An Elderly Man's Thoughtful Animal Shelter Donation Is Receiving Praise On Twitter And Reddit

"You're never too old to give your time and donate."

When Madison Sorrels, a 20-year-old from Tulsa, Oklahoma paid a visit to Tulsa Animal Welfare to adopt a dog earlier this month, she got more than just a cute pooch.

During her visit on July 6, Sorrels, who ended up adopting a dog named Norman, snapped a photo of an elderly man visiting the shelter with a bag of tennis balls in hand. She shared the photo on Twitter and wrote, "If this picture of this old man donating tennis balls to the animal shelter doesn't make your day then idk what will."

The picture has been retweeted over 56,000 times and has received nearly 200,000 likes. Dozens of people who commented on the sweet snapshot suggested that the man's selfless act made them cry happy tears.

"I didn't expect it to get this much attention at all," Sorrels told local news station News On 6.

Though the man in question remains anonymous, Sorrels said he's aware his kind gesture is making the rounds on the Internet. "A family friend that saw [the photo] on Reddit showed him!" she wrote on Twitter.

As for why she felt compelled to share what she saw with others? "It's a sweet message," Sorrels tells BuzzFeed News of the photo. "You're never too old to give your time and donate."

The folks at Tulsa Animal Welfare confirmed Sorrel's account, and told BuzzFeed News that the gentleman "donated the tennis balls in memory of a much-loved dog."

A volunteer for the shelter — who goes by PowHammer1 on Reddit — noted any and all donations are appreciated. "We love getting donations from the community. Even if it's food or blankets or towels, any little bit helps," the volunteer explained. "We're a municipal shelter so the volume of animals we get is really high, especially this time of year."

"Give back to your local shelter!" PowHammer1 added. "If you can't donate goods, we're always in search for more volunteers."

According to the ASPCA, approximately 6.5 million companion animals enter U.S. animal shelters nationwide every year, so donations and volunteers are always needed.

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