The Black Dog Bias

I’ve written entries in the past that explain that, most commonly, our shelter proves the black dog bias to be untrue. Well, today, surprisingly, I write to say we have found our shelter filling up with black, or at least predominantly black dogs and cats left in their cages, waiting for homes.

Black Dog Bias is a term used that suggests that in a shelter or rescue setting, black pets are most commonly overlooked and not adopted. People feel uncomfortable and uneasy when seeing a black pet in a shelter setting and so they continue directly past the animal to look at other more eye-inviting animals.

We don’t usually have this problem at the shelter. On occasion we do shelter numerous black cats, but typically we don’t have a problem with adopting our black pets out. Our more common issue is the brown/tan pets. We usually have so many in a similar brown color that they get overlooked and the black ones, or white, or even grey ones stand out more just because they’re one in million, so to speak.

As I was updating all of our pages and animal profiles, I noticed that for the first time since I’ve worked there, we really have a very high percentage of black animals for adoption. I hope you consider adopting one of these beauties that have been overlooked and are in desperate need of a home.

Dogs –

Astro

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Astro is handsome young man. He is a Black Lab mix who is only about a year old. He’s been with us since November 2013. He would do best in a home without small children and without cats.

Bindy

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Bindy is a sweetheart who was treated very poorly by her previous owner. She is a petite Pittie who is about 3 to 4 years old. She has been with us since December of 2013.

Carmen

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Carmen is a female Chihuahua mix. She is between four and five years old. She has been with us since December 2013. She needs to go to a home without children or other animals.

Hans

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Hans is a handsome male Rottweiler purebred. He is roughly two to three years old. He has been with us since August 2013. He would do best in a home without small children.

Mark

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Mark is a unique looking Shepherd/ Husky mix. He is about a year and a half old. He has been with us since September 2013. He needs a home without small children.

 

Midnight

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Midnight is a cutie. She is a Black Lab mix who is about 2 years old. She has been with us since November 2013. She is learning commands and how to walk nicely on a leash. She needs a home without other dogs and with older children.

 

Blanche

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Blanche is a Shepherd mix who is about 7 years old. She is sweet and calm and needs a relaxing home to spend her senior years in. She would do best with a calm dog if any, no small children and she gets along fine with cats.

 

Mickey Mouse

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Mickey Mouse is a Corgi Chihuahua mix who is on the younger side and loves to be outside and run and play. He is a little shy at first but will warm up. He gets along with smaller dogs and would be best in a home without small children for now.

 

Rachel

 

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Rachel is a Pit mix puppy, less than a year old. She is a sweet girl and is your typical happy and energy-full puppy. She would do great with someone willing to raise her right and train her.

Ragnar

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Ragnar is a gorgeous English Lab mix who is about 2 years old. He is  a happy boy who is strong and would do best with a strong owner. He would do best in a home without smaller children just due to his size and strength.

 

Rollo

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Rollo is a gorgeous English Lab mix who is about 2 years old. He is  a happy boy who is strong and would do best with a strong owner. He would do best in a home without smaller children just due to his size and strength.

 

 

Romeo

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Romeo is a handsome male Pit mix who is young and active. He would do best as the only pet in the home. He needs an experienced owner and someone who will be willing to work on training him.

 

Tia

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Tia is a cute Boston Terrier mix who is less than a year old. She is a sweet girl who loves people and loves to play. She gets along with other dogs too!

Tyra

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Tyra is a happy girl who loves people and would love a home. She is active and energetic.

Cats –

Icyes

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Janell

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Preston

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Princess

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Nyx

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If you’re interested in adopting any of these sweet animals, please contact us via Facebook or call us at 631-224-5660.

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