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Dog Adoption Policy

All of our adoptable dogs are located in private foster homes. Dogs are available for viewing by appointment only after an adoption application is submitted and approved.

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!

Adoption fee for dogs: $175


Your companion will already be spayed or neutered, tested negative for Heartworm, given all veterinarian recommended vaccines including a 1 year Rabies Vaccine, a 24PetWatch microchip, a senior wellness chemistry panel, and 30 days of free ShelterCare pet insurance. Many of our adoptable companions also receive dental procedure, and any other procedure necessary to get your canine companion ready for adoption! Any known medical or behavioral conditions are listed.

All of our adoptable companions come with a 14-day Money Back Guarantee.

To be considered for one of our adoptable companions, please fill out an adoption application and fax it to 847.890.6404.


Don’t see what you’re looking for here? Check out these other seniors in need of homes!

Amy & Pearl

Apply to adopt Amy & Pearl

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Hi there! We’re Amy & Pearl, an adorable bonded pair of seniors who are looking for our forever family! We are so incredibly sweet and are truly good dogs. Amy is an 8 year old lab/beagle mix and Pearl is a 7 year old rat terrier mix. We’re both great in the house, friendly with other dogs, loving and well-mannered.  Though they have lots of dog beds to choose from in their foster home, they choose to sleep wrapped up together, often on a couch. We are the best of friends, but we happily accept other dogs as well! We are a ready-made family for someone considering adding a dog or two! Amy had surgery to remove some mammary masses, but the great news is that the masses were completely removed and biopsy showed a very low chance of every recurring again. Both of us girls should have many wonderful years ahead of us, and we deserve a family that will love us for the rest of their lives. Won’t you consider adding us to your loving home?


Apply to adopt Daytona

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Hi! I’m Daytona 500! Yep, that is the world’s Most Awesome Name, given to me, the 500th senior pet rescued by Young at Heart, by volunteer Mitch Mathy. Yessir, 500 is a big number when you’re talking about senior pets saved, and I couldn’t be more proud to be the big 5-0-0! I’ve been waiting a very long time for the perfect someone to adopt me, but once you meet me, I will win you over with my charming personality! I am a very sweet and snuggly collie/lab mix, and have professional training to boot! I am picky about my canine friends, so a home without any other dogs or perhaps one very mellow dog would be best for me. I am impeccably housebroken, great on a leash, very social with people, and love to be a part of the family. I love walks and car rides, and am a great buddy! I am healthy and oh-so-loveable, and now all I need is a family to love!


Apply to adopt Jackson

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Hey there, I’m Jackson and I’m one ADORABLE guy!! I am an 8 year old all American mix and I’m a really great dog. I’m house trained, I do well with other dogs and I even don’t mind hanging out with kitty cats. I am very friendly, I love to go for walks and I’m a perfect boy on leash, I’ll walk right along side of you nice and easy. I’ll be in my foster home very soon and once everyone gets to know me better, we’ll post new information. So, please stay tuned and don’t hesitate to check in with the rescue to find out how you can meet me! I can’t wait to go on a walk with you!! Love, Jackson.


Apply to adopt Oliver

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Hel-rooooo!! It’s me, Oliver, and I CANNOT wait to meet my forever family! I am a 7-year-old, male (neutered) Lab/heeler mix, and I am so grateful for my second chance at a happily ever. I came from the city shelter after I was found roaming the streets alone, which was no place for a super sweet boy like me. Since being rescued, I have been hanging out with my foster dad and he is telling everyone what a good boy I am. I love my canine foster siblings, I am great on the leash, do well on car rides and am house trained. I’m super snuggly and think I am a lap dog, but will gladly settle for being your foot warmer. I’m doing a great job of this already, as I love to snuggle up under my foster dad’s desk at his feet while he works from home. When I’m not snuggling, I love to dance and sing for treats – I prance around and say “roo roo roooo”. I’m just the sweetest guy who has LOTS of love to give and I promise I’ll bring you many, many smiles. Please find out how you can be my forever family. Just ask for Oliver!


Apply to adopt Roxy

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Hi there! I’m Roxy, a 9 year old Schnauzer, and do I have a story to tell you! When Young at Heart met me, I was a mess. Literally, a matted, filthy mess. You see, Ihad gone from being a family dog, to being tossed into the backyard to live, to being dumped at a shelter at 9 years of age because my people got “tired of”me. When Young at Heart met me, I was incredibly sweet and loving (of course!), and it was more than obvious I had been neglected for a while, and they rescued me right then. And it’s a good thing they did! As they walked me, it became apparent I needed to see a vet ASAP. I tried to desperately pee every few seconds. When they got me to the vet, xrays showed the largest bladder stone our vet had ever seen! I probably started to have accidents in the house because of the stone, and instead of getting proper vet care, was tossed into the yard, and with a stone this size, I had been incredibly uncomfortable and suffering for quite some time. While I was under for surgery, I was carefully shaved down to my skin to remove the giant mat that my coat had become. It took over 45 minutes to remove the knotted, smelly mess that had been wrapped around me for a very long time. After surgery, I immediately felt SO much better, and I recovered nicely! And now, I am finally healed and ready for my forever home! I love, love, love people and attention, and love to snuggle. I’m a bit barky about other dogs, but once I meet the dog I’m barking at, I like them just fine. I’ll need someone special to be patient as I retrain my bladder to be housebroken, as peeing around that large stone for set me back a little, and to be honest, I may never get it 100% again. But I will wear a diaper, and I hope that someone out there really wants to show me the love my family never did. A simple prescription diet will keep me stone-free, and I will repay you with kisses and wiggles! I’m so sweet and have been through so much, I really can’t wait for a home to show me what true love feels like.


Apply to adopt Wendy

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Hi there, I’m Wendy and I am a 10 year old Rottweiler mix. I am a sweet, gentle and quiet girl who is new to the rescue. I am sometimes a little shy around dogs I don’t know, but with a little time, I warm up just fine and I have become fast friends with my foster brother. I am also a good girl with kitties!! I love going on walks and I am house trained. I am such a gentle soul and I came to the rescue after my family moved and left me behind and all alone in an empty house. I have so much love to give and cannot wait to find a family who will never leave me behind again. Could that be you? If so, please contact the rescue to find out how you can meet me!!

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