You are so far off base, and completely insulting. I am a volunteer with Golden rescue, I am certainly not intoxicated with power and no one I work with is either. The rules we use are based on YEARS of experience, not random events, not prejudice, and they were developed by knowledgeable, thoughtful people who go to great lengths to consider all the ramifications before putting the rules in place. They are not arbitrary nor unreasonable.
Instead of insulting and condemning rescue groups for rules you disagree with, get up and go volunteer for one, get inside the process and observe for long enough to see the horror stories that prompted putting the rules in place, before you start calling names and condemning something you obviously know nothing about.
You need to stop wearing your feelings on your sleeve and ask if you would have made any of the decisions referenced here. My comments were not directed at all rescue organizations nor the many good volunteers. My comment on intoxication with power actually was a quote from a rescue volunteer about people in her own organization. Just because it may not apply to you or even your organization does not mean it does not exist. And by acting offended and trying to squelch a discussion of poorly run organizations and poor volunteers undermines the very job you set out to do. remember this is about the dogs...not the people. So unless you have proof that there is absolutely no instance of what people on this thread have complained about, your self indulgent irritation is placing you above the well being of dogs.
You say the rules we use are based on YEARS of experience, not random events, not prejudice, and they were developed by knowledgeable, thoughtful people who go to great lengths to consider all the ramifications before putting the rules in place. They are not arbitrary nor unreasonable. Then how do you explain the wide variation over things like not allowing crates to be used, not adopting to people in their sixties, and not adopting to homes with boxers that we have heard about on this thread. Such variation proves that the knowledge base used for some organizations is limited and based on personal experience which is not widespread or these rules would be more widely held.
It is an interesting concept that you believe you can put rules in place to prevent every horror story. I submit you cannot write a rule that cannot result in abuse or unintended consequences. But you can write an overly restrictive set of rules in trying to prevent every abuse that could have ever been inexperienced or imagined that lack common sense and only accomplish one thing...turning down good adoptive homes.
I speak from the crate perspective. I have been involved in breeding, showing and owning dogs for 25 years. An overwhelming majority of the people I know believe that when a dog is left unattended such as at night or when a family is gone for a while, the dog should be placed in a properly sized kennel and not left to roam the house. This is done in the best interest of the dog so it does not get into something that could harm it when no one is home to help. And lets not forget that dogs were originally pack animals that slept in small protected places and not in open areas. Yet my local rescue group considers plans to have a properly sized crate for a dog to sleep in as grounds for not approving an adoptive home. Such a decision flies in the face of the thinking a majority of dogdom whether show breeders, veterinarians, trainers, or general fans of the breeds. Such rules are far from based on YEARS of experience and the fact they do not represent the majority of thinking in the dog world suggests they were not developed by knowledgeable, thoughtful people who went to great lengths to consider all the ramifications before putting the rules in place.
As I said to Dallas Gold,my comments are not to trash all rescue organizations. They are simply to point out that there are some organizations out there who hide their bad policy making behind the organizations who run their operations correctly. To get upset over those organizations and people being called out is to put the welfare of the breed secondary to the feelings of those that are doing the breed no favors by arbitrarily turning down good homes based on rules that are not widely accepted in the dog world.