Adopt a Black Dog This BLACK FRIDAY

Black dogs are the most overlooked dogs in animal shelters. Therefore they are the least adopted and most euthanized of all dogs in America’s shelters.

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While you are shopping this BLACK FRIDAY shop for a new family dogs well.

Visit your shelter or Rescue group and adopt a BLACK DOG FRIDAY.

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What Is The Black Dog Syndrome?

Did you know that black dogs are the most killed dogs in America?

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Animal Shelters know it and animal rescue groups know it but the general public is unaware of this tragic fact. Black dog syndrome is a phenomenon in which black dogs are passed over for adoption in favor of lighter-colored animals. Animal shelters often use the term BBD, or big black dog, to describe the type of larger dark-colored mixed-breed said to be typically passed over by adopters.

The Black Dog Phenomenon may be due to a number of factors. Research has identified geographic location, fear against certain breed types, and the fact that large, black dogs are often portrayed as aggressive in film and on television as possible correlates. Initial research at one location identified a longer period experienced by black dogs before adoption.

Some people believe that during the pet adoption process some potential owners associate the color black with evil or misfortune (similar to the common superstition surrounding black cats, and this bias transfers over to their choice of dog. Additionally, many shelters feature photo profiles of their dogs on the shelter website. Because black dogs do not photograph well, lighter-colored dogs have an advantage with potential adopters browsing the site.

In a 2011 study by the ASPCA, appearance was the most frequently cited reason for adopters’ selection of a dog of both puppies and adult dogs.

The issue has been gaining media attention since the mid-2000s. Tamara Delaney, an early activist against black dog syndrome, developed a website called Black Pearl Dogs in 2004 specifically to address the issue, both by educating the public about its existing, as well as showcasing individual dogs available for adoption.

As an animal rescuer myself, founding and running a no kill rescue, I have seen this bias often. Black dogs are harder to adopt at our rescue and in the shelters we go into they are harder for them to adopt as well. I was curious about this and did some research.

We have found that in a 1998 study of 1,468 relinquished dogs offered for adoption at a local humane society found having a primarily black coat color was a variable associated with euthanasia, while gold, gray, and white coats colors were significant predictors of successful adoption.

A 2002 study published in the Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science of dog and cat adoption in California animal shelters found pure black coat colors to be negative factors in adoption rates for both dogs and cats.

A 2010 PhD thesis analyzing multiple factors found a measurable variance contributing to dogs with primarily black coats being euthanized rather than adopted

A 2013 study published in the journal Anthrozoos displayed photographs of dogs colored either yellow or black, and with floppy ears or pointy ears. It found that “participants rated the yellow dog significantly higher than the black dog on the personality dimensions of Agreeableness, Conscientiousness, and Emotional Stability.[ It also found differences significant difference in ratings based on ear size, indicating “that people attribute different personality characteristics to dogs based solely on physical characteristics of the dog.

Additionally a study presented at the 2013 International Society for Anthrozoology conference that showed participant’s pictures of cats and dogs of varying colors found white cats were considered the friendliest, orange cats second friendliest, and black cats were considered least friendly. Among dogs, yellow dogs were considered friendliest, brown dogs second friendliest, and black dogs least friendly. Darker pets were similarly judged less adoptable and black dogs were considered the most aggressive.

This bias needs to end. Black dogs are as loving and friendly and protecting as any other dog. In our present time we have to accept science and facts and not be ruled by old wives tales or superstitions. Black dogs can and soon will become America’s favorite dogs if we have a say in it.

At BLACKdogFRIDAY we intend to be the passionate and reasoned voice for Black Dogs. To start the education process we have created a national campaign to save black shelter dogs. We are partnering with Green Pets America Charities, the no kill animal welfare organization we founded in 2004 to raise awareness and help shelters and rescue groups get these beautiful dogs adopted.

To that end we have launched a nationally campaign named BLACK dog FRIDAY. The purpose being that every Friday at every shelter across America Black Dog Adoptions will be promoted. We want to educate the public and accurately portray black dogs as the loving dogs they are. Additionally we want people to recognize them as good protectors as well. To that end we created the tagline…”Adopt a Black Dog – bring love and protection into your home”

You can help Black dog Friday become a regular Friday Adoption event in your community. Please call your shelter. Give them this flyer. Tell your friends. Tell the news in your area. They can also download this flyer for free at our website at

Additionally you can help adopt black dogs by posting this flyer on your Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest and other sites. And if you are able please make a tax-deductible donation at Green Pets America no kill. IRS NON PROFIT EIN #77-0681947

“Adopt a black dog – bring love into your home”


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Support National BLACK dog FRIDAY

Did you know that black dogs are the most killed dogs in America?

Animal Shelters know it and animal rescue groups know it but the general public is unaware of this tragic fact.

We intend to be the voice for Black Dogs and have created a national campaign to save black shelter dogs. We are partnering with Green Pets America Charities to raise awarenes and get these beautiful dogs adopted.

Help us adopt 1,000 black dogs this Black Friday

Lets make Black Friday


We can shop AND adopt. Make Black Friday mean more than just a shopping day. Make it a SAVING LIVES DAY as well.

Please call your shelter. Give them this flyer. Tell your friends. Tell the news in your area.

Post this on your Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, Pinterest and other sites.

And make a tax deductible donation at Green Pets America no kill.

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New iPhone and Droid Apps for Reporting Animal Abuse


In a partnership with the Humane Society of the United States and the National Sheriffs’ Association, ICE BLACK BOX, released this month a free mobile app that records audio, video and GPS coordinates —  to catch animal abusers in the act and report them to law enforcement instantly.

Animal abuse is too common, and John Thompson, executive director of the National Sheriffs’ Association doesn’t mince words about where it leads. The FBI and Sheriffs’ Association now know there’s a link between animal abusers and violent crime,. So if we can stop a case of animal cruelty, we may intercept violent crimes against people as well.

But you just about have to catch somebody in the act of abusing an animal for there to be any real consequences. The cases are often hard to make; dogs, especially, have a huge heart for forgiveness. They love, practically unconditionally, and they certainly can’t tell law enforcement what their owner is doing to them.

But now there’s a new tool that can help law enforcement agencies make cases against animal abusers, and it can be on your smart phone right now. ICE BlackBox is a free smart phone app launched this week by the National Sheriffs’ Association and the Humane Society of the United States, which helped fund its development and rollout.  Cesar Millan and the Cesar Millan Foundation recorded a public service announcement about the app.


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In a press release, Michael Markarian, chief program and policy officer for the HSUS, said: “Through innovation and technology, the new app provides another tool for the public to join the fight in stopping animal cruelty and abuse. We are thrilled to work with the National Sheriffs’ Association on this first-ever app to pull back the curtain on animal cruelty.”

The National Sheriffs’ Association pointed out that the FBI is now including animal cruelty offenses, including animal neglect, in the Uniform Crime Report, the first time such data will be posted, so there is increased incentive for law enforcement agencies to respond to crimes against animals. Green Pets America has a blog post coming out this week about this positive FBI change.

“This is a game changer,” said Thompson. “We originally developed the app for our national neighborhood watch program. Why not have this app that people can use to report animal abuse, just as they can other crimes.” Mindy Gilbert, Alabama director of the Humane Society of the United States, says the new app is “one more tool in the toolbox.” “Law enforcement can’t be everywhere at one time,” Gilbert said. “This makes this kind of reporting, getting the information to them, so much quicker. Instead of people talking about it on Facebook for two or three days, the information can go to law enforcement immediately.”

Thompson said once you start recording an event, the recording is uploaded to  National Sheriffs’ Association secure servers. You can view the video, but it won’t be stored on your phone, Instead, you’ll follow a link on the National Sheriffs’ Associations secure server. So if somebody you are filming gets your phone and destroys it, he will not be destroying the evidence.

The ICE BlackBox app not only records the abuse, but also notes the GPS coordinates of the crime. Gilbert said many instances of animal cruelty happen for a split second and then end. The animal can’t report the crime, of course, and so it’s up to people to step forward. Once the app starts being widely used, it’ll be a major step forward to end animal abuse. If somebody knows there’s a high probability of getting caught, he’s going to be less likely to do something

At Green Pets we see animal abuse way too often. This new phone app is going to be an important modern tool to reduce animal cruelty across America.  Here are the links to download your free app. I downloaded mine. It was quick to do and is easy to use. Just be careful, when you test record it you cannot delete the test video unless you contact the Sheriffs Association to remove it. I hope I never have to use it by will do so in an instant if I need to. If I see a dog left out in below freezing temperature this winter, or see a dog or cat being beaten by his owner, or kids it will be recorded on my ICE Droid App and these sick abusers will soon be on the other end of the stick.

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Please help us spread the word on this important tool to report and end animal abuse.

Make a donation to the GPA Education Fund today.

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