A potential adopter hoping to rescue a 1-year old Yorkie-mix from Wisconsin-based Fluffy Dog Rescue says her application was denied because of her age.
Illinois dog lover, Mary, is 70 years old. Three years after her husband passed away, she turned to Fluffy Dog Rescue in hopes of adopting a dog in need and finding a companion.
“I planned to get a young dog so that it will fly with me and be able to go under my seat and go wherever I go,” she told TMJ4.
Mary had her heart set on a 1-year old Yorkie-mix being fostered near her home and sent in the required application. In response, however, the rescue cited her age as reason for denying the adoption.
In an emailed response to her application, Fluffy Dog Rescue said it has “a philosophy of ‘adoption for life'” and that “there are other dogs that may be more suitable for you. In your case it would be a dog aged three or older.”
“I think they made a very poor judgment, in the fact they don’t know me,” said Mary. Upset by the decision, Mary’s daughter emailed the rescue for more information and was told the rescue has a mission to place dogs in lifelong homes and that they “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.”
“I think they made a very poor judgment, in the fact they don’t know me,” said Mary. “I just feel like I’m a good loving person and I could give a lot of love to a little dog, any dog.”
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