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Canada having trouble adopting black pets

April 5, 2013 at 12:44 PM

PRINCE ALBERT, Saskatchewan, April 5 (UPI) -- Animal shelter workers in Canada say dogs and cats with black fur are harder to adopt out and they have to move the animals around more to find them homes.

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, says about 90 percent of animals at their shelters are black, CBC News reported.

"It's a known fact that within shelters and humane societies the last animals to ever get adopted are the black cats and the black dogs," Debbie Lehner of the SPCA told CBC News on Thursday. "For whatever reason, people tend to come and look at dogs and they will buy the light-colored dogs, and walk past black dogs and black cats."

Shelters from across Canada heard about the Prince Albert SPCA's problem and decided to help out.

Sherry Partington, president of the Vancouver Island Dogs Rescue Society, said her shelter has taken on several black dogs and one has already been adopted.

Partington acknowledged that perspective pet-owners often look over black dogs and cats, saying online pictures may influence peoples' decisions.

"When somebody sees a dog, say on Pet Finders, all they see is a picture," she said. "And apparently black dogs do not photograph well."

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