Black Pets are Less Adoptable

Did you know that black cats and black dogs are less adoptable than other colored pets? Shelters have a hard time finding homes for black cats and black dogs. Learn about Petfinder’s week to promote adoption for less adoptable pets.

September 17 to September 23, 2012 is’s special program called “Adopt a Less-Adoptable Pet Week”. For this week Petfinder encourages people to spread awareness in regards to certain pets being less adoptable.

One of the pets that are considered less adoptable are black cats.

You would think that in these modern times superstitious prejudice would not influence people in regards to such a thing as pet adoption, but apparently it does, and black cats are harder to adopt than other colored cats. But it is not just cats. Black dogs are considered less likely to find adoptive homes than dogs of other colors.

Pets have no control over the color they were at birth, in fact as humans we have more control over our skin color (and hair color) than pets do, and yet we judge them for their genetics. Hundreds are euthanized every week for one reason; being born with black fur.


Now, I am no expert on pet genetics but as I understand it black labs are more common than the other colors, and that black is a very common cat color, so it could be that people are avoiding black pets just because they are seen as “common”, but how can we think of ourselves as special ourselves even if there are millions of people with the same skin and hair color as we have.

When you adopt a pet the number one concern should not be color, it should be the personality of the pet. If you are interested in adopting a pet, and saving a life, spend the time with many pets and consider which one has the personality that fits your lifestyle best.  Black pets need loving homes too!

If you are considering adopting a pet please visit your local animal shelter and consider adopting a less adoptable pet. If you want to find shelters or adoptable pets in Canada, or the USA, please visit If you know of an animal shelter not linked to Petfinder please tell them about Petfinder so they can use this as a way to promote their pets.

See Petfinder’s list for 2012 Less Adoptable Petsclick here.

Other less adoptable pets include:

  • Old dogs
  • Older cats
  • Pit bull dogs
  • Pets with health concerns
  • Injured/deformed pets

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Article has been republished on Full of Knowledge.

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User Comments
  1. Rhonda Humphreys

    On September 13, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    Great information Mark. I know that at our local shelter this is the case. Thank you for bring awareness to this issue.

  2. Uma Shankari

    On September 14, 2012 at 12:55 am

    I did not know this kind of prejudice exists. But I like black dogs very much.

  3. Milky Way1

    On September 14, 2012 at 1:07 am

    scary cat

  4. stevetheblogger

    On September 15, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    Mark I would never have thought of this great article
    Best Wishes

  5. Martin Kloess

    On September 15, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Thank you for this.

  6. SharifaMcFarlane

    On September 16, 2012 at 10:25 am

    Thanks for sharing that. I didn’t know that people had those mistaken ideas about the color of their pets.

  7. Amreen

    On September 16, 2012 at 10:26 am

    You’ve done a good job of writing about something that does matter. Personally I’ve always found black cats kind of cute but I guess some people may find them scary.

  8. sarbear

    On September 17, 2012 at 10:24 am

    I’ve always owned black cats but I guess others don’t quite agree with it..

  9. MountainNana

    On September 20, 2012 at 1:50 am

    I love black kitties, I have three, I have one orange and one calico but three black ones. Yes I am a cat lover. I have no problem with them. How stupid people are. They no more are bad luck than my big toe. Geez come out of the dark ages people this is the 21st century.

  10. Tiki33

    On September 22, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    That’s a serious problem. Black cats need love too. it really doesn’t matte rto me the color of the animal I love them all.

  11. Tiki33

    On September 22, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    I meant matter to me. Excuse me.

  12. Kelsey

    On September 27, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    Really? Black dogs and cats look very sleek, I think, going simply by aesthetics.

    We have two little black Chihuahuas and a little white one too. I’m not a cat person, but my good friend has had some of the most adorable and lovable black cats.

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