Over the years, it seems like dogs that have dark coats have a hard time getting adopted in shelters all over the world. Similar to black cats, black and darker-colored dogs have to deal with “Black Dog Syndrome,” where adopters tend to adopt dogs with lighter fur over than those with a dark coat. This means that there are tons of dark-colored dogs left in shelters every year that need homes. The Scottish SPCA decided to change this stigma around these pups by partnering up with the Scottish Women’s Institute (SWI).
The lovely ladies of the SWI knitted colorful sweaters for these pups so they could find homes more quickly. The SPCA believes this will help find homes for these dogs faster and also make the animals feel more secure during their time at the shelter. The superintendent of the Scottish SPCA, Sharon Comrie, said, “We anticipate that bright-colored jackets will provide a conversation point, but more importantly, help us rehome all of our dogs, regardless of the color of their coat, quickly and effectively.”
Not only will this help the dogs stand out, but they think that the conversation around dark-colored breeds will continue to talked about by the public, and hopefully overcome. Regardless of their fur, we think these sweaters will help these dark pups shine and find them homes in a jiffy!