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Teaching Kids A Persons or Dogs Color shouldn't Matter

Teaching Kids Color Doesn’t Matter

“Teaching Kids color doesn’t matter”

Green Pets newest “pet” project is an awareness campaign for “Black Dog Friday”. Black Dog Syndrome is a real thing.  A phenomenon that most shelter workers deal with daily. 

People judge dogs by their color

Black Dogs get passed over for lighter colored dogs

Black Dogs are least adopted and therefore the most euthanized of all shelter dogs

Dark furred dogs rot in their kennels waiting for someone to love them.

Lighter colored siblings get adopted out immediately.

At Green Pets we ask… is the color of a dog the kind of judgement we want to teach our children?  The thought process of thinking one dog is better than the other, solely based on a dog’s color is wrong. It’s equal to making the same judgement about the people in our community. 

Treatment of our animals is a deep seeded psycho social issue.  As an example, there’s a direct link to animal abuse and domestic abuse.  And between judgment of people by color. 

We hope to change seeded bias with the “Black Dog Friday” educational campaign. We do this in many ways including teaching in schools the humane treatment of all animals, regardless of age, color or breed. 

As the saying goes, if you know better you do better. At Green Pets we work daily to ensure via education that our next generation will do better when it comes to loving and caring for all companion animals, regardless of breed, age or color. 

Black Dog Friday

  • Teaching children dogs and people are the same regardless of color.
  • Getting black dogs adopted from shelters every Friday.
  • Connecting people to awesome dogs… and dogs to awesome people.
  • Helping end People, Gender and Animal bias in America

Black Dog Friday  – Teaching Kids Color Doesn’t Matter


Teaching Kids Color Doesn't Matter

today's black dog friday

Today’s Black Dog Friday

Today’s Black Dog Friday. Stop by your animal shelter or rescue group and see what they have available today in black dogs, or black cats.

Today's Black Dog Friday

black dog syndrome

Black Dog Syndrome

Black Dog Syndrome

As Executive Director and founder of a dog rescue nonprofit, Green Pets America Charities I have spent the last 12 years involved with rescuing 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 phenomena and its named, 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 conscious and 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 one of the most euthanized dogs in our animal shelters.

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 or media and folklore bias 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 Cause to get people educated, aware of BDS and get Black Dogs adopted into loving homes. 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.

So what can you do?

You can adopt a black shelter or rescue dog.

You can talk about this sad bias and encourage friends or family to adopt a black dog.

Educate adults,  even school age kids about BDS! It’s generally an unconscious prejudice and most people will move past it once they’re aware.

Subscribe to the FREE, Black Dog Friday Daily Dog News.

Make a donation of whatever you can afford to, to help a rescue group rescue, vet, feed, put into foster care, train, then adopt a black dog into a loving home.

Visit the Black Dog Friday store at Make a purchase to show the world you love black dogs

Remind people it’s not the color of the dog, but the size of her heart that is important.

Steven Monahan, Founder –

black dog syndrome




Black Dog Depression

Black Dog Depression




Black Dog Depression metaphor

‘Black dog’ is a powerfully expressive metaphor that appears to require no explanation. The combination of ‘blackness’ with the negative connotations of ‘dog’, noun and verb, seems an eminently apt description of depression: an ever-present companion, lurking in the shadows just out of sight, growling, vaguely menacing, always on the alert; sinister and unpredictable, capable of overwhelming you at any moment. Further, the ‘dark hound’ is an archetypal object of fear, with a long tradition in folklore and myth. Black dogs in dreams are interpreted negatively, often representing death; from all over the world come tales of nightmares caused by oppressive black dogs crushing the sleeper’s chest. -Black Dog Institute


Black Dog Friday Video

Cute Black Dog Friday video of two dogs spelling Black Dog Friday.

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