Black dogs less likely to be adopted

The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands) - - News - BY LUCINDA CAMERON

Colour­ful jack­ets are be­ing knit­ted for black dogs who are over­looked for adop­tion be­cause of the colour of their fur.

The Scot­tish SPCA said so-called “black dog syn­drome” makes it harder to re­home dark-coloured dogswhichare seen as less ap­peal­ing than lighter-coloured ca­nines.

It is thought black dogs may be more dif­fi­cult to re­home be­cause they do not pho­to­graph well and may also ap­pear more threat­en­ing be­cause their teeth stand out­mor­ein pho­tos.

How­ever, an army of knit­ters from the Scot­tish Women’s In­sti­tutes (SWI) is now cre­at­ing colour­ful woollen jack­ets for dark dogs to trans­form their look.

SWI na­tional chair­man Chris­tine Hut­ton said: “We are en­cour­ag­ing our mem­bers to pick up their knit­ting nee­dles and help a home­less hound.”

Scot­tish SPCA su­per­in­ten­dent Sharon Com­rie said: “This syn­drome re­ally does af­fect the adop­tion of an­i­mals in our care and, through no fault of their own, black dogs are al­most al­ways the last to find new homes.”

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