'Black Animal Syndrome' Leaves Dark Colored Pets Behind At Animal Shelters

6:34 PM, Nov 27, 2012   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC -- Animal shelters are finding that the darker colored dogs and cats are less likely to be adopted compared to lighter colored fuzzy friends because there are so many of them.

News 2 learned that this is called, "Black Animal Syndrome."

"We believe it is because there are so many black dogs in shelters that they outnumber the dogs of other colors," said Marsha Williams, at the Guilford County Animal Shelter.

"Black Animal Syndrome" has become an issue from many animal shelters across the county not just here in Guilford County.

According to a dog behaviorist, there is no easy explanation why black animals are overlooked. They say it's a personal preference.

"They're great dogs. They have great personality. They are no different than a dog with color hair. It is just that they seem to standout a little bit more."

According to the ASPCA any animal that is more that 65% black in color is affected by "Black Animal Syndrome."

"It's not a preference thing, it's a visual. We are a visual society. It is what you see."

And for Greensboro car-wash owner, Keith Badorf "Black Animal Syndrome" is something he's known about for years.

"Black dogs and black cats are hard to adopt," said Badorf.
Badorf even named his business after his own black dogs. The car-wash is called "Black Dog Carwash", it is located on High Point Road in Greensboro.

"Black pets are great! They are just like a golden retriever or a lab dog. Black animals are just a sweet and need a home," said Badorf.

We are told that the number of black animals is huge at the Guilford Co. Animal Shelter along and they need people to step-up and adopt.

Want to adopt a black pet? Well, you are in luck!

The Guilford County Animal Shelter is having a special "Black Pet Friday" Sale.

Where: 4525 West Wendover Avenue, Greensboro, NC 27409

When: Every Friday (November 30, 2012 to Friday, December 28, 2012

For more information, call (336) 297-5020 or visit Guilford Co. Animal Shelter.

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