A college student named Maggie Epling decided to spend her summer break helping these adorable shelter animals find a home. She read that animals with good photos are more likely to get adopted so she called her local shelter and asked if she could come to have a glam shoot with the animals. The shelter in Pike, Kentucky was more than happy at the offer and Epling began to take photos of the cats and dogs.

While working at the shelter, Epling was hearing from other volunteers that black cats and black dogs are not adopted as much as others.

“They think part of it is superstition about black cats in particular, but it kind of carries over to black dogs, ” she told NPR.

That’s when she decided to make sure that those animals got great pictures. She told NPR that since the shelter added the photos to their Facebook page, “they can’t believe how many calls they’re getting.”

She told NPR that she gets to know the dogs before taking the portrait to get a feel of their personality. One of the dogs, Blinky, is a pit bull mix with one eye. She’s been at the shelter the longest and Epling hopes that she will find her forever home.

“She absolutely loves to go out and run and is a super sweet dog that loves taking photos. She just smiles for me and everything. I’ve really fallen in love with her and I’m hoping that somebody will come and take her.”

Black dogs are often overlooked by pet adopters and unfairly marginalized and perceived as everything from a bad omen to more aggressive. “Black Dog Syndrome,” is a false perception that can go as far as making black dogs less adoptable.

NPR reported that as of May 17th, one dog has been adopted. Winona, a beagle found a forever home and the new parents said they saw the picture on Facebook and knew they needed to adopt that dog.

All dogs, no matter was size, shape, or color, deserve a home! Color should never be something to look for when adopting an animal, they all deserve a family and forever home!

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