"Did you know statistics show that black dogs are among the first to be euthanized at crowded animal shelters? Did you know that black dogs are among the last to be adopted?
That's one of the reasons National Black Dog Day was started
: to bring awareness to the plight of black dogs.
We have three black dogs at home: two pugs, Lillian Mae and Veronica Pearl; and a Shlab (Shar-Pei/Lab mix), Betsey. Both Lilly and Pearl came from kill shelters where they were days away from euthanasia. Indeed, Lilly was two days over, but her dark color may have saved her as she was curled in the back of the kennel. She was pulled from Etowah County's shelter by Peace Love & Dog Paws animal rescue, and we adopted her.
Pearl, meanwhile, was at the Terrebonne Parish (La.) Animal Shelter, and my wife, after seeing a photograph, adopted her long distance. Pearl was at Dallas-Fort Worth Pug Rescue for a few months before coming to us. She's a special-needs pug who will soon have her own set of wheels.
According to the official National Black Dog Day website, the day was started because "too often, black dogs are overlooked because of many stigmas such as; the color black is evil (the same stigma that cats have), black dogs do not show up as well in photographs as muti-colored or light colored dogs and black dogs look scary and intimidating because you cannot see their facial expressions as easily ... This special day is devoted to creating public awareness about these beautiful, shiny fur babies that offer just as much unconditional love as any other dog and deserve just as much love back. ... Please adopt a black dog and show the world how much light they have inside and out!"