We’re told over and over again that it is important to “adopt” and not shop. We’re told that shelter dogs often grow up lonely and that we’d be doing them a big favor by changing their lives. But Gumby the Basset Hound has a very different story. His adoption journey did a complete 360 in the end, and for a reason, that will warm your heart!
Last March, Kay Hyman of the Charleston Animal Society posted a photo of a dog lying in the feathery remains of a pillow he’d reportedly wrecked. This was the world’s introduction to 7-year-old Gumby. But this charming white Basset Hound has a fair degree of infamy attached to him. You see, Gumby is a rather skilled escape artist. When Kay snapped the photo of him, it marked the occasion of the canine’s return to the shelter for the eleventh time!
When Gumby first came to the Charleston Animal Society, the staff immediately fell in love with his handsome looks and friendly disposition. They knew that it wouldn’t take too long for the cute white pup to be adopted. And they were right – Gumby was quickly taken home by a loving family.
However, the shelter staff had miscalculated just how long Gumby would stay with his adopted family. His very first adoption lasted a mere three days. His second adoption would last only a day short of a week. The staff members were distraught because they simply wanted Gumby to find a home he’d want to live in forever. They had the dog work with one of the best animal behavior experts in the area. They even tried pairing Gumby with a female Hound so he wouldn’t feel so lonely.
But Gumby continued to run away from his adoptive families. Over time, he had some rather formidable statistics to his name. In total, he had been adopted 7 times, surrendered back to CAS 8 times, and then picked up as a stray 3 times.
Finally, the team came to a realization that changed everything. Gumby was home all along!
The staff at CAS discovered that Gumby had a special skill. He was an empath with the ability to comfort rescued dogs who were experiencing fear and anxiety. Naturally, this made Gumby a special addition to the shelter team.
Donya Satriale, a behavior team leader for CAS, said that Gumby kept returning to the shelter because he knew he had work to do. Now that he’s officially a part of the CAS team, Gumby fulfills his duties by being the shelter’s ambassador for behavioral demonstrations and helping new dogs adapt to their new environment.
Check out Gumby’s story in pictures below!
This is Gumby. He was rescued by the Charleston Animal Society. He was a handsome, extremely friendly, and healthy pup, so the shelter knew that he’d be adopted early.