Adopt a Dog or Cat
Thank you for considering the senior pet adoption option!
To adopt from Young at Heart Pet Rescue, you must:
- Be 21 years of age.
- Have landlord’s permission to have a pet (we will check!)
- Have taken good care of any current or previous pets and have taken them in regularly for check-ups (we’ll speak with your vet!)
- Have an ID with current address.
- Have an adoption application approved by a Young at Heart staff member.
- If you are out of state, you must have had pets prior to adopting from Young at Heart and have a veterinary reference. Some breeds of dogs will be restricted to in-state adoptions only.
Because we strive to make both our adoptable pets AND our adopting families as happy as possible, you may not always be able to adopt the pet you have fallen in love with online. Though it is easy to fall in love with a picture, in real life, you may not be a good match for each other. But don’t worry! We will help you find a dog or cat that matches what you are looking for so that you and your new furry companion can have a happily ever after!
Adopting an older pet is a wonderful act full of kindness and love. There are many reasons to adopt an older pet, but here are our favorites!
1. Loyalty, Loyalty, Loyalty!
Chances are good that by adopting a senior dog or cat, you have rescued a wonderful, loving animal from an untimely, unfortunate and unwarranted death. A senior pet can sense that he or she was saved and will be eternally loyal to his or her new “forever” family.
2. Ease Of Guardianship
Senior pets are mellow, relaxed and ready for a new home. They are past the puppy chewing and destruction stage or the kitten climbing-of-curtains and dive-bombing you from above stage and usually come with basic training. Most senior pets are happiest sitting at your feet or curled up in their bed next to yours.
3. No Huge Lifestyle Change
You don’t need to worry about puppy and kitten proofing your house and constant training. (“No! Drop it! Not yours!”) And older pets let you get a good night’s sleep!
4. Stress Reliever
Life today can be very hectic. Studies have shown that animal guardianship can decrease blood pressure levels and reduce stress. Senior pets enjoy leisurely walks and gentle play, which will encourage you to exercise for even a few minutes on your busiest days.
5. WYSIWYG (“What you see is what you get.”)
Senior pets are full grown and their personalities are completely developed. When you meet with your senior dog or cat, you will know what kind of wonderful, loving animal he or she is and will always be.
6. Wisdom With Age
Senior canines and felines have learned many of life’s lessons. They know, for example, that shoes are for walking and bones are for chewing.
7. Calm, Cool & Collected
Most senior pets do not demand the time and attention that a younger dog or cat does and are satisfied with casual walks, cuddling, and short play time. Many senior pets snooze the day away inside while you are busy at work and are waiting calmly at the door for you when you return home.
8. Old Dog, New Tricks
Senior dogs can learn new tricks and be valuable family and community members. They also make excellent therapy dogs.
9. Companionship For All
Senior pets make wonderful companions for everyone, especially senior people and busy professionals.
10. Save A Life
Senior dogs and cats are often the first to be euthanized in area shelters. Passed over for cute and cuddly puppies and kittens, they often have little chance to be adopted.
Sources: Senior Mutt Match (www.seniormuttmatch.com); The Sanctuary for Old Dogs (www.sanctuaryforseniordogs.org); The Senior Dogs Project (www.srdogs.com)