In the US, more than 60% of households have pets. This percentage is expected to rise. Do note that a vast majority of these pets are dogs. In fact, pet culture is already deeply embedded in US culture that it’s hard not to see why we can influence more people to adopt not shop. Admit it, it’s so easy to name 10 movies that have pet dogs in it. Not to mention the presence of hundreds of establishments that are dedicated to pets. In fact, fashion boutiques and festivals for pets are not unheard of — unlike in other countries.
The good news is that a majority of pet dogs in US households are rescues. The bad news is that a whopping 3.9 million dogs will never be adopted. So what happens to these dogs? The future is bleak for them. They could be euthanized or put down, passed on to the next shelter, and then still end up being euthanized. Pregnant, disabled, or senior dogs have a lower chance of getting adopted. As shown in this chart, the American Staffordshire Terrier has the least chance of getting adopted.
Breed is a determining factor but so is size. Extra large dogs have it worse. Their chance for adoption only falls at 78% as compared to small dogs who have an 80% chance at adoption. The schnauzer and shih tzu have the highest chance of adoption. This could be in part related to how these dogs are portrayed in the media. They’re seen as friendly dogs that fall on the smaller side of the scale. Both small apartments and large houses can accommodate these breeds.
Black Dog Syndrome
Ever heard of the black dog syndrome? According to Petfinder, rescued pets are listed and wait to be adopted at an average of 12.5 weeks. Sadly, black dogs spend four times longer on the waiting list as compared to lighter-furred counterparts. Senior and special needs dogs share this distinction with black dogs. But what exactly is black dog syndrome? For one thing, black dog syndrome refers to black dogs. However, it can all come down to dimly lit shelters. Dark brown or deep copper dogs may be mistaken for black dogs. But what’s so wrong about black dogs anyway? For one thing, the media portrays black dogs (and black cats) as the villains or creatures who bring bad lack or bad news. Black cats are synonymous with bad luck. But we all know that
I Love Rescue Dogs of All Breeds — What Can I Do To Help?
First, you can adopt a dog instead of buying. You can also encourage friends and family members to adopt instead of shopping for a pet dog. You can share your advocacy on social media and create enough noise to encourage other people who may not be aware of the dangers rescue dogs face.
Another thing you can do is to adopt (or encourage others to adopt) less-adoptable pets. This includes black colored dogs (as mentioned earlier) and certain breeds like pit bulls.