Coming Soon With Your Help



In March of 2020, Young at Heart was just days away from launching our capital campaign for an in-house veterinary clinic for our senior pets when COVID-19 brought the world as we know it to a screeching halt. We pressed pause on our vet clinic plans then, as the timing no longer seemed right. We thought an in-house vet clinic was a need we could delay until the timing seemed more appropriate. Instead, we prepared for the influx of older pets soon to be homeless. A year later, our adoption center is operating at full capacity, yet veterinary care for our senior pets is more complicated than ever to access.

We can no longer easily access the veterinary care for our senior pets that we could pre-COVID. Many of the vet clinics in our network now have to prioritize full-paying clients, rationing the number of “rescue appointments” they offer each day due to a large increase in clientele from all the pets adopted while people were at home. Our senior pets end up waiting to see a vet, delaying much-needed medical care as well as adoptions. Several times now, we’ve had to visit the emergency vet for what a regular vet could take care of in normal times just so one of our senior pets could see a vet quickly.

For every day a rescued senior pet waits to see the vet, we lose a day that they could be comfortable. That they could be healthier. That they could be ready for adoption. We have so many senior pets in adoption limbo because they still need some minor veterinary care before going home, but we have to wait for open vet appointments just like everyone else. Unlike younger dogs and cats, we can’t just give them some vaccines and a spay/neuter and send them on their way. They need dental cleanings, x-rays, lumps checked out, and many other diagnostics that allow us to ensure they are comfortable and healthy in their golden years. Senior pets can’t wait any longer. We need to make an in-house veterinary clinic dedicated just to the care of our senior pets a reality. And the sooner, the better for all of them!

Because our vet clinic will not be open to the public, and will only be for Young at Heart's use, our senior pets can be seen "on-demand" and get the care and comfort they need immediately. No more waiting for an opening or spending 40 hours a week just running our senior pets back and forth to various vets. It's also the fiscally responsible thing to do. With our veterinary care being done in-house, we'll be able to control our veterinary expenses, stretching each donated dollar farther and allowing us to rescue more senior pets each year because of it.

And so, we are incredibly excited to launch our campaign for an in-house veterinary center, on-site and just steps away from our adoption center in Woodstock, IL! With your help, Young at Heart will open our in-house vet clinic, the "Foglia Senior Pet Veterinary Center" this summer!

The vet clinic is now fully constructed but stands empty. We need your help to equip it! Our current goal is to raise $250,000 for phase 2 to fully equip our in-house veterinary clinic.

To date, we have raised $105,000 of our equipment goal. And now, we have a $75,000 matching gift challenge generously offered by our friends, John & Rita Canning, to help us reach that goal!

How can you help?

1. Donate today and your gift will be MATCHED!

Donations of $250 or more will be honored on the Wall of Hearts inside the vet clinic. If you're looking to make a bigger impact, naming rights/sponsorships are available as well! Checks can be mailed to Young at Heart, Attn: Vet Clinic Campaign, 4301 S IL Route 47, Woodstock IL 60098.

2. Buy a custom brick to honor a beloved pet, family member, or to just leave an inspirational message for visitors! Bricks will be installed this summer on-site at Young at Heart. Reserve your commemorative brick!

3. Spread the word! Sharing is caring!

Please donate today to bring faster, dedicated in-house veterinary care to the senior pets at Young at Heart!

For more information on the campaign, visit this page.

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