Adding to his sense of isolation was the fact that he was deaf.
But others took up his cry for help. Volunteers who saw this confused dog curled up at the shelter shared his picture online.
And Tye Friis, founder of Reversed Rescue, couldn't look away.
"He was in pitiful shape," Friis tells The Dodo. "You could tell he was exposed to sun for excruciating amounts of time. His skin was ridiculous."
"I was like, 'Yeah man, I can't let that dude stay there. I have to do everything to help him.'"
Friis rushed to the shelter and found a dog, though sad and confused, flashing his first spark of gratitude.
"When I went down, it was just an instant connection," Friis says. "He was the most grateful, thankful dog you can imagine. He was like, 'Thank you, I don't want to be here.'"