Tonawanda News


June 2, 2013

CRITTER COMPANIONS: Black dogs deserve good homes too

Tonawanda News — The so-called black dog syndrome can be seen in shelters across the country. 

It appears that more often than not, dogs that end up in shelters have black coats. 

Animals that have black fur also have a harder time getting adopted. There are many speculations as to why this would happen, including foolish things like folklore portraying them as evil, black dogs are depressing, they are scary looking, they look too plain and even a trivial thing like they don’t photograph as well. 

In the summer of 2007 Black Dog Second Chance Rescue was started in East Amherst by Ginny Brown Cerasani and her husband Nate, who wanted to do more to help the underdogs of the shelter world.

BDSC is completely volunteered-based and a nonprofit-registered 501 (c) 3, and all the money they raise is used for the welfare of the animals. With approximately 30 foster homes, the rescue currently has 30 dogs, five cats and one rabbit. BDSC doesn’t discriminate against medical or behavioral needs, so some of the animals may be in the foster homes for awhile.

“Being a foster home can be such a rewarding experience,” volunteer Heather Stunkel said. “Foster homes are always needed and nothing feels better than helping out an animal who didn’t have a chance.”

Stunkel does caution that it can be challenging at times, but in the end it is well worth it. 

“Nothing is greater than to watch a foster transform into the healthy, happy dog or cat it should have always been.”

Fostering for BDSC is free with the rescue paying for all veterinarian needs and supplies. The foster family is responsible for providing room to romp, daily walks and a lot of love.

To become a foster with BDSC, Stunkel explained, you must fill out an application on their website and a volunteer will then set up a visit to your house. In addition to having the process explained, the volunteer also inquires on the type of animal the potential foster is interested in and discusses some possible matches. Type of homes, family members, other pets and daily routines are all considered. 

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