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

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