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With thousands of dogs in need of loving, forever homes, shelters will do anything to get their charming charges some much needed exposure. Lately, with the help of social media, the trend has been going in the direction of taking adorable pictures of these sweeties and sharing them with the world in hopes of catching the eye of a pet parent-to-be.

Which is exactly what the Humane Society of Utah has been doing under the hashtag #blackflower. By adorning their adoptable black dogs with brightly colored flowers to help showcase their sweet and sunny dispositions, the hope is to combat something known in shelters as Black Dog Syndrome. Simply speaking, black dogs tend to wait longer to be adopted than their differently colored counterparts.

The cause for this can only be guessed at, but one theory is that facial features don’t show up with as much definition due to the darker the fur color, leading people to make less of a connection with the dog based on photos alone. By adorning these pups with big, garish flowers, it draws the eye to their face and once you see it, you can’t help but fall in love.

 

“Hey, I’m gorgeous already, but it never hurts to accessorize.”

Humane Socieity of Utah Features Gorgeous photos of Black Shelter Dogs With Vibrant Flowers

“I will tolerate this thing on my head if it means I can go home with you.”

Humane Socieity of Utah Features Gorgeous photos of Black Shelter Dogs With Vibrant Flowers

“No, no I am not Carmen Miranda. That was a bowl of fruit, get it straight.”

Humane Socieity of Utah Features Gorgeous photos of Black Shelter Dogs With Vibrant Flowers

“If I stand here super still, do you think a hummingbird will take some interest in the landscape architecture on my dome?”

Humane Socieity of Utah Features Gorgeous photos of Black Shelter Dogs With Vibrant Flowers

“Aloha. I should be your new fur baby.”

Humane Socieity of Utah Features Gorgeous photos of Black Shelter Dogs With Vibrant Flowers

“Seriously guys? Everyone else gets big, colorful flowers and I get stuck with the ‘fall harvest’ motif?”

Humane Socieity of Utah Features Gorgeous photos of Black Shelter Dogs With Vibrant Flowers

“See how I’m not eating the foliage? I promise not to eat yours either if I can live in your house.”

Humane Socieity of Utah Features Gorgeous photos of Black Shelter Dogs With Vibrant Flowers

All image source: Humane Society of Utah/Facebook

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C
2 Years Ago

I love black dogs also. These dogs are all beauties. their faces make me want to take them all home ... it would be so easy to be a crazy cat lady or dog lady, wouldn\'t it ?


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bluemalak
2 Years Ago

I love black dogs, always have. In the past 35 years, we\'ve had 8 dogs, sometimes (like now), 3 at a time. Out of those 8 dogs, only 2 were not black. Every time I adopted one of my black dogs, besides the ones we got during puppyhood which always go fast, the dog had been there twice as long as the lighter dogs. I really don\'t get it, it\'s just hair color?


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LaLa
2 Years Ago

Such a damn shame that these lovely dogs just for the sheer fact they their God given color is black agencies have to resort to dressing them up as ridiculous clowns in hopes of being adopted because otherwise being "black is just not attractive enough. If that doesn\'t tell all you "denial" racist out there what its like to be black/dark in this society - dog or otherwise - just think about it and if it doesn\'t disgust you - you\'re part of the problem of why these beautiful, silky, smart wonderful black dogs are homeless. I adopted a beautiful black shiny silky cat - one of the most gorgeous kitties I have ever seen...but I\'m kitty mom and probably bias.


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