Black Dog Syndrome

Black Dog Syndrome. Our primary 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 also educate the public on Black Dog Syndrome. Black dogs are the least adopted and most killed shelter dogs in America.

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.

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Ph.D. thesis Shows Black Dogs Euthanized More Than Other Dogs

Ph.D. thesis Shows Black Dogs Euthanized More Than Other Dogs. A 2010 Ph.D. thesis analyzing multiple factors found a measurable variance contributing to dogs with primarily black coats being euthanized rather than adopted.


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Ph.D. thesis Shows Black Dogs Euthanized More Than Other Dogs

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Black Dog Syndrome.

Black Dog Syndrome. Are you aware that the least adopted, most feared and most killed dogs are black dogs?

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To overcome this phenomenon Green Pets America has created a Awareness and Advocacy program  Black Dog Syndrome.

The fear of black dogs is classified as a syndrome. Fear of black dogs is a phenomenon throughout the world. Because of this bias and fear black dogs are passed over for adoption in favor of lighter-colored animals.

Animal shelters work to overcome this syndrome from pet adopters but black dogs still remain the most abandoned and most euthanized dogs in animal shelters.

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. We then vet them and place them in foster care. We work diligently to adopt them into loving safe homes. 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 are the least adopted of all the dogs we rescue. They are the least adopted in the shelters we go into as well. We always have a higher than usual selection of black dogs, versus light colored or mixed color dogs. We found that black dogs languish not only longer in shelters, but rescue groups as well. Where we can adopt other colors out on average in three months, some black dogs take up to a year…. Some, even more.

So we 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, and emotional bias in humans against black dogs.

Well, there are many reasons, 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.

Because of Black Dog Syndrome, black dogs are the most euthanized dogs in our animal shelters.


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 are that black dogs do not photograph well on animal shelter websites. This is easily overcome however by simply photographing black dogs in front of blue screens or blue paper, as we do at GPA. At Green Pets America Charities,  we believe that the color of a dogs coat has nothing to do with the dogs’ temperament or personality. Ask any owner of a black dog. Ask me: we have three black dogs, I rescued from shelters. 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 to help end Black Dog Syndrome?

You can go to an animal shelter and adopt a black shelter dog.

You can share this with friends and family, encouraging them to consider adopting a black dog the next time they get a dog.

You can teach people it’s not the color of the dog, but the size of her or his heart that is important.

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Black Dog Syndrome Killing America’s Black Dogs

Black Dog Syndrome is killing America’s black dogs. Black dog syndrome is a phenomenon in America, and indeed throughout the world, in which black dogs are passed over for adoption in favor of lighter-colored animals. Animal shelters try to overcome this syndrome bias from pet adopters yet black dogs remain the most abandoned and most euthanized dogs in animal shelters.

Ending Black Dog Syndrome is a community service program of Green Pets America to educate the public on this syndrome and assist animal shelters across America get their black shelter dogs adopted.

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 Killing America's Black Dogs

Black Dog Syndrome is a sometimes conscious, but most times unconscious mental, and emotional bias in humans against black dogs.

Well, there are many reasons, 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.

Because of this bias, black shelter dogs are the most euthanized dogs in our animal shelters.

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.

At Ending Black Dog Syndrome [BlackDogSyndrome.org] the color of a dogs coat has nothing to do with the dogs’ temperament or personality. Ask any owner of a black dog. Ask me, we have three. 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 to end Black Dog Syndrome?

You can go to an animal shelter and adopt a black shelter dog.

You can share this with friends and family, encouraging them to consider adopting a black dog the next time they get a dog. 

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

Steven Monahan, Founder Green Pets America

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Black Dog Syndrome Killing America's Black Dogs

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Ending Black Dog Syndrome in America

Ending Black Dog Syndrome: the national Cause Marketing program of Green Pets America.

Black dog syndrome is a phenomenon in which black dogs are passed over for adoption in favor of lighter-colored animals. Animal shelters try to overcome this syndrome bias from pet adopters yet black dogs remain the most abandoned and most euthanized dogs in animal shelters.

We created this cause marketing program Ending Black Dog Syndrome to educate the public on this syndrome and assist animal shelters across America get their black shelter dogs adopted.

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.

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, 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.

At Ending Black Dog Syndrome [BlackDogSyndrome.org] the color of a dogs coat has nothing to do with the dogs’ temperament or personality. Ask any owner of a black dog. Ask me, we have three. 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? Ending Black Dog Syndrome

You can go to an animal shelter and adopt a black shelter dog.

You can talk about this syndrome with friends and family and encourage to adopt a black dog if they are looking for a dog.adopt a black dog.

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

Steven Monahan, Founder Donate EndingBlackDogSyndrome 

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