I really hate to see this sort of posting that I found on CL. It makes me angry that this sort of thing happens. When I started reading this posting, I was disappointed with the new owner, but after finishing the first paragraph, I started to realize that the issues on this one is the "Rescue" in question.
This owner is trying to get rid of a 6 mo puppy who has gotten too large for the small apartment. Now, I was irritated at reading this, but realized that this was likely not the fault of the adopter. (Yes, they should spend some time training, etc and there are DEFINITELY things they could do to resolve this themselves and keep the dog, but that's not the point of this little ... rant). The adopter was told by the "rescue" that this was a smaller breed dog.
There is a certain amount of responsibility that should have been taken on by the adoptive family - if the dog was obviously not going to fit into their lives in November when they "first saw it" than they should not have brought it home. That being said, ultimately the one who is supposed to be the one with experience in this is the "rescue" and being more experienced in rehoming dogs, the "rescue" should have helped these people through the process.
Here's where I get ticked off ...
The "rescue" in question adopted a dog to them knowing that they were not happy with the size of it. The "rescue" did not bother to ask to meet every member of the family before accepting the adoption application - it was approved before the pup met the author of this CL posting. When contacted by the adopter who wanted to return the pup, the "rescue" stated that the "contract" has expired (now, what kind of rescue contract lasts for only 3 months!??! that's barely long enough for a trial adoption period). Now they will not respond to her.
Why do people run "rescue" operations and then turn around and dump dogs off on people who don't want them??
Anyone who has the least bit of experience rehoming dogs would know that this scenario would not work. From the sounds of it, the whole family didn't even get to meet this dog before the "adoption" took place.
If you can't run a proper "rescue", than you shouldn't be running one at all. Maybe you would do better as a foster home or a dog walker at a local shelter. Sorry to say, but in this case, you (the 'rescue') are the Asshats - not the adopter who got in deeper than they had expected. You are supposed to be there to help them, not to make a quick buck. I wish I knew which "rescue" this was - I would have a fair amount to say to them.
You're NOT saving a dog if you are sending it to a home that doesn't want it or won't want it in a few months. You are only perpetuating the problem! It doesn't matter if you call yourself a "Rescue" or a "Broker" you are still an Asshat.