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The Black Dogs Project Captures Black Dogs Overlooked for Adoption

The Black Dogs Project is a photo series that photographs black dogs against a dark background, with the intention of spreading awareness of ‘black dog bias’ which results in black dogs being adopted less frequently than lighter-colored canines. The photos were taken by Massachusetts photographer Fred Levy.

While there are no clear, hard statistics that prove that black dogs are discriminated against by pet adopters, Levy says anecdotal evidence from pet shelters suggests that black dogs are treated differently than other dogs and are more likely to be overlooked.

The photogenic dogs featured in the Black Dogs Project include a blind Labrador mix, a Labrador, a poodle, a Portuguese water dog and a German shepherd.

"I thought this project would be a good graphic challenge and everyone has a really great story to tell," Levy says. "I want to bring awareness to this issue and remind people who are searching for the perfect dog that black dogs have great personalities too."