February~black dog & cat syndrome~ Breaking the Stigma for Black Dogs & Cats~


Black dog syndrome or big black dog syndrome is a disputed phenomenon in which black dogs are passed over for adoption in favor of lighter-colored animals.[1] 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.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_dog_syndrome

Black dogs, wait longer for adoption & are adopted less frequently. A higher percentage of perfectly healthy, adoptable dogs die in shelters because they are black. It's known as black dog syndrome. People associate light with good/safe and dark with bad/scary. Black dogs do not photograph well, & in shelters seem to "disappear to the eye" as potential adopters walk through. Even puppies can take longer and adult black dogs, especially larger ones, take the longest. It's very sad!

Black dogs, wait longer for adoption & are adopted less frequently. A higher percentage of perfectly healthy, adoptable dogs die in shelters because they are black. It's known as black dog syndrome. People associate light with good/safe and dark with bad/scary. Black dogs do not photograph well, & in shelters seem to "disappear to the eye" as potential adopters walk through. Even puppies can take longer and adult black dogs, especially larger ones, take the longest. It's very sad!:

Often times, the animals at the shelter are scared and stay towards the back of the kennel. If the shelter is poorly lit, the darker animals are harder to see. But please know this, around here, we think black dogs are pretty damn amazing. They could even be called “lifesavers”. So if you are looking for a new companion, head down to your shelter and pick out a black dog or cat. After all, black never goes out of style. And don’t forget, #blackdogsrule #blackcatsrule

Breaking the Stigma for Black Dogs & Cats

Have you ever thought about why some people are not keen to adopt a black dog or cat?  This is a problem that we come across every day and that we find heartbreaking.

560143_406019319489711_351252529_nIn the USA for example, they have chosen February asBlack Dog and Cat Syndrome Awareness Month in an effort to draw attention to the stigma as to why people always overlook black dogs and cats at shelters.

This is not only a serious problem in the USA but also in other countries.  In Portugal in general and at Aanifeira, many people will look straight past a black animal to choose a lighter coloured one.   But what are the reasons behind this one would wonder?  People often associate black cats with witchcraft and superstition.

220px-Anarchist_black_cat_svgSince the 1800’s the colour black has been associated with anarchism and the black cat, in an alert, fighting stance was later adopted as an anarchist symbol.  All of this would have fired even more the myths, superstitions and stigmas that surround a black cat today.

Large black dogs might look rather more menacing than others and perhaps too the reference to the proverbial ‘black sheep’ of the family when choosing a pet for adoption, also has some influence.  In truth they don’t always photograph as well as lighter coloured animals as their features do not show up and very sadly, in the USA, they are the last to be adopted and the first to be euthanized!

The truth of the matter is that they are no different to other animals and have exactly the same temperaments.   In some countries like Great Britain and Ireland the black cat is considered good luck and the Scottish say they bring prosperity to a home.  In Japan black cats are also considered good luck.   Black dogs are also thought to bring prosperity to a household in some countries.

Whatever it is, shelters everywhere need to work in promoting that Black is Beautifulto draw awareness to these animals needing adoption.  We at Aanifeira have a large number of black dogs and cats of all sizes just waiting for adoption and which would make wonderful pets.

One cat rescue site in the USA, Precious Paw Rescue came up with a wonderful list of excellent reasons as to why someone should adopt a black cat that can be checked outhere.

Another 10 very good reasons for adopting a black dog are given on the The Black Pearls of the Dog World site and can be checked out here.

Remember BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL this month so let’s all do our best to break the stigma!

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Iola on the TV show "Mama's Family" had a black cat named Midnight. When it died she had it stuffed and preserved.

In the movie/book "The Hotel New Hampshire" the family had a black dog named Sorrow.  When it was put down, one of the sons had it stuffed and gave it back to the family for a gift.

I hear you on the stigma of black dogs.

Ever see the movie "Practical Magic"?

Believe me, I got a chill when a black dog appeared out of nowhere and started hanging around me and my house while I was working on it right before I was to have possibly life-saving surgery.  I tried not to think of the superstition behind black dogs.

But everything worked out OK surgery wise so I'm willing to give black dogs a chance.

My first cat was a stray, a black cat. 

we have a black kitty she is amazing.   those who do not like black kitties should be tazered. shot.. cut up and fed to the pigs. 

Black DOgs and Black cats are my favorites! My best and favorite familiar was a black cat named Layla. We had her 15 yrs before she quietly passed on in her sleep at my feet.

Thank you for the post, I have reposted these on my FB page. I love my black cat Frederick sooo much, he is my handsome kitty Valentine. He is such a good buddy, always there to comfort me and watches over his little adoptive sister. I have so many nicknames for him like Black Beauty and Mr. Velvet. A true friend is very special - any species and color they might be.

This is my "rescue" dog, and in truth she rescued me.  I got her two years ago in February as a pet-sitting gig and her owner decided that the big city she moved to was no place for her, and I ended up keeping her.  She's one of the most beautiful dogs I've ever come across, solid black, and the most wonderful temperament.  I've trained her as an ESA for psychiatric help, she alerts to panic attacks, grounds, helps me take my medication, reminds me to eat, tells people where my phone is if I'm disassociated and many other service dog skills.  My province doesn't accept self-trained dogs as service dogs.  She wears a vest because she's so black and we live up north where it's dark out at 4:00 in the evening, and we've almost been hit by vehicles.  In this picture she's at the library ('cause my library is awesome and allows pets!) looking sulky 'cause I have a cookie.

When I heard that black dogs were very rarely adopted, I was kinda surprised, Mya is breath taking, and everyone always comments how beautiful she is.  If I was to adopt another pet, I'll be sure to look for another black creature to take home.  They don't deserve the stigma, just like I don't deserve the stigma for my disabilities placed upon me.  Did I mention she was part wolf as well?

I had a black cat named Inky when I was younger. She was very sweet, graceful, and fine-boned. Now I have black cat named Alphonse. He's big/broad, really tolerant, likes greeting strangers, and loves sleeping cuddled up with any of "his" people. I've met so many wonderful black cats, it seems like they tend be really sweet compared to other cats.

I can't believe that this is still such a problem in this day and age, but I still meet people, who are reluctantly willing to accept that I have a cat, as long as he's not black. WTF?!

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