Ok, dial it back a little, here: Are you aware that rescue staffers are VOLUNTEERS? People with full-time jobs, families, pets of their own plus foster dogs? These aren't corporations You're dealing with, they're non-profits! Don't you feel just a tiny bit self-absorbed and arrogant complaining, because that's the vibe I'm getting!<<<
Funny that's the vibe you are giving off. Attacking breeders, now attacking people with legit issues.
Did you even read the posts? If you can't volunteer enough to cover your area, step up, get help, or get out and let someone else do it. When I volunteered with BRAT, our area's coordinator was on things FAST. Sadly that isn't true of a lot of the country. It is regretful because they then lose potentially great homes who often go to not good breeders.
So for those looking... if any rescue doesn't get your info within a few weeks and set up a home visit, go elsewhere. Contact all the breeders from the Basenji Club of America. See if there are breeders who have young adults or puppies or older adults that weren't right for their breeding program but would just love to be a beloved pet. Contact Camp Basenji, who always responds in a timely matter. Unlike other rescues that will string you along and hope you give up rather than being honest and saying they don't think you are a good fit, Pam will be upfront.
As for not approved because of spouse... wth? So Military families with a spouse deployed aren't allowed? Homes where timing schedules are different don't matter enough to work with their schedule? Maybe they have so few rescues they can afford to blow off potentially great homes. It's hard to tell when they admit most of their dogs aren't posted because local coordinators haven't done the work yet. Try going out of your area, contact upper-level people and see if they can help. If you still don't get a response, breeders and Camp Basenji.