Some animal lovers compare a dog shelter to animal prison, even though it’s not. Now, sure it’s better for an animal to be cared for in a shelter than leaving them out on the street, where danger lurks in every corner. But in general, most dogs would prefer to get adopted soon by a human family so they can feel nurtured 24 hours a day.There isn’t a leash that can contain him, and if you try, you’re going to be really disappointed, because he’s so good at escaping, he makes David Copperfield look like an amateur.
In fact, he had been wandering around South Carolina when he was 4 years old. But eventually, he was picked up and taken to the safety of the Charleston Animal Society.
The folks working at the Charleston Animal Society had fallen head over heels in love with him, and the feeling was mutual. So, neither side expected that they’d ever be separated from each other, but they were.
His first adoption lasted only three days. Fortunately, the second adoption lasted a little longer; six days. Soon enough, this had become a pattern, and initially, no one understood why.
He’s had a total of 8 adoptive parents, who all returned the pooch to the shelter, and was also picked up off three times on the streets after he seemingly tried running away from his owners.
He just kept trying to escape every time, which is why the owners got tired of it and brought him back to the shelter. Finally, a staff member at the shelter figured out why Gumby was compelled to return.
This means he has a skill that allows him to comfort new dogs coming into the shelter. Essentially, he would ease their minds and put their fears to rest.
But aside from helping the new arrivals adjust to their life at the shelter, he also helps kitties at the Charleston Animal Society by donating blood, which helps cats fight infection. So, not only is Gumby adorbs, but he’s also a life saver for his feline cousins. Now isn’t that heartwarming?