The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak in Colorado has never had a dog quite like Houdini. The five-year-old Australian shepherd managed to open his kennel and two other doors in the shelter and escape out into the night.

“No one has ever gotten through the door into the rest of the shelter before. This was new for us,” said Gretchen Pressley of the Humane Society of Pikes Peak Region to Wave3 News, “He had to actually push down the handle, push the door open and walk through it in both cases.”


The following morning, Pressley couldn’t find Houdini and so the shelter staff decided to check security cameras to see where he went. They were surprised by Houdini’s impressive escape and even more surprised when he returned later that day with his future forever family.

“He went out and found his adopter,” Pressley said via Wave3 News.

Houdini was brought back to the shelter after Ashley Heister found him wandering around her neighborhood.

While Heister must wait until Saturday to see if Houdini’s original owners reclaim him, she is already ecstatic about having him join her household.


“We think he’s a wonderful [dog] and as much as I would love for his owner to come and claim him, we can’t wait to welcome him into my family,” Heister said.

Watch Houdini’s amazing shelter escape below.

Image source: Gretchen Pressley / the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region