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Adoption and fundraising events benefit animals

As a volunteer for Douglas Animal Welfare Group, Trish Vandersluis noticed that the black dogs do not get adopted as quickly as the others.She did some research on this and found out that there is a phenomenon called “Black Dog Syndrome” also known as “Big Black Dogs.” “I discovered it is well documented that black dogs are routinely passed over and stay at shelters longer putting them at risk. And if the dog is older, big and black, then they have three strikes against them,” Vandersluis said. “Some of the reasons include superstitions, black dogs do not photograph as well as lighter colored dogs, and with dark eyes and black coats, adopters cannot easily see the dog’s eyes and facial expressions in poorly lit shelters or rescue facilities.”To help the six black dogs currently waiting at the shelter, volunteers have organized a “Black is Back, Get in Style,” adoption event 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Douglas County Animal Shelter on Pinenut Road in Gardnerville.Dogs at the shelter include labs and lab mixes from puppies to 4 years old.“They’re really great dogs,” Vandersluis said. “They need to be seen outside of their kennels where their personality can come out.”All adoptions include a free microchip, training, and a goodie bag including a leash, collar, and toys. There will be refreshments and volunteers to help find a good match for your family. “If you have been thinking about helping out a homeless animal, need more exercise, need a companion for you or your pet, want unconditional love and have room in your home and heart,” Vandersluis said, “come out and see these beautiful black dogs as well as all the other animals available at the shelter.” For more information on this event or DAWG, visit or call 267-3202.Coming up in October is DAWG’s mutt poker walk 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center.Dogs and cats are welcome to join the two-mile walk around Gardnerville collecting poker cards to win cash prizes for the best poker hand.There are also prizes for the participant raising the most sponsorship money from a one-week stay at a resort in Palm Springs, Calif., to a one-night stay at Sorensen’s Resort.The event features vendors, music, food and low cost pet clinics open to the public.DAWG’s goal is to raise $25,000 from this event to be used for shelter operations and spay and neuter programs. “This money is needed more than ever during these difficult economic times. More and more people are forced to surrender their pets, sometimes because they are about to become homeless themselves and sometimes because they can’t afford to feed or provide needed medical care for their pets,” said Tina Dillon, DAWG president. “This is such a heart-wrenching position for anyone to be in and DAWG feels compelled to assure those families that their pets will be well taken care of—both emotionally and medically—during the search for a new home.”To register for the poker walk or become a sponsor, visit or call 267-7325.

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