"I think perceptions are changing," Jacky Eckard, president of Safe Harbor Lab Rescue, tells The Dodo. "There's good veterinary medicine out there for older dogs. And I think younger people that are living in apartments - you know, you don't want a 3-year-old Labrador retriever living in your apartment. Do that at your own peril."
So how about a 7-year-old Labrador retriever with a few too many miles on her aching feet?
It turned out Birdie didn't spend very long at that shelter in Utah.
Eckard's organization arranged to have her transported to Colorado. That's where a couple had been waiting for a dog just like her.
"I wanted an older dog who would walk with me daily and nap with me in the afternoon," Birdie's new mom, Holly Smith, said in the release. "She folded into our family seamlessly and is a complete and utter love."