Where are you located? I volunteer for a rescue and we frown upon some of the crazy rescue policies. We have all kinds of dogs.
Our questionaires don’t ask crazy questions like that, we are concerned for the welfare of the pet, it asks things like how long is the dog going to be alone a day, will they be put in a garage, who will take care of it while your on vaca, do you have a vet etc.
Ideally we would like to adopt to people who can spend time with the dog but if you have a job you have a job like PP’s said they just don’t want the dog to be alone for 10-12+ hours.
Also if you decide to give up the pet later the rescue will take it back. I am in Colorado and we have adopted out pets to people in the surrounding states (and even Montana and Florida). But we have people in those other states that could do home visits or transport the dog back. Home visits though are mandatory. An adoption cannot be finalized without one.
They are really to make sure the house is appropriate for that particular dog. Not to judge your home. For example if you adopt a senior dog and your house has a lot of stairs the dog can’t walk or if you get a blind dog and don’t have a ranch house etc.
We have heard of other rescues who denied adopters because they had no trees to give the dog shade in the backyard, or they were denied because their spouse wouldn’t be involved not that he didn’t want just wouldn’t be taking care of it because but the dog was going to be a demo dog and be with this woman literally 24/7. The Boston Terrier rescue requires that you have a fence. It can get nutty.
I would suggest that you get a dog from a shelter (a kill one more likely) if you don’t want to go through this. I happened to adopt my dog from a PetSmart and found out later that it was a kill shelter. The fee was super cheap and they just let me take him. Which I kind of found odd, altough perphaps it was because we had another healthy happy dog there present with us. What stunk though is that I had to cover all the vet fees etc myself. If I had gone through a rescue I wouldn’t have had to worry about doing any of that initial round of shots. Also if the shelter dog doesn’t work out and you have to give it back, it will likely be put down immediately since most owner surrenders are. I don’t know if it was just this kill shelter that didn’t care but, I mean if they are putting the dog down anyway I can see why they’d be less picky. Our rescue pulls dogs that are about to be put down in kill shelters.
If you stick with rescue just be honest on the app, and keep looking until you find a not crazily strict one. Also you do have the option of getting a dog from craigslist. Any rescue worth its salt is going to want to do a home visit so if that bothers you just look at kill shelter, craigslist, news paper, local adds, or ask around with friends at work. A lot of people have to give up their dogs and usually try to re-home before giving them up to an organization. Some rescues also courtesy list dogs that have owners and are not a part of the organization. You could try that too.