It's black dog week at Rescue Me!

I'm Black and proud of it!

This week is Black Dog Week at Rescue Me! Why? Because many believe that black dogs have a harder time being adopted from shelters and rescues, just because of the color of their fur.

There is a great website devoted to promoting the wonderfulness of Black Dogs. It's called Black Pearl Dogs and has a wealth of information about Black Dogs and adoption, how to help Black Dogs in shelters, links to Black Dogs needing furever homes, and more.

Here is their list of 10 ways you can help a Black Dog:

1) Spay and neuter your pets. Urge those around you to do the same.

2) If you can adopt, please consider adopting a black dog who is waiting just for you. "Many beautiful black dogs are overlooked—and, sadly, euthanized in disproportionate numbers".

3) Sponsor a black dog or open your heart and home to foster care for a black dog (if you can't adopt), in a rescue or shelter so they can open their doors to another black dog on death row without worry of finances.

4) If you can't sponsor or foster, make posters for a black dog you find in a shelter or rescue to **advertise** their need of a home on community bulletin boards, vet offices, pet stores, your work office board, the company newsletter, the school paper. Gain permission from the sponsoring rescue or shelter first. Include the Blackpearldogs webpage address as part of the advertisement so interested people can understand more fully the plight this waiting BlackPearl faces.

5) Go past your apprehensions and stretch yourself: walk a black-dog-in-waiting in a park and advertise to all that s/he needs a home. They will appreciate that you left your comfort zone so they could (hopefully) enter into one.

6) Volunteer to take them to obedience classes to attain skills that will make them more adoptable to the average family or teach them an endearing human greeting (like sit and shake).

7) Share this webpage address to let all dog lovers know how wonderful and in need a black dog is in today's' canine adoption community.

8) Start your own rescue...just for black dogs rescued off euthanasia row. They can be found easily and it can be done just one dog at a time. Be inspired by the Starfish Story and Stop the Killing .

9) Click on "Free To A Good Home" and read Brutus's story. Help a black dog (or any dog for that matter ) avoid this fate. Prepare your own rescue aids using the tools found here at Sun Bears Squad.

10) For those with savvy or flair: coordinate a "Tux and Tails" event for your local shelters or rescues. Gather up all the black coated critters waiting to find their forever heart and "do the bubbles" to make all fresh and clean. Add a tux (red or white) bow tie or a snappy collar (Bison Designs has brillant ones) and provide these waiting pearlies the opportunity to "run way" their stuff and become available for folks to appreciate them out of a dimly lit kennel run. You could even go as elaborate as every hour have a "walk" set to music with cards read that share what they already know: sit, down, off, fetch. I am guessing some of the pearlies would even do a demonstration of what they have to offer. Have a table set up to take applications or to donate financially to support these waiting pearls.

**The image that you make....i.e. the picture that you take..... may be the key to his or her being adopted by the right person. Black dogs are in desperate need of great photos in shelter listings. Practice using tips from "Photographing a Black Dog" to get your technique down before applying to help all the shelter animals have a better photographic chance to meet their future forever person.
Black Dogs are amazing dogs. Some dock dive, some search and rescue and save lives, some do therapy work, and some (like me) do agility! Some are skinny (yep, I'm skinny and sure don't need any diet pill), and some are big and muscular. But they all have one thing in common, their Black and their beautiful!