Press Release: Foglia Family Foundation Donates $100,000


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   February 14, 2017                                                                                   

Young at Heart to break ground on adoption center for senior pets thanks to $100,000 donation from Pat & Vince Foglia and an anonymous matching gift challenge.

PALATINE IL– Thanks to a $100,000 donation from Pat & Vince Foglia, Young at Heart Pet Rescue reached a capital campaign milestone to break ground for an adoption center just for senior pets in Woodstock, IL.

Pat and Vince Foglia

In November of 2015, Young at Heart announced the public phase of their capital campaign to open an adoption center and sanctuary just for senior dogs and cats in Woodstock, IL. Thanks to animal lovers’ generosity, and a recent $100,000 gift from

The Foglia Family Foundation, Young at Heart has reached its $950,000 fundraising goal to break ground on their new facility.

“Our first dog was an Irish Setter, Brandy, who lived until she was 17.  She was raised with my children and potty trained with my son,” said Pat Foglia. “We have lots of fond memories, and laugh when we think of her.” Pat and Vince Foglia now have a 10-year-old rescue dog, Mugsy. They don’t know his background, but he loves people.

When Pat Foglia learned about Young at Heart’s project to build an adoption center for senior pets, she knew she wanted her family to be a part of it. “You can see from our history we love senior dogs and want the best for them,” said Pat. “This is a perfect project for all our family.”

Senior pets that find themselves in need of new homes will soon be able to enjoy their very own adoption center, designed specifically for older pets. You will not find rows of cages here; instead, the adoption center is designed to be a home-like environment. The new facility comes complete with lots of windows for natural light, couches for animals to lounge on, heated floors for the comfort of older joints; large yards for dogs to run in; fresh-air enclosures for cats; a caretaker on-site 24/7; a grooming area; a veterinary suite and plenty of room for the senior pets being housed there to have one on one time with staff, volunteers, and adopters. Most importantly, the new facility will allow Young at Heart to help four times the number of senior pets each year than the organization currently cares for without a facility.

Young at Heart’s mission is to rescue senior pets and to help them find loving homes. A big part of their mission is also providing the most comprehensive medical care for the senior pets they rescue, enhancing their quality of life, and increasing their "adoptability".

The veterinary suite will be named after the Foglia family and will play a critical role in increasing the number of senior pets that Young at Heart can rescue. It will also allow the organization to control their expenses while doing so. The veterinary suite will be for Young at Heart’s use only.

“It’s a shame to see these pets discarded through no fault of their own except aging. They have given their loyalty and love and asked nothing in return,” said Pat. “It’s the least we can do to help them in their last years.“

“This incredible gift from Pat and Vince Foglia has helped Young at Heart cross the finish line so that we can break ground this spring,” said Dawn Kemper, executive director and founder of Young at Heart. “We are so very excited that their gift will also help us provide on-site exceptional veterinary care for the senior pets in our care.”

Young at Heart’s adoption center is set to open in late-2017 on the organization’s eight acres in unincorporated Woodstock Illinois, 50 miles northwest of Chicago. It will house approximately 50 senior dogs and cats in a cageless environment.

Young at Heart is still accepting donations from the community as it prepares for this very exciting transition. An anonymous donor has offered a matching gift challenge of $50,000 through March 31st. Animal lovers are encouraged to make a donation in honor or in memory of their beloved pets or family. Naming opportunities are still available. For more information on Young at Heart’s capital campaign, visit Donations can be made online or at Young at Heart, PO Box 1293, Palatine IL 60078.

About Young at Heart Pet Rescue

Young at Heart™ Pet Rescue is a 501c3 not for profit organization that believes that Love Has No Age Limit™. Young at Heart is committed to saving the lives of homeless senior pets, especially those at risk of unnecessary euthanasia in area shelters. Based in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago, the organization only rescues and adopts out dogs and cats over the age of seven years, placing hundreds of senior pets into loving homes each year since its founding in 2005. In addition to placement through adoption, we offer a peaceful sanctuary life for those that are less adoptable. With your support, Young at Heart gives older dogs and cats another chance to enjoy the twilight of their lives through rescue, foster, adoption and sanctuary. Young at Heart does not receive any government funding and is supported solely through contributions, grants, bequests, investments, and adoption fees. For more information or to view our current animals available for adoption, please visit






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