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Young At Heart Pet Rescue, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: 100% of the animals we rescue come from situations where they are in danger of being euthanized due to their age. 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

17 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Arlene B.2

Board Member

Rating: 5

In 2005, I started as a foster mom and volunteer with the small but mighty crew at YAH Senior Pet Rescue. About a year later, I was lucky enough to be asked to be on the board of directors. Since then, I've worked with a VERY dedicated Executive Director, Foster and Volunteer Coordinators, Board and AMAZING volunteers!

My entire family loves being involved with the fun events for YAHPR. We're so happy about the outpouring of love and assistance from so many people that have helped us finally open our adoption center in Woodstock. It's a dream come true - and we're looking forward to helping so many more senior dogs and cats.

If you're wondering if we still need volunteers or foster homes - the answer is YES PLEASE! Our volunteers and foster homes are the lifeblood of our organization and we cannot do it without you, so please contact us at: http://www.adoptaseniorpet.com/how-you-can-help/volunteer, to find out about all the areas you can help! THANK YOOUUUUUU!

Peggy H.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Young At Heart since I moved to the Chicago suburbs five years ago. I always loved older dogs and an organization that rescued seniors was very appealing.
But nothing in the past years could prepare me for the thrill of seeing the new home of YAH.The beautiful home-like rooms, made even more special when dogs moved into them. Today I spent several hours visiting with the residents of two of the spacious rooms, both furnished with sofas, cushioned benches and many, many dog beds. The five older dogs were all so calm and loving, obviously happy with their living arrangements.

I hope that this kind of shelter is the wave of the future!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I LOVE the work of Young at Heart Pet Rescue. The board members, leadership, and staff are exceptional. We all share one passion and mission in everything we do — to provide senior dogs and cats with a safe haven to ensure they live with comfort, compassion, and companionship in their golden years. If you love animals, I highly recommend Young at Heart to donate, adopt or volunteer.

I am new and I have been impressed with my volunteer experiences:

- They provided a volunteer orientation that talked about Young at Heart’s many volunteer opportunities and the flexible time commitments that fit in to everyones schedule. There are opportunities that use all levels of experience and many different skills types.

- When I came in for my first day staff were friendly, welcoming and prepared for me. Meaning they were able to explain exactly what I would be doing, how things worked, where the different supplies and equipment I needed was kept, answer all questions, etc. They showed me around and I had the opportunity to meet the director, staff and other volunteers. They also provided me with a volunteer handbook. They made this new volunteers experience a comfortable one.

- Volunteer support and training is great and they regularly express their appreciation.

- Young at Hearts Volunteer Coordinator does a great job communicating with the volunteers and keeping them updated. She listens to volunteers and regularly invites suggestions from volunteers.

- The volunteers and staff are a fun and great people.

If you want to make a positive difference in the lives of senior dogs and cats, Young at Heart Pet Rescue is the place for you. You will definitely be appreciated!

The pictures are of myself and others volunteering at the 2019 Silver Paws Gala.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a great organization focusing on helping find homes for senior pets. If you plan to volunteer with them, they are very well organized, appreciative of your time and open to suggestions.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering as often as possible with them over the last three years. Everyone is so truly dedicated to these senior pets! I am always impressed with the amount of affection they are given, how many fosters continue to open their homes to dogs despite health issues or limited mobility. Their annual event, while I have yet to be able to volunteer for, is always a big success and I am always happy to help gather donations because I know how much of the hard effort and cash goes back into saving more lives. Love this rescue and all the sweet pets they help take care of!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for Young at Heart Pet Rescue going on 7 years now. This organization is by far the best nonprofit I have ever worked with. I have transported, fostered, adopted, worked at the shelter and special events. The staff is exceptional and focused on the goal of saving the lives of senior dogs and cats. The support given to the volunteers is above and beyond the call of duty. For that reason this organization attracts the best volunteers many of whom have been with Young at Heart since the beginning over 14 years ago. I have included a photo taken at an annual Mutt Mosey of Smokey Boy and Smokey Girl. Smokey Girl was 17 when Young at Heart pulled her from a city shelter when her family abandoned her because she was too old. She was well taken care of by Young at Heart in their Sanctuary program and lived to be over 18 years old. Pictured in another photo is Baby Doll who was in very bad shape when Young at Heart took her in and gave her the medical attention she needed. She is affectionately known as "Million Dollar Baby." Pictured in the other photos are Baby Doll as she looks today along with some of the other seniors saved by Young at Heart and adopted by me. I am 100% behind the Young at Heart nonprofit organization as a volunteer and a donor.

1 Leslie W.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We started out as adopters, then we signed up to to be a foster home. We then became "Foster Failures" and adopted our 2 dogs. This fall, after the opening of the new shelter, I began volunteering
This is a wonderful organization.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for Young At Heart for a number of years, helping out with the cats. And I must say that the work they do is incredible! Very few organizations focus solely on senior animals, which is a testament to where their hearts are. I know how difficult it is to find forever homes for seniors and I give them quite a bit of credit for this.
They are dedicated, kind and loving! I highly recommend Young At Heart for anyone looking for a loving dog or cat.

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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.

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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!

5 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!

3 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.

4 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:)

3 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.

4 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!

4 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!