Rescue Rewards Group of the Week - July 16, 2012

A 7-foot cat tree keeps the kitties happy at Young at Heart Rescue.

Young at Heart Pet Rescue

The mission of Young at Heart Pet Rescue is to help senior cats and dogs, one grey muzzle at a time.

In April of 2005 Young At Heart Pet Rescue was formed to aid in the rescue and rehoming of older dogs and cats (age 5 and older) in the Chicagoland area. All of the pets come from open-admission shelters with high euthanasia rates for older animals. The group’s mission is to find a new home for every adoptable animal that comes through their door, to educate the public on the benefits of adopting older pets, and to decrease the euthanasia rate for older dogs and cats in Illinois.  The pets are adopted throughout the Midwest.

Each dog or cat receives veterinary care.   Animals that need a little extra medical attention are not turned away. All of the pets are vaccinated, tested for infectious diseases, microchipped, spayed/neutered, receive a geriatric screening, and most receive a dental.

Lexi, a cat waiting for adoption at Young at Heart Pet Rescue“We also provide other treatments to enhance any senior pet’s adoptability.  We have lumps removed, even if they are benign. We treat allergies, heartworm, thyroid ailments, provide prescription food. We do whatever it takes to help senior pets find their forever homes,” the group’s website explains. “And when their medical needs prove to be too daunting to our adoption program, they are not euthanized at Young at Heart. They find their happily ever after in one of our licensed Sanctuary Homes, where they are loved and cared for like one of the family while we provide all their medical care.”

Young at Heart  is a non-profit 501c3 volunteer-based organization that operates with a small army of dedicated volunteers. Dogs are housed in licensed foster homes, and cats reside in a cageless adoption area donated by Best Friends Pet Care or an adoption center within Petco in Lake Zurich, Ill.

Sunny is waiting for adoption from Young At Heart Pet RescueAs their website explains: “We stay small enough so that each dog or cat in our care gets ample one-on-one time, playtime, lap time, and the basic human contact that many animals just cannot receive in larger organizations. It is very important to us that the dogs and cats in our care feel loved, are happy, and are well-adjusted when they go to their forever homes.”

Go to their website at to see the dogs and cats needing homes, plus to read more.