The REAL Scary Truth about Black Cats

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - 11:15am

Have you heard the myth that black cats are unsafe in October, in part because witches may try to adopt them for rituals? We sure have. But guess what? Top ASPCA experts agree that it’s just not true.

Unfortunately, the truth is kinda scary, too: Year-round, black cats are the least likely to get adopted in shelters across the U.S. In fact, black animals in general take more time to find homes, says Gail Buchwald, Senior Vice President of the Adoption Center.

At the ASPCA, we LOVE black kitties. (Some of our friendliest cats, like Marissa, are black—yet Marissa has waited more than nine months to find a family. What’s up with that?)

Aside from the most important reason to adopt black kitties—that they really need extra help finding homes—here are a few reasons to take home one or two:

  • Their fur won’t show on your little black dress.
  • You can tell your kids you adopted a mini panther.
  • Black cats go with everything.
  • In most cultures, black cats are a sign of good luck.
  • You already know black cats are awesome—you have one at home! If you’ve got a great black kitty, tell us about him or her in the comments. You just might persuade someone else to give these felines a little extra attention.



Marisela Kuzma

I found in the street a gogeous black cat about 8 years ago... and was the best thing that happened to me when I moved to USA. He is no only my firned .. he is my confident and great company at all times. He stay next to me and show me his love in many ways... he is always purrrrrrrrrring really loud when I am around. His name is AZABACHE which is a semiprecious stone find it around volcanos in South America and the locals use the stone to protect themselves against bad energy and bad spirits.... Since I have him my life is the best... I also recued another cat and a Dog too....

Love my black kitty

Shes the sweetest. I wasn't looking for a black cat, but when I saw her in the shelter, she won me over! Playful one moment, melting with love the next.


I have adopted 2 black kitties but my most recent love is the best cat I have ever owned. He has the BEST personality and I couldn't imagine a day without him. I found him on the streets as a kitten - probably because on one wanted him and we have been inseperable ever since. I would love to attach a photo of him - does anybody know how to do that? If so please let me know. I would love to share a photo of my little man!


Black cats are great. I had one for years until someone ran over him in my driveway. I just recently adopted another stray kitten. He is mostly black but a little white. Kittens are hilarious in general but this one loves to snuggle and give kisses. I have a tiger cat that likes his head kissed also.

Pam York

I have had one for 12 years, found when he was just a tiny kittens, another just found me about two months ago.he is just a love and has taken to his new brother and sisters. A wonderful addition to our home and family of felines.


Pye is our second black cat, and the sweetest, most affectionate boy we have ever had. We would not part with him for anything.


I am blessed with 10 wonderful cats(all rescues) and 4 of them are black. I do like to think of them as my little black panthers. They are all very smart and super affectionate. I also have a wonderful Shepard mix dog that is black(also a rescue). I would like to encourage everyone to give a black animal a home. Your life will be greatly enriched.


When I met my husband in Feb. '96, he was a self-professed "cat-hater." In August of that year, a very persistent & friendly black cat began hanging around our house. After a few weeks we accepted his adoption of us and named him Nicodemus. My husband is now a "closet" cat-lover.


Sissy, our black cat, came to us last summer. She had two other starving kitties with her who hid in the bushes. She was the leader who came up to us and begged for help. We have fallen in love with her kind, calm nature. She is confident and sweet and loves to climb the tree that leads to a walk on the roof! Because of her precious personality, I always look twice when I see a black cat!

Dorothy McKnight

I've had three black cats! All of them were male cats and
so loving and fun. My previous cat, Spike, was
what I called an "old soul" he was so wise.
My current cat Shay I adopted with his sister.
It is sad to hear people are hesitant to adopt
Black cats. I can assure you all of mine were
so loving!