Most people don't realize (unless they're involved in rescue) how difficult it can be to place black dogs - also known as BBDs (Big Black Dogs). It's a phenomenon that has been recognized amongst shelter workers and rescue organizations for quite some time, but recently it has been receiving more mainstream attention.
There have been lots of discussions as to why the adoption rates for black dogs are so much lower than other dogs. Theories abound... they look scarier, they don't photograph as well, or they aren't as interesting or unusual as other options. But regardless of the reasons, the fact is that these dogs rarely make it out of shelters alive.
As a proud mom of Miss Mona Mae, a wonderful and delightful black pearl, I have a serious interest in promoting black dogs and the hardships they face when trying to find forever homes.
BARK Magazine's most recent issue featured a great article detailing the plight of black dogs in shelters. It's definitely worth taking the time to read. And a relatively new web site started last year - http://www.blackpearldogs.com/ - is committed to helping find forever homes for black dogs across the county and ending their "adoption disadvantage."
So the next time you or someone you know is considering adopting a new dog, please take a moment to notice that sweet black dog in the back of the kennel. Just because he doesn't stand out doesn't mean he won't be the best dog you've ever had.