what is black dog syndrome?

Black dog syndrome is defined by Wikipedia as:

“the low adoption and high euthanasia rate of black dogs in shelters. Black dogs are often the last to be adopted from shelters.”

Whether due to poor lighting in photographs, being too ‘plain,’ looking ‘mean’ or difficult to see in their kennels, black dogs are statistically passed over consistently more than dogs of other colors or dogs with “markings.”  Statistics show that black dogs are euthanized in very high numbers.

Articles have been written in MSNBCTime MagazineBark Magazine and USA Todayabout the crisis with black dog adoptions.  Websites such as www.startseeingblackdogs.com and www,blackpearldogs.com are dedicated to educating the animal welfare community and public how to recognize, and eventually change this phenomenon.


Black dogs in shelters are the least likely to be adopted and most likely to be euthanized, black cats face similar difficulties.

At ACT V Rescue & Rehabilitation, we are dedicated to changing the perception of black dogs.  We have had many black dogs come through our rescue and will continue to work diligently to place these beautiful creatures in forever homes.  

If you are interested in learning more about Black Dog Syndrome or would like to adopt or foster one of these dogs, please contact us.

Black dogs and cats are just as loving and rewarding as any other pet. When adopting, please consider a black dog or cat.