Black Dog Syndrome Kills

Black Dog Syndrome kills. Did you know that the most killed shelter dogs in America are black dogs?

It is so prevalent it has been named by shelter managers and animal welfare people as “Black Dog Syndrome”. The fear of black dogs is classified as a syndrome. Fear of black dogs is a phenomenon not only in America but throughout the world.

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Because of this bias and fear black dogs are passed over for adoption in favor of lighter-colored animals. Animal shelters work hard to overcome this syndrome from pet adopters but black dogs still remain the most abandoned and most euthanized dogs in animal shelters.

I spent 12 years involved with rescuing dogs. Everything from walking in and pulling them out of kill shelters, to taking them to vets, to bringing them to adoption events and to Pet Smart on Sundays to get dogs adopted. Through all this, one thing became apparent. Black dogs were the least adopted of all the dogs we rescued. Black furred dogs were the least adopted color of dogs in the shelters we went into as well. We always had a larger number of black dogs, versus light colored or mixed color dogs that did not get adopted by the end of the adoption event.

Where we could adopt other color dogs out on average in three months, some black dogs took up to a year…. some, even longer.

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.

There are many reasons for this bias including superstitious fear of black dogs, “old wives’ tales” about black dogs and black dogs depicted in movies and literature as evil or devilish. As examples 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 reported that most dogs for adoption are listed for about 3 months: whereas, black 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 shelter websites. This is easily overcome however by simply photographing black dogs in front of blue screens or blue paper.

At Green Pets, creators of the Black Dog Friday awareness campaign we believe that the color of a dog’s 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. They are as loving, smart and joyful to be with each day as any other dog.

Please help BLACK DOG FRIDAY spread the word about black dog syndrome. Next time you are ready to adopt a dog, please consider adopting a loving and loyal black dog. Black dog syndrome kills.





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Statistics Shelter Animals in Georgia

Statistics Shelter Animals in Georgia

In the Metropolitan Atlanta area  over 104,000 dogs and cats were killed in Atlanta area shelters.

To review individual statistics of each Georgia Animal Shelter. Click this link: 

This information is courtesy SPOT [Stop Pet Overpopulation Together] 


Shelter Stats

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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

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Black Dog Friday Video

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

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Celebrate Black Dog Friday

Celebrate Black Dog Friday today.

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Are you aware that Black dogs are the most overlooked, least adopted and therefore most euthanized dogs?

Please visit your local animal shelter or rescue group and adopt a wonderful Black Dog today.

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Black Dog Friday

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BLACK DOG FRIDAY – Rescue – Adoption – Awareness –  for Black Shelter Dogs, America’s most overlooked, least adopted and one of the most euthanized dogs.


There are many reasons for what is known as “Black Dog Syndrome”, including superstitious fear of black dogs, old wives’ tales about black dogs and even the fact they do not photograph well on animal shelters and rescue groups websites of dogs for adoption

With Rescue – Adoption – Awareness we get black shelter dogs rescued, vetted, fed, placed into foster care and finally adopted into loving homes.

We were founded in Atlanta, GA in 2004.  We are an IRS certified 501c3 Non-Profit Organization. Nationally Accredited and Gold Star rated by Great Non-Profits and Guide Star the National Non -Profit Rating Agency.

Our founder, Steve Monahan was recognized by the State Senate of Georgia for Humanitarian Service to Georgia’s people and pets and his home City of Woodstock, Ga for creating its first pet food pantry for families in need.

 Help save black shelter dogs in 4 simple ways

1.     Visit your shelter, or rescue group and adopt a black dog this Friday.

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

3.     Make a donation of whatever you can afford to Black Dog Friday so we can rescue, vet, feed, put into foster care, train and then adopt each dog into a new loving home. DONATE

4.     Visit our BLACK DOG FRIDAY ONLINE STORE and make a purchase to show you support our program.

At the Black Dog Friday Shop, we have custom logo designed merchandise with our BLACK DOG FRIDAY logo on t-shirts, sweatshirts, mugs, and more. Help spread the word to adopt black dogs every Friday from America’s animal shelters.

black dog fridaySupport  Black Dog Friday and our mission of Rescue – Adoption – Awareness for Black Shelter Dogs, America’s least adopted most euthanized dogs.



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Thank you for your support 

Steven Monahan, Executive Director & Founder, Green Pets America Charities and Black Dog Friday Rescue

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