Sadly, there are many worse ways to fail a dog, especially in a society where there are so many varieties of crazy: neighbors poisoning dogs, strangers stealing dogs from people's yards, unsupervised kids doing unfathomable things with fireworks, pools,and a long list of other items I cannot bear to mention, etc. These are just a few examples.
There are also many varieties of unaccountability that can lead to failing a dog: dumping a dog at the pound because it is too old, barks too much, etc., "rehoming" a dog on craigslist - one of the most likely ways to assure that your dog is treated worse in the future than s/he is being treated now - euthanizing a dog because you have to move and you "can't take it with you," and so on. Then there are those who fall into the blatantly irresponsible category.
I know a woman who decided to open her door and let her dog - whom she had adopted from a local shelter, and whom she claimed to love - leave home for good one day, just walk out and take to living on the street, vanish, simply because the dog had a tendency to sneak out when not attended to; the woman explained that: "Hey, I guess the dog just needed to be free, so I gave up and let her take off." She told me this knowing that I run a rescue - and after having asked about adoption. She told me this with a smile on her face and lightness in her voice. She told me this with no hesitation whatsoever.
So I have hesitations, and that is as it should be. I manage these hesitations via strict screening processes and adoption contracts. I am looking for adopters who feel the way I do about rescue - that these creatures deserve only the very best and safest, and that we must do whatever it takes to ensure that they have only the very best and safest, even if it inconveniences us, even if it is expensive, even if it means we cannot move to the place that we really desire, even if we have to choose our dogs over people who do not respect our dogs and the choices we make to protect them. The list is long and I am devoted to abiding by it. There are others out there who also are devoted in this way, and these are our adopters.
Is this elitism? Not unless you define "the elite" as those who do what is expected of them in order keep a promise they have made. Lately, we reject more applicants than we accept. Our adoption model is quality, not quantity; we would rather place one or two dogs a month in ideal homes with ideal adopters than place 20 or 30 dogs a month in potentially unsafe homes with adopters who we are not convinced will keep the promises made in the adoption agreement nor the promise made to the dog. The work of saving the podencos does not end at the US border. Keeping the podencos safe once here is a lifelong responsibility, and part of the promise we make every time we bring one over.