Let me make sure I have this right: the owner HAD to give up the dog "temporarily"?? What's that all about? Nobody "gives up" a beloved pet temporarily. That's called boarding. If the owner had to give the dog up, what's to say it won't happen again and in two months this same dog will end up in another shelter?
Call me a cold-hearted pessimist but this sounds like a case of someone who moved across the country, didn't want to pay to move their dog with them, and is now looking for hand-outs.
Lots of discussion on this sort of abuse on the PnP forums.
I'm on board with the PnP cause, and I'm signed up as a pilot on the site, willing to help transport animals. But come on.