Apparently, dark-colored dogs sometimes have a difficult time getting adopted because they don’t photograph well. Statistically, black dogs generally take longer to get adopted. Animal shelters often describe the phenomenon as Black Dog Syndrome or BDS.
To help these beautiful dogs shine, photographer Guinnevere Shuster of the Humane Society of Utah decided to photograph them against a black backdrop to let their facial features stand out and then added a splash of color by gluing a variety of plastic flowers to a paper crown.
Statistically, black dogs take longer to adopt due to a number of factors but most are due to photographs that don’t do them justice.
Because of this, it can often take months to find a loving family to adopt these beautiful dogs.
To solve this problem, photographer Guinnevere Shuster decided to photograph them against a dark background. This helps bring out their gorgeous eyes and facial features.
She also added splashes of color by using a variety of dried and plastic flowers to their collar or on a paper crown.
The combination of the backdrop and the flowers truly brings out the gorgeous black satin coat of the dogs.
The photos were a success with 6 of the 8 dogs being adopted almost immediately.
Black dogs may take longer to get adopted compared to other dogs due to negative stereotypes, superstitions, and potential adopters’ preferences for certain colors. However, it’s important to note that these reasons are not based on any inherent traits of black dogs, but rather on human biases and perceptions.
Black dogs are just as loving and deserving of a home as any other dog. It’s unfortunate that dark-colored dogs sometimes have to wait longer to find a loving home. Hopefully, other shelters will take these tips and create gorgeous photographs of these dogs.
Please share these beautiful photos with your canine-loving friends and family.