Young At Heart Pet Rescue, Inc.

Rating: 5 stars   9 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: PO Box 1293 Palatine IL 60078 USA

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.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

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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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

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.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

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!

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when i volunteer and there is one less cat in the cat center because they have gone to their forever home, is ALWAYS a great feeling!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Try to organize a little better, though it has gotten siginificantly better since I began. I know scheduling and keeping in touch with all the volunteers is really difficult. Sometimes its hard to know who did what, when!

Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

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!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Spoken with other rescue groups and also people who have adopted from this group, and everyone speaks very, very highly of them. I've attended their events and I am very pleased with their high level of organization and dedication to their cause.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Change nothing.

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I was recently involved in a Twitter fundraiser for Young at Heart Pet Rescue (they are called Paw Pawtys). The group, which is run by people in the UK but has participants from all over the world, was able to raise an astonishing $1000.00 for the rescue. The outpouring of support from people that don't even live in the Chicago-land area was really heartwarming. People love to help out senior pets!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I wish I could blink my eyes and magically produce the senior pet sanctuary for all of Chicago-land's senior dogs and cats to live out their golden years. Until then, more fundraising.

Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

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:)

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

adopting Tex. They were quick to answer any questions I had, and very helpful.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make it larger to help more older dogs:)

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing all the animals that have been nursed back to health then found new homes.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find more families to foster the dogs (easier said than done).

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Happy to help the kitties, sad that so many of them need homes

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

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!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

i have followed the story of the Senior Save animals and have seen the lengths they have gone to to get these animals adopted. And each success story is terrific!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have other Young at Heart rescues in more than one location!

Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

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!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Through reading the stories and seeing the pictures of animals they save every week.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would love to see YAH realize their goal of building a facility where they can house their Sanctuary for older animals. Someday...!

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

What would you tell others about this organization?

I would encourage them to tell others about YAH! Word of mouth is the quickest way to help YAH grow and support even more animals.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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