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.



anna opincariu

i was looking for a new Kitten after my elderly tiger went to her reward. i ended up adopting a 9ish month old black juvenile named Bear. my heart just broke when the humane society volunteer told me that he had been found outside of the doors and had been in at the shelter ever since. he is big and beautiful, a little clumsy but just a lover. i am an advocate for black kitties.


I was lucky enough to adopt my black cat, Ellie, 6 years ago! She has been a great addition to our family and I wouldn't trade her for the world.


I just made a black cat a part of my family. He was a stray that I had been feeding along with a couple of other strays. At first I thought he was feral because he wouldn't come anywhere near me. Gradually he started rubbing up against me when I put the food down and then he would follow my dog and I when we went for a walk. Because we have foxes in the area, I worked with a local group to find homes for the three strays and because the little black boy (who I named Ebony) became so attached to my dog and I, I kept him. He is the funniest, cuddliest cat ever. He gets along great with my other cats but his favorite "brother" is still Bailee, the dog!


I have had my Ebony for almost 4 years now and could not ask for a sweeter, loving cat. He is "mama's boy" through and through. Is afraid of his own shadow at times then gets right in your face the next. I have lost and 18 and 14 year olds within the last year, but when the time is right for a new addition, trust me Ebony and Ivory will welcome another black beauty into the fold.


My husband and I surprised our daughter with two black kittens for her birthday. We've had them almost four years now and they are wonderful. Because our daughter loves Halloween, she named them Boo and Shadow. They truly have brought such love and laughter in to our lives. And they are just beautiful animals!

Geynell Eskite

My black cat "Ninja" was my dear friend for 19 plus yrs. Black cats are wonderful family members.

Michele H

We found a tiny black kitten hiding in the box of pumpkins at our grocery store five years ago.... He was so tiny and was crying. I picked him up and he started purring. I took him home to my family, we named him Boo and he has been a loving sweet boy that loves to cuddle as close to us as he can get! Best cat!


We had a black cat for 16 years. He was a spooky looking black cat with yellow eyes and sometimes scared some who are not "cat people". But looks can be deceiving. He was a sweet cat who just waited for you to sit down so he could curl up on your lap. If you were to lie down he would lay on your chest and frequently reach up and touch your face with one paw. He was a sweet little guy who looked like a jungle cat. I would definitely not pass on a black cat if adopting.

Raymond Shia

We have 5 black cats, all adopted from local shelters. All are very special and they get along and co-exist with our Irish Wolf hound. I have always had black cats, they look kool and to me, they seem to be smarter then most cats. I highly recommend adopting a black cat or 2 from your local shelter.


Last Halloween my brother in-law found a stray black kitten in a mall parking lot. Seeing as it was halloween, he was worried what some people might do if they found this little black cat so he brought him home. A few weeks later he was the newest addition to our family. He is the most loving little cat and is best friends with our russian blue Vladimir. Whoever said black cats were bad luck on halloween couldn't be more wrong! We are in fact very lucky to have Zorro in our home.