Teaching Kids Color Doesn’t Matter

Teaching Kids A Persons or Dogs Color shouldn't Matter

“Teaching Kids color doesn’t matter”


Green Pets newest “pet” project is an awareness campaign for “Black Dog Friday”. Black Dog Syndrome is a real thing.  A phenomenon that most shelter workers deal with daily. 

People judge dogs by their color

Black Dogs get passed over for lighter colored dogs

Black Dogs are least adopted and therefore the most euthanized of all shelter dogs

Dark furred dogs rot in their kennels waiting for someone to love them.

Lighter colored siblings get adopted out immediately.


At Green Pets we ask… is the color of a dog the kind of judgement we want to teach our children?  The thought process of thinking one dog is better than the other, solely based on a dog’s color is wrong. It’s equal to making the same judgement about the people in our community. 

Treatment of our animals is a deep seeded psycho social issue.  As an example, there’s a direct link to animal abuse and domestic abuse.  And between judgment of people by color. 

We hope to change seeded bias with the “Black Dog Friday” educational campaign. We do this in many ways including teaching in schools the humane treatment of all animals, regardless of age, color or breed. 

As the saying goes, if you know better you do better. At Green Pets we work daily to ensure via education that our next generation will do better when it comes to loving and caring for all companion animals, regardless of breed, age or color. 


Black Dog Friday

  • Teaching children dogs and people are the same regardless of color.
  • Getting black dogs adopted from shelters every Friday.
  • Connecting people to awesome dogs… and dogs to awesome people.
  • Helping end People, Gender and Animal bias in America

Black Dog Friday  – Teaching Kids Color Doesn’t Matter

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Teaching Kids Color Doesn't Matter

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Black Dog Syndrome Killing America’s Black Dogs

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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

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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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What Is The Black Dog Syndrome?

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Did you know that black dogs are the most killed dogs in America?

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Animal Shelters know it and animal rescue groups know it but the general public is unaware of this tragic fact. Black dog syndrome is a phenomenon in which black dogs are passed over for adoption in favor of lighter-colored animals. Animal shelters often use the term BBD, or big black dog, to describe the type of larger dark-colored mixed-breed said to be typically passed over by adopters.

The Black Dog Phenomenon may be due to a number of factors. Research has identified geographic location, fear against certain breed types, and the fact that large, black dogs are often portrayed as aggressive in film and on television as possible correlates. Initial research at one location identified a longer period experienced by black dogs before adoption.

Some people believe that during the pet adoption process some potential owners associate the color black with evil or misfortune (similar to the common superstition surrounding black cats, and this bias transfers over to their choice of dog. Additionally, many shelters feature photo profiles of their dogs on the shelter website. Because black dogs do not photograph well, lighter-colored dogs have an advantage with potential adopters browsing the site.

In a 2011 study by the ASPCA, appearance was the most frequently cited reason for adopters’ selection of a dog of both puppies and adult dogs.

The issue has been gaining media attention since the mid-2000s. Tamara Delaney, an early activist against black dog syndrome, developed a website called Black Pearl Dogs in 2004 specifically to address the issue, both by educating the public about its existing, as well as showcasing individual dogs available for adoption.

As an animal rescuer myself, founding and running a no kill rescue, I have seen this bias often. Black dogs are harder to adopt at our rescue and in the shelters we go into they are harder for them to adopt as well. I was curious about this and did some research.

We have found that in a 1998 study of 1,468 relinquished dogs offered for adoption at a local humane society found having a primarily black coat color was a variable associated with euthanasia, while gold, gray, and white coats colors were significant predictors of successful adoption.

A 2002 study published in the Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science of dog and cat adoption in California animal shelters found pure black coat colors to be negative factors in adoption rates for both dogs and cats.

A 2010 PhD thesis analyzing multiple factors found a measurable variance contributing to dogs with primarily black coats being euthanized rather than adopted

A 2013 study published in the journal Anthrozoos displayed photographs of dogs colored either yellow or black, and with floppy ears or pointy ears. It found that “participants rated the yellow dog significantly higher than the black dog on the personality dimensions of Agreeableness, Conscientiousness, and Emotional Stability.[ It also found differences significant difference in ratings based on ear size, indicating “that people attribute different personality characteristics to dogs based solely on physical characteristics of the dog.

Additionally a study presented at the 2013 International Society for Anthrozoology conference that showed participant’s pictures of cats and dogs of varying colors found white cats were considered the friendliest, orange cats second friendliest, and black cats were considered least friendly. Among dogs, yellow dogs were considered friendliest, brown dogs second friendliest, and black dogs least friendly. Darker pets were similarly judged less adoptable and black dogs were considered the most aggressive.

This bias needs to end. Black dogs are as loving and friendly and protecting as any other dog. In our present time we have to accept science and facts and not be ruled by old wives tales or superstitions. Black dogs can and soon will become America’s favorite dogs if we have a say in it.

At BLACKdogFRIDAY we intend to be the passionate and reasoned voice for Black Dogs. To start the education process we have created a national campaign to save black shelter dogs. We are partnering with Green Pets America Charities, the no kill animal welfare organization we founded in 2004 to raise awareness and help shelters and rescue groups get these beautiful dogs adopted.

To that end we have launched a nationally campaign named BLACK dog FRIDAY. The purpose being that every Friday at every shelter across America Black Dog Adoptions will be promoted. We want to educate the public and accurately portray black dogs as the loving dogs they are. Additionally we want people to recognize them as good protectors as well. To that end we created the tagline…”Adopt a Black Dog – bring love and protection into your home”

You can help Black dog Friday become a regular Friday Adoption event in your community. Please call your shelter. Give them this flyer. Tell your friends. Tell the news in your area. They can also download this flyer for free at our website at BLACKDOGFRIDAY.org

Additionally you can help adopt black dogs by posting this flyer on your Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest and other sites. And if you are able please make a tax-deductible donation at Green Pets America no kill. IRS NON PROFIT EIN #77-0681947

“Adopt a black dog – bring love into your home”

 

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