When we first adopted Sasha, the people at the shelter were very surprised that we would want to take on such a dog. We were informed that black dogs are usually the last to be adopted and most people associate them with evil and meanness. It couldn’t be further from the truth with Sasha. She is extremely loving and sweet and quite a little character.
I went online recently and found a website called Black Pearl Dogs (Black Dog Syndrome). I was horrified and astonished at just how big an…epidemic this really is. Some shelters actually euthanizing black dogs (specifically black labs or lab mixes-which is what Sasha is) at an alarming rate. Thankfully the shelter we adopted her from is a no kill shelter. I fear for the lives of other black dogs in high kill shelters.
This kind of discrimination doesn’t stop at black dogs, black cats are also treated the same. It is disheartening that people would be this closed minded about a dog or a cat, simply because of their coloring.
Please be advised if you do visit that website, clicking on some of the links will take you to some graphic and disturbing pictures, but please visit that site and see how you, one person, can change the way that black dogs are viewed in society.
Black dogs did not ask to be born the way that they are, they were just born, and they love, even people they probably shouldn’t. Please take a chance on adopting a black dog or a black cat, they will change your life.