Start off every day with, Today’s Dog Humor from Black Dog Friday.
The mission of Black Dog Friday is to ensure the welfare of companion animals, particularly our black shelter dogs, and “Unleash the power of a black dogs’ love”
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, 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.
“Unleash the power of a Black Dogs Love”
Adopt a black shelter or rescue dog.
Talk about this 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, http://BlackDogFriday.org 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 http://cafepress.com/blackdogfriday. 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 – BlackDogFriday.org