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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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.

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10 Year Anniversary Green Pets America

10 Year Anniversary Green Pets America.

Green Pets America is not your usual rescue the dogs nonprofit. Hi, I’m Steven Monahan, Founder-Executive Director of Green Pets America Charities. We are both an animal welfare and an animal rights organization. Green Pets America cover’s a lot of needs in our overarching vision to keep families and their companion animals safe and together.

As an “animal welfare” organization we are a compassionate and articulate voice for the safety and compassionate care of our beloved companion animals.

As an “animal rights” organization we argue for a right to life for all companion animals through our Companion Animal Right to Life group, named CARLA.

The vision of Green Pets America is in its name. Pets, or more appropriately stated “companion animals” are a precious resource to be sustained and not thrown away.  Green Pets believes our companion animals are not disposable but deserve a right to life and when in shelters must be rescued, renewed and rehomed. We were founded in Atlanta, GA in 2007. GPAC is a nationally recognized Gold Star Rated 501c3 Non-Profit Organization. Steve Monahan and GPAC were recognized by the State Senate of Georgia and other entities for their dedication to families and companion animals.

The concept for Green Pets America Charities was based on Steve’s desire to give a second chance at life for dogs sitting in death row kill shelters. Steve survived a terminal illness and felt compelled to help animals get a new chance at life, just as he was blessed to receive.

In the past 10 years, GPA has rescued, renewed and rehomed over 1,000 death row shelter animals throughout Georgia. Dog Food was given to places like Papas Pantry, Must Ministries, and The Cherokee Animal Shelter.  A need was filled by helping families keep their pets with them when the tough times hit. Additionally, we have helped children in need of a service dog secure one so they can get around safely, living a happy wholesome life just like all their friends.

10 Year Anniversary Green Pets America.Green Pets is keenly aware a phenomenon called “Black Dog Syndrome”.  It’s a sad truth that leaves black dogs in shelters much longer than their tan-furred brethren.  Just like certain breeds, dogs shouldn’t be judged on the color of their fur or their breed.

Green Pets helped honor our local working K9s by providing a fenced in area at the Woodstock police station for a K9 outdoor “break room”.  Our police K9 is on the job protecting us 24/7 and Green Pets America believes we all should love and celebrate these working officers, with the dignity, honor, and respect they deserve.

Steve Monahan, Green Pets Founder, said; Green Pets is not your basic rescue the dogs nonprofit. In our day to day efforts, we seek to fill the gaps in animal welfare that exist by providing needed resources to ensure families and their beloved pets remain bonded and together in hard times.

We listen to families and their individual needs. It may be helping with funds to pay for routine veterinary care for a beloved pet. Or emergency care when a dog or cat is injured.  It even means providing resources for spay and neutering. The State Senate of Georgia and City Council of Woodstock Georgia recognized Green Pets for their service to Georgia’s families and pets.

As Green Pets takes a moment to look back on the last 10 years, we look to the future not the past. We work for and look forward to the bright and shining day when our companion animals will  be cared for with compassion and have a right to life, just as we do. Our companion animals teach us how to live with one another in peace. They teach us unconditional love for ourselves and for one another.

If you love dogs as we do and want to help them live full lives we know you will love viewing and reading our two best selling books. ART OF THE BLACK DOG, AND RESCUE RENEW REHOME. Both available on AMAZON BOOKS.Rescue Renew Rehome

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