Question for those who work with rescues and shelters, especially in California. A family member of mine, an awesome dog mom, was turned down by a rescue because she said she would be crate training the dog for such things as car travel and staying in hotels with her and her spouse - this would be infrequently and for very short periods of time. Apparently, the rescue thought crate training was evil and therefore considered them 'unfit dog parents'.
In my own extensive history with rescues and shelters up here (Canada), a willingness to crate train is considered a GOOD thing by any ethical, responsible rescue. In fact, as most rescues use foster homes, the dogs are often already crate trained when adopted, or well on their way to becoming comfortable in their crates.
I'm curious to know if the reaction they got is an anomaly or if most rescues and shelters in California oppose crates? I'd also love some recommendations of shelters or rescues around LA (they live and work in Orange County) that are ethical and pro-crate training. This would be a great home for a dog - their own guy just recently died, and they are both avid hikers, they own their own business and might even be taking the dog to work (fitness centre), one of them is often at home during the day, and they have taken exceptional care of their previous animals.