POSTED: Monday, March 28, 2011 - 9:43am
UPDATED: Wednesday, March 30, 2011 - 3:33am
Man says pet adoption agency rejected him because of his age.
An elderly Englewood, Florida man who tried to adopt two chihuahua puppies from an animal rescue facility was told he could not because of his age.
Ward Twining, 81, says he wanted to adopt two 11-month-old chihuahuas from the nonprofit Rescued Hearts animal shelter in Port Charlotte.
The dogs had been neutered and were ready to go home with Twining until the group learned his age.
A Rescued Hearts member says their policy prohibits seniors from adopting younger animals.
Phil Snyder, executive director of the Suncoast Humane Society in Englewood, said many rescue facilities have a policy on not allowing the elderly to adopt puppies or kittens.
Twining said he feels discriminated against because of his age and wonders why organizations would have such a policy with the population in Southwest Florida being mostly senior citizens.
Twining hopes to find a new companion after losing his last chihuahua to cancer.
"I'd love to have a dog but I'm caught up in this now," he said.