I adopted a black Lab mix, Katy (aka Maddie) from Alaqua Animal Refuge yesterday and I am posting this information b/c it appears she has been the victim of what is known as BLACK DOG SYNDROME. Across the nation black dogs and cats, especially big black dogs are euthanized at alarmingly higher rates than other animals because no one wants to adopt them. It's not really clear WHY this is happening but none the less it is. Some reports suggest black dogs do not photograph and show well on petfinder type listings or you cannot see them well in dimly lit shelter cages. That certainly wasn't the case with Katy because her pics on Petfinder/Alaqua were great and the dog pens at Alaqua are really visually accessibly. What is so sad is that Katy was rescued by Alaqua when she was 6 or 7 months old, she is now 1 1/2 yr old. Almost no one ever looked at her and she was routinely passed over for other lighter colored dogs. I don’t understand why b/c she is an absolute delight. She's probably never lived inside a house so she was/is not housebroken but in the 24 hrs I have had her she is making remarkable progress. She is getting along so well with my other two dogs as well. So the other reason I am sharing this info is.... Laurie Hood founder of Alaqua Animal Refuge created the Black Dog Society to aid in the black dogs/cats plight. what is desperately needed now is someone with a brilliant idea of how to execute or create a presentation of some kind to help enlighten the general public to the sad unfair realities that so many black furred animals are facing. Sowal has such a diverse readership that I thought it worth sharing this story to ask if those who LOVE animals would think about this and who knows,,,maybe that brilliant idea about how to help is floating around out there.... thanks,,,if you come up with a brilliant idea...actually ANY IDEA is a good idea, email me at email@example.com or contact Laurie Hood at Alaqua Animal Refuge...we are all ears! Also I am currently working on a web page to FEATURE the BLACK DOGS AND CATS available from Alaqua Animal Refuge on the www.goingtothedogsfl.com web site where we will be able to showcase them along with little personality profiles ....check it out. Thanks all!