Celebrating black cats and big, black dogs is the theme once again for Pet Photo Friday

Imagine a dog that has a sweet disposition, is in good health and has no problems — getting passed over for adoption. Sadly, it does happen, at shelters all over the country.

Big Black Dogs, or BBD, as shelter staff call them, are behind the growing trend. It’s a sad and unfair stigma attached to canines who were born as large-breed canines with dark fur.

Superstition, bias and inaccurate facts stigmatize these pets, and for some, they pay dearly. For many, it’s a life lived in a shelter, waiting for a stable home and family to call their own; and for a percentage, they become part of an even more dire statistic: they are euthanized.

The rest is here: Celebrating black cats and big, black dogs is the theme once again for Pet Photo Friday.