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Letter: Why can't this senior have an older dog?

She has contacted the BC SPCA, Angels Rescue in Merritt (before the flooding), West Coast Rescue in Surrey, the German Shepherd Rescue of BC and the veterinarian program at TRU
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Editor:

I am writing on behalf of a senior citizen who would like to adopt an older dog.

She has contacted the BC SPCA, Angels Rescue in Merritt (before the flooding), West Coast Rescue in Surrey, the German Shepherd Rescue of BC and the veterinarian program at TRU.

She has also searched online.

She said the BC SPCA told her she was too old to adopt a dog.

West Coast Rescue in Surrey would not consider her as she lives outside the Lower Mainland and they have limited staff to do home checks.

What happened to Zoom for checking on the home in this electronic age, or asking one of our local animal rescue groups to do the home check?

The application process is formidable for the average senior and some of the requests are hard to comply with if one does not own a cellphone — such as photos of the applicant, their home and current pets.

The senior citizen I am writing about is a retired groomer and is looking for an older, medium-sized dog for companionship and to announce visitors, expected or otherwise.

I do not understand why their is age discrimination when she is looking for an older dog, not a puppy.

She has a large, fenced-in backyard and a house with very few stairs.

She is still able to drive, walk and look after herself, so she can look after an older dog.

In this day and age of so many unwanted and abused pets, how can someone in good conscience deny a senior a companion?

Sydney Grant

Kamloops