Give the raven-coated feline in your life a squeeze because it’s Black Cat Appreciation Day! Every year on this day, animal-lovers celebrate these special kitties and spread awareness about what great pets black cats can make.
Here at the ASPCA, it’s no surprise we love black cats, but because of outdated—and incorrect—myths and superstitions, they have long been unfairly linked to bad luck for centuries. But the truth is, while black cats get a bad rap, they’re just as sweet and loveable as the next feline! In fact, in many cultures black cats are considered a prized pet. In places like Japan and the British Isles, they’ve even been thought to bring their pet parents good luck.
We hope you will join us today in celebrating Black Cat Appreciation Day by sharing this article with your friends and family to encourage black cat adoption, or consider bringing home your own ebony-colored friend by heading to your local shelter and adopting a black cat.
If you already have a resident black kitty at home, we’d love to see your photos! Share your best photo using the hashtag #BlackCatAppreciationDay—you just might persuade someone else to give these sweet felines a little extra attention.
While summer may be drawing to a close, there’s still time to take advantage of summer savings in the ASPCA Online Store! For a limited time, stock up on items for your entire family—including your pets—and receive 40% off your purchase when you use the code ASPCA40 at checkout.
Plus, when you make a purchase in our Online Store, you’ll make a positive difference for animals in need nationwide. Now is the perfect time to find special gifts for your cats, dogs and the animal lovers in your life. Shop for a cause today!
Welcome to The Paw Print! In this recurring feature, we highlight the latest news affecting animals and animal-lovers around the country. Here are some of the top stories right now:
Family Reunites with Dog After Nine Year Separation: An Alabama family is happy to have its dog, Boozer, back with them after a nine year separation. Boozer, now 10 years old, went missing during the family’s move from Tennessee to Alabama, and recently turned up at a Denver, Colorado animal shelter. [ABCNews.com]
Hero Dog Calls 911, Leads Blind Pet Parent to Safety During Fire: When a Philadelphia woman named Maria smelled smoke in the night, she yelled, “Danger!” which led her service dog, Yolanda, to call 911. Yolanda is trained to respond to “Danger!”, and pressed the emergency button on Maria’s phone to alert authorities. Yolanda also led Maria safely out of her apartment. [NBCPhiladelphia.com]
Cat Found With Paws Zip-Tied Together Expected to Recover: A domestic long-haired cat, now named River, was rescued from the bank of the Westfield River in Massachusetts with her paws zip-tied together. Fortunately, her caretakers at the Westfield Regional Animal Shelter expect River to make a full recovery. [MassLive.com]
10-Year-Old Boy Rescues 40+ Animals After Founding His Own Animal Shelter: A young animal advocate named Ken has helped more than 40 cats and dogs after starting his own animal shelter, called the Happy Animals Club, at his home in the Philippines. Ken and his team provide food, shelter and medical care for homeless animals. [TheDodo.com]
Sweet, sensitive Tootsie has been waiting for a loving home for more than two years. This shy girl needs some extra time to adjust to new friends and faces, but once you’ve earned her trust, she’ll come to you for playtime and chin scratches! Our Adoptions team can provide some great tips on how to help Tootsie acclimate to her new home.
Tootsie prefers a quiet environment where she is the only cat. She does have experience living with human siblings, and would do best with kids aged 12 or older. Adopt Tootsie today!
Tootsie is available for adoption at the ASPCA Adoption Center. If you are interested in adopting Tootsie, please call our Adoptions Department in New York City at (212) 876-7700 ext. 4120.
Have you been considering adding a furry friend (or two!) to your family? Now is your chance! This Saturday, August 15, hundreds of shelters nationwide will participate in an exciting “Clear the Shelters” event. Participating organizations will reduce or completely waive their adoption fees to help connect adoptable animals in their care with safe and loving homes.
Our Adoption Center, located in New York City, will take part in the event, waiving all adoption fees for dogs and cats Saturday.
The ASPCA has also provided support for the event in the form of grant funding to a select number of participating organizations across the country. “Clear the Shelters” is sponsored by the NBCUniversal-Owned Television Stations division of NBC Universal and Telemundo.
We look forward to hearing the many happy stories that will result from this exciting event. Please help us Clear the Shelters by finding a participating shelter near you and giving a homeless pet a second chance.