Fighting "Black Dog" Syndrome

Published 11/16 2012 12:02PM

Updated 11/16 2012 12:17PM

A 12-year-old girl from Wichita, Kansas is taking on a problem plaguing animal shelters across the country. Animal shelters and Humane Societies are fighting Black Dog Syndrome, in which people tend to choose light-colored dogs over dogs with black fur.

"It's nothing to do with the dog," says Madison Bell, who volunteers at the Kansas Humane Society. "People don't want to put enough time and effort into seeing what this dog can really do."

Bell's goal is to raise awareness about it and, together with the Kansas Humane Society, she hopes you'll choose your next pet based on personality, not color.

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