Kansas Girl Fights for Black Dogs

A black Labrador Retriever Madison Bell doesn’t get it.

She doesn’t understand why black dogs take longer to get adopted from shelters than lighter-colored dogs.

“It’s heartbreaking,” said Madison, a 12-year-old from Wichita, Kansas, in an interview with Wichita TV station KSN.   “There’s no difference.”

The phenomenon even has a name – “Black Dog Syndrome.”

“You can take two animals from the same litter.  One (is) a lighter color.  And one is a darker black color.  And the lighter one will get adopted faster,” said Jennifer Campbell of the Kansas Humane Society.   “It’s really a terrible thing.”

Madison volunteers at the Humane Society, according to KSN reporter Katie Taube.

And when she saw that black dogs were taking longer to get adopted, she decided to do something about it.

She founded, “The Black Dog Club.”

Her goal:  to let people know that “they’re just as wonderful as every other dog,” as she put it, in an interview with Wichita TV station KAKE.

Why don’t black dogs get adopted as fast?

Madison has a theory.

“They don’t (show) enough facial expressions (compared with lighter-colored dogs),” she told KAKE’s Rachel Phillips.  “So that’s why they don’t get picked enough.”

“(But) they’ve got the same personality as a white animal — or an Australian Shepherd,” Madison told KSN.

On Friday, November 23rd – “Black Friday” – Madison plans to hold a special adoption event in Wichita – an event where qualified people will be able to adopt black-colored animals for free.

She’s doing it as part of a special Girl Scout project.

And she hopes to convince everyone else that black dogs are just as good as light-colored ones.

“They are great dogs because they are dogs,” she told KSN.  “And that’s what I love about them.

“If you take the time to pay attention,” she added, “you will definitely see it.”