"A black cat crossing your path signifies that the animal is going somewhere." - Groucho Marx
Did you know that black cats and dogs are less likely to be adopted from shelters and rescues and have higher euthanasia rates? It’s true. Animal shelters around the country can tell you the sad statistics about how many black cats and dogs are overlooked for their more colorful, striped and spotted brother and sisters. Shelters chalk the phenomenon up to people still buying into black cats being unlucky (can you believe that?) and that people are just naturally drawn to the more colorful and patterned cats.
In fact, many shelters have started social media campaigns to sponsor adoption events and promote black pet adoption. I can tell you that a recent visit to the local SPCA shelter in my town left me shocked by how many black cats and kittens I saw waiting for their forever homes. Of course, crazy cat lady that I am, I wanted to take them all home with me.
And while I certainly would never promote adopting a pet for a holiday, with Halloween fast approaching it made sense to share some of the great reasons why you should consider adopting (or fostering) a black cat the next time you are looking to add another furry friend to your household.
10 Reasons to Adopt a Black Cat
- Black goes with everything. Black cats won’t clash with your other kitties, your decor or what you are wearing.
- If you like to wear lots of black, you won’t have to be so careful about vacuuming or lint-rolling cat hair as with a light-colored cat.
- Black cats make good friends. But seriously, all cats make great friends.
- You can practice your photography skills. I can tell you firsthand that it is infinitely more difficult to get a take a great photo of my black cat, and when I do take a good photo I feel super proud of myself and my photography skills.
- Because believing in superstitions that can be traced back to the Middle Ages, just doesn’t make any sense. Black cats are not any more unlucky than other kind of cat. In fact, in some parts of the world black cats are actually considered to be lucky!
- Most black cats are not actually black at all, but are a mix of all sorts of dark colors. Look at a black cat in the sun and you’ll see shades of auburn, brown and black.
- Black cats are actually quite striking, particularly when they have bright green or yellow eyes.
- You can tell people that your black cat is part of your witch/warlock costume at your Halloween party.
- When you take your black cat out for a walk on a leash in the snow, you will be able to see her.
- But simply the best reason to adopt a black cat is because black cats are the least likely to be adopted.
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