Black Dog Syndrome Studies

Black Dog Syndrome Studies

Black Dog Syndrome Studies. Are black dogs adopted at a lower rate and euthanized at a higher rate than other dogs in animal shelters?


Black Dog Syndrome Studies on Color Coat.

A 1998 study of 1,468 relinquished dogs offered for adoption at a local humane society found having a primarily black coat color was a variable associated with euthanasia, while gold, gray, and white coats colors were significant predictors of successful adoption.

A 2002 study published in the Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science of dog and cat adoption in California animal shelters found pure-black coat colors to be highly negative factors in adoption rates for both dogs and cats.

In 2008 the general manager of the Los Angeles Animal Services department reported that twelve months of data on the intake of 30,046 dogs showed black dogs not adopted as well as all other color dogs.

A 2010 Ph.D. thesis analyzing multiple factors found a measurable variance contributing to dogs with primarily black coats being euthanized rather than adopted.[

A 2013 study of cat adoption rates published in The Open Veterinary Science Journal concluded that “Results indicated that black cats, regardless of age or sex, require the longest time to adopt.


Black Dog Syndrome Studies based on perception

A 1992 article in the journal Animal Welfare was conducted on adoptable dog characteristics. Participants were presented with photographs of dogs similar except for one manipulated feature, resulting in a statistically reliable preference for a gold color coat (65%) over a black color coat.

A study presented at the 2013 International Society for showed participants pictures of cats and dogs of varying colors found white cats were considered the friendliest, orange cats second friendliest, and black cats were considered least friendly. Among dogs, yellow dogs were considered friendliest, brown dogs second friendliest, and black dogs least friendly. Darker pets were similarly judged less adoptable, and black dogs were considered the most aggressive.


How did BlackDogSyndrome.org determine approximately 750,000 black dogs are killed in shelters yearly?

In a nutshell, we calculate the number of 750, 000 on experience, studies and statistics. The four largest national animal welfare organizations; HSUS, SPCA, Best Friends and PETA  publish that 3.5 million to 4.0 million shelter animals are euthanized yearly in America. Of those numbers, it’s about 50% of dogs and 50% for cats.

However, and this a huge, however, there are no actual reporting requirements for animal shelters to maintain or report on the animals they take in, adopt or euthanize. There is no required Federal, State or Municipalities’ statistic gathering and reporting for animal shelters. Therefore it’s just not 100% possible to get a true historical or accurate count of what goes on in our animal shelters.

Why transparency, reporting or accountability in America’s animal shelters is not required is a story for another day, however. There is no National data base. Some shelters do keep statistics but they do not have to share them with the public.

My 12 experience in animal welfare, with 5 years being hands on death row rescue is that the published euthanization numbers are low. Based on our experience the numbers are not 4.0 million killings yearly but 5.0 million euthanizations annually. Of the 5.0 million, 2.5 million are dogs and 2.5 million are cats.

However, to be very conservative in our calculation of 750,000 million black dogs euthanized yearly we used the national groups’ number of 4.0 million yearly euthanizations. We also used their calculations  2.0 million dogs euthanized, not our number of 2.5 million dogs euthanized.

Traditionally animal shelters and rescue groups categorize their dogs into four-color groupings. Golden, Brown, Black, and Mixed. Next, if all color groupings were euthanized at the same rate that would mean each groups euthanization numbers would be 500,000.

However, since Black Dog Syndrome studies show us that black dogs are euthanized at a higher rate of 40%. That would put the euthanization rate of black dogs at 800,000. Calculation [40% x 2,000,000 dogs is 800,000] Again, to be conservative we lowered that number to 750,000 black dogs euthanized yearly in our animal shelters.

Putting aside the cold statistical analysis the fact is this. All dogs deserve to live free from pain and abuse and fear of being killed. Dogs are living entities just as we are. They are sentient beings as we are. They feel pain. They feel love. They feel happiness. And they want to live. They bring happiness and love to the world in need of both and in short supply in today’s world. Please open your heart to the desire of black dogs to live. Please do not close your heart or ignore the genocide of killing 5 million companion animals every year in America. It has been rightly said that the greatness of a society is based on how that society treats and cares for its animals.

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Black Dog Syndrome Studies


Black Dog Syndrome StudiesBlack Dog Syndrome.org is a non-profit focused on ending Black Dog Syndrome through education and adoption programs to adopt black shelter dogs, the least adopted, most euthanized dogs in America. Developing national awareness’ and helping animal shelters with black dog marketing and adoptions through our programs of Black Dog Friday, Black Dog Pickles and the Black Dog Syndrome Super Hero Dog Awards programs.


3 Life Lessons from Rescuing Death Row Dogs

3 Life Lessons from Rescuing Death Row Dogs. I’ve been in animal welfare for over twelve years now. After surviving a terminal illness I left the fast charging corporate world, never regretting that life changing decision.

Twenty-five years in a stressful career almost killed me and the near death experience woke me up. It taught me what is important and lasting and what is not. What is lasting is living simply in the present moment. Living in the present moment, not fretting about the future or regretting mistakes of the past is something rescued dogs taught me as well.

The dying experience was brutal, but It taught me what is important and lasting in this life, and what is not. What is lasting is living simply in the present moment. Living in the present moment, not fretting about the future or regretting mistakes of the past is something rescued death row dogs taught me as well.

After leaving the corporate grind I started a non-profit focused on rescuing and finding permanent loving homes for death row dogs. It seemed the fitting thing. Given a rare second chance at a happy, fulfilling life for myself I wanted to give death row dogs a second chance as well.

3 Life Lessons from Rescuing Death Row Dogs. Animal shelter death row dogs taught me more about living a life without worry or regret than 20 years of corporate business ever did. Death row dogs taught me much, and teach me lessons to this day.  The three primary life lessons I experienced being with rescued dogs are these.

Giving and accepting unconditional love. Not the kind of love we humans most times give, where if you love me, I will love you. Or, if you provide things for me I will love you. No, dogs give us love not for any benefit, but just because they love us. That is truly un-conditional love.

Second dogs teach us to live in the moment. After we rescue them from death row they walk out the door and forget their past problems and show only happiness. They don’t blame the owners that abandoned them or have a woe is me attitude as we humans would. No, they move on, prance about and do their happy dance of freedom. They immediately enjoy life as nothing ever happened.

And, that takes us to the third lesson I learned from death row dogs. They always live in the moment. They are happy right now. They don’t look to be happy in the future but are happy right now in the present. Dogs do not live in their heads as we humans do. Because of that, they experience life so much clearer and fuller than we humans. Think about it. If you did not think about the past every day. Or did not worry and fear the future every day how would you feel? And how much mental time would you have to live right now, right here in the moment?

We say dogs are not as smart as humans because we have bigger brains. Well, I say that maybe our bigger brains that allow us to think every second do us more harm than good. Maybe a smaller brain as dogs have that allow them to live in the moment, not the past or future worrying, but happy right now might not be a bad thing?

If you do not have a dog I know this may sound a bit crazy to you. But, If you are lucky enough to have a dog in your life you probably will know the meaning of what I learned being with rescued dogs the past twelve years. The purest love a human will ever experience is the unconditional love of a dog.

 


3 Life Lessons from Rescuing Death Row Dogs was written by Steven Monahan, a national animal welfare leader. Founder of Green Pets America Charities and Black Dog Syndrome.org. For 12 years Steve ran a death row rescue and pet food pantry. He is the Author of the Rescue Renew Rehome book. Steven has been recognized by the State Senate of Georgia for humanitarian service to Georgia’s companion animals. Steven is a prior Fortune 500 Executive.


You can purchase his best seller book RESCUE RENEW REHOME on Amazon books today to learn more about the love and rescue of death row shelter dogs.


3 Life Lessons from Rescuing Death Row Dogs


Black Dog Syndrome.org is a non-profit focused on ending Black Dog Syndrome through education and adoption programs to adopt black shelter dogs, the least adopted, most euthanized dogs in America. Developing national awareness’ and helping animal shelters with black dog marketing and adoptions through our programs of Black Dog Friday, Black Dog Pickles and the Black Dog Syndrome Super Hero Dog Awards programs.


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Black Dog Syndrome You tube Video

Black Dog Syndrome YouTube Video.

This new Black Dog Syndrome You Tube Video outlines the tragic phenomenon that occurs in America’s animal shelters. Black dogs rot in their kennels waiting for someone to love them, while their lighter colored siblings get adopted out immediately. The euthanizing rate is over 700,000 yearly for black dogs

Is killing over 700,000 black dogs every year, because of their color the kind of judgment we want to pass on to our children?  The thought process of thinking one dog is better than the other solely based on a dogs’ color is equal to making the same judgment about the people in our community.

The bias against our black dogs is a psychosocial issue.  We work to help educate children at an early age about this bias.

Black Dog Syndrome You tube VideoWe hope to change the bias with this  Black Dog Syndrome You Tube Video and the Black Dog Syndrome National projects of Black Dog Friday and Black Dog Pickles.

Both are awareness campaigns for the tragic plight of 750,000 black dogs euthanized in our animal shelters. We educate and establish shelter and community animal welfare programs for the humane treatment of all companion animals, particularly our black shelter dogs.  As the saying goes, if you know better you do better and we hope to ensure we all do better when it comes to our black dogs.   Dogs, like people, shouldn’t be judged by the color on the outside.

Jone Eareckson Tada said it best, “If you truly believe in the value of life, you care about all of the weakest and most vulnerable members of society.”

New Black Dog Syndrome Video At Black Dog Syndrome.org we not only believe in the value of all life, human and animal.  We celebrate and educate on the unconditional love our companions bring us every day.

If you believe in the value of a black dog’s life, please join us at  Black Dog Syndrome.org.


Black Dog Syndrome Video. Please share this with all your animal welfare friends. And, please DONATE now to help save 750,000 black dogs yearly.


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How To End Black Dog Syndrome

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How To End Black Dog Syndrome. Black Dog Syndrome is a tragic phenomenon that occurs in America’s animal shelters. Black dogs rot in their kennels waiting for someone to love them, while their lighter colored siblings get adopted out immediately. The euthanizing rate is over 750,000 yearly.

Is killing over 750,000 black dogs every year, because of their color the kind of judgment we want to pass on to our children?  The thought process of thinking one dog is better than the other solely based on a dogs’ color is equal to making the same judgment about the people in our community.

How to End Black Dog SyndromeThe best seller, Rescue Renew Rehome has a chapter devoted to How To End Black Dog Syndrome. It has a 20 point program for shelters to use to adopt all their black dogs.

 

Additionally, in Rescue Renew Rehome you will read the story of Shiva, the 911 Dog that consoled survivors at the Pentagon, and the stories of Ruby and Sweet Pea who were rescued renewed and rehomed from kill shelters in Georgia.

Rescue Renew Rehome will also show you how working together we can adopt 4 million homeless pets yearly. You will learn about the new eco Green Shelters and Green Villages, where pet owners come together as a community to care for, adopt and celebrate our pets.

You will learn about “Cause Marketing” … think Breast Cancer Runs and Ice Bucket Challenge and how Animal Shelters and Rescue Groups can learn to use it to raise the money they need to adopt all dogs and cats.

You will learn about America’s $60 billion-dollar Pet Industry and how animal welfare and the pet industry working together not separately end the euthanization of healthy and happy shelter animals.

THE BEST SELLER, Rescue-Renew-Rehome, is a no-nonsense, real world,  game changing, break through book you must read. You will be buying copies for your animal loving friends, family, your local Animal Shelter, and Rescue Groups.


RESCUE RENEW REHOME, written by Steve Monahan a 12-year national animal welfare leader. Founder of Green Pets America Charities and Black Dog Syndrome.org. For 12 years Steve ran a death row rescue. Steve has been recognized by the State Senate of Georgia for humanitarian service to Georgia’s animals and pet families in need.


To learn more on How To End Black Dog Syndrome please view our new Youtube video here on our website. LINK.


 

Black Dog Syndrome

Black Dog Syndrome.org is a non-profit focused on ending Black Dog Syndrome through education and adoption programs to adopt black shelter dogs, the least adopted most euthanized dogs in America. Developing national awareness’ and helping animal shelters with black dog marketing and adoptions through our programs of Black Dog Friday, Black Dog Pickles and the Black Dog Syndrome Super Hero Dog Awards programs.


This is an article about Black Dog Syndrome. Black Dog Syndrome is a tragic phenomenon that occurs in America’s animal shelters. Because of this bias over 750,000 black shelter dogs are passed over, not adopted and then euthanized and just discarded.

Too many adoptable black dogs sit too long rotting in their kennels waiting for someone to love them, while their lighter colored siblings get adopted out immediately. The euthanizing rate is double for Black Dogs than their light-colored brethren. Of the 2 million dogs euthanized in America’s black dogs make up the highest percentage.

Is this appalling kind of judgment by color the values and thinking we want to pass on to our children?  The thought process of thinking one dog is better than the other solely based on a dogs’ color is equal to making the same judgment about the people in our community.

Jone Eareckson Tada said it best, “If you truly believe in the value of life, you care about all of the weakest and most vulnerable members of society.”

At Black Dog Syndrome we believe passionately that the inhumane treatment of our animals is a deep sometimes sub conscious psycho social issue.  research shows us that there’s a direct link to animal abuse and domestic abuse.  And discarding healthy dogs and cats to animal shelters is part and parcel of our throw away society.

We hope to change this inhumane treatment of our companion animals with the various programs we have created.  The “Black Dog Syndrome Awareness Campaign” is an awareness campaign taking information into the schools about humane treatment of animals, particularly our black shelter companion animals.  As the saying goes, if you know better you do better and we hope to ensure we all do better when it comes to our black dogs. We believe that companion animal, like people, shouldn’t be judged by their color on the outside.

At Black Dog Syndrome .org we not only believe in the value of all life, human and animal.  We celebrate and educate on the unconditional love our companions bring us every day. If you believe in the value of a black dog’s life, please join us at  Black Dog Syndrome.


Black Dog Syndrome was written by Steve Monahan is a 12-year national animal welfare leader. Founder of Green Pets America Charities and Black Dog Syndrome.org. For 12 years Steve ran a death row rescue. Steve has been recognized by the State Senate of Georgia for humanitarian service to Georgia’s companion animals. black dog syndromeblack dog syndrome