Least intimidating animals
C.’s Lucky Dog Animal Rescue recently held a Back in Black Fashion Show, in which a select group of eight adoptable pooches flaunted their ebony coats. ”) There are photography Tumblrs and online rescue projects dedicated to the plight of the canine noir. We have come too far in combatting bias and ignorance to keep penalizing animals for the color of their fur.There are tip sheets on how to “bedazzle your black dog.” (“Sew sequins or appliques on bandanas for the dogs to wear.”) There are black pet adoption GIFs. So, prospective pet owners, consider the gauntlet thrown. And while the association between obsidian and evil is more explicit for cats, dogs have to contend with a culture, post-Samuel Johnson and Winston Churchill, that symbolizes depression as a coal-colored hound. With the ascent of image-based sites like Petfinder and Petango, much of the adoption process takes place before you even arrive at the shelter.And glamour shots of black animals are harder to imbue with the requisite sparkle.
But for adoption programs without video equipment or access to professional photographers, shots of black animals remain harder to sell than those of lighter-colored pets.And one chow jowl-wrinkle that no one mentions: Studies suggest that people tend to choose pooches that bear some resemblance to them, whether that manifests in a lady with flowing tresses selecting a long-eared retriever or a saggy-faced man opting for a bulldog.