Luckily, that new environment is coming - for Smokey and his elephant.
Two volunteers from the nonprofit I Have A Dream Rescue Organization were at the shelter this past Sunday, evaluating another dog on the rescue list - Roger - when they spotted Smokey cuddling his toy and "instantly fell in love," the group's founder, Misti Martin-Fuller, tells The Dodo.
I Have A Dream has now committed to taking Smokey. The group is choosing among a host of folks who have offered to foster the dog, either until Smokey's original owner is able to take him back - or, if that can't happen, then until he can be safely and happily placed up for adoption.
"He will be offered back to his family first. If that is not an option, we will provide Smokey with as much time as he and his elephant need," says Martin-Fuller.