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November 2023

It's November!

It’s November, and National Adopt a Senior Pet Month makes it a great time to celebrate the older pets at the Rescue. If you are thinking of adding a furry friend to your family, consider a senior pet. Sure, everyone loves kittens - they are full of energy, cuteness and mischief. But, senior pets have a lot to offer. Some people believe seniors are up for adoption because of destructive or bad behavior. This is far from true. In fact, many senior pets come to us through no fault of their own. They were faithful companions, but due to changing home circumstances, financial constraints, relocation or death of their beloved owners, they now need a new home. These pets know the love and companionship that humans can provide and are eager and grateful to find it again. 

Younger pets can demand a lot of attention and wreak havoc on occasion, if not properly supervised. Senior pets have emotionally matured and are more independent. They know how to occupy themselves when the humans aren’t around. Of course, they still need attention, exercise, and play time. Seniors are just a little more mellow about everything. Another advantage is that older cats are more likely to want to curl up with you when you're lounging on the couch or going to bed.

Many people think that if they adopt an older cat, their time with the pet will be short. Cats can live well into their teens or even twenties, when cared for properly. Don’t let a cat’s age stop you from adopting. When you adopt a senior cat, you know that you are giving them the second chance that every pet, at any age, deserves.

Senior pets have lots of love to give. Adopting a senior pet will enrich your life with companionship from a grateful friend who will never forget your kindness.

Featured Pets

Senior Cats

Preparing for a new pet, regardless of age, is essential to ensure a smooth transition and provide the best care possible. 

Senior pets may require less exercise and playtime than kittens, but they still need attention, companionship, and a loving environment. Ensure you have the time and commitment to meet their needs.

    A safe and comfortable home is crucial for your senior pet. Consider their mobility and any age-related challenges they may face. Little adaptations like raised food bowls, memory foam bedding, a low-profile bed, carpeted pet steps or ramps, non-slip flooring, and easy access to their favorite spots go a long way to make a senior pet more comfortable.

    Even knowing that your time with a senior pet may be limited, it can be so worthwhile. Seniors often make wonderful, loyal companions. By being well-prepared and addressing their specific needs, you can provide a loving and comfortable home for your senior pet. Here are some seniors ready for adoption:


    Gratitude is a powerful and positive emotion that can improve mental and emotional well-being. People who practice gratitude every day are not only happier but also healthier. Show your gratitude and appreciation this National Gratitude Month by volunteering for a good cause. The Rescue is always looking for caring people to help with the animals in stores, foster, transport, review applications, update records, and more. Volunteer your time and skills to help those in need.

    Gratitude helps remind us of the good things that are already in our lives. Paying attention to the simple things in life can be a powerful source of inspiration. National Gratitude Month is a wonderful opportunity to cultivate an attitude of appreciation and to foster a more positive and optimistic outlook on life. By focusing on gratitude, you can enhance your overall well-being and spread positivity to those around you. Give it a try!

    The Challenges of Adopting a Senior Pet

    Before you commit to adopting a senior cat, there are things to consider. Just like us humans, cats experience health issues as they age, including changes to their bodies, mental state and needs. Senior cats are often quite healthy, but because they are older, their health problems can pop up unexpectedly.

    Thinner skin, a weaker immune system, and brittle claws are all normal signs of aging in cats. A proper diet, regular checkups, and consistent exercise will help ensure your senior cat maintains a healthy, happy life. Partner with your vet to detect and treat issues early.

    Increasing vet check-ups and treating any conditions that are identified means an additional financial commitment. Some common expenses can include annual blood panels, supplements, medications, dental care, and end-of-life care. One way to offset costs is to purchase pet health insurance. Do some research to find the best insurer for your pet. We are also available to help you.

    Another consideration is the emotional toll of adopting a senior pet. With an older animal, it is natural to assume that your time together will be more limited than if you adopted a younger pet. There are no guarantees that any pet, young or elderly, will live as long as you would like. When adopting a senior cat, you will know that you are giving them a second chance at life and love. And these animals seem to know and appreciate you all the more for giving them a secure and loving home in their golden years. And that really is worth it.

    Here’s some great resources if you are considering adopting a senior cat. Check out “The Ultimate Guide to Adopting an Older Cat” or "The Special Needs of a Senior Cat."

    Fundraising & Donations

    As a non-profit animal rescue, we face significant financial challenges due to the high costs associated with caring for animals in need. Fundraising and donations play a crucial role in helping us continue our necessary work. Here are some reasons why fundraising and donations are essential:

    Covering Operational Costs: Funds are needed to cover daily operational expenses, including food, litter, shelter, and medical care. Donations help ensure that these basic needs are met.

    Providing Medical Care: Many rescued animals require medical attention and treatment for various health issues. Donations help cover these essential medical expenses.

    Adoption Programs: The Rescue runs adoption programs to find forever homes for the animals in our care. Marketing and outreach efforts, as well as adoption events, require financial support.

    Special Needs Animals: Some rescued animals have special needs, such as disabilities or chronic health conditions. Funds help provide the specialized care and accommodations these animals require.

    Long-Term Care: In cases where animals cannot be adopted due to health or behavioral issues, the Rescue may provide lifelong care. Donations ensure these animals continue to receive the care and attention they need.

    Fundraising and donations are essential for the sustainability of the Rescue. We rely on the generosity of individuals, businesses, and the community to continue our critical work of saving and caring for animals in need. If you are passionate about animal welfare, please support the Rescue through monetary donations, volunteer work, or fundraising efforts to help make a difference in the lives of animals.

    We are excited to share a new Facebook group page for Hart 2 Heart to provide you with all the fundraising events and activities planned. Be sure to join the group so you don't miss anything!

    Hart 2 Heart  Holiday Raffle

    Our Holiday fundraiser prizes include a Lottery tree worth over $250, a Spa/Wellness tree with gift certificates and products totaling over $500, a retail and dining tree with over $500 in gift cards and a huge Philly sports team tailgate and swag prize worth over $500! Stay tuned for ticket info.

    Adoption Event

    To celebrate Petsmart Charities National Adoption Week, we will host an adoption event at Petsmart Warminster on 11/11.\/23. Stop by 11a-3p to meet some kitties ready for adoption! 

    2024 Calendars Available!

    For a donation of $20, you can pick up a calendar giving you some of the cutest faces to look at throughout 2024. And you are helping the Rescue too! They will be available at events or we can mail to you - just let us know (add'l $2 for postage).

    How Old is my Cat?

    There is no set scientific method to calculate the relationship between human and cat years, but The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) age conversion chart for cats to human years is a commonly used guideline to estimate a cat's age in human years. Cats mature quickly in the first two years of life and then it evens out.

    The first year of a cat’s life is considered the equivalent of 15 human years and by the end of their second year, cats are approximately 24 human years. After this, each additional human year is four ‘cat years’ for the most part. A senior cat (age 10) is equivalent to 60 human years.

    It's important to note that this is a general guideline and that individual cats may age differently based on various factors, including genetics, diet, and overall health. Additionally, while this age conversion is relatively consistent across cat breeds, it's not a perfect science and should be taken as an approximation. Regular veterinary check-ups are essential to monitor and address the specific health needs of your cat, regardless of their age in human years.

    Pet owners may celebrate their pet’s "gotcha day" rather than their birthday, since the actual date of birth is not always known. Understanding your cat’s age allows you to give your fur baby great age-related care at every stage in their life. Veterinarians use several criteria to assess a cat's age. 

    These include:

    • Teeth Development: This is a reliable indicator of a cat's age, especially in younger cats. Cats develop baby teeth at three to four weeks of age and have a full set of adult teeth by six or seven months. The condition of a cat's teeth can provide valuable age-related information.
    • Coat and Skin Health: The quality of a cat's coat and skin changes with age. Older cats may have slightly duller coats and decreased skin elasticity.
    • Muscle Condition: Cats tend to lose muscle mass as they age. A vet can assess for signs of mobility issues or joint pain that are often associated with aging.
    • Eye Health: Changes in cats’ eyes can also provide clues about their age. The lens of the eye can become cloudy with age, and senior cats may experience iris degeneration.

    By considering these factors collectively, veterinarians can make a more accurate estimate of a cat's age. This information is crucial for tailoring healthcare recommendations, including diet, exercise, and preventive measures, to meet the specific needs of cats at different stages of life. The more information you have, the better you can provide appropriate care for your fur babies as they age.

    World Kindness Day - November 13th

    World Kindness Day is a powerful reminder that even the smallest acts of kindness can make a significant difference in the lives of individuals and communities. It's a day to emphasize the positive ripple effect that kindness can create.

    Donating to a rescue is a wonderful way to put kindness into action, as it directly supports the well-being of animals in need. Your donation can make a significant impact, and when others follow your lead, a wave of compassion and support is created. An easy way to spread the word and the support is to have a Facebook fundraiser

    On World Kindness Day and every day, acts of generosity and kindness are not only heartwarming but also essential for building a more compassionate and harmonious world. Thank you for promoting kindness and encouraging others to join in creating a positive ripple effect. Donate today!

    Happily Ever After

    Gloria & Nattie

    We started out looking for a young calico because we recently lost a wonderful calico girl. I looked at multiple rescue sites for weeks. Only a few cats seemed to look back at me. Natalie’s story got my attention and I asked to meet her. Because she was too afraid to come out to meet us at her foster home, we fostered-to-adopt this sweet little tuxedo cat. Nattie hid for two days - no food, water, litterbox. Little by little she is adjusting. She’s slowly exploring the house. She plays. She purrs. She chased her tail! She makes me laugh. I’m happy to have her and I believe she’s happy too.

    Happily Ever After

    Melissa & Mikey

    Mikey (AKA “Mikey Moo”) joined our family on New Years Eve 2020. He has two human sisters and one cat sister, Faye. Mikey is a very social cat, and loves to stay nearby family members, and will even follow around guests he does not know. Mikey likes to chase and play with Faye (even when Faye is not in the mood). He is also a great office mate and likes to try to type on the keyboard. Mikey is a very gentle, loving cat, and he makes our family complete! We love him so much!

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    Hart 2 Heart Animal Rescue
    P O Box 15323, Philadelphia
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