Black cats and dogs don't have great luck finding permanent homes.

When Time looked at "Black Dog Syndrome" last year, the publication found that shelters and rescue groups try to overcome the main problem with black animals -- they don't photograph well -- using props and special lighting.

The Washington Animal Rescue League's Pam Townsend wrote a book celebrating black dogs as a fundraiser for local shelters and "to raise awareness of the situation, appreciation of black dogs," she told HuffPost.

Do your part by checking out the slideshow of black dogs and cats below. We might be biased since we share a home with a lovable black mutt, but we think these animals are pretty adorable:

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  • Dusty

    Dusty is an 11-month-old affectionate cat in foster care who is ready to step in to any home. He is gentle, affectionate and loves attention. If you sit still long enough he will always find his way to your lap. He has beautiful big green eyes and a gorgeous fluffy tail that he sports like a peacock when he's happy. Dusty is currently living with three cats and two dogs. He loves his roommates but he does like his alone time so he might be just as comfortable being the only four legged critter in the house. Give this no drama cat a home and get ready for the purrs. Find out <a href="http://www.petango.com/webservices/adoptablesearch/wsAdoptableAnimalDetails.aspx?id=15981848&css=https://secure3.convio.net/whsdc/assets/css/pettango.css&PopUp=true" target="_hplink">more from the Washington Humane Society</a>.

  • Honey Buzz

    Honey Buzz is an absolutely adorable Lab/beagle mix at the <a href="http://warl.org/" target="_hplink">Washington Animal Rescue League</a>. At 4 months old, this little lovebug is all puppy! She loves to play with her toys, chase after balls, and then climb in your lap for a cuddle. Find out more from <a href="http://warl.org/" target="_hplink">WARL</a>.

  • Moonbeam

    I'm Moonbeam, a five-year-old female kitty who loves to play. Be careful when looking into my beautiful eyes--you may just fall in love! Find out more from the <a href="http://awla.convio.net/site/PageServer?pagename=home" target="_hplink">Animal Welfare League of Alexandria</a>.

  • Taekwondo

    Eight-week-old Taekwondo isn't available for adoption quite yet, but he and several other black Lab mixes, ranging in age from 2 to 6 months, will be soon. So stop by the <a href="http://warl.org/" target="_hplink">Washington Animal Rescue League</a> and say "hi."

  • Rooster

    Rooster a 4-month-old kitten at the Washington Humane Society's Georgia Avenue adoption center. Find out <a href="http://www.petango.com/webservices/adoptablesearch/wsAdoptableAnimalDetails.aspx?id=16280599&css=https://secure3.convio.net/whsdc/assets/css/pettango.css&PopUp=true" target="_hplink">more about Rooster here</a>.

  • Checkmate

    Checkmate is a 2-year-old domestic shorthair mix. This handsome boy is something of a private eye who enjoys investigating his environment. He also loves toys, particularly wand toys. Checkmate is just one of several male and female black -- and mostly black -- felines at the <a href="http://warl.org/" target="_hplink">Washington Animal Rescue League</a> ranging in age from 3 months to 5 years.

  • Ziggy

    Ziggy is a playful 7-month-old puppy at the Washington Humane Society's Georgia Avenue adoption center. This adorable little love-bug had a rough start in life. Ziggy came to WHS underweight, dehydrated and with a broken toe that had been left untreated in his previous home. Ziggy's toe has healed; He is healthy, happy and ready to meet that special someone to shower with love forever and ever! Here is <a href="http://www.petango.com/webservices/adoptablesearch/wsAdoptableAnimalDetails.aspx?id=16329917&css=https://secure3.convio.net/whsdc/assets/css/pettango.css&PopUp=true" target="_hplink">Ziggy's WHS listing</a>.

  • Freddy

    My name is Freddy and I'm quite the character. I'm almost two years old, male and looking for an experienced cat lover who understands my independent nature. I love finding a high perch to observe the world and serious play sessions are a regular occurrence. Find out more from the <a href="http://awla.convio.net/site/PageServer?pagename=home" target="_hplink">Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.</a>

  • Zinger

    Zinger is a 3-year-old domestic shorthair mix. This lovely girl was brought to the Washington Animal Rescue League by a couple who found her in their yard. Zinger prefers people to toys and enjoys being stroked. She is just one of several male and female black -- and mostly black -- ranging in age from 3 months to 5 years.

  • Sylvie

    Sylvie is a sweet girl and is about 7 years old. She is at the Washington Humane Society's New York Avenue adoption center. This sweet thing is in the prime of her life, she's got a great natured personality and loves to romp and play. She also loves a good couch to sleep on, or a nice lap to lay in. All of these things would make Sylvie very happy in her new forever home. If you already have a forever companion in your home, then keep in mind that Sylvie knows how to share her space since she has a brother. Here is <a href="http://www.petango.com/webservices/adoptablesearch/wsAdoptableAnimalDetails.aspx?id=15930374&css=https://secure3.convio.net/whsdc/assets/css/pettango.css&PopUp=true" target="_hplink">Sylvie's WHS listing</a>.

  • Shortbread

    Shortbread is a 7-month-old pit mix, who enjoys playing with people and dogs. This handsome boy is smart and energetic, and has already learned the commands for sit and down. He's also very much an adolescent, and is looking for a home where he will receive plenty of exercise, structure, and training...as well as lots of love and affection. Find out more from the <a href="http://warl.org/" target="_hplink">Washington Animal Rescue League</a>.

  • Joey

    I'm Joey -- 9 months old and male -- and this box is mine! I can't wait to fill it with toys and spend my days playing with my new human companions. If you think you're going to find a better kitten than me, forget about it! Find out more from the <a href="http://awla.convio.net/site/PageServer?pagename=home" target="_hplink">Animal Welfare League of Alexandria</a>.

  • Cisco

    If you have a mystery than needs to be solved, I'm on the case. I'm Cisco, the inquisitive cat! I'm two years old, male, very smart and I love exploring this great big world and have an insatiable appetite for life. Take me home and we can have our own adventures! Find out more from the <a href="http://awla.convio.net/site/PageServer?pagename=home" target="_hplink">Animal Welfare League of Alexandria</a>.

  • Poppy

    My name is Poppy and I'm a sweet 6-year-old girl looking for a second chance at love. I love toys and even though I'm an adult, I can still play like a kitten. I've been diagnosed with the feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) which is relatively easy to manage. I can still live a long, happy life and provide you with joy for years to come. Find out more from the <a href="http://awla.convio.net/site/PageServer?pagename=home" target="_hplink">Animal Welfare League of Alexandria</a>.

  • Tally

    Tally is a sweet 8-month old dog in foster care. She is sweet and playful with both people and other dog and loves to be carried around. We are trying to explain to her that won't be possible as she grows into her adult body! Find out <a href="http://www.petango.com/webservices/adoptablesearch/wsAdoptableAnimalDetails.aspx?id=14911573&css=https://secure3.convio.net/whsdc/assets/css/pettango.css&PopUp=true" target="_hplink">more about Tally from the Washington Humane Society</a>.

  • Dancer

    I'm Dancer, a 12-year-old male, and I'm the life of the party. Take me home and we can two-step, tango, and do the Macarena together. I like to give out head-butts, make air biscuits, and sometimes when I'm really happy I drool a little bit. What's not to love about me? Find out more from the <a href="http://awla.convio.net/site/PageServer?pagename=home" target="_hplink">Animal Welfare League of Alexandria</a>.

  • Black Jack

    If you love to gamble, why not take a chance on me, Black Jack? I know you and I can be a winning combination and I'm as close to a sure thing as they come. I am a little over one year old, and I get along well with other cats -- so why not make it a full house? Find out more from the <a href="http://awla.convio.net/site/PageServer?pagename=home" target="_hplink">Animal Welfare League of Alexandria</a>.

  • Felicia

    Who loves kittens? I'm Felicia, I'm four months old, and I want to be yours forever. I love stretching and scratching and chasing things. I know I'm a cutie pie but the only thing better than a kitten is two -- my friend Blake is also looking for a home.

  • Blake

    I'm quite the catch and I hope to make someone a very lucky adopter soon. I'm four months old, male and I love playing. After all, I am a kitten. My good friend Felicia and I would love to go home with you together. Find out more from the <a href="http://awla.convio.net/site/PageServer?pagename=home" target="_hplink">Animal Welfare League of Alexandria</a>.

  • Smoothie

    I'm Smoothie, a 3-month-old female kitty looking to start my new life with you. Playing is my number one priority. I'd love to go home with one of my litter mates. We'll happily entertain ourselves and put a big smile on your face. Find out more from the <a href="http://awla.convio.net/site/PageServer?pagename=home" target="_hplink">Animal Welfare League of Alexandria</a>.

  • Sorbet

    I'm a cute 3-month-old male kitten who wants to be yours! I need a good home where I can get out all of my energy and do kitten things. I'd love to go home with one of my litter mates if possible. Find out more from the <a href="http://awla.convio.net/site/PageServer?pagename=home" target="_hplink">Animal Welfare League of Alexandria</a>.

  • Custard

    Custard here, and I'm a sweet 3-month-old male kitten with a friendly personality. If you adopt me, I'll be your best friend for years to come. I need a lot of toys and someone to play with. Either of my litter mates will do, or perhaps you can become my playmate. Find out more from the <a href="http://awla.convio.net/site/PageServer?pagename=home" target="_hplink">Animal Welfare League of Alexandria</a>.

  • Rudy

    Rudy's the name and love is my game. Unlike these young kittens, I'm a mature male -- 8 years old -- distinguished, and know how to treat my human companions. I'll shower you with purrs and affection and snuggle on your lap until I fall asleep. Give me a good home and I'll show you how lucky you are to have me in your life. Find out more from the <a href="http://awla.convio.net/site/PageServer?pagename=home" target="_hplink">Animal Welfare League of Alexandria</a>.

  • Ace

    Ace is a 7-year-old senior recovering from some medical issues in foster care. Here is his <a href="http://www.petango.com/webservices/adoptablesearch/wsAdoptableAnimalDetails.aspx?id=16013231&css=https://secure3.convio.net/whsdc/assets/css/pettango.css&PopUp=true" target="_hplink">Washington Humane Society listing</a>.

This week's animals come from the Washington Animal Rescue League, the Washington Humane Society and the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.

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