Published on October 29, 2022
Huntsville Animal Services invites anyone considering adopting a pet to come “find your new boo” just in time for Halloween.
The shelter is fighting Black Dog Syndrome (BDS) this weekend with an unbeatable promotion. Adoption fees are waived for all adult cats and dogs with black or mostly black fur from October 29-31.
“There’s nothing scary about a black animal,” said director Dr. Karen Sheppard. “Statistically, they’re the hardest for us to adopt, but they’re really just as sweet, loyal, clumsy, playful, or easy-going as any other animal.”
Research shows that some people opt for animals with lighter fur due to old superstitions, such as a black cat bringing bad luck, or fear engendered by the way black pets are portrayed in movies and shows. of TV. In a study published in Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science in 2002, the University of California School of Veterinary Medicine stated that adoption rates were much lower for pure black animals.
The animal services webpage featuring adoptable pets shows that black and predominantly black pets currently make up about a third of pets up for adoption.
“We want people to come to our trunk or treat on Saturday, have fun and come meet the great dogs and cats we have ready for loving homes,” Sheppard said.
The Howl-o-ween Trunk or Treat will take place from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, October 29. In addition to waiving adoption fees for black or predominantly black adult cats and dogs, the shelter will lower fees for all other animals by $10. until Halloween.
Adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and come with a municipal license and a free bag of pet food. Those unable to adopt are asked to consider fostering an animal through the shelter’s foster program.
Click here to see photos, ages and descriptions of animals available.
Located at 4950 Triana Blvd. SW, the refuge is open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Call 256-883-3783, visit HuntsvilleAL.gov/Animal, or check them out on Facebook or Instagram to learn more.