Could pet owners be racist? How about those who "pull" dogs from shelters, saving them by bringing them to private rescue programs? Would they actually dish a dog just because of his color? Umm.....maybe so. Just ask any dog or cat rescue volunteer. Black often translates to "unadoptable". For some odd reason, potential adopters are incapable of seeing black. Not even black with a tad of white. Has to be "tuxedo", enough white to be a real oreo in order to catch an adopter's eye. Unfortunately, this translates to...if a pet has the misfortune of landing in an animal shelter.....the blacker they are, the more they are doomed.. And even for black animals who do make it out to a rescue program, if they happen to be black, they may wait months, sometimes years, for their forever homes.
Animal shelters are nearly always full of wonderful black dogs and black cats. Ask them what percentage of them make it out and you'll find that it is very few. I don't know why this prejudice exists. Of course with cats, it could be superstition, but that is pretty ridiculous - ask any cat lover and they can relate stories of the sweetest, most amazing cats they have known who were black in color. Our own sold black cat, Gabe, adopted from Angels of Assisi, is simply incredible.
Speaking of black and incredible, meet "Dutch". He's a great black dog (touch of white) who is mostly Lab, mixed with something else, something made of joy and sweetness. He really has no faults other than his color. And why is that a fault? Like all black creatures, his coat is absolutely gorgeous right after he has a bath....I love the way it glistens when the sun hits it.. Dutch loves people, never meets a stranger. He's a quiet dog, and he's young, under 2 years old. He loves to play with other dogs and go on car rides.
Dutch was rescued from a high kill rural animal shelter on the very day that he was scheduled to be put down. We have been fostering him under Angels of Assisi's umbrella for many months....and he has been a wonderful ambassador for black dogs when he attends adoption fairs. But always when he is brought back to his kennel situation here, I imagine that I see disappointment in his eyes. After all, whenever I give him a bath and put on his bandana, I whisper in his ear that today might be the day..his day, the day that someone looks into his eyes and makes a forever commitment to make him a part of their family.
Let's bring black back. Think about it. In venues other than pets, we recognize that black is classy, upscale and elegant. Think furniture in a New York apartment, the model's amazing dress at the Hollywood cocktail party. The gentleman's dark overcoat you notice when he steps out of his sleek black BMW.
Black has value. Stamp it on a dog and it should increase the value, not decrease it! Let's stop the sad holocaust of black dogs and cats who take their last breath at an animal shelter.