Black Dog Syndrome Awareness Month

Did you know that black dogs like our gorgeous girl, Stitch, have the lowest adoption rate, leading to the highest euthanasia rate than any other color dog in shelters? Because they don't stand out like lighter dogs, black dogs aren't noticed as much in their kennels or in photos. This often causes them to be overlooked when people visit the shelter.

There are also many negative stereotypes of black dogs because of superstitions! Folklore and popular culture has depicted black dogs in a negative way that may have subconsciously affected how they’re viewed by potential adopters. In stories, books, and movies where a dangerous dog is depicted, that dog is very often black. The Hound of the Baskervilles, the Harry Potter Series, and The Omen have all depicted evil, frightening dogs – all of those dogs were black representing them as negativity, evil and misfortune. For this reason, some people tend to believe that black dogs are unlucky.

These are examples of what is commonly referred to as "Black Dog Syndrome", which causes black dogs who are adopted to spend 3-4 times longer waiting in the shelter for loving homes. Want to know how you can help put an end to this common misconception? If you are ready to adopt, actively seek out the black dogs to see if they may be a good fit for your family. If you already have a black dog in your life, post awesome, endearing, and even goofy photos of your dog online to advocate for black shelter dogs everywhere! Lastly, spread the word about Black Dog Syndrome and encourage people to consider giving a home to a commonly misunderstood group of really amazing dogs, who deserve a chance. 

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