Black dogs less likely to be adopted
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.”