Camila Villafañe

By Camila Villafañe

LifeBuzz Staff

Adopted Dog Returned To Shelter 11 Times, But Then The Staff Finally Realized Why.

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.

Meet Gumby, a hound who has a talent for running away from his adoptive family.

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.

Gumby's life wasn't exactly ideal before he found his way to the shelter.

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.

In less than no time, Gumby had become healthy and oh-so adorable.

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.

Eventually, Gumby was adopted, but he was one slippery four-legged pooch.

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.

For the next two years, Gumby would bounce from home to shelter, to home and back again.

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.

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