The classic saying is that "an old dog can't learn new tricks," but we've never heard of a person too old to adopt a dog.
But that's why a 70-year-old Wisconsin woman only identified as Mary says her adoption application for a homeless dog was rejected. Mary had seen a listing for a one-year-old Yorkie mix who was being fostered near her home.
The dog seemed like a perfect fit for Mary, who was looking for a small animal that could follow her on vacations around the world. But when she applied to adopt the dog, she was stunned by the animal shelter's response.
The Fluffy Dog Rescue animal shelter explained that they have "a philosophy of 'adoption for life'" before adding "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."
The decision was especially painful for Mary, who has been looking for a new companion since her husband passed away three years ago.
"I think they made a very poor judgment," she told TMJ4, "in the fact they don't know me."
Mary's daughter Melissa fired back at the animal shelter in an e-mail, and now more animal rescue groups are weighing in on Fluffy Dog's unusual decision.