Updated Monday, October 30, 2023: Black cats and dogs are the underdogs of the adoption world. They face adoption challenges based solely on the color of their hair or fur. Today, we’re breaking down some myths surrounding black companion animals and why black cats and dogs are overlooked in shelters, but shouldn’t be!
Preconceived Notions About Black Pets
The color black has, since the beginning of time, had dark and mysterious tones. Black is often associated with black magic, witchcraft, and demons. While wearing black clothes is socially acceptable in most cases, there is some stigma surrounding its use.
Black cats and dogs have historically been less popular at shelters and rescues. Novice pet parents tend to opt for light and bright-colored pets thinking they will be friendlier, calmer, and more cooperative. There is, however, absolutely no research to support these preconceived notions about black pets.
Realities About Black Pets
Dark or black pets, like all pets, are individuals. Their color is a simple genetic feature, it alone does not determine an animal’s behavior, temperament, health, etc.
Because of trivial notions, black pets are generally more vulnerable than others. Black cats and dogs are euthanized at higher rates than other pets, mostly because people are reluctant to adopt them. Black cats are also vulnerable to pranks and harm, especially around Halloween. Further, black dogs are more often distrusted than dogs of other colors. They are often thought to be aggressive when they have, in no way, threatened anyone.
As you can see, our friend, Rocko, photographed here, is a black dog. He’s also a great dog and a wonderful companion!
Black Pets from a Professional Pet Sitter’s Perspective
As professional pet sitters and dog walkers, we care for animals of all ages, sizes, and, of course, coloring. We treat every pet as an individual and only look at their exterior features to familiarize ourselves with them. We observe their fur to ensure that they remain healthy while in our care. And, we interact with them lovingly and carefully, no matter what they look like.
After over a decade of caring for animals professionally, we can assure you that black cats and dogs make lovely pets. Their personality, socialization, any trauma they have experienced, and their overall health and wellness are what determine who your pet will grow up to be. The color of their coat is just as trivial as the color of your handbag, unless, of course, it clashes with your shoes, which sounds silly if you’re referring to your pet.
Adopt a Pet without Color Bias
As experts in the field of pet care, we encourage you to adopt your next pet without color bias. Instead, the next time you decide to add a new pet to your home and family, open yourself up to the right pet, rather than a preconceived notion you may have about a particular pet’s color, age, size, etc.
Always have a plan for the temperament you’d like your new pet to have, qualities you’d like in a perfect companion, and a timeline for when you’d like to bring your new pet home. If you have existing pets or young children, let the shelter or rescue know. That way, that they can pair you with the best match for your family and lifestyle. When you prioritize finding the right pet for your family, everybody wins!
At Animal Admiration, we welcome all pets that are good candidates for in-home pet care. To learn more about our dog walking and pet sitting services, contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (281) 391-1015. Our team currently serves the following areas of Houston:
We look forward to hearing from you and caring for your pet, no matter who they are and what they look like. All socialized pets are welcome and are safe in our care.