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Young at Heart Pet Rescue

The mission of Young at Heart Pet Rescue is to help senior cats and dogs, one grey muzzle at a time.

In April of 2005 Young At Heart Pet Rescue was formed to aid in the rescue and rehoming of older dogs and cats (age 5 and older) in the Chicagoland area. All of the pets come from open-admission shelters with high euthanasia rates for older animals. The group’s mission is to find a new home for every adoptable animal that comes through their 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.  The pets are adopted throughout the Midwest.

Each dog or cat receives veterinary care.   Animals that need a little extra medical attention are not turned away. All of the pets are vaccinated, tested for infectious diseases, microchipped, spayed/neutered, receive a geriatric screening, and most receive a dental.

Lexi, a cat waiting for adoption at Young at Heart Pet Rescue

Lexi, a cat waiting for adoption at Young at Heart Pet Rescue

“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,” the group’s website explains. “And when their medical needs prove to be too daunting to our adoption program, they 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.”

Young at Heart  is a non-profit 501c3 volunteer-based organization that operates with a small army of dedicated volunteers. Dogs are housed in licensed foster homes, and cats reside in a cageless adoption area donated by Best Friends Pet Care or an adoption center within Petco in Lake Zurich, Ill.

Sunny is waiting for adoption from Young At Heart Pet Rescue

Sunny is waiting for adoption from Young At Heart Pet Rescue

As their website explains: “We stay small enough so that each dog or cat in our care gets ample one-on-one time, playtime, lap time, and the basic human contact that many animals just cannot receive in larger organizations. It is very important to us that the dogs and cats in our care feel loved, are happy, and are well-adjusted when they go to their forever homes.”

Go to their website at www.yahpetrescue.com to see the dogs and cats needing homes, plus to read more.

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Tips for Safely Leaving Your Pets at Home while You’re on Vacation

You’re looking forward to change of scene, a change of pace. Whether you’re doing day trips to the sights and attractions near home or traveling abroad, it’s important to know that your pets are safe and healthy while you’re out having fun.

Here are some tips to guarantee that your pets enjoy vacation time as much as you do.

  • Dog on Vacation

    Make sure your dog enjoys your vacation as much as you will

    Help your pet acclimate to the change in schedule. If your pet is accustomed to being home alone all day, this won’t require much adjustment. But if your pet is used to being with you all day, be sure to gradually, over a period of at least 2 weeks, leave your pet home alone for longer and longer time frames. If you’re usually home every evening and your pet will be home alone while you’re gone, go out for a few hours several evenings in a row before your trip. Your pet won’t stress out if she’s used to being alone.

  • Introduce your pet or house sitter before the stress of the trip begins. When you’re excited about your trip, your pet feels your anticipation, so be sure to have your sitter come for a low stress visit – perhaps for a meal, a walk or other low stress occasion.
  • Have a back-up sitter in case of emergency. A professional sitter should have back-up in place. If you’re relying on a trusted friend, neighbor or family member, be sure they know who can care for your pet if something happens in their life.
  • Write it down. You may feel that feeding your pet is simple, but others aren’t as comfortable in your routine, so write down what, when, how much is your pet is fed. This is especially important if your pet is on any medication. Include treats in your feeding plan. If you have a walk or exercise schedule, be sure to include that in your care plan.
  • Prepare portions. Correct food portions are crucial, especially when your pet is on a special diet or requires medication. Self-closing baggies are easily labeled so there will be no misunderstanding, and your pet will get the proper amount of food every day that you’re gone.
  • Post your veterinarian’s name, number and location in a prominent place. Ask your vet if they would like to be notified of your absence in case the pet sitter has to bring your pet in, so they’ll know you’ll be responsible for payment.
  • Make sure your pet door is in good working order or get a new Hale Pet Door today! Check out our doggie doors for every location

Planning and preparation will make your vacation a restful and rejuvenating experience for you. Your pet will be overjoyed at your reunion and will benefit from a relaxed owner. Have a great trip!