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My personal opinion is that one's place in life does not necessarily coorelate with one's age. In addition, being older, I come from an era where people adopted stray dogs wandering around the neighborhood, and did not have to be vetted by a rescue organization. So I cringe at any criteria which is so specific that it makes exclusions based on apartment vs. house, age of children, age, etc. I think that everyone should be approached on a case by case basis.
I grew up with dogs, and adopted my first dog as an adult at age 24, a dog (puppy, actually) I found at my aunt's house. No one claimed the puppy, so I kept her- no questions asked. She lived with me for 16 years. At age 24, I had completed 2 master's degrees, had just bought my own (tiny) house, and had my own business. Shorlty after, I added 2 more dogs, which were gifted to me from a customer (top breeder of Pekingnese)- she did not hesitate to give me the dogs, because she knew me well. Not having children at the time, and living alone, I had plenty of time/resources to devote to these three dogs, and feel that I was an extremely good dog owner throughout my 20's and 30's. We went on many, many walks and trips, the dogs received great veterinary care & grooming, and most of all, tons of love and attention. I am very happy that no one denied me the opportunity to care for these three devoted dogs.