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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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.

Black Dog Syndrome


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FACEBOOK PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/Artoftheblackdog

 Amazon Books Link. https://www.amazon.com/Art-Black-Dog-Ending-Syndrome/dp/1976488141/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Steven Monahan AUTHOR PAGE amazon.com/author/stevenmonahan


 

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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.


Help Black Dog Syndrome.org end this terrible bias against black dogs.

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?

Click this link to see the Today Show Video for the Black Dog Story.

http://www.today.com/video/today/54812988

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.

Join Black Dog Syndrome.

 


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Black Dog Pickles

Black Dog Pickles. Are you aware that the least adopted,  most killed dogs are black shelter dogs?

Click this link to see the Today Show Video for the Black Dog Story.

http://www.today.com/video/today/54812988

To overcome this phenomenon Green Pets America has created an Awareness and Advocacy program. The program is Black Dog Pickles. Black Dog Pickles is our National Advocacy Program for ending 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.

 

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. Just ask me: we have three black rescue dogs. Our black dogs are as loving, playful, smart and a joy to be with each day as our other two, non-black dogs.


BLACK DOG PICKLES

So what are some positive things that you 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 article with your friends and family, encouraging them to consider adopting a black dog the next time they get a dog.

You can educate people that it’s not the color of the dog, but the size of her or his heart that is important. And you can now buy Black Dog Pickles to bring awareness to the cause.

And you can now buy Black Dog Pickles to bring awareness to the cause.


black dog pickles

We hand make Black Dog Pickles in small batches and sell them at Farmers Markets and Animal Welfare Fund Raising Events. We are looking for corporate sponsors to help us produce these in larger batches and distribute then regionally and nationally. If you want to help spread the word and end the killing of half a million black shelter dogs each year please contact us at Steve@GreenPetsAmerica. We are a501c3 nonprofit, founded in 2007 and recognized by the state Senate of Georgia for Humanitarian efforts for families and animals of Georgia.


All profits go to Green Pets America Charities 501c3 non-profit, for black dog syndrome education and rescue.

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