I know what you mean. You'd think the pound and rescues would be on the street-corners trying to GIVE dogs away, but that's not how it works. We foster dogs, and some questions NEED to be asked. There are simply too many childish, irresponsible people out there with the IQ of a cauliflower who would adopt a dog and then bring it back a week later, or dump it somewhere (like at the creek below our farm) for some silly reason OR let it have a dozen puppies (usually some kind of lab or pit-mix) and them dump ALL OF THEM at the creek below our house. Worse, there are "adopters" who are really just fronts for fighting-dog rings and try to "adopt" fighters and and bait dogs. No person with a heart wants to see a dog go from the frying pan into the fire.
That being said, there ARE rescues that are nothing more than legal excuses for personal animal-hoarding. There are even some 501c3 horse rescues that charge exorbitant "adoption fees" that equal the full price of a horse, and these "rescues" rarely place horses (a fact that should cause their tax-exempt status to be revoked.) There are dog rescues that honestly discriminate, wanting all adopters to live in a McMansion and be typical suburbanites. We even had a case at our local pound where an employee was on a power trip and was denying people the pets that they'd already fallen in love with. (Even the board came to find out about this, and the woman was either fired or quit.)
However, IF you are
willing and able to take time to socialize and train,
have a residence where you can keep pets
have RESEARCHED dogs and know what you can and CANNOT handle (i.e. if you're a first-time dog owner, DON'T get a strong-willed dog from the bully breeds or the serious protection breeds.)
are willing to get your dog spay/neutered, get yearly shots, etc.
be willing to clean up some messes, replace some items, and fill holes in the yard
AND if you're not going to later DUMP your dog on others if your situation changes,
then there is no reason why you shouldn't have a dog or dogs of the usual common breeds.
Pet ownership should NOT be reserved for those who live in McMansions, who treat dogs as if they were humans, and who make over $200K a year.
If the rescues give you a hard time, look on Craigslist and other sites where people rehome pets. There are lots of people, like us, who have to take in dumped dogs because the rescues in some areas STAY full, and there may not be a public pound in rural areas. Often there are older people who are having to rehome their beloved dogs, and sometimes a dog-owner dies and the family has to rehome the dog. As with a dog from the pound, realize that you may need to get the dog heartworm- tested or, if it's a puppy, be SURE you get it shots for parvo IMMEDIATELY. (And certainly don't buy a sick-looking dog or puppy.) OR (if you need a particular breed, which I doubt) find a reputable breeder (not at a flea market) and be willing to pay for good breeding and experience. And, for pity's sake, DON'T BREED YOUR DOG unless it's a grand-champion or a super herding dog. This country is overflowing with poorly-bred labs, pits, and Heinz 57s. By the way, I know a lady who has 24 puppies (I'm not joking: 2 mama dogs with 12 pups each.) I'm sure she'd be HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY to give you one, if you asked.