Anyone who has ever shared their life with a black cat or dog knows what wonderful pets they can be. And yet, even though they’re gorgeous, charming and as devoted as any other pet, dogs and cats in black often wait longer for homes than their lighter colored pals.
There can be several reasons for this phenomenon known as “Black Pet Syndrome”:
- Their dark color makes black pets less visible in their kennels/cages
- Silly superstitions and old wives tales, especially about black cats
- An unfounded belief that black animals are more aggressive
- Negative portrayals of black pets in the media
The Humane Society of Tampa Bay, a no-kill for space shelter located in West Tampa, is confronting this issue head-on by holding a “Back in Black” adoption promotion aimed at showcasing their beautiful black pets. From November 1 – 30, adoption fees for all black dogs, cats, puppies and kittens will be half-off.
“All of us in animal rescue know this is true, that black cats and black dogs routinely get overlooked by potential adopters,” said Sherry Silk, Executive Director of the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. “And yet, famous leaders favored black pets. For instance during World War II, U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt had a black dog and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill had a black cat. Both pets actually sat in on strategic meetings.”
Silk went on to say, “Black pets are just as friendly, affectionate and full of personality as any other pet. We encourage people to visit our shelter to meet our black dogs and cats and create a legend of their own.”
The “Back In Black” campaign is supported by Best Friends Animal Society® and Petco Foundation and is being promoted by more than 175 local animal rescue groups and municipal shelters across the country.