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Mission Statement

Young at Heart's mission is to rescue and rehome senior dogs and cats, to educate the public on the benefits of adopting older pets and their care, to reduce the euthanasia rate for senior pets.

Young at Heart Senior Pet Adoptions is dedicated to the following goals:

  • Rescuing stray and relinquished senior animals from animal shelters who have not been adopted and are scheduled to be euthanized. Young at Heart takes the animals who are considered "too old" for traditional shelters and rescues and provides them with a chance at a forever home, either with a new loving family, or through our Sanctuary Program.
  • Securing a no-kill adoption center and sanctuary where rescued senior pets can be safely sheltered without the threat of euthanization until adoptive families are found for them, or where they may live out their days surrounded by the best care and love at our sanctuary.
  • Providing medical care to neglected, abused and injured senior animals.
  • Rehabilitating hard-to-adopt senior animals and finding them loving homes.
  • Promoting the benefit of adopting older pets, and educating the public on the care of senior dogs and cats.
  • Educating children and adults alike on responsible pet guardianship.
  • Creating an alliance with local open-admission shelters and animal rescues to improve the adoption rate of senior pets.

Young at Heart Pet Rescue is a not-for-profit, no-kill organization dedicated to the rescue and rehoming of senior dogs and cats. Young at Heart is run by like-minded professionals who volunteer their time and resources to help save the lives of these animals. We are a 501(c) non-profit. Our Tax ID is 20-2476194.


We are a 501(c)3, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the rescue and rehoming of senior dogs and cats age 7 years old and older.

In April of 2005, Young At Heart Senior Pet Adoptions was formed to aid in the rescue and rehoming of older dogs and cats in the Chicagoland area. 100% of the animals we rescue come from open-admission shelters with high euthanasia rates for older animals. Our 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 dogs and cats in Illinois.

Each dog or cat that we rescue receives the best veterinary care, and we do not turn away animals that need a little extra medical attention. All of our pets are vaccinated, tested for infectious diseases, microchipped, spayed/neutered, receive a geriatric screening, and most receive a dental. 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. And when their medical needs prove to be too daunting to our adoption program, there 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.

We are a non-profit 501c3 volunteer-based organization that operates with a small army of dedicated volunteers. Dogs are housed in licensed foster homes, and our cats reside in two in-store adoption areas. We receive no federal or state funding, and rely solely on the generosity of pet-lovers like you, fundraisers, and grants to support our mission and our rescued animals.


Average Review 3 reviews

Would you recommend Young At Heart - Saving Senior Pets!?

by Joyce P. (2011-02-07 21:03:00.0)
Young At Heart has a very clear mission and sticks to it, not biting off more than it can chew, in terms of the animals and their situations. This means they are able to properly support those they DO take in and to treat their volunteers well which makes a volunteer's role more manageable, effective and rewarding. This is an organization that is mission-based, focused, well-run, financially realistic and successful, one pet at a time. Volunteers determine their own level of commitment, which can change over time, and Young At Heart will put each person's talents to good use without over-reaching, all for the benefit of deserving senior pets. A pleasure to be involved with, for sure!
by Sandy P. (2011-02-07 14:54:53.0)
YAH is a great group to volunteer for. They work with senior animals which is not served by other rescue groups. Everyone is very nice and since it is small you really feel like you can make a difference. I help with the cats and have been able to help get them back on their paws and ready for a new home. And if they can't go to a home you know they have a place and great care for as long as they need it. I've also done animal transport and it is awesome to see an animal when it's just come from the pound and how well it looks after a few weeks of care with the other great YAH volunteers and fosters.
by Eileen C. (2011-02-07 12:27:04.0)
I have volunteered with many organizations in my life and in the last 7 years or so have volunteered with many animal-related organizations. After some less than great experiences with some poorly-run rescues, I was fortunate to find Young at Heart. Young at Heart ( YAH) is one of the best. YAH is fiscally responsible, true to its mission, cares for its volunteers, and most importantly works extra- diligently and above and beyond to save senior animals. If you have ever thought of volunteering in some way to help animals please call Young at Heart. They will find the right project for you and your schedule, where even a few hours here or there can work a miracle