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Shadow the German shepherd shelter dog is safe after disappearing Saturday night during a fundraiser for the West Columbia Gorge Humane Society.
It's not clear if someone tried to steal Shadow or simply wanted him released from a pickup, said Misha Piccola, board member of the no kill shelter in Washougal. A neighbor saw him running in the area of the Firstenburg Community Center and turned him into the Humane Society for Southwest Washington today. The foster family was alerted and Shadow was reunited with them.
Shadow has become a bit of a media star after the incident.
Piccola said Shadow was brought to the fundraiser by his foster family to be presented as the pet of the week and to represent pets that are available for adoption.
"He was in a locked pickup, in a camper, it had a shell on it," Piccola said. When his foster mom went to check on him, he was gone.
"We do know that nobody that we know let (Shadow) our of the truck," Piccola said. "It could have been someone who didn't want the dog to be in the truck."
"We've had quite a few inquiries (about adopting Shadow) on the website," Piccola said. "People really care. People have been sharing it (on Facebook)."
She said she was relieved Shadow was not hurt.
If you want Shadow, the fee is $90, Piccola said. He is 6 and a family brought him to the shelter because his breed is not allowed on the owner's property, Piccola said.
"He loves people. He's very sweet. He really does like to be with a family," Piccola said.
The return of Shadow was not the only good news for the shelter, which now cares for 162 dogs and cats.
Piccola said an estimated 190 people attended the fundraiser.
"We've reached $50,000," she said of money raised at the event, called "A Tail to Remember."