If it feels like shelter staffers said goodbye to a family member, that may be because they watched Wilbur grow up big and strong. And still bigger.
Wilbur was found wandering the roads alone earlier this year, when he was just a few months old. Animal control officers couldn't find his owner. He had likely been abandoned.
"He was so tiny when he came in," Darnell recalls. But in just a couple of months, Wilbur weighed in at more than 100 pounds.
His gratitude for saving his life was even more monumental.