Your Support Helps Our Sanctuary Program


15-year-old Dolly lived a life full of love until her guardian passed away. Without her mom, there was no one to take care of her and the two other cats in her home. The two other senior cats Dolly lived with happened to be Young at Heart senior cats. All of our senior pets are adopted out with a lifetime "return to rescue" safety net in their adoption contract, so when friends of Dolly's guardian contacted us, we welcomed our senior cats back to Young at Heart. Though Dolly had not been a Young at Heart cat, there was no way we were going to leave her behind! So we happily welcomed Dolly to Young at Heart, too.

Upon arrival, Dolly's veterinary exam revealed that she was in kidney failure. Her chronic and progressive kidney disease would require subcutaneous fluids three times per week, daily blood pressure medication to support her kidneys, and a prescription diet. Dolly's medical needs are a bit more complex than most adopters are willing to handle. But when special needs senior pets need a safe haven, they find that here at Young at Heart, too! So sweet Dolly became a part of our special Sanctuary Program!

Young at Heart believes that Love Has No Age Limit™, and just because a dog or cat has some complex medical issues, doesn't mean that they can't still enjoy their golden years. Young at Heart's Sanctuary Program allows senior pets with complex or end-of-life medical issues to enjoy the love of a family, while Young at Heart pays for all the medical expenses for the Sanctuary Pet.

The dogs and cats that qualify for our Sanctuary Program receive all the medical support, love, and attention they need to enjoy the rest of their lives, cared for by their Sanctuary Homes- permanent foster homes - and financially supported by Young At Heart. Our Sanctuary Program is possible thanks to generous pet lovers like you who believe that every senior pet should get the chance to enjoy their golden years - including those like Dolly who just need a bit of extra care to do so.

Dolly has made herself at home with one of our beloved Sanctuary families and is loved beyond words. She spends her days soaking up the sun in her favorite window, bossing around the dogs of the house, and snuggled up to her people every chance she gets. Dolly is loved, comfortable, and happy in her golden years. Thanks to your support, Dolly gets to enjoy the wonderful life that she deserves.

Now until 12/31, a very generous Angel Donor is matching every donation to Young at Heart! If you haven't made a year-end gift yet and can do so, please help homeless senior pets with a donation of any size. Because every dollar makes an incredible difference for senior pets like Dolly here at Young at Heart! And right now, every dollar goes twice as far!


This is huge deal for our senior pets, especially in a tough year full of so much uncertainty. We are so VERY grateful! If you’ve already donated, THANK YOU! If you’re able to donate, you can donate in several different ways! And if you are unable to donate this year, it means a lot if you would share this with your friends. Right now we're 3/4 of the way to our goal! Thank you!

1. You can donate via debit/credit, Paypal, Venmo, Apple Pay, or Google Pay at or TEXT yah2020 to 202-858-1233.

2. You can donate via the button on our Facebook page.

3. You can donate via our website:

4. If you prefer to donate via check: Young at Heart, 4301 S IL Route 47, Woodstock IL 60098 and put "Match" in the memo. It must be postmarked by 12/31/20 to count!

Your year-end tax-deductible gift will give homeless senior pets the chance they deserve to live with comfort, compassion, and companionship in their golden years. Thank you!

Dolly Sanctuary Cat

Dolly Sanctuary Cat

Dolly Sanctuary Cat

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