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Black Dog Syndrome-Cats Too!

by Dr. Chris

Black Dog Syndrome is a condition where dogs and cats that have black coats are less likely to be adopted. This has forced many animal shelters to look for ways to get people to start adopting more black pets.


Although there is no scientific evidence that Black Dog Syndrome, or even Black Cat Syndrome exists, many shelter workers feel that black pets have a much higher risk of not being adopted and as a result are euthanized.

So why are black pets not adopted at the same rate as other pets? While no one knows for sure some of the reasons could be that they look meaner, superstitions, or the fact that they don?t photograph well.

Strategies to Reduce Black Dog Syndrome

Many pet shelters are getting creative and are coming up with different ideas to get black pets adopted.

One strategy includes reduced adoption fees and 2 or 1 adoption fees for black pets.

Another strategy involves taking better pictures of black pets.

In fact one person, photographer Seth Casteel, has launched a nonprofit program called Second Chance Photos.

Second Chance Photos teaches volunteers to more professional photos of shelter pets, especially black pets to encourage adoptions.

For tips on photographing black pets check out this USA Today article on Black Dog Syndrome.

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I have a hugh short haired black cat 15months old got him from a vets he has never been out of a unit or house and hand raised didnt know mother cat, so many problems with him but he is so handsome he is learning to live in our house with short trips out into the backyard but we cant leave him as he takes off and gets lost. So he has problems but he is just a lovely cat and so beautiful cant see how anyone can turn a black cat or dog colour into a syndrome its nuts, pounds get rid of animals on mass they have so many at one time. Taking care of domestic animals has to be looked at and councils have to have better policies and conditions for animals no aminals in a perfect world should be surrended and put down, can we change this over time there must be a way as adopton takes so long and some never get adopted out or end up at a pound more than once. The overall situation for domestic animals has to be adressed.

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I can believe black dog syndrome even though I think it is a very foolish basis for picking a dog. We have three Dachshunds, two of which are black & tan standards. The first was a Katrina stry whilst the second is a purchase for the first. Yes, they are all neutered. The third is a dark brown (chocolate)male that wandered in when hurricane Ike hit. The black & tans are handsome, friendly and loving. Color had no bearing on the choice of the second. I think that the female human reaches out better to white dogs than to blacks. I have not noted that sort of preference in male humans. Is this predilection for white dogs a woman thing?

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I have a black cat named Sammie. I remember when I adopted him from Forgotten-4-Paws years ago. It was a week before Halloween and I had to wait until 'after' Halloween to adopt him. I was ??'ng this and then they told me what can possibly happen with black cats around Halloween. I was sickened with this info. I did go back a week later and adopted him. How sad that there are crazy people out there. I love my black cat---kinda hard to take pic's of him, tho! :o

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