Don't Hate Me Because I am Black

Mark Gordon BrownStarred Page By Mark Gordon Brown, 14th Sep 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
Posted in Wikinut>Guides>Pets>Adoption & Rescue launches its "Adopt a Less Adoptable Pet Week" September 17 to 23. Among the many pets that are considered less adoptable are black cats and black dogs.

Black Pets Are Less Adoptable

You're right, I am not black, but if I were a black cat or a black dog, that is what I would be thinking. In fact "Don't Hate Me Because I Am Black" was something I saw last year on, a caption over the photo of a lovely looking black cat.

Black cats and dogs are considered less adoptable than other colored cats and dogs.

You would think that in these modern times superstitious prejudice would not influence people in regards to such a thing as pet adoption, but apparently it does, and black cats are harder to adopt than other colored cats.

Color is not their Fault

I have always loved black cats and found them beautiful, as you may recall I was very goth and what goes best with black clothes? A black cat!

Pets have no control over the color they were at birth, people have more control over their skin color (and hair color) than pets do, and yet we judge them for their genetics. Hundreds are euthanized every week for one reason; being born with black fur.

I am not an expert on pet genetics but as I understand it black Labrador retrievers are more common than the other colors of labs, and that black is a very common cat color. Could be that people are avoiding black pets just because they are seen as “common”? We think of ourselves as special ourselves even if there are millions of people with the same skin and hair color as we have, so why can't black cats and black dogs be special too?

Visit and Visit your Local Animal Shelter

September 17 to September 23, 2012 is's special program called “Adopt a Less-Adoptable Pet Week”, but any time is a good time to consider adopting a pet.

When you adopt a pet the number one concern should not be color, it should be the personality of the pet. If you are interested in adopting a pet, and saving a life, spend the time with many pets and consider which one has the personality that fits your lifestyle best.

If you are considering adopting a pet please visit your local animal shelter and consider adopting a less adoptable pet. If you want to browse adoptable pets in Canada, or the USA, please visit If you know of an animal shelter not linked to Petfinder please tell them about Petfinder so they can use this as a way to promote their pets.

To see Petfinder's 2012 gallery of nearly 1,000 less adoptable pets, click here.

Other Less Adoptable Pets

Some of the other less adoptable pets include:

Senior Cats
Senior Dogs
Pitbull Dogs
Animals who have been Injured or are Deformed (missing an eye) in some way
Blind or Deaf Pets
Pets with Health Concerns
Other Types of Pets (rabbits, guinea pigs, and so forth).

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Raised in Michigan, I have a son who recently joined the Military. I am living in Canada with my wife where we have a hobby farm.

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
14th Sep 2012 (#)

Nice article on animals, particularly on cats. Somehow it is related to other creatures too. Thanks.

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
14th Sep 2012 (#)

As a child, I had a thing for black cats because the story books said that they were witch's cat's especially the ones with green eyes.
Little later I began to see things differently and adopted them on the wall.
My dog was black with tan and white as with my cat, they are the most loving creatures on the planet and I love animals a lot.
You are right, discrimination of pets because of their colour is very wrong thing and it is all dependent on the outlook to life.
Animals never kill for sport and when they share the love, they do it from the bottom of their heart and although they don't voice it, its the way they are around you that speaks volumes.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
14th Sep 2012 (#)

heartrending Mark..thank you and were not black cats prized in ancient Egypt! I have to agree with Lada A for a change

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author avatar Christine Crowley
14th Sep 2012 (#)

This really is heart rendering. I love black cats and, although I don't have one, would adopt a black cat or dog.

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author avatar Denise O
14th Sep 2012 (#)

Well I have a black dog and I love him, now if Bugg and Tee would take to kitties, we would get a black cat also. Great information on adopting a less adoptable pet week. As always, thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
14th Sep 2012 (#)

I have to say that I disagree. Although by the quirk of time we currently have one ginger and one white/black cat - I remember fondly having black cats when I was young.

In my wife's culture there is a saying that when a black cat crosses you path it brings good luck, it is other cats crossing you path that bring bad omens.

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author avatar Don Rothra
14th Sep 2012 (#)

Nice work Mark. We always deal with HALT. "Help Animals Live Today." I agree, color should not be factor in adopting a pet.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
14th Sep 2012 (#)

To Peter, shelters here in Canada, and the USA have found that black cats are less adoptable. They are euthanized more that other color cats or dogs.

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author avatar johnnydod
15th Sep 2012 (#)

I never realized that the colour of an animal mattered when it comes to adoption, thanks for bringing this to light Mark.

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author avatar Katherine Johnson
16th Sep 2012 (#)

Thank you, I used to have a black cat named Presley, and I loved him but now I have a white cat named Pearl. However, I never noticed that the black ones were not getting adopted, and I was going to write something witty about being black as I am a black woman but you are not black but you are a great writer.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
18th Sep 2012 (#)

thanks for this surprising and very sad information, hopefully it will help people choose from this list of the less chosen...

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author avatar krrymarie
2nd Oct 2012 (#)

Nice write. I myself do not like black dogs, I do cats but not dogs. I also had a dog ( greyhound) that did not like black dogs! The reason why I don't is cos i was attacked by a dog which was black! but it is sad that the color of a dog matters it should be the nature of a dog not color or cuteness.

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author avatar ORourkeDesigns
1st Mar 2015 (#)

This is so true... I only get black cats for this same reason. Thank you so much for writing this one!

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author avatar Chuoljock tap lia
12th Apr 2017 (#)

i have been try to fined a house for the last 8.5 mounts sins that nonsense took place in Gigi with the seat of Ethiopia. can you place least me a room for 24 hours .

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