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diggy
03-01-2012, 10:12 PM
Do you suffer from black dog syndrome?


Do you find yourself perusing online photos of animal shelter dogs and finding lighter-coloured dogs cuter than darker ones?


If so, the Winnipeg Humane Society says it can help. Its Black Dog Club seeks to combat the so-called "unintentional discrimination" of black dogs.
Black dog syndrome is the belief that black dogs are less likely to be adopted from animal shelters because of their colour.


According to the Winnipeg Humane Society, "it's not just superstitions, but deep-seated beliefs in society" that black dogs are usually passed over by pet owners.


"This phenomenon of bias is seen in animal shelters and veterinary clinics across the world (and) may be due to a number of factors," according to a statement from the society. "It could be a stigma of fear against certain dog breeds, and even the fact that black dogs are often portrayed as aggressive and dangerous in popular culture and media."


Dog owners also may be influenced by certain myths about the colour "black" being associated with "evil or misfortune," it said.


Other factors may not be seen as ominous.


Perhaps it's because dark-coloured dogs "often do not photograph well," compared with their lighter coloured brethren, the society said.


Yet club member Jill Somers, 29, said the reason she adopted her six-month old Labrador-boxer mix Franklin is because of his colour and breed.


Somers said she adopted Franklin because she heard superstitions about black animals and felt it was wrong that darker-coloured animals have a bad rap.


"I had a black cat before and he was a great cat. I felt bad that because of the colour of their fur . . . they're not being adopted over other ones," she explained.


The Winnipeg Humane Society's Black Dog Club began last fall. There are about 155 members who meet for a monthly walk with their pets, with new members being drawn by the society's ad campaign informing pet owners of black dog syndrome.


Greg Berg, the club's outreach co-ordinator, said the aim is to debunk myths about darker-coloured dogs.


"A black dog isn't less desirable," he said. "Black dogs are just as friendly."
Club member perks include lifetime discounts on Winnipeg Humane Society products.


"Go and pick out something bright for your new black dog! After all, black goes with everything!" the Winnipeg Humane Society said in an upbeat post on its website.


Misconceptions about dark-coloured pets goes beyond dogs.


Mandy Chepeka, communications manager at the Ottawa Humane Society, said black cats also experience the same visibility problem.


"Black dogs tend to be invisible. When you walk by them in the adoption pods, they don't just register the same way, for whatever reason," she said.


The Ottawa Humane Society is considering a program to help fight the stigma about darker animals.


"We do notice it from time to time," she said. "Sometimes, the black (pets) will remain in the adoption centre longer."


The Windsor/Essex County Humane Society says it's also noticed black dogs and cats get overlooked.


However, a manager at the society said it might not be outright "discrimination." Rather, it could be that colourful pets are more eye-catching.


There are also certain harmless presumptions about the colour black as a "boring" colour for a pet.


The society's "meet your match" pet adoption program can combat black dog syndrome, she said. Potential pet owners are matched with dogs according to criteria chosen by the owner, such as an animal's behaviour and personality, without referring to its appearance or colour.


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EAGLE EYE
03-02-2012, 01:09 AM
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diggy
03-02-2012, 01:57 AM
Pictorial proof

KERZO
03-02-2012, 03:39 AM
Skampoe isnt white and neither is his dog, STOP SPREADING THESE WHOITEY LIES ROB!!!

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PALEFORCE
03-02-2012, 10:03 PM
do you suffer from black dog syndrome?


Do you find yourself perusing online photos of animal shelter dogs

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