Many of you who are up to date on adoption discourse know that there are many similarities between the language used to promote and discuss animal/pet adoption and the adoption of human children. When I Google "adoption" for my Adoption Gazette blog, I get as many results for animal adoptions as I do for child adoptions.
So imagine my surprise when I came across this news item and instantly thought about our foster care system in the United States. Since the majority of the youth in foster care who have a permanency goal of adoption are African American or bi-racial African American, and since we offer financial incentives for prospective parents to adopt children from foster care, the headline of this article definitely caught my attention.
Adoption specials for black-colored dogs, cats
07:53 PM MST on Tuesday, September 4, 2007
A local pet adoption center
will be offering discounts on black-colored dogs and cats of all ages
throughout the month of September.
A news release from
the Humane Society of Southern Arizona (HSSA) say there is a
predominance of black pets at their shelter, as they are chosen less by
individuals looking to adopt a companion.
Staff at HSSA decided to support this promotion with the theme, “Swift as a Ninja, we sneak into your heart!”
From now until September 15th, black cats, kittens and mixed breed dogs and puppies will be available for adoption at half price.
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