Black Dog Syndrome Super Hero Award






Black Dog Syndrome Super Hero Award. This is an article about the 2016 and upcoming 2017 Black Dog Syndrome Super Hero Award.

2016 Winner.

Congratulations to the Black Dog Syndrome Super Hero Award recipient Max A Pooch and Keith Sanderson.

The Black Dog Syndrome Super Hero award is presented by Green Pets America Charities and Black Dog This special award recognizes outstanding black dogs, America’s most euthanized shelter dogs. The Black Dog Friday Super Hero Award is awarded to the super dog and owner that exemplify Black Dog Fridays vision of: “Unleashing the power of a dogs love into the world”

The 2016 winners Max A Pooch and Keith Sanderson exemplify the spirit of this award. They also exemplify our parent organization Green Pets America Charities focus on, People Pets and Planet.

Max A Pooch was turned into an animal shelter at the age of six months. From his behavior, it was evident he had no training or socialization. He was fearful of men and his behavior indicated prior to his adoption he had probably spent most of his life in a basement.

Keith showed Max the love and attention he needed and now Max is a Super Hero to his community and to all America. Max A Pooch has done many things that have raised awareness about animal advocates, rescue dogs, and recycling. He was the inspiration for the popular Pet Life Radio network program Max A Pooch’s Awesome Animal Advocates.

Max A Pooch is known as the black Lab who turns green, as Max picks up thoughtlessly thrown away cans on the sidewalks and streets, putting them in the trash where humans should have done. Max is one smart Green Dog. Max was rescued, recycled and reloved and now our hero dog Max shows others how to rescue and recycle as well. Max A Pooch sorts litter and puts recyclables in a recycling box and trash in a trash box.  When he performs, he proves these tasks are so easy even a dog can do them. Which of course leads to the question if a dog can do this, why can’t more humans?

Max has performed on stage, special events for recycling and animal rescues, and on Television from Chicago to Knoxville raising the awareness of homeless cats and dogs. He performs because he was thrown away and hates to see anything thrown away whether it is a pooch or a plastic bottle. And he proves that black rescue dogs make great companions. Max A Pooch and his human companion Keith Sanderson also volunteer at the Monroe County Tennessee animal shelter at fund raisers.


The mission of Black Dog Syndrome is to ensure the adoption of our black shelter dogs, [750,000] euthanized yearly in America’s animal shelter.

Green Pets Americas founder has 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 Green Pets and other rescue groups around America, to placing them in foster care and working diligently to adopt them. Steve spent many a weekend at Pet Smart with two dozen dogs trying to get them adopted.

Through all this, one thing became apparent to Steve. The shelters he went into to rescue death row dogs had a higher than usual selection of black dogs, versus light colored, or mixed color dogs to rescue from area animal shelters.

He noticed that black dogs languished not only much longer in shelters, but rescue groups as well. Where shelters or rescues could adopt other colors out on average in three months, some black dogs took up to a year…. Some, even more.

So Steve did some research and found that Green Pets America’s 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. Because of this bias, black shelter dogs are one of the most euthanized dogs in America.

He learned that 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 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.

To educate people, shelters and rescues and help them get Black Dogs adopted into loving homes, Black Dog Friday was created.  The focal point is education, awareness and adoption. The Black Dog Syndrome Super Hero Award is the pinnacle of the national education and awareness piece. Black dogs and their owners that exemplify the black dog mantra of, “Unleashing the power of a dogs love into the world” are recognized nationally throughout the year for their work and contributions to their communities.

For more information on Black Dog or Green Pets America Charities, visit their websites.

2017 Black Dog Syndrome Super Hero Award

Enter your black dog for the Black Dog Syndrome Super Hero Award.

The 2017 Super Hero Award Winner will have his or her story told and shared with America. To enter just tell us why your black dog is your Super Hero. The article should be 200 or more words. Please email your story article and your Super Hero dogs picture, and your picture as well to