For the people who work at the Arizona Animal Welfare League, also known as the AAWL, they have seen many dogs returned to the facility for a variety of reasons. Some dogs are adopted, then days or weeks later they come back because a family can’t work with them for some reason. However, a husky mix named Binx was recently returned for a reason they had never heard before. Just 48 hours after being adopted, his family gave him back to the shelter. Their reason? He was “too good.”
This left the shelter staff scratching their heads; how could a dog be too good? Unfortunately, this is not the first time Binx has been abandoned through no fault of his own. He was originally discovered by a group of hikers when he was wandering a trail in the desert by himself. He was very friendly and ran up to the group to say hello and they knew they needed to help him. They cared for him and tried to find his owner, but were unable to care for him. So, they brought him to the AAWL a known no-kill shelter in Arizona. Everyone thought he would be adopted quickly, based on his sweet and loving personality.
After only a few days at the shelter, he was adopted. He was a favorite for all the staff, who could frequently be found giving him pets and kisses when they passed by his kennel. So, it was no surprise he was adopted so quickly. After he was returned the notes about him were hard to believe: the family said he was potty trained, great with other dogs and kids, and could shake and sit. The notes said he was “too much and [they] wanted a puppy.” While it was sad that he could not stay in a home, the staff was happy to have it him back. They know that very soon he will find the perfect family who loves him just the way he is.