Photographer Fred Levy, a Massachusetts-based photographer, may have found his most photogenic subjects yet. Levy realized that black dogs are often overlooked when people are browsing around adoption centers looking for the perfect pup.
It seems that people prefer dogs with lighter coats over those with darker coats. After his realization, Levy decided to conduct an awesome photo-based project that exposes the beauty of black dogs, despite the fact that they’re not chosen as often as the others up for adoption.
According to the Huffington Post, Levy has yet to find concrete statistics supporting his suspicion, but people who work in the pet industry say black dogs are often treated differently than others.
The phenomenon is commonly referred to as “Black Dog Syndrome” or “Black Dog Bias,” a stereotype against dark-colored animals possibly ingrained in people through depictions in movies and books, according to experts.
There is an abundance of anecdotal evidence from shelter workers that black dogs are routinely ignored, and, as a result, more of them are euthanized due to a shortage of space at shelters, according to USA Today.
“I want to bring awareness to this issue and remind people who are searching for the perfect dog that black dogs have great personalities too,” says Levy.
“Through doing this project, I’ve found that it’s really important to share the idea that there are always so many dogs in need of a good safe home, regardless of what the dog looks like,” Levy told HuffPost.
“Maybe someone will see this and consider the gravity of owning a pet, no matter what color it is.”
Check out Fred Levy‘s awesome photo series titled the “Black Dogs Project.” And, be sure to share this valuable story with others.