Firefighter Gives Up Dog After Sparking Social Media Storm To Have Dog Returned

Hunter was picked up by animal control twice, returned to his owner and adopted by two families in the span of four months.

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Hunter playing at the Humane Society for Southwest Washington. Via  Hunter the Dog Info/Facebook
Hunter playing at the Humane Society for Southwest Washington. Via Hunter the Dog Info/Facebook
John Virata

Do you remember the story about the Washington wild land firefighter who was out fighting a fire when his dog escaped his friend’s house, and ended up getting adopted by a loving family? And when the firefighter returned to find his dog had escaped and subsequently adopted, a petition was started, successfully imploring the Humane Society for Southwest Washington to get Hunter, a black Labrador Retriever, back from the family who legally adopted him? Well guess what, Hunter, the dog in question, is no longer with that firefighter. After pleading on social media for the return of his dog, he has given Hunter up.

Hunter again was picked up by animal control and the Humane Society for Southwest Washington called firefighter William Jones to come pick his dog up,a according to KGW.com

Hunter has hopefully found his forever home. Via Humane Society for Southwest Washington/Facebook

Hunter has hopefully found his forever home. Via Humane Society for Southwest Washington/Facebook

This time, however, Jones didn’t want Hunter back. Jones apparently communicated with the Humane Society that he was moving out of state and could no longer care for his dog. The same dog that he pleaded be returned to him just a few months ago on social media. The same dog that was initially adopted by a family who didn’t want to give him up. The same dog that was first with Jones, then was in a shelter, then adopted to a loving family only to be given up by that family and returned to Jones, and now, given up by Jones. According to KGW.com, Hunter has been adopted yet again by a new family.

“There were many lessons for all of us to learn in this situation,” Stacey Graham, Humane Society for Southwest Washington president told KPTV.com.  “The responsibility that comes with loving and caring for companion animals. The power and responsibility of social media and its collective need to assign blame…whether it was HSSW, the adoptive family or now William. In the end, our mission revolves around the care and concern for Hunter and ensuring that he has a good life. We are committed to good outcomes for all the companion animals that come through our door.”

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