Black dogs are now available at a discount on Fridays at the Macon-Bibb County Animal Welfare shelter at 1010 11th St.
The shelter has 14 black or mostly black dogs at the moment, so “Black Out Friday” will cut adoption fees on those animals from $80 to $25, according to a news release from Macon-Bibb County spokesman Chris Floore. There’s also a $50 spay/neuter fee, but that can be refunded if the new owner brings proof of the surgery back to Animal Welfare.
The discount is made possible by donations from Libbie Walthall, Cherie Bland and other groups, Floore said.
Many shelters nationwide have discounted adoptions on similar animals to combat what they call “black dog syndrome.” The existence of the phenomenon is disputed, but advocates for its existence blame superstition, perceptions of aggression and the difficulty of photographing darker animals.
Macon-Bibb Animal Welfare Director Sarah Tenon also cited black animals’ tendency to gray rapidly as a possible reason they aren’t adopted as frequently.
To contact writer Jim Gaines, call 744-4489.