This month is all about our black four-legged friends. Not only are black animals amongst the last to find their fur-ever homes, but they're also the first to be euthanized. This decision is based solely on how quickly they're brought into the shelter and how long until they're placed in a home of their own.
There is no scientific correlation between animal behavior and coat color, and no real data as to why black animals are less desirable, yet they're still discriminated against.
Often times dark animals can be hard to see in photographs, which makes them look expressionless, less friendly, and harder to connect with. But still, I can't fathom passing up a beautiful animal just because it won't show up in a picture.
In popular media, they're almost always shown as the villains. Images of black dogs may seem scarier and more intimidating, but that is far from the truth. Their fur may not be as vibrant as others, but their heart of companionship stands firm. People can argue that black dogs aren't as cute, but I couldn't disagree more.
Negative portrayals of black cats swarm books, movies, and other popular media. Halloween decorations are infamous for black cat decorations, connecting them to witches and misfortune. They are constantly associated with superstition and bad luck. The media pushes these animals aside, meanwhile, black cats are just as cute, cuddly, and loving as any other adoptable animal.
Black fidos and felines deserve real chances at real homes. At the very least, all shelter animals deserve a fighting chance and as much love and support that we can give. This month's awareness reinforces the need to save the lives of millions of neglected and abandoned pets.