Just before a 9-year-old named Raven arrived at BARCS Animal Shelter in Baltimore, Maryland, back in June, she told her mom, Melissa Davis, that she wanted to adopt the oldest dog there.
Melissa thought it best to warn Raven that this could be setting the family up for a lot of heartache, and soon: "That’s very kind of you," she said. "But when you adopt an old dog, you don’t know how long you’ll have them. They could live for years or months or only weeks.”
Raven countered this argument with another: "I don’t want them to die in the shelter," Raven said. "They don’t deserve to die alone."
That's how the Davis family decided to adopt the oldest dog in the shelter, who happened to be an 11-year old pit bull they named Kaylee.