Although I don’t care for your language, I understand your frustration. There is a wonderful organization I would LOVE to foster for, but we wouldn’t even be considered because there is a daycare in the home, never mind that our dogs are kept upstairs and the kids are kept downstairs and they do not have contact unless I am right there. I do understand though that their insurance company says it is too big of a risk for them to take.
Also, a complicated application does NOT always mean you will be rejected. A lot of times it is to help them find a dog that is right for your particular situation. For example, your interested in “Fido”, but Fido has a history of bolting out of the door, and your adoption application says you don’t have a fenced yard. Maybe Fido isn’t the best fit for you, but perhaps Eddie, who DOESN’T need a fenced yard would be a better fit. We fostered an older dog who needed to go potty a LOT. A very nice gentleman wanted to adopt her, and he would have been an ideal home except that he worked long hours, and she wouldn’t be able to “hold it” that long. He wasn’t approved to adopt our foster, but that didn’t disqualify him from adopting another dog who would be able to go for longer periods of time without being let out.
A $400-500 adoption fee does seem a bit high, yes, but you have to realize the kind of money that goes in to helping a lot of these dogs. It’s not just feeding them until they get adopted. Many need spaying and neutering, flea and tick treatments, heartworm or other parasite treatments, microchipping, basic shots, and more. Some dogs need hundreds or even thousands of dollars worth of care before they get adopted. Most rescue organizations and shelters are non-profit for a reason; they aren’t lining their pockets. Most are making just enough through adoption fees and donations to keep their doors open so they can keep helping other dogs. Also, a lot of organizations foster dogs rather than keeping them in a shelter situation. I’m not seeing any of your adoption fee either. As a foster, we are given food, and reimbused for medical expenses. Treats, toys, and extras, we pay for ourselves.
There ARE shelters and rescues with lower adoption fees, as well, but before getting upset about any adoption fee, consider how much money you would have to spend getting vet checks, shots, and paying for spaying/neutering of a cheaper dog purchased from a less-than-reputable-source, (be it petstore, backyard breeder, etc).
If you ARE rejected for reasons you don’t agree with, or think an organizations fees are too high, check petfinder.com for other rescues and shelters that are either in your area, or willing to adopt outside of their local area.
This is a tough issue…the rules, regulations, and fees set up to help rescues succeed in their placements can sometimes backfire when people get upset and go buy animals from pet stores or backyard breeders instead. The money that those people receive from the purchase of a puppy just goes to producing more badly bred puppies, some of which will end up flooding the shelters with more unwanted animals. I hope to see the day when we don’t NEED animal shelters (or people shelters for that matter). But please keep in mind that these are mostly volunteer organizations doing their best to do what they feel is best for the animals in their care.