Believe it or not, all groups, on some level, cherry pick their dogs.
For the most part,.. this is normal. No really, it is!
Choosing dogs you can actually take care of.
If you don't have the excess funds in your rescue account, all sitting there and looking impressive,.. well you should probably not take on that dog with the unknown illness or the one that needs all it's legs removed or that dog that is very senior and has a medicine collection that might rival a pharmacy. Why? Well,.. fundraising is a great idea,.. in theory, and unless you know a few celebrities, it is not likely that you are going to be able to raise the kind of cash it will take to address the medical concerns of the dog in a timely manner. Rescue groups who do not rush in to take on a medical case are not cold and heartless, ... they are being responsible. Special needs dogs need love too, ... but the Good cherry pickers will know what their finances can realistically withstand, or how successful their fundraising efforts are and would not want to take in a dog that needs lots of medical attention without having a plan in place for paying for it. Taking in a dog with needs you have to wait to address because of lack of funds is irresponsible.
Choosing dogs that have a better chance of integrating successfully with your other rescues.
Choosing dogs based on their story
"We don't Cherry Pick, We take in ALL dogs" yup, especially dogs who are highly promotable, who have great stories and can make a drastic turn around.These dogs may initially require lots of vetting, or may only need surface work, but the changes that happen are drastic, shocking, or miraculous. If a rescue is consistently taking in these kinds of cases, or even exclusively, yes, they are cherry picking.
Choosing dogs based on the amount of money someone has pledged to give