In 2013, Black Dog Appreciation Day & Black Dog Walk Events were started in Charlotte, North Carolina
Our goal is to level the playing field for Black Dogs by promoting public awareness of Black Dog Syndrome. "Black Dog Syndrome" is an all too real phenomenon for those in the shelter and rescue community.
What, exactly is Black Dog Syndrome? Well, it is not a disease. And it is not contagious.
What it is is a sad and surprising statistic:
• Black dogs are the last to be adopted and the first to be euthanized
• Placing a Black dog in a shelter is often a death sentence.
• Two thirds of all dogs that enter a shelter do not make it out.
• Black dogs are difficult to see in their crates and cages at shelters.
• Black dogs do not photograph as well as those with lighter coats.
• Many breeds of dark-coated dogs are often labeled as " mean" or "dangerous".
• People are less comfortable around black dogs because their expressions are harder to read.
• Black dogs are often portrayed as aggressive and dangerous in popular culture and media.
• The color black has associated with evil and misfortune.
But you can help!
- ADOPT a Black Dog, FOSTER a Black Dog, RESCUE a Black Dog, spay & neuter your pets, Volunteer, Advocate and WALK with us!
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