This is very interesting because if true, and we have no reason to believe it is not, rescuing animals is very expensive and most people do not understand why.
In most cases, most 501(c)(3) groups must pay a shelter to obtain animals. In many cases there is no discount. For some groups, we understand they may pay less with a long standing relationship with the shelters. Regardless, despite HSUS idiots telling everyone to buy a rescued animal, not every family is the right family for a rescued animal.
A rescued animal in general, when no background is known, and no professional has evaluated the animal (which most rescues cannot afford but pretend they are expert at behavior), the buyer takes his/her chances. Like anything else, due diligence when buying an animal or even getting it for free should be done.
When you cannot do that because no one has any data on the animal, you are taking chances that your new animal may not be, act, or appear as you wish down the line. That is why many animals are returned to shelters after adoption. For the most part, it is not for necessarily biting or aggression, but for other bad behavior such as not housebroken, excessive barking, separation anxiety galore, excessive digging, etc. Of course some of this can out trained but some of it cannot.
There is nothing wrong with hand choosing or cherry picking for resale purposes if your goal is to get good animals good homes. Some rescues insist on only taking the worst of the worst and then keeping such animals alive. That severely limits the number of new homes found obviously. A specialty rescue focused only on old or sick animals will have the biggest burden in cost, and tends to reflect the emotional typeset for choosing the worst, but helping the least number. Of course, Animal rights has decided for us in society, that such a place should be a “sanctuary.” For exotics and large retired animal actors where large $$ can be raised to support such efforts, this could work. For run of the mill cat/dogs this is likely not a great idea since you will be a sitting duck for animal control if you are blamed for the medical condition of even one animal. The litigation costs and stress would likely bankrupt the group.
For those that hear the ARs claim that no animals should be sold out of a pet store, be aware that SPCA humane groups will take the exact same storefront kennel showcases, and put THEIR “non profit” animals in the showcase, and then it becomes, suddenly– perfectly OK to sell those animals. Why? Because it’s not the showcase or retail setting at all. It’s because we have been trained to believe by Animal Rights, that “selling” is immoral and wrong, and that “selling by a non profit” is great and legal. If they CHARGE any amount at all for the animal, they are selling it. It is not free. Small Paws out of OK BUYS breeder dogs and resells them as a “rescue.” They claim to lose a lot of money doing it. So when no appropriate rescue dog can be found, then go out and buy them and THEN resell them so you lose money. On paper. Hmmm……???? Get it? Who’s the dummy now?