Black Dog Syndrome

Did you know that Black Dogs are generally the last to be adopted and are euthanized in shelters in much larger numbers than any other type of dog? 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.”

One of the mainstream news sites 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 TIME are featuring articles on the subject. Websites such as also offer lovely resources.

The public is typically unaware that black dogs face such terrible odds at shelters, and are shocked that these beautiful dogs are euthanized in such high numbers. To find out what you can do to help, please visit our homepage.