Welcome to the life of a black shelter dog.
In animal shelters, black dogs are the last to be adopted... and the first to be euthanized. The question is... why??
Black Dog Syndrome is a dog shelter and animal rescue phenomenon, in which black dogs, especially large black dogs, are often overlooked by adopters for pets with lighter coats. There are several reasons for this...
During the pet adoption process, some families take a trip to the animal shelter to adopt a pet, while others browse online pet adoption websites first. In both cases, black dogs lose.
When a family goes to a shelter to adopt a dog, they will undoubtedly walk through rows and rows of simple black dogs... because statistically, there are more large, black mixed breeds in shelters than pets of any other color. Many of these black dogs look very much the same... there's nothing seemingly special about them... there's nothing that makes them stand out in a crowd.
Some families browse online pet adoption websites, like Pet Pardons, to adopt a dog. Sadly, black dogs have a major disadvantage here as well. When adopters view online pet listings, the photo alone sells the pet. But black pets just don't photograph as well as their lighter counterparts, so they're usually overlooked. Poor animal shelter lighting doesn't do their beauty much justice, large shadows hide their features, and obviously... the black mixed breeds look very much the same in pictures.
And so, the brown-and-white spotted pup is adopted. The black dogs are still waiting...
|Pepsi & I|
In kill shelters... the black dogs don't stay as long... because they're among the first to be killed. Shelter euthanasia decisions are based on adoptability. Most black dogs are considered "unadoptable," and so, they're almost always the first to die. It's sad. It's heartbreaking. It's wrong. But it's true.
If you don't like it, adopt a black dog. I did. His name is Riley. He's awesome.
In no-kill animal shelters, black dogs are usually the last to be adopted. And they know it. They smile... while the families come through to adopt a dog. They hold out hope... even though the adopters never notice them. They watch... as the other pups leave for their new homes.
And when the adopters are gone, the black dogs just curl-up in the corner of their kennels. In truth, they knew they never had a chance. The families who came through yesterday didn't pick them. Neither did any of the families before that. Never noticed. Never different. Never special. Still confined to a shelter cage, the black dog accepts his fate: "I'm never going home."
|Pepsi & Freddy|
In my head, I know the reason why... but in my heart, I just can't understand it.
Today is "Black Monday, " as Pet Pardons celebrates all of the black animal shelter pets with a day just for them. Today, we want to say: You are special. You are beautiful. You are deserving of life.
Each day, thousands of black pets die in shelters across the country. Please, help us save them. Join Pet Pardons today for "Black Monday!" CLICK HERE TO JOIN PET PARDONS!