A month ago, Athena was adopted from Miami-Dade Animal Services, in Florida, effectively saving her life from the overcrowded shelter. This week, for reasons that aren't clear, she was returned by the family who had chosen her as their newest pet.
Athena, too, was in the dark.
"They even brought her bed," the group Urgent Dogs of Miami wrote on Facebook. "Poor Athena had no idea that she was back at the shelter and who knows what may happen."
Here's heartbreaking video of the dog seeing that second chance slip away.