Yesterday I posted a letter written by a shelter manager that mentioned black dogs (it was not the main topic, but they were mentioned). I said in my post I'd discuss BDS. I wonder how many of you picked that up? I wonder how many googled it?
Anyway, BDS stands for Black Dog Syndrome. It is proven fact that black dogs in shelters are overlooked more often than any other colour. Black dogs are the last to be adopted - even if their temperament is better than the dogs of other colours!
The general public tend to look at black dogs with disgust, fear and superstition. Because of their low adoption rates, black dogs tend to be euthanized more often (in kill facilities). Why? Simply because people don't want a black dog.
There is a web site that dedicates itself to the public awareness of the plight of the black dogs. It is called Black Pearl Dogs and this is the link. Take a few minutes to educate yourself about the BDS. When you've done that, take another few minutes and educate others about it!
The more who know about this, the more we can educate others and the more chances those dogs have.