Post # 1
I love pets of ALL colors, but one of my Facebook friends posted this, and I seriously teared up.
It’s nothing I didn’t know, being involved in animal rescue, but it still hits a nerve. We have a black cat that nobody wanted…she was in an impound (found as a stray), then she was our foster cat for almost a year with little to know interest from potential adopters, (the few applicants we had changed their mind completely or adopted another cat – no one even came to meet her!). We loved her, and I realized it would break my heart if someone else adopted her after she’d been with us so long, so Darling Husband and I adopted her. She is sitting next to me on the couch as I post this.
This is MY black cat…
….now show me the black pet(s) you’ve adopted!
Post # 3
@Miss Apricot: Love this!!! I am ALWAYS posting things and giving little speeches about adopting black animals, specifically black cats! I actually have 3 black ones, 2 of them being torties. My baby is sitting at my feet right now. She’s never too far away…..definitely my whole heart (the hubs is more than a little jealous)! Technically she’s a torti, but they are in the same boat. I’ve heard many reports that people think their color is ugly! The ladies at the shelter said they had no idea how she’d been there so long, because she was such a sweety. I think she was just waiting for me to show up and bring her home…got to on my birthday no less! We have a very special bond!
Post # 5
OUr baby 🙂 She will be one three days after Christmas (don’t mind the date, stinking camera is wack. Pic was taken about 1 week ago. She’ almost 100lbs)
Post # 6
Here’s our dog Rufus, he’s a pomeranian/schipperke mix. He was ~6 years old when we adopted him, he’s now ~10 years old.
He was at the rescue (in foster care) for over a year when we adopted him. They had quit taking him to the Petsmart/Petco adoption days because he didn’t seem to care for it. We found him on Petfinder.
Post # 7
Really! I had no idea black animals had a lower adoption rate 🙁
I base it more on intelligence and personality than color. LOL I don’t care if the dog is butt ugly and several colors if he is trained to carry in the groceries like my last rescue :p (whose former life was spent as a service animal}.
I am saddened to learn this fact. I will try to keep that in mind the next time I am looking for a pet. They tend to find me though! ;D.
Post # 8
We just got a tuxedo kitten. I had the tuxedo in my arms and hubby had an all black one both with green eyes. My mom always loved black cats with green eyes. The all black reminded me of her and how much I miss her…….so the tuxedo won.
Love our wild Max.
Post # 9
Here are Picasso and Shadow – Picasso we chose as a purebred and Shadow was a gift from our beautiful black and white Kitty Bonnie who died from cancer the day before we rescued Shadow.
Post # 10
@secondchances: Sometimes that can be exactly the problem! I know a lot of people consider black pets evil, bad luck, or ugly (black animals have to be photographed differently and it can often be a challenge to get good photos of them). What some people fail to realize is that a shelter is really hard on animals. I usually think of being picked from a shelter as being in high school. The quiet, shy kids don’t really stand a chance. If that quiet, shy kid isn’t as pretty as others, or even looks different, people put a bad stereotype on him or her. They’re labeled and looked down on forever, even if they have a heart of gold. Except for these animals its life or death. I really encourage going to shelters and asking the volunteers lots of questions about their animals and giving yourself hours to spend there. Afer all, you may be spending the next 15+ years of your life with this new family member!
Post # 11
I didn’t realize it affected dogs as well! We were looking to adopt a cat…and I found one at our local Humane Society and he was $10 much cheaper than the other cats and no diseases were listed so I called and asked and they said it was because he’s black and people are supersititous. At that point my heart broke and I wanted him…but some other couple beat us to the punch. 🙁 but yay for the kitty!
Post # 12
- Wedding: June 2013 - Country Club
I have a tuxedo cat. 🙂 Does that count? He’s not all black. I had a dog growing up who was black. He was very sweet.
Post # 13
@missmorganista: I have a tuxedo cat. 🙂 Does that count? He’s not all black. I had a dog growing up who was black. He was very sweet.
I am not sure if tuxedo kitties are “discriminated” against in shelters or not, but you can certainly share a picture of your tuxedo kitty!
Post # 14
Darling Husband and my dog isn’t but my “sisters” dog who is totally my Dad’s (we tried so hard to get these puppies to love me and my sister most but Dad is 100% the alpha!) is a black pit/shepard mix. Our Teddy bear is a handsome boy!! I wish I had a picture.
Post # 15
i didn’t realize black pets had such a rough time. 🙁
here’s a picture of henry. we always say that he’s super emo because he’s always dressed in black.
Post # 16
Here’s Punky (black lab/german shepherd)