Black Dogs and cats have a low probability of being adopted. And even if they had to be chosen, they would have waited a long time in a kennel / shelter.
Ask most people working in animal shelters, and they will swear this is true: black pets are less likely to be adopted than animals of other colors.
Researchers from Canisius College conducted a study on the role played by the Petfinder website in cat adoption. In this study, they examined the adoption rate of cats whose main coat color was black compared to cats of all other colors.
After analyzing the adoption records of 892 black-furred cats in a year, some shocking results were found. First, black cats received significantly fewer clicks per day. Secondly, the availability of black cats was considerably longer.
The main reasons seem to be four:
- First, in a society where Instagram is at the center of thoughts, they are not considered particularly photogenic (but we’ll show you the opposite soon);
- The second reason they are “rejected” is black dogs. In fact, according to many people, their appearance would be aggressive and intimidating.
- The third reason will be very familiar and concerns the superstition of black cats;
- Finally, it seems that black-haired pets are boring to watch (we do not want to comment).
The photographer Emma O’Brien, with a nice series of photographs, immediately denies all these points. Dogs and black cats, all rescued from dangerous situations and now members of loving families, are immortalized in all their beauty.