What Are the Most Killed Shelter Dogs?

What Are the Most Killed Shelter Dogs? The most killed shelter dogs are black dogs. It’s due to a phenomenon named Black Dog Syndrome. Black shelter dogs are the most overlooked, least adopted and one of the most euthanized dogs in our animal shelters.

As the founder of an animal welfare organization GPA Charities, I’ve spent the last 12 years involved with rescuing death row dogs from shelters. Everything from walking in and pulling them out of kill shelters, to taking them to vets, to bringing them to our rescue group, to placing them in foster care and working diligently to adopt them. I’ve spent many a weekend at Pet Smart with two dozen dogs trying to get them adopted.

Through all this, one thing became apparent to me. Black Dogs were the least adopted of all the dogs we rescued. They were the least adopted in the shelters we went into as well. We, therefore, had a higher than usual selection of black dogs, versus light colored or mixed color dogs to rescue from our area animal shelters.

What we also found was black dogs languished not only much longer in shelters, but rescue groups as well. Where we could adopt other colors out on average in three months, some black dogs took up to a year…. sometimes, even longer.

So I did some research and found that our experience was not unusual, it was sadly normal. There is a phenomenon and its name is, Black Dog Syndrome (BDS). Black Dog Syndrome is known by shelters and rescue groups throughout America. Numerous respected national organizations have long recognized BDS as an issue that adversely affects the adoption rates of black pets.

So, what exactly is this syndrome? Black Dog Syndrome is a sometimes conscious but most times unconscious mental, emotional bias in people against black dogs, and black cats as well. Because of this bias, black shelter dogs are the most overlooked, least adopted and most killed shelter dogs.

So, what’s the story? Why are black dogs feared? Why is there this bias? Well, there are many reasons for what is known as “Black Dog Syndrome”, including superstitious fear of black dogs, “old wives’ tales” about black dogs, Black dogs depicted in movies and literature as evil or devilish. A scary, growling black dog can be seen in The Hound of the Baskervilles, the Harry Potter series and The Omen.

In a survey, Pet finder the respected national organization where we post our dogs available for adoption, animal shelter and rescue groups reported that most pets are listed for about 3 months, whereas, black dogs and senior or special needs dogs average 12 months on the Pet finder adoption site.

The only real fact, not ignorance, superstition, media sensationalism, or folklore is that black dogs do not photograph well on animal shelters and rescue groups websites, listing pictures of dogs for adoption. This is easily overcome however by simply photographing black dogs in front of blue screens or blue paper, as we have done at our rescue organization Green Pets America.

Now that I spend my time, not in hands-on rescue, but providing education and awareness in animal welfare, I decided to bring Black Dog Syndrome, BDS to the forefront. To that end, we created a non-profit subsidiary Black Dog Syndrome.org. to bring this syndrome to light, in the desire to bring it to an end. The lives of 700,000 black dogs yearly are at stake.

The color of a dog has nothing to do with the dogs’ temperament or personality. Ask any owner of a black dog. Ask me, we have two. Our black dogs are as loving, playful, smart and a joy to be with each day as our other two, non-black dogs.

Learn more and purchase the beautiful and uplifting book on black dogs today. ART OF THE BLACK DOG. Available now on Amazon books.

 

What Are the Most Killed Shelter Dogs?

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600,000 Black Dogs Killed Yearly

600,000 Black Dogs Killed Yearly in America’s Animal Shelters.

ART OF THE BLACK DOG, has inspiring and beautiful high definition photographs donated by generous artistic photographers from Unsplash.com.

Help us save over 600,000 black shelter dogs. Purchase ART OF THE BLACK DOG on Amazon Books Today.

All proceeds go to the national nonprofit Black Dog Syndrome.

Thank you,  Steven Monahan 

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Book Review Art Of The Black Dog

Book Review Art Of The Black Dog. I stumbled across this book via a friend on Facebook and I couldn’t be happier! Grateful for this wonderful addition to my collection”. 

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As an animal lover and life long advocate for dogs this is now in my collection of coffee table books. Why? Because what better way to bring awareness and knowledge than breathtaking photos and short quotes about mans best friend. I stumbled across this book via a friend on Facebook and I couldn’t be happier! Grateful for this wonderful addition to my collection. As a dog trainer this is issue, amongst others, is close to my heart. I am currently the happy parent to two black dogs.Book Review Art Of The Black DogBook Review Art Of The Black Dog


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Black Dog Syndrome

Black Dog SyndromeAt the non-profit animal welfare group, Black Dog Syndrome.org Our  focus is saving black shelter dogs, the least adopted, most killed of all shelter dogs in America.

Our book, Art of the Black Dog celebrates black dogs via professional photography of beautiful black dogs. ART OF THE BLACK DOG is available for purchase on Amazon books.

Black Dog Syndrome is part of Green Pets America Charities, IRS 501c3 Non-Profit Organization founded in Woodstock Georgia in 2007.  We are an animal rescue and adoption nonprofit. We educate the public on Black Dog Syndrome. Black dogs are the least adopted and most killed shelter dogs in America. It is estimated that more than 500,00 black dogs are euthanized in shelters each year.

We started out as a nonprofit pet food pantry serving Cherokee and Cobb County. We then expanded to an animal shelter /death row rescue serving the State of Georgia. We are now advocates for black dogs the least adopted most killed shelter dogs in America.

Black Dog Syndrome


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 Amazon Books Link. https://www.amazon.com/Art-Black-Dog-Ending-Syndrome/dp/1976488141/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Steven Monahan AUTHOR PAGE amazon.com/author/stevenmonahan


 

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Art of The Black Dog Book

ART OF THE BLACK DOG, a newly released art photography book celebrating our beautiful Black Dogs. And supporting Black Dog Syndrome that kills over 600,000 black shelter dogs yearly.


As the founder of an animal welfare organization GPA Charities, I’ve spent the last 12 years involved with rescuing death row dogs from shelters. Everything from walking in and pulling them out of kill shelters, to taking them to vets, to bringing them to our rescue group, to placing them in foster care and working diligently to adopt them. I’ve spent many a weekend at Pet Smart with two dozen dogs trying to get them adopted. Through all this, one thing became apparent to me. Black Dogs were the least adopted of all the dogs we rescued. They were the least adopted in the shelters we went into as well. We, therefore, had a higher than usual selection of black dogs, versus light colored or mixed color dogs to rescue from our area animal shelters. What we also found was black dogs languished not only much longer in shelters, but rescue groups as well. Where we could adopt other colors out on average in three months, some black dogs took up to a year…. Some, even more. So, I did some research and found that our experience was not unusual, it was sadly normal. There is a phenomenon and its name is, Black Dog Syndrome (BDS). Black Dog Syndrome.


Purchase ART OF THE BLACK DOG, a newly released art photography book celebrating our beautiful Black Dogs. Purchases support Black Dog Syndrome. Help save over 600,000 black shelter dogs yearly.


 

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Art of the Black Dog Amazon Books

Art of the Black Dog Amazon Books, just the gift for dog lovers.

ART OF THE BLACK DOG

Just released and available on Amazon Books

Art of the Black Dog Amazon Books

“There is no more noble or higher purpose than saving the life of an animal in need”

Black Dog Syndrome.org is a non-profit in Atlanta, Georgia dedicated to saving the least adopted, most euthanized dogs in America. It is estimated that upwards of 600,000 black dogs are euthanized in animal shelters yearly. Black Dog Syndrome programs focus on national and local awareness campaigns, education in schools and community organizations. Our programs include Black Dog Friday adoptions, Black Dog Syndrome Super Hero Dog Award and this book, Art of The Black Dog.

Profits from ART OF THE BLACK DOG book are donated to GREEN PETS AMERICA CHARITIES.

Art of the Black Dog Amazon Books.

 

Art of the Black Dog Amazon Books

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