The woman, who does not wish to be named, approached The Little Red Dog, a group based in Orange County, California.
She proposed a plan to foster and care for Lobo. And soon after that, the group pulled Lobo. He left the shelter a second time. For a real home. And this time, for good.
"She really wanted to foster him," PJ Rosch of The Little Red Dog tells The Dodo. "And, honestly, when fosters don't step up, it's really bleak for all of the dogs on the (euthanasia) list."
It's an especially extraordinary act, considering Lobo's whole life was no longer ahead of him.
"He isn't healthy," Rosch says. "He was groomed. He weighed 46 pounds. He should be twice that size. He had rocks in his stomach, probably because he was starving."
And there are the seizures. Lobo has a history of them. Just a week into his foster care, he had another serious attack.
Even more concerning, a veterinarian suspects Lobo may have cancer in his leg.
"Frankly, I don't know why charges weren't brought against this person because his dog was in such bad shape," Rosch says.
But when a dog leaves a shelter for a home, no matter how nightmarish his existence had once been, the slate has an almost magical way of getting wiped clean.
Lobo was given a new name - Teddy Roosevelt. And in no time, Teddy had a chance to regain the puppyhood that had been stolen from him.
He bonded with a little boy at his foster home.
"From the very first night that he was pulled, the foster had him around her son and he was great," Rosch says. "He actually loves her son a lot."