Onslow County Animal Services is offering special dog adoption discounts on black, brown and large dogs until the end of the month.
For $50 a family can bring home one of these often overlooked dogs that sit unwanted in animals shelters, according to animal rescue professionals who have dubbed the problem as black, brown dog syndrome.
“What we’ve learned is that large black or brown dogs tend to be the last ones to get adopted from shelters,” said Alan Davis, director of Onslow County Animal Services. “Many times, the black /brown dogs with no markings appear to be a little bit plain, even though they’re bursting with personality, so we at Animal Services have to accentuate that. People are looking for a face to fall in love with, and if that dog doesn’t stand out in a crowd, they just get overlooked.”
Davis said the shelter has made a goal of finding a good, loving home for as many black, brown and large dogs as possible.
The $50 adoption fee for dogs includes a health exam, vaccinations, and spaying or neutering.
Onslow County Animal Services is located at 244 Georgetown Rd. in Jacksonville. The shelter is open to the public for pet adoptions from noon to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday; noon to 3 p.m. on Friday, and 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday.