Overcoming Black Pet Syndrome

Connie McKinneyStarred Page By Connie McKinney, 21st Jan 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/srv3syc3/
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Black dogs and cats are often the last ones to be adopted from a shelter. Find out why this phenomenon happens and what you can do to help save unwanted animals.

What is Black Pet Syndrome?


Black dogs and cats are often overlooked by prospective pet owners.
They pass them by and choose to adopt an animal with lighter fur, leaving the darker animals to languish behind bars at the shelter. Sadly, many black dogs and cats are euthanized because they can't find permanent homes.
Black Pet Syndrome, also known as Black Dog Syndrome and Black Dog Bias, is a problem faced by animal shelters across the country, according to Time magazine. One reason is black animals don't photograph as well as light-colored ones do.
My husband and I recently adopted a year-old black cat named Bo after one of our cats, Tara, had to be euthanized two weeks before Christmas. Bo joins Sammy, a 2-year-old black cat we adopted about 15 months ago. Both Sammy and Bo came from our local humane society. We're not afraid to adopt black animals, and we hope others will join us in that belief.

Myths About Black Pets

There are a lot of myths and superstitions about black animals. Black cats are supposed to bring bad luck. About the only bad luck our black cats have brought us so far happened last summer. Sammy jumped up on the kitchen table and knocked over a salt shaker, which shattered on the floor. I blame it on Sammy's naughtiness not bad luck.
Many people mistakenly believe black animals are evil and agents of the devil. Not my cats. Bo may be the sweetest cat we've ever had. He's quick to jump into our laps and snuggle with us. He loves to be petted and held. Sammy isn't as cuddly as Bo but he can be a sweetheart, too. He has this habit of rubbing up against people's ankles and purring. He doesn't like sitting in our laps but he will sit near us if we're watching TV or reading on the couch.
Another myth about black animals is they're more aggressive than lighter ones. They look dark and scary. Nothing could be further from the truth. Both my black cats can be naughty but they're never nasty.
Here is some more information about Black Dog Syndrome:

Helping to Overcome Black Pet Syndrome


Solving Black Pet Syndrome is easy. When you adopt a pet, look for a black one. You'll be saving the life of a lonely, black animal.
If you choose a black cat, you will gain another advantage. Black cats tend to have the softest, shiniest fur. Our nickname for Sammy is Silky Sammy. His fur is sleek, shiny and silky.
So why not adopt a black pet today? You'll be glad you did - although you may need to replace your salt shaker.

Here's an article I did on petsitting
Here's one I did on pet benefits

Attribution


The video came from You Tube.
I took the pictures of my cats myself.
This article used some information from Time magazine.

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Cats, Cats As Pets, Cats At Home, Pet Adoption, Pet Animals, Pet Ownership, Pets

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
22nd Jan 2014 (#)

I love black animals had three cats and two dogs, nice post and interesting as well. Adopt an animal regardless of the color, my two black catss were so cute and playful!

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author avatar Connie McKinney
22nd Jan 2014 (#)

Me too, Fern. I love the black animals.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
22nd Jan 2014 (#)

how lovely to have written this Connie..the saying is...black is beautiful and so it is...

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
22nd Jan 2014 (#)

Interesting. I'd never thought about this. Sharing.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
22nd Jan 2014 (#)

Thanks, Phyl. Black animals are the best.

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author avatar Retired
22nd Jan 2014 (#)

This was a wonderful post. I had never thought about how the colour of an animal could work against it being able to find a good home. We have had all colours of cats and dogs over our lifetime and the colour of an animal really is not important to their temperment.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
23rd Jan 2014 (#)

Thanks, Carol. Agreed. The color of the pet should not matter.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
23rd Jan 2014 (#)

Dont Breed, Adopt there's a lot of animals waiting in the kennels and pounds as well stores waiting for a lovable home!

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author avatar Connie McKinney
23rd Jan 2014 (#)

So true, Fern. I couldn't agree with you more.

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
23rd Jan 2014 (#)

I have never known an unfriendly black dog or cat Connie . Some people have ridiculous ideas, and this is the first time I have heard of this silly one .
God bless you
Stella ><

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
23rd Jan 2014 (#)

ps ..Your black cats look lovely . I hope you get many years of enjoyment from them.
Bless you
Stella ><

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author avatar Connie McKinney
24th Jan 2014 (#)

Thanks, Stella. I love my black kitties. I agree. Black animals are sweet and beautiful.

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author avatar Retired
24th Jan 2014 (#)

I have a tabby, so I am not going to exchange her, but it is true that you actually see less black than other coloured cats. I think they look quite beautiful and would not mind one as a pet had I not already got the one I have.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
24th Jan 2014 (#)

Thanks, Jackalynn. They are gorgeous, aren't they?

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author avatar Delicia Powers
24th Jan 2014 (#)

Connie well researched and written. I would be sure to choose the least likely to be adopted too...such silly supertious... ...thanks Connie

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author avatar Connie McKinney
25th Jan 2014 (#)

Thanks, Delicia.

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author avatar Mariah
6th Feb 2014 (#)

Lovely to hear you have adopted Bo since losing Tara.
I had a black cat for years when growing up, he was the most affectionate animal, his fur was sleek and shiny.
Such a shame that black coloured animals are second rated Connie, good on you for highlighting this.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
6th Feb 2014 (#)

Mariah, aren't black cats gorgeous? I love them. I wish more people did.

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author avatar Mariah
8th Feb 2014 (#)

They are gorgeous..I found our black cat wandering about our road when he was a kitten, he was cold and thin looking, he was most likely part of a litter that nobody wanted and was left out in the open to fend for himself.
I was fourteen when we took him in, I pleaded with my parents to keep him, and thankfully they agreed.
I still think about him even now, he died of old age after a long and contented life.
wouldn't have missed having him for the world Connie.

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author avatar Mariah
8th Feb 2014 (#)

They are gorgeous..I found our black cat wandering about our street when he was a kitten, he was cold and hungry, most likely part of a litter that nobody wanted, and left out in the open to fend for himself.
I was fourteen at the time, and I pleaded with my parents to take him in, thankfully they agreed.
He died of old age after a long and contented life, even now I still think of him, wouldn't have missed having him for the world Connie.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
8th Feb 2014 (#)

Such a wonderful story, Mariah. Maybe you can expand it for a story here on Wikinut?

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author avatar Mariah
8th Feb 2014 (#)

Might well do Connie, why not
thank you

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author avatar spirited
26th Feb 2014 (#)

I had never heard of this bias before. I know having the black dog means you are depressed.

This comes from folklore about black demon hellhounds from hell causing depression I think.

People seem to like black cars though...

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author avatar Connie McKinney
26th Feb 2014 (#)

Spirited, unfortunately the bias exists. It's too bad. My two black kitties are so beautiful.

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