Sammy’s Hope battles bias against dark-colored pets

EDISON — Sammy’s Hope is taking action throughout the month to ensure that black dogs and cats get the same chance at finding a home as their lighter-colored pals.

For the third straight year, animal welfare organization Best Friends Animal Society is supporting more than 175 local animal rescue groups and municipal shelters across the country, including Sammy’s Hope, in showcasing black cats and dogs.

Sammy’s Hope is in the midst of a “Back in Black” promotion from Nov. 1-30 to highlight adoptable black dogs, cats, puppies and kittens at the Edison Municipal Animal Shelter.

For every black cat or kitten adopted from the shelter in November, the adoption fee is reduced from $75 to $25. For dogs, the fee is reduced from $150 to $50.

“All of us in animal rescue know this is true: that black cats and black dogs routinely get overlooked by potential adopters,” said Darren Young, executive director of Sammy’s Hope. “And yet, famous leaders favored black pets. For instance, during World War II, U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt had a black dog and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill had a black cat. Both pets actually sat in on strategic meetings.

“Come to the Edison shelter and meet all of our great black dogs and cats, and create a legend of your own.”

Last year, more than 1,250 pets found homes nationwide through the “Back in Black” adoption event.

Visit to view these animals. The Edison Municipal Animal Shelter is located at 125 Municipal Blvd. Cat adoption hours are daily from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesdays until 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dog adoption hours are Wednesdays from 5:30-7:30 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.