Instead, our focus today is on the one of the less adoptable groups in the pet world – black dogs and cats. Today (thanks to our friend Lily Danel) I saw a great article about how one shelter is attempting to help black cats overcome their undeserved reputation as bearers of bad luck. The Loudoun County Animal Shelter in Virginia is hosting Black Cat Weekend on October 16th and 17th (all black cats adopted from the shelter will be spayed/neutered for free).
In honor of this great idea, I dedicate this post to all of the less adoptable black pets out there:
- As always, your punny pet name for the week: Blackeared the Pirate.
- Pawcurious has the right idea: Black is the New Black.
- I know it’s No Frown Friday, but I promised nothing with regard to tears. Check out this moving video about black dog syndrome via Of Cows’ Tails and Chew Toys.
- Here are a few lighthearted reasons to adopt a black dog or cat.
- Check out the crew over at Life with 5 Dogs… how could anyone pass up cute dogs like these?
Growing up, I had four dogs that would qualify for the black dog club – a German Shepherd (Shadow), a mutt named Pedro, and two Flat-Coated Retrievers (Sparkle and Bourbon). Here are a few photos of my loves:
|Sparkle & Bourbon (during their puppyhood)|
Fun fact: while looking for photos for this post, I dug out one of my old photo albums. When I put the album together (maybe 10 years ago), I apparently decided to ditch any chronological order and organized it by dog photos first, then family. I couldn’t stop laughing. (To any family reading this post… no offense!)
If you or someone you know is looking for a pet, make sure you don’t overlook the black dogs and cats out there. (Adopt a less adoptable pet… all the cool kids are doing it.) Visit the Black Dog Rescue Project, Start Seeing Black Dogs and http://www.blackpearldogs.com/ to learn about other ways to help. Don’t worry – we didn’t forget about the kitties! Check out Black Cat Rescue and read about helping black cats here.