home sweet homeA loving home. It’s what we want for every senior pet, and for the past twelve years, Young at Heart has been working tirelessly to rescue senior pets and place them into loving homes. With our wonderful network of foster homes and volunteers, each year over 100 older dogs and cats happily get a second chance. And while we celebrate the 100+ we can save, we also carry heavy hearts for the ones we cannot. We are contacted daily by shelters and pet guardians that do not know where else to turn when they need help with a senior pet, and because our capacity is limited, too often we have no choice but to say no. But with your help, we will soon change all that!

Since the day Young at Heart was founded, we have been working toward building a home of our own; a safe haven for senior pets that will allow us to give even more dogs and cats a second chance in their golden years. With your help, we will open the doors to a home of our own this year!

thermometerIn November of 2015, Young at Heart announced the public phase of our capital campaign to open an adoption center and sanctuary just for senior dogs and cats in Woodstock, IL. I am thrilled to tell you that, because of the generosity of animal lovers like you, we have just reached our $950,000 fundraising goal to break ground this spring! It's finally happening! And we are beyond excited!

Senior pets in need of a second chance will soon be able to enjoy our adoption center while they wait for their forever homes. Your gift will help us build a cageless and home-like environment complete with lots of windows, couches, and heated floors; yards for dogs to run in; fresh-air enclosures for cats; a caretaker on-site 24/7; a grooming area, future veterinary suite and plenty of room for our seniors to have one on one time with volunteers and adopters. Most importantly though, it will allow Young at Heart to rescue 4x the number of senior pets each year!

Now as we begin the next part of our journey to save even more senior dogs and cats, we need your help to open the doors to Young at Heart’s new home!

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A very generous angel donor has pledged to MATCH your donation with a gift of $50,000 - in honor of YOU!MAGGIE LOVEYou, the dog lover. The cat lover. The volunteer. The donor. The adopter. The foster home. You, who will make this dream for homeless senior pets become a reality. Our Angel Donor makes this gift in honor of you, matching your gift to Young at Heart’s building fund if you donate by March 31st.

Our foster homes will remain an integral part of allowing us to save more lives, and the adoption center and sanctuary will give us the means to save a greater number of animals from both animal control facilities and the general public. Our home will also provide permanent housing for our seniors that might be more difficult to place because of chronic health or behavioral needs. Our home will give you, a Young at Heart supporter, the opportunity to come and see what your love of senior pets has built while spending some time visiting and falling in love with the dogs and cats you have helped save.

You have been such an important part of this journey, and we hope that you are excited to join us in this next amazing phase. Your generosity has helped us save hundreds of senior pets and has brought us to where we are today! We are on the cusp of building a safe haven and helping hundreds of more senior pets per year, and need your support now more than ever. We need your help to open the doors to Northern Illinois’ first adoption center and sanctuary exclusively for senior pets! Together we can save more lives!

swagGifts of all sizes are welcome! Every dollar will help us open the doors to a facility that is the first of its kind for senior pets in our community. Our Angel Donor will match your donation, PLUS send you complimentary limited edition Young at Heart swag (at no cost to us!) to help you spread the word about Young at Heart’s new home. So, help us get the word out by donating at least $25, and then put your swag where everyone will see it!

• $25 or more and receive a limited-edition Young at Heart sticker!
• $50 or more and receive the above plus a Love Has No Age Limit bracelet!
• $100 or more and receive all of the above plus a tote bag!
• $250 or more and receive all of the above plus a mug!
• $500 or more and receive all of the above plus a note penned by one of our rescued pets!

• $1000 or more receive all of the above plus admission to our Sneak Peak Cocktail party at the adoption center (including a +1 guest)!

Gifts of $1000 or more will be acknowledged on the wall inside the adoption center. Naming rights are still available for gifts of $10,000 or more, and can be seen at

It is time to provide a safe haven for senior pets that have nowhere left to go. Together we can build a home for older dogs and cats where Love Has No Age Limit!

Thank you for being a part of this wonderful life-saving mission for homeless senior dogs and cats!

Dawn Kemper
Executive Director

PS – Don’t forget your gift made by March 31st will be matched by our Angel Donor, doubling its impact! Make your gift online at or mail to Young at Heart, PO Box 1293, Palatine IL 60078 Attn: Capital Campaign

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