Photographer Takes Beautiful Portraits Of Black Dogs And Cats So They Can Find Home Easily

Black cats are not unlucky!

I have no idea why this myth even started. Firstly, all pets are adorable, and just because the fur of a cat is black, it does not mean that it’s unlucky. I personally adopted a black cat for a few days but had to let her go since our house wasn’t properly suited for a pet.

However, she was nothing short of adorable. That is why it is so hard for me to understand the reasoning behind people not adopting black cats and dogs. Apparently, most people find them annoying, which is complete b*llsh*t if you ask me.

That is why a photographer Emma decided to take pictures of black cats and dogs to spread awareness about this problem. Following is what she had to say about the issue.

Shelters worldwide often euthanize black dogs and cats more frequently purely because they know they are going to be more difficult to re-home. Some don’t even get a chance to meet their forever family. Heartbreaking.

Changing perceptions amongst potential adopters as well as using clever ‘marketing‘ tools to make them stand out seems to be the key.

The general public (worldwide) needs to be educated about the sterilization of pets to reduce the number of unwanted critters running around. Many of the stars I snapped were accidental arrivals (don’t tell Truffle) and whilst they are unbelievably loved, another critter will have not been so lucky. It’s a numbers game, one that must be reduced by getting cats and dogs ‘fixed’ before more accidental babies arrive.

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#1 Echo.

Small. Cute. Master manipulator.

#2 Pesto.

Celebrated her tenth birthday just before the shoot. Her official age, however, is four and a half. She’s waiting for an appointment with her stylist.

#3 Nancy.

Slightly needy, snorer of note. Sheds so much that her mom now dresses like Batman.

#4 Bentley.

Reserved at first. Secretly a HUGE Madonna fan. Has all her albums.

#5 Arizona.

Didn’t stop talking throughout the shoot. Also has paint on her ear. Also fired.

#6 Red.

Yes, that is paint on his ear. Yes, this is his last ever modeling gig.

#7 Dogg.

Pronounced ‘D’ ‘O’ “double G’ as in Snoop. Impossibly cool. Fan of hip hop.

#8 Grace.

Only wears Gucci. Anxiously waiting for a Net-A-Porter delivery that’s taking forever to arrive.

#9 Toby.

Has a fetish for sitting on velvet chairs. His tongue isn’t the only thing he lets hang out.

#10 Parker.

Raised by a cat. Has a full repartee of witty one-liners. Won’t wait to be invited to use them.

“Black dogs and cats get a raw deal when it comes to being unwanted. Ending up at a shelter is bad news for any animal, but black critters are the least likely to be adopted and if they are lucky enough to be chosen by an adoptee, they will have waited the longest.

I’ve done a bit of research on this and there seem to be four major reasons that black dogs and cats are last on the list for potential adoptees – firstly, they don’t photograph well (I think these images disprove that point) which is tragic if you want to take over Instagram with your new pet (repeatedly smacks forehead against wall), secondly, black dogs can look intimidating and aggressive, thirdly, black cats are superstitiously unlucky (or should that be stupid-stitiously) and lastly, they are a bit plain and boring to look at. What. Evs.”

-Emma Brien

#11 Lena.

Full-time retiree. Part-time therapist. Will always share her couch, but may fall asleep whilst you talk.

#12 Mia.

Weighs 50kg, thinks she’s a lap dog. Can take out a couch once she breaks into a gentle trot.

#13 Casper.

Likes the finer things in life. Insists on silk sheets. Secretly likes to wear feather boas.

#14 Jessie.

As crazy as she looks. Once used a set of toddlers as skittles. Claims it was a total accident.

#15 Gabriel.

Insisted on a head shot only because he’s still trying to get bikini ready.

#16 Truffle.

Part of an ‘oopsie’ litter but insists that he’s full pedigree. Still thinks this shoot was for Country Life magazine.

#17 Maya the Mexican.

Won’t make eye contact until you’ve downed four tequila shots and said ‘Xoloitzcuintli’ correctly. Good luck.

#18 Merlin.

An enthusiastic advocate for the legalization of The Nip. Might have had some before the shoot.

#19 Another Merlin.

Lost his eye whilst on a secret mission for MI5. Keeps requesting a monetary allowance for a diamond-encrusted patch. Keeps being denied. Has put in an order with Cartier and is going to expense it.

#20 Guinness.

Judgemental as all hell. Found living under a trailer but is in no way trashy.

Do you have a black pet? If so, what would you like others to know about adopting one? Comment down below and let us know.

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