Dogs take flight to Dorchester through Pilots and Paws

CAMBRIDGE — Pilots and Paws transported three special needs dogs June 11 to Cambridge from Tennessee and Kentucky for adoption through Wags and Wishes Animal Rescue.

Wags and Wishes is having a great year for adoption and can’t keep dogs longer than a few days. Wags pulls from Dorchester Animal Control but wanted to help some senior dogs that would have a hard time finding homes in other areas.

Two of the senior dogs, one 12 years old and one 8 years old, were adopted by Cindy Smith, Dorchester County grant administrator. The third dog needs to go through heart worm treatment and then will be up for adoption. Ms. Smith adopts only black dogs because they have a hard time finding homes.

In the rescue world it is known as Black Dog Syndrome. Black Dogs are the most overlooked and underadopted of any dog.
Some reasons for Black Dog Syndrome include:

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From left are Stacie Buck, Cindy Smith with Willie, a 12-year-old dog whose owner died, and pilot Ken Accousti with Pilots and Paws.

• Their black color doesn’t do well with the public in general. Some people prefer lighter coats because they are more eye-catching.

• Most owners find it hard to read a black dog’s expression and what it wants.

• Because they are black, they may be difficult to see at night or when they are in darker places. This can be a hassle if they get lost or suddenly run off in the middle of the night. It can also be dangerous to them and to other people because not many people will notice them. They might suddenly attack people or get hit by speeding vehicles during those hours.

• In popular media and culture, black dogs are stuck with the negative image of being the villain and being aggressive.

• Similar to the reason above, black has always been the color most commonly used to represent negativity, evil and misfortune. For this reason, some people tend to believe that black dogs are unlucky.

• Many black dogs are known as dangerous dogs and are prone to aggression — some of which are Pit bulls, Doberman Pinschers, black Labradors, Chows and Rottweilers.

For the stated reasons, black dogs seem to be discriminated against. And it’s not just dogs; even black cats experience the same kind of sad fate. These pets are in great need and danger if they do not find love and care from human owners.
For more information on Black Dog Syndrome, visit

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