New York Photographer Sheds Light On Black Dog Syndrome In New Series

Shaina Fishman’s Project Shows “Overlooked Black Dogs” Are Worthy Of Adoption

By Justyne Yuen-Lee


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I think in today’s day and age, at least in Western culture, we like to pride ourselves on the illusion that color has no meaning. Alas, it is just an illusion. As people we see the problems that arise when respect and acceptance of the color of our skin is not present. You would think that animals wouldn’t be subject to discrimination, but apparently black dogs are usually the last to be adopted. Because of this, more and more black dogs are left to be euthanized. This issue is so prevalent that it even adopted a name – Black Dog Syndrome.


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But why is it an issue? Black dogs are just the same as their fair-coated counterparts. They’ll love you just as much as their siblings, yet people hesitate to adopt them.


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One of Get Leashed’s contributors, Kasey Maguire, commented on this issue in the piece, “BBDS: BIG BLACK DOG SYNDROME”.

She says, “Some shelters even train the 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, more often than not, it’s all to no avail.”


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Shelters put extra effort in trying to get black dogs adopted, but there is still bias. The color of a pup’s fur doesn’t define their personality!

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