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Associated Press, Published November 27 2011

Hastings animal shelter holds sale on pets with dark fur

HASTINGS, Minn. – A Minnesota animal shelter is aiming to end prejudice against dark-furred pets by holding a “Black Friday” sale.

To clear out its backlog of black animals, the Animal Ark No-Kill Shelter in Hastings cut adoption fees in half for any black dog or cat. The sale began Friday and continues through today.

“People tend to want an animal that is more flashy and beautiful,” shelter manager Mallory Eiynck told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “Black is attractive to lots of us, but other people see black animals as plain. You see them everywhere.”

While reliable statistics are elusive, Eiynck said she believes that about half of the 20,000 animals euthanized annually in the Twin Cities are black.

Nationwide, about 4 million animals are euthanized in shelters annually, according to the Humane Society of the United States. A growing number of those killed reportedly have dark fur.