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Black Dog Syndrome

December 31st 2009 4:04 pm
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Did you know that Black Dogs are generally the last to be adopted and are euthanised in shelters in much larger numbers? People may consider them too “plain”, think they are menacing, or simply don’t notice them because their dark color makes them disappear in their kennels. Those involved in animal welfare have dubbed this phenomena "Black Dog Syndrome." According to Wikipedia, Black Dog Syndrome is defined as “the low adoption and high euthanasia rate of black dogs in shelters. Black dogs are often the last to be adopted from shelters.”

MSNBC recently featured an online article that said just that. If you are involved in animal welfare this is not news to you. What IS news is that large media outlets like MSNBC and USA Today as well as publications like BARK Magazine and TIME are featuring articles on the subject. Websites such as Black Pearl Dogs also offer wonderful resources.

The public is typically unaware that black dogs face such terrible odds at shelters, and are shocked that these wonderful dogs are euthanised in such high numbers. To find out what you can do to help, visit or Better yet, visit your local shelter and adopt a Black Pearl dog today!


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Barked by: Remy (1999-2007) (Dogster Member)

February 22nd 2010 at 9:14 am

My mom never knew about this until after she got me - and then she thought it was ridiculous because A) I was the best dog she ever had B) There is no BETTER doggie than a black doggie (except for my sibs that are still down below!) and C) LOOK at HOW ADORABLE you two are! BLACK DOGS RULE! oxoxox, Love Rems
Barked by: Oliver Louis 2002 ~ 2012 (Dogster Member)

February 22nd 2010 at 9:15 am

Seriously? My brother Rems was the best doggie in the world when he was here - and he was a beautiful black dog! Mom says she wants to find another doggie that looks just like Rems (and Dixie too - because she looks so much like him!) oxoxox, Ollie Lou

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