All she wanted to do was adopt a one-year-old Yorkie mix from Fluffy Dog Rescue, but she was denied. The dog rescue organization that adopts dogs to people living in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois just didn’t think Mary, who is a 70-year-old vibrant woman, would be a suitable pet parent.
According to Fox News, Mary sent in an application to adopt the adorable pooch who was being fostered near her Illinois home. The response from Fluffy Dog Rescue was, to say the least, a bit unsettling with them stating the organization has “a philosophy of ‘adoption for life’… we feel there are other dogs that may be more suitable for you. In your case it would be a dog aged three or older.”
Mary had been searching for a little companion to travel with her – even to place under an airplane seat while she went visiting. Her husband had passed away a few years ago, and Mary thought a little dog could give her that companionship to help with the lonely days.
” I think they made a very poor judgment, in the fact they don’t know me,” stated Mary.
Mary’s daughter couldn’t believe the pup wasn’t to be adopted by her mother obviously because of her mom”s age, but the rescue was unrelenting in its own defense stating. In a response to her daughter’s questioning, the rescue wrote:
“… we have established a formula for our older applicants to do our best to accomplish this. With that said, your mother fits into a category of only being able to adopt a dog that is three years or older… There are many rescues out there that will sell anyone a dog without a care of what might happen to them. We are not that rescue.”
For so many of us involved in animal rescue, we know that age should never be the deciding factor. After all, animal lover Betty White has just celebrated her 96th birthday. Did any of the representatives from the rescue ask Mary questions about her health if age was a concern? Tragically, young people adopt dogs and young people die before their dogs. The positive part of adopting out to retired people is the time they can devote to a forgotten pet. Get real Fluffy Dog Rescue – you might want to reconsider such narrow mindedness.
(Photo of 70-year-old Mary and the dog she wanted to adopt via FB)
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