Giiirrrrllllllll I totally hear ya. Bummer about the trunk pups- i'd be willing to bet that the stellar socialization opps available to puppies who live in trunks of cars is partially to blame. Not to mention the calliber of someone who would store their pups there, and then the blue wildcard. ICK. It is so very painful when you try and try and ultimately lose out. Many folks would not have been as brave as you to PTS the trunk puppies.
I consistently take on projects that may not be 100% bound for success, because it is a learning opp. and sometimes I feel i could not live with myself if I did nothing, but I will always stack the odds as much as I can in favor of the puppies/dogs. Glad to hear the ACO's are being choosy. If another group has snagged them, perhaps you could check in or pass along the info? Unfortuantely, being a rescue, as such, is not what makes a situation positive... I have seen more rescuers F.U.B.A.R things up to the point of being unrecognizable. Some local folks get so hyped on serving themselves and their concept of karma that they deny there are hard decisions to be made. Sometimes I feel "rescuers" do more damage than good.
I am so grateful to have this space to vent these frustrations and meet up with quality rescuers like yourselves. Keep us posted.
(gentically incapapble of not using emoticons)