This Dog Was Adopted 8 Times But Always Ends Up Escaping Back To Shelter

Inspiration | By Ray Porter | October 10, 2017

Unfortunately, thousands of dogs live in the world without homes, and these strays are often subject to abuse and malnourishment. With the help of animal shelters, we sometimes get to hear happy stories of dogs being rescued. We don't get to hear these stories as often as we would like to, so we have to make them count when we do. This story, in particular, is amazing and will be sure to warm your heart!

Animals Without Homes

It's sad to think of how many potential pets don't have homes. There are large numbers of strays throughout the world, and it simply isn't possible for them all to be adopted. Luckily, animal shelters exist and help to find homes for these animals.

Charleston Animal Society

Charleston Animal Society is an animal shelter that helps to try and combat this issue. Their policy is "No Kill, No Harm, No More," and they are strictly a no-kill shelter, meaning they don't put down the pets that they can't find homes for.

Meet Gumby

Gumby is one dog with a heart-warming, fascinating story. Most of his story involves the Charleston Animal Society, who have gone on a journey to provide a home for this dog that might still be a stray without their help.

Always on the Move

Gumby is a dog with a particular bone about wandering around. In the past, he would seem to take off all the time and when he was around the age of 4 years old, the animal shelter found him wandering around in Southern Carolina.

A Healthy Companion

Interestingly, by all accounts, when they met Gumby he seemed healthy. He was (and still is) a cute dog that was overtly friendly to the staff at the Charleston Animal Society. They believed that he would be adopted in no time at all!

Return to Sender

Gumby was adopted not long after he arrived at the Charleston Animal Society--much to their content. They were happy to place him into a nice, loving home. Unfortunately, the first household that adopted him actually ended up donating him back to the shelter three days later.

And Again

Even worse, Gumby's journey didn't end there. Not by a long shot. Gumby was adopted a second time after that, and this adoption only lasted a very short amount of time as well. Don't worry though, we promise that this story has a happy ending!

...And Again...

For the next few years, this was Gumby's life. This dog would be adopted from the shelter, and then would eventually be dropped back off by people who had decided that they were not ready for the commitment of looking after him.

How Many Times?

The report says that Gumby's experience here lasted two years, in which time he had been given back to the shelter and adopted over, and over again. This totalled 8 different times that he was returned, and 3 times that he was rescued again from the street by the shelter.

A Dog With a Gift

As it turned out, the staff discovered that Gumby had a very special talent. During his returns to the shelter, they noticed that he had the ability to make the other dogs who had recently been introduced to the shelter feel more calm.

Meet the Ambassa-Dog

Gumby has been titled the "Ambassa-Dog" by the staff, and the amazing news is that he now works with the team to help the new dogs. Luckily, now Gumby has a home for life. And the story only gets more wholesome from here!

Gumby, the Blood Donor

Additionally, Gumby continues to put positivity into the world. This helping companion actually has a small amount of blood taken from him by the staff (not in a cruel way) every once in awhile, and this donation is used to help treat kittens that have eye infections.

The Happy Ending You've Been Waiting For

One particular member of the staff fell so in love with Gumby, that when it was time for him to retire, she actually took him with her. Gumby lives with his new owners (who worked alongside him at the Charleston Animal Society) for many years, and is reportedly as happy as can be.

A Recent Update

Recently, the Charleston Animal Society decided to update Gumby's fans on what his life has been like since then. In a long facebook post, they said that: "Gumby has NEVER tried to escape! He's such a mama and daddy's boy...he's glued to our sides at all times, and we can open the apartment door and let him off leash inside our building without worrying!"

But Remember

Despite the heart-warming ending of this story, it is still important to remember that many dogs do not get as lucky as Gumby did. Had this shelter not been a 'no kill shelter' Gumby's fate could have been much worse.

Did You Know...


In the US, the average spent on an engagement ring is $6,351 but how do these figures compare with our favorite celebrities? The answer: they don't. As the diamonds increase in size, obviously the price tag appreciates handsomely. Well, we've compiled a list of some of the most expensive celebrity engagement rings.


This list would be nothing without Kim Kardashian's rock from Kanye, which clocked in at around a cool $4 million when he presented it to her at his stadium proposal in October 2013. Unfortunately, though, the 15-carat sparkler was among the jewelry stolen during Kim's infamous Paris robbery in 2016.


Jennifer Lopez's husband Alex Rodriguez popped the question to the singer, and he really had to step it up to outshine her previous engagement rings—and wow, did he deliver. The baseball star proposed with a reported 15-20 carat emerald cut stunner set on a platinum band that was estimated at $5 million. It's getting harder and harder not to be fooled by the rocks she's got...


It should come as no surprise that Beyonce herself totes one of the world's highest-valued diamonds. Weighing in at 24 carats, Jay reportedly paid around $5 million (now worth $6,047,013) for Bey's flashy emerald-cut ring back in 2008.


Anna Kournikova's relationship Latin music artist Enrique Iglesias since the early '00s has been one of the most lowkey celebrity relationships to date. That is with the exception of her $5,400,000 engagement ring that made headlines in 2004. Now, worth a whopping $7,443,596, the giant yellow stunner was spotted on Kournikova even during her tennis matches. (Pssst! It's rumored she got two rings from Iglesias. Prior to this, she sported an equally giant pink pear-shaped ring.)


Clocking in as the most expensive celebrity engagement ring, Mariah Carey's 35-carat bling from ex-fiancé James Packer reportedly cost a cool $10 million. And the "Obsessed" singer seemed to be a bit, well, obsessed with the jewel. She continued to wear the ring over a year post-breakup, and didn't part ways with the bauble until May 2018, selling it to a Los Angeles jeweler for $2.1 million.

Copyright © 2021 CultureHook