Every year, The Humane Society of Utah does its best to find homes for the animals at their shelter. In 2014 they placed a record 9,910 animals, surpassing their annual goal of 9,000! Sometimes, however, they have a more difficult time adopting black dogs.
The black dogs usually have to wait the longest to be adopted. It could be because of people hold outdated superstitions about the color black. It can also be because black does not photograph as well as other colors do, and since people often look at photos beforehand, these dogs are sadly overlooked.
In an effort to get potential adopters to take a second look at the beautiful black dogs they have available, the HSU started a series they are calling “black flower”. Adorning the dogs with some beautiful floral headbands and wreaths, make these dogs stand out in the crowd.
Project #blackflower is off to a good start. Five of the eight dogs photographed below have found forever families! Barkley, Thomas and Potato are still looking though!
“Barkley is a stunning 2 year old Lab that has been waiting over two months for a home of his very own. Barkley does well with other dogs his own energy level and really enjoys his human time.”
“Cassie the Lab is 10 years young! Lively and full of gusto she’d do best with an active family that can keep up. Cassie loves other dogs and has done well with the children she has met at the shelter.” Cassie’s been adopted!
“We can’t believe Thomas the 3 year Chihuahua mix has been waiting for over 3 months for his forever family. He’s a proud and dapper gent who gets along well with all of his kennel mates.”
“Potato is a year and half Lab mix that came from another shelter and is getting his second chance at The Humane Society of Utah. He gets along great with other dogs and is very treat motivated!”
“Ricky would love to explore the mountains forest with you! This lab is in great shape for 10 years old and loves to play and go on hikes. Think he might be the one?” Ricky has been adopted!
“Homie is a 1 year old Dachshund mix who transferred to the The Humane Society of Utah from another shelter. He’s a little shy at first but loves to cuddle and be carried around. He gets along great with his kennel mates and would a family of his very own.” Homie has been adopted!
“This petite little lady with the long legs is Rafiki the 6 month old Patterdale Terrier mix. Don’t let her shy demeanor fool you this girl is all puppy! Playful and eager to learn she looking for someone to teach her how to be a good dog.” Rafiki has been adopted!
“Who can resist these baby blues? Sasha the stunning 4 year old Border Collie and Siberian Husky is looking for an active family that can provide her with ample daily exercise. She too came from another shelter so we don;t know much about her history. She’s full of goofy energy and would love to make you laugh!” Sasha has been adopted!
This isn’t the first great campaign the Humane Society of Utah has done to help their homeless dogs. They also have an ongoing series of photobooth photos of their adoptable dogs too! If you are interested in finding out more about the pets they have available visit their website!
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