When Is National Black Dog Day and What Is It?

Although it is less well-known to many people than it is with black cats, black dogs suffer from a negative connotation associated with them, with many cultures telling stories about black dogs being harbingers of death and doom.

While most people don’t associate black dogs with bad luck today, black dogs do seem to have bad luck. They suffer from lower adoption rates than other colors of dogs, a phenomenon known as Black Dog Syndrome. It’s unknown what exactly causes this, but it’s believed to be a combination of superstition, negative media portrayal, and poor photography and visibility potential within poorly lit shelters.

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When Is National Black Dog Day?

National Black Dog Day is celebrated on October 1st. In 2022, this day falls on a Saturday, so you’ll be able to fully enjoy this day. National Black Dog Day was first celebrated on October 1, 2014.

What Is National Black Dog Day?

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On October 1, 2014, a rescued black dog named Sailor passed away at the ripe old age of 14. Sailor had belonged to an animal advocate by the name of Colleen Paige, and Paige christened the holiday in honor of Sailor. Paige was also the founder of National Dog Day, National Puppy Day, and National Cat Day.

Paige founded the day not just in honor of Sailor but also to bring widespread recognition to the plight of black dogs, hoping to improve adoption rates. The primary purpose of National Black Dog Day is to ensure that the public is widely educated about the low adoption rates and negative portrayal of black dogs, as well as to bring about change in the public’s view of black dogs.

How to Celebrate National Black Dog Day

The primary purpose of National Black Dog Day is to increase the adoption rates of black dogs. If you’re in a position to bring a new dog into your home, then this day is perfect for choosing a black dog from a local shelter or rescue to adopt. Just make sure you are truly in a position to bring home another pet before you do so.

If you can’t bring home a black dog, you might consider volunteering at a shelter or rescue. Not only are these types of organizations often understaffed and overworked, but this also gives you the opportunity to see firsthand how Black Dog Syndrome can impact adoption rates and how shelters and rescues are working to combat it. If you don’t have time available to volunteer, consider making a donation in honor of black dogs.

Promote National Black Dog Day to others by educating them about Black Dog Syndrome and encouraging them to also take part in celebrating the holiday. You can also educate people that black dogs are just as loving and generous as other colors of dogs. If you’ve ever owned a black dog, you are somewhat of an expert on the subject, so make sure to share your own personal experiences with your black dog.

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In Conclusion

Black dogs are the least likely to be adopted, the most likely to be euthanized, and the most likely to be overlooked in shelters than any other color of dog. National Black Dog Day was founded to help combat this phenomenon, called Black Dog Syndrome, but there is still work to do. Every year on October 1st, you can celebrate this holiday through adoption, volunteer work, donations, and spreading awareness of the problems that black dogs face.


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