The theory goes that black, especially big, dogs are far less likely to be adopted. Some shelters even train black dogs in their care to do special tricks, give them backstories, and ensure that they are well-trained to make them more appealing. But sadly it's often to no avail. What's the reason for this, and what can be done?
Our humans face eviction at the end of November after 27 years in a squeaky clean apartment in Scarborough. Our clan has 32 fixed, loving kitties who all desperately need temporary shelter in the GTA, if possible in northeastern Toronto, so that our human mom can make the drive to attend to us daily.
Here are two wonderful pairs of dogs that are in a rural Ontario shelter and as a result, they're not having much luck meeting their new families. Let's start with Mork & Teddy, who are a lovely German-Shepherd-Rottweiler father-and-son team. Then there's also Riff & Raff, a pair of nine-year-old Black-Lab-Rottweiler brothers.
I woke up to a full inbox: 66 cats to be euthanized at an Ontario pound, 70 dogs in peril in the Eastern Townships of Quebec. All scheduled for the fatal needle Tuesday morning. Canadians, please don't breed or buy while shelter pets die; please make adoption your first option; please take the time to find out how your municipality deals with pet overpopulation. I guarantee that if you knew, you would be shocked into action.
Sheena was found wandering the streets, scared and alone. No one cared about this giant beauty. Mitzi is a sweet, cuddly senior, whose long-time caregiver recently passed away. At 14 years, she has some stiff joints (who doesn't at such an age?) and needs to be the only cat so that she can have all the love and attention she deserves!
Maya is a brown-striped tabby female, who was born in the spring of 2002. That October, her owner dropped a box over a bridge with her, a rabbit and three unweaned kittens in it. All but Maya found homes. She was adopted once but returned as she cannot adapt to a new home without Livia -- a black-and-white female cat.
PETA advertises itself as the largest animal rights organization in the world, with over three million members and supporters. PETA stages "rescue" operations of abused animals, and can serve a useful purpose, which it is exceedingly adept at publicizing. What PETA does not publicize, however, it euthanizes -- kills -- some 85% of the animals it rescues.