list for euthanasia in a shelter.

3 Susie K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I was looking to adopt an Min Pin through Petfinder, I saw Tex's profile and contacted Young At Heart. Dawn was very quick to respond, and kept me informed of Tex's vet exams, dental cleaning, x-rays (he walks with a limp). She was wonderful to work with, and we met as soon as Tex was cleared for adoption. He got along well with our other dogs and family, so home he came:) That was three years ago and we love him very much.

Thanks to Dawn and Young at Heart Pet Rescue for making the adoption so smooth and easy:)

2 Sandra P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Young at Heart helps a unique population Senior Pets! When most organizations, say, too old, they say, we'll find them a good home. As a volunteer, you can easily see your impact on the animals. They communicate very well so you know what's going on and who the money is helping and where they need extra help. I work with the kitties. I see how they come in scared and then how they get better as everyone works with them. They also post follow-up information on the animals that have found homes. It's a great feeling to see one of the animals you helped take care of in a happy home.

3 Ann H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am active in several organizations in Chicago that deal with animal welfare and rescue. It breaks my heart to see senior animals get passed over time and again in favor of puppies and kittens. Most of the older animals have been dumped at a shelter (or worse) because they need care or are no longer wanted. They sadly become 'disposable' through no fault of their own.
I became aware of Young at Heart when they rescued 13 senior animals from an open intake shelter here in the city. Having met a few of the animals while volunteering, my heart was bursting when I saw that they got another chance at life.
As I got to know the kind of work they do and the effort they make to help these animals I was really moved. This organization is doing wonderful and much needed work, helping those paws live what is left of their life with dignity, care, and most of all, love. What a gift!

3 Amy B.

Donor

Rating: 5

A professional fundraiser myself, I can very wholeheartedly say that Young at Heart Pet Rescue is an amazing organization. It’s entirely supported by volunteers—they’re grassroots, but they’re mighty! As a donor, I feel consistently updated on the good work they’re doing to re-home senior dogs and cats in our area. Hundreds of animals have been rescued and those suffering from medical issues are able to spend their remaining days with much love and comfort. I can’t say enough good things about YAH!