‘Black-Dog Syndrome’ haunts shelter pets this halloween

Black and dark-coloured shelter pets are always the last to be adopted but AWLQ are set to change the trend this Halloween. 

‘Black-Dog Syndrome’ is a phenomenon familiar to animal shelter workers worldwide and it refers to the pattern of black dogs and cats often being the last to be adopted and the first to be euthanased.

AWLQ will be holding a Halloween adoption drive this Saturday and hope to buck this trend by dropping the adoption prices to $40 for cats and $50 for dogs.

“At AWLQ we do not set time limits on our animals finding homes and we would never euthanase an animal based on its colour,” says AWLQ representative Zoe Hermans.

“Because our darker coloured pets wait much longer for homes than our lighter coloured ones, we end up with an over-representation of animals with dark fur in our shelters.”

Ms Hermans says there is no logical reason behind why lighter colour pets are more popular.

“It has to do with the fact that in our culture we place many negative connotations on ‘black’ coloured animals, such as black cats being bad luck and black dogs representing depression,” says Ms Hermans.

“Animals with dark fur can also be difficult to photograph well – especially cats – and this may also contribute to their lack of popularity. Their faces can look less expressive in photos and this does not help when it comes to promoting them online.”

AWLQ’s ‘Haunting Hounds and Freaky Felines’ promotion will be held this Saturday 31st October. Dogs and cats at all locations will have their adoption prices reduced, including both light and dark coloured animals, however AWLQ are hoping that adopters do not make their choice of companion based on colour.

“Allow an animal’s personality to shine through first and make your choice based on that, not the way it looks. The message is don’t judge a pet by its colour,” says Ms Hermans.


WATCH: Adorable shelter pup makes his own bed everyday while waiting to be adopted


AN adorable shelter puppy captured making his own bed everyday has inspired a loving family to adopt him.

The American Pit Bull, named Rush, was filmed holding his blanket in his mouth while moving it around in an attempt to ‘make his bed’.

Staff at the SICSA Pet Adoption Center in Kettering, Ohio noticed Rush was repeating the same movement on a daily basis so decided to film it to put on YouTube in the hope to inspire adoption.

“Day after day the staff would watch Rush make his bed and one day, one of our marketing interns got it on video,” she said. “We put it on social media to encourage people to come in and adopt the animal,” Nora Vondrell, executive director of SICSA Pet Adoption Center in Kettering, Ohio, told ABC News.

The video went viral, and within hours, a family who watched the adorable footage rushed to meet Rush, automatically falling in love and taking him home.

“The family had seen the video, came and met Rush and fell in love,” Ms Vondrell said.

“There are a lot of negative stereotypes about the American pit bull. If we were able to highlight the cute cuddly points of Rush, then we can help people look beyond the pit bull label.”

We are so excited to announce that Rush has a new family! The adoptive family has an amazing story of how they heard…

Posted by SICSA Pet Adoption Center on Friday, October 9, 2015

Enjoy some puppy love with no strings attached

PHOTO: Animal Welfare League of QLD / Facebook

PHOTO: Animal Welfare League of QLD / Facebook

Animal Welfare League Queensland’s shelter dogs have their bags packed and are ready for spring break.

For a limited time, a number of dogs are eligible for a no-obligation, free 21 day adoption trial.

Local families are invited to take a dog out of the shelter for a ‘holiday’ to help create space at AWLQ’s rehoming centres that currently have no room spare for any new animals in need.

AWLQ spokesperson Zoe Hermans says taking a shelter dog on trial is a win-win for the dogs.

“It gives our dogs a break away from the shelter where they can be in family home. Of course we hope each trial ends in an adoption, but if not then at least we have learnt valuable information about each dog’s personality in a home environment.”

For those wishing to adopt their ‘spring break buddy’ after the trial period ends, they can do so for the drastically reduced adoption fee of only $47 (normally $250).

“We have so many beautiful, loving and loyal canine companions just waiting for a family of their own. AWLQ is hoping that by offering a free trial, it will motivate families to consider adopting these school holidays,” says Ms Hermans.

Anyone looking for a pet to love can drop in to Gold Coast, Beenleigh or Ipswich Rehoming Centre and ‘try a dog before you buy’.

For more information, visit http://www.awlqld.com.au/

Yes. It. Happened – Pope Francis met Obama’s dogs

PHOTO: © giulio napolitano Shutterstock.com

PHOTO: © giulio napolitano Shutterstock.com

While Pope Francis continues to earn praise for his inspiring speech to the US congress on Thursday, he is also out and about meeting some of Americas most high-profile pooches.

Yes, you read that right – Pope Francis has officially met The First Dogs of America.

The iconic meeting took place on Wednesday, when President Obama welcomed the pope to the White House with a ceremony on the South Lawn.

Once the ceremony concluded, the pair went inside and Pope Francis was introduced to Bo and Sunny Obama, The Presidents much-loved Portuguese water dogs.

The meet and greet was captured by White House photographer Pete Souza.

Yes this happened. Pope Francis greets Bo and Sunny in the Blue Room. #popeindc

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Adorable photo booth pics of shelter dogs will make you want to adopt

PHOTO: The Humane Society of Utah Facebook

PHOTO: The Humane Society of Utah Facebook

AN animal rescue shelter in Utah has come up with an extremely special (and adorable) way to help find loving homes for their fur babies.

Animal rescue and society organisation “Humane Society of Utah” came up with the adorable marketing strategy of taking professional photo booth pictures of the animals, instead of the sad stereotypical images that are usually associated with shelter pets in order to make them more appealing to potential adopters.

“We were hoping that it would help change people’s options and perceptions of shelter dogs. Showing off the individual personalities of the dogs, instead of the sad ‘behind bars’ images that have become associated with shelter animals,” a spokesperson for the shelter told TIME magazine.

To view more of the heart-warming images head to the Humane Society of Utah Facebook and Instagram.


The Humane Society of Utah Facebook Page

The Humane Society of Utah Facebook Page


The Humane Society of Utah Facebook Page


The Humane Society of Utah Facebook Page

The Humane Society of Utah Facebook Page


The Humane Society of Utah Facebook Page