How do you become an approved adopter or foster with a local rescue? Most have an online application to complete and then a home check is required. Why a home check? For the safety of the animal. You could be a hoarder, a backyard breeder, or worse a dog fighting group. Yes, there are people that commit fraud in the name of rescue every minute of the day. It is a shame, but it is reality and the only important thing is the safety of the animal.
FB rescue group listings: http://www.lacroixtees.com/fb_directory/animal-rescue/index.php
Even though it was all very successful, there are so many things that could have gone wrong. This is why most people, rescues, and shelters will not use the underground. The safety of the animal cannot be assured on the underground.
To sum it up, I didn't post on Frodo's networking thread "if you can get me the dog, I'll take care of him". I utilized contacts I have made through work on other animal saving projects. I did get in my own car and drive 300 of the 1,100 miles that Frodo traveled and drove 300 miles back home. I did spend money for gas, adoption fees, getting him to the vet and buying lots of food for a very skinny old man. I still have moments when I feel the anxiety of the risk I took to pull off an underground rescue. I can't help people I don't know pull off an underground rescue for one simple fact, I can't ensure the safety of the animal. I can however help you find rescue resources that can help you with a rescue to rescue transport.
FRODO UPDATE: He is officially mine after I completed all the adoption requirements and sent in his paperwork. His dental surgery was last Thursday. He barely looks like a senior anymore. He runs with the younger dogs and eats his weight in food daily. I'm still collecting to offset the surgery and any amount is appreciated!