The Black Dog Syndrome and Pet Adoption Issues

 Occasionally, just the way a shelter is set up can make a possible adopter discriminate against breed, color or size without even knowing it. Poor lighting and walls painted using darker tones are two elements that can lead to lower black dog adoption rates.

"Some shelters have tried to tackle the problem by having black dogs put on colorful bandanas," adds Sherri. "They may also promote black dogs by running 'black dog specials' at a brought down fee or even for free. All these are excellent ideas. Anything a shelter does to draw attention to black dogs would help improve their chances for adoption."

Why are these black dogs shunned? 

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