Shelter Spotlight: I Could Be Your Shadow

Another sweet girl goes unnoticed in a crowded shelter with no interest, and not one meet and greet. There are just too many dogs at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter for this girl to stand out, and she tends to be on the quieter side in the kennels.

Meet Shadow, she arrived at the shelter as an owner surrender in December of 2016; this poor girl was very scared and shy and it took some time for her to slowly come out of her shell. Shadow is a very sweet 2 year old American Pit-bull Mix. She still can be a bit shy when meeting new people, but once she feels comfortable and knows you, she sure knows how to show it! She smiles, slobbers you with kisses and her tail will not stop wagging. In addition to showing her love to her people, Shadow also loves other dogs!

Shadow’s shelter buddy, Lori, stated that Shadow is one of the most affectionate dogs at the shelter. As soon as you sit down, she will try to climb right up into your lap; since she isn’t really lap dog size, she will stand on you with her front paws and kiss you. Shadow is very smart, highly trainable and housebroken. Lori continues to work with Shadow on her leash manners and teaching her basic commands. It is recommended that Shadow continue training with her future family because she is a girl with lots of energy to expend–an active family with a yard would be best. She has learned how to play fetch and loves it! Children 13 and up are recommended.

Poor Shadow has spent her entire puppyhood in the shelter, and I’m just heartbroken for her. Shadow is the complete package, and out of all the dogs at the shelter she is actually considered to be one of the most adoptable. So why is this girl still waiting in the shelter?

Besides being on the quieter side in her kennel, Shadow has to deal with something known as “Black Dog Syndrome”. This is a phenomenon in which black dogs are passed over for adoption in favor of lighter colored ones. Animal shelters often use the term BBD, or big black dog, to describe the type of larger dark colored dogs said to be typically passed over by adopters. Now you may be shaking your head reading this, but it’s true!

Research has been done in this area and has found that fear stigma against certain breed types, and the fact that large black dogs are often portrayed as aggressive in film or television has caused this issue to exist. Some people even believe that the color black is associated with evil or misfortune and this bias transfers over to their choice of a dog. This is basically coat color bias. To me this issue is ridiculous, and I am heartbroken for this poor girl.

Dear Family, friends, readers and followers, I need your help. First way to help her is by sharing this post with everyone you know. Sharing is caring, sharing saves lives of shelter dogs. Help me network this girl to everyone out there! People need to be educated as to why certain dogs get passed over in shelters and this is one way to pass on the knowledge.

Every dog has a story, every dog that sits WAY too long in a shelter has a reason for sitting there, and it’s not the dogs fault… it’s the human beings that put these labels, biases and ideas in other people’s heads. We can change that.

Next, if you are interested in adopting Shadow or know someone else that be interested? the best thing to do is to go down to the shelter and ask to meet her! Have them bring Shadow out to the meet and greet room, to the outdoor yard. That’s where her true personality shines through. Don’t go to a shelter and just walk through kennel areas and decide based on looks or actions that you want to meet a dog. The dog you see and their actions inside that kennel that they have been sitting in for 23 hours a day is not that dogs personality.

Give Shadow the chance she deserves! Trust me, you won’t be sorry, I guarantee you’ll fall in love when you meet her! If you have Facebook, you can also head over to Shadows page, read more about her, look at her beautiful pictures, like and share that too. Best yet, head down to the shelter and take this girl home and make her part of your family!

Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter

3320 Beltagh Ave

Wantagh Ny


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