What the shelter staff noticed in the long run is that Gumby never tried to run away from the shelter. Every time he is returned, he behaved well.
He was also spectacular with other dogs especially those who are abused and terrified. And that’s when a light switch was flicked!
They realized that Gumby found his home a long time ago. The shelter and the staff has always been his family. He has known it all along even though the staff did not realize it immediately.
That’s when the shelter decided to never adopt him out. He will be their resident dog helping other dogs recover from neglect and abuse.