Grant recipient #20: Young at Heart Pet Rescue

Posted by Jennifer on October 27th, 2011

Congratulations to the recipient of our 21st grant!

We’ve received so many wonderful submissions for the Purina Veterinary Diets® $50,000 Veterinary Care Fund! We are so moved by the amazing lengths rescues and shelters go to give homeless pets a chance at getting healthy so they can be adopted – and think you will be too! So we’re sharing some of the submissions, and all of the recipients’ stories here on our Shelter Blog. Here’s how a $2,000 grant would (or, in the case of our recipients, WILL) change the life of a pet or pets in their care:

Young at Heart Pet Rescue
Palatine, IL

Young at Heart Pet Rescue is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to the rescue and rehoming of senior dogs and cats in Illinois. We are the only rescue that specializes in adopting out senior pets in the Chicago area. Founded in 2005, over 400 senior dogs and cats have found their “Happily Ever After” thanks to our programs. All of the senior pets we place for adoption have been rescued from open-admission shelters, where space restrictions put these older animals first in line for euthanasia.

On June 20th, 2011, Young at Heart Pet Rescue took in 13 senior dogs and cats from a local open-admission shelter. These thirteen seniors are currently receiving veterinary care for a variety of needs, from upper respiratory infections to immune mediated anemia. They receive vaccines, microchips, spay/neuters, biopsies of any masses, dentals, xrays, and geriatric chemistry panels- whatever it takes to give them the best chance possible at being adopted by a loving home. All of these seniors will eventually be placed with loving families. A $2000 grant would greatly offset the veterinary cost of helping these seniors get a second chance, and would allow us more funds to help other senior dogs and cats in need!

“Filbert”, a male 8 year old doberman/hound mix, was one of these lucky seniors rescued. He was skin and bones when we met him at the shelter, emaciated and in need of some serious TLC. After a comprehensive medical exam with our veterinarian, he was deemed healthy, proving his emaciated state was simply due from lack of food. He is slowly regaining his strength and his tail is starting to wag, and he is enjoying 4-5 smaller meals per day to help him gain weight. He has several pounds to gain before he can be neutered, but his foster home is pampering him and helping him every step of the way.

“Fantasia”, a female 10 year old domestic shorthair, was rescued from this same shelter, and upon intake it was found she had immune mediated anemia. She was immediately hospitalized and began a regimen to help her body get back on track. At time of submission, she is still hospitalized, but doing 1000% better and should be able to go to foster care soon. The vet expects her to make a full recovery.

A $2000 grant would help senior pets like “Filbert” and “Fantasia” get a second chance, and allow Young at Heart Pet Rescue to free up medical funds for more senior dogs and cats in need. If chosen, the grant would be directly applied to the medical expenses incurred by thirteen senior dogs and cats.

Attached are photos of Filbert and Fantasia and a collage of all 13 seniors rescued.

Please enjoy the video about the special rescue of these 13 senior pets:

Thank you for your consideration, and thank you for all that you do for homeless pets!

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