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A black cat’s Halloween plea: Stop the discrimination

October 18, 2010

Black cats have a bad rep — a really, really bad rep.

How awful?

Paul the Black Cat

Paul the Black Cat

Well, according to centuries old human superstitions, it’s bad luck to see a black cat first thing in the morning or after 9 p.m.  Following a black cat under a ladder or scaring us away will also bring you misfortune, and if you see a black cat at a funeral, you’re pretty much screwed.

We’ve also been portrayed as evil, witches and Satan’s BFF.

So, yeah. We black cats have it pretty rough.

You may be thinking that these superstitions are a thing of the past, that no one believes them anymore.  But these lies have done their damage, and in shelters nationwide, black cats have the lowest adoption rates.

And lowest adoption rates = the highest euthanasia rates.

We’re often the ones leftover at shelters, sitting all alone in our cage, our non-black brothers and sisters being adopted all around us.

And for some people, that’s not enough.

During the Halloween season, we’re in great danger as some cults (and ignorant teenagers) think it’s OK to perform satanic rituals and sacrifices with black cats. Luckily, many shelters realize this and don’t allow black cats to be adopted in October (Phew!).

But if more people don’t adopt us the rest of the year, our lives are still in danger.

I think enough is enough — it’s time to erase the stigma surrounding black cats. We will love you regardless of your hair color so why judge us on ours?

Adopting an animal from a shelter is always a wonderful decision. Why not make that decision even better by picking a black cat? I promise that a black cat will bring you just as much joy as a tabby or orange kitty.

And if you’re the superstitious type, try this urban legend on for size: Owning a black cat brings you good luck.

Paul the Black Cat


2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 28, 2010 10:04 am

    I had a black cat for a number of years. Everyone who met him loved him.

    • October 28, 2010 10:59 am

      Seriously! I’ve heard through the grapevine that black cats actually tend to be the friendliest kitty ou there!

      Thanks for your comment, Michele!

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