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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.
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Jill

This is so sad :( I have a black Japanese bobtail that is the most lovey, cuddly little boy. All my favorite cats have been black, too.

Courtney

We have two black cats at home (Blackie and Gillie). We adopted Blackie from our local animal shelter and Gillie from a shelter near my college. They are fantastic cats, very loving and fun to watch. Please give black cats a chance!

Regina Douglas

Our black cat, Dusty, will be lucky number 13 in November on Thanksgiving Day. She's been a joy to us ever since she was five weeks old. She's perfect for Halloween when she hangs around the house as the trick or treaters come to the door and notice her. Many of them comment about her as if she is part of the decorations.

Warren Hollier

My wonderful black cat "Char" passed away recently after 16 years and a bout with a tumor. I was so despondent toward the end of his life and talked about how much I was going to miss him. Before he passed another little black cat started hanging around my house and I started feeding her. Char passed and I thought about the strange "new" arrival. Didn't realize she was a "she" and that she would soon move three little black and one striped kitten to my yard. I love them but be careful what you ask for. The father,also a beautiful black cat, came along also.They are black with a white trianglg on their throats.

Denise Dixon

I adopted a tiny black kitten from on of our local shelters, her name is Penelope and she is awesome! She has so much personality, and spunk. She can be so loving at times.(on her terms) I call her my little black panther and she is beautiful!

Sara Paoluzzi

I simply love animals and in particular the cats. I had a black female named Minù that unfortunaly passed away last year, I've found her on the streed and I loved her a lot. I couldn't bear to not have a cat for home so I took Mia, a beatiful and adorable cat......naturally black!!!! :))))))

Shanti

My black cat, dutuu, is the alpha male of our cat pride and the most treasured member of our family. He is very much a baby panther and preferrs to be treated like one of our dogs. He protects our kittens and family members, but is the most affectionate cat I have ever met. Black kitty power!!,

Shanti

My black cat, dutuu, is the alpha male of our cat pride and the most treasured member of our family. He is very much a baby panther and preferrs to be treated like one of our dogs. He protects our kittens and family members, but is the most affectionate cat I have ever met. Black kitty power!!,

Krystal

I adopted a black kitty from a local animal shelter and he is the sweetest cat. He fits into our family perfectly his fur is so sooft and when ever my family comes over they all want to take him home. He has a round face with greenish blue eyes and is absolutely adorable. He looks like a mini panther and i couldn't imagine not having him.

Linda Gregg

I just adopted a black cat off the street, had her spayed and called her Binky (she's bitty and inky). She has the most gorgeous big green eyes and she's a little charmer. The vet said she's only about 11 months old, and I consider myself lucky to have found her a week before Halloween! I always wanted a black cat! If I didn't live in an apartment, I would adopt more.

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