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.
Are you ready to party? We sure are! Join us on October 30 for a special Twitter party and livestream video event to help spread awareness about Adopt a Shelter Dog Month.
The hour-long Halloween-themed event will feature ASPCA experts answering all your questions live! From explaining the benefits of pet adoption to discussing the no-no’s of feeding Fido candy corn—they’re ready to tackle all your questions.
But the true highlight of this virtual party will be the Halloween costume contest featuring a few of our long-term shelter residents. Did we mention all the free giveaways?! The grand prize is an ASPCA diamond pendant from Zales!
Be sure to tune in to www.ustream.tv/aspca from 7:00 to 8:00 P.M. (EDT) on Oct. 30! Use the hashtag #AdoptDontShop—and don't forget to RSVP below to automatically be entered to win a party giveaway!
Got a sec? It’s Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, and we’d love for you to donate your Facebook status to help homeless dogs. It’s quick, it’s easy…and it’s an awesome way to help these pups find the homes they deserve.
Step Two: Share the dog’s profile on your Facebook page—and be sure to encourage your friends and family to share the profile, too!
That’s it! We told you it was easy. And did we mention effective? Chances are you just reached hundreds—even thousands—of people with that one status post. Better yet, you may have helped Fido find a new family. So, paws up to you!
Can you think of other ways to help shelter dogs using social media? Let us know!
On a cold December day last year, eight-year-old Hennessy came to us limping and suffering from multiple untreated conditions. In January our veterinarians repaired her torn ACL and gave her other treatment she needed. Almost two months after arriving at the ASPCA, Hennessy was ready for adoption.
But though she’s one of the world’s most loyal, sweet-natured and easy-to-care-for dogs, Hennessy has been waiting almost 10 months to find a home. She needs to be an only dog and she takes two medications (though they’re inexpensive and she takes them so nicely!), and that means lots of people pass her by without noticing how great she is.
How great, you ask? Hennessy’s biggest fan at the Adoption Center, Behavior Department Manager Marny Nofi, says Hennessy is housetrained, smart, quick to bond, and very eager to please. And while she has some pep in her step, she’s a fairly low-key dog who loves to lounge around with something good to chew on—perfect for city, country or suburban life.
Like most adopters, Marny didn’t notice Hennessy’s particular charms at first—then she started working with her for our talent show.
“Right away, I knew she was special. In just two short sessions, she already was catching on to the tricks I was teaching her.” Marny says. “You know she loves you back when she does her little dance when you go to see her: She’ll hop around in a circle with a big goofy smile on her face.”
“I expect she’ll be a very polite and easy dog in the house,” Marny tells us, adding, “How can you not get hooked on a dog that shouts ‘I love you!’ in her behavior every time you see her?”
We don’t know, Marny! All Hennessy really wants is a family (teens and up without other dogs, please) and we know they’re out there. We’re hoping you’ll help us find them.
This diamond in the rough needs a home, and she doesn’t deserve to keep waiting. So start sharing, tweeting and emailing! It worked for Britney, Reina, Tammy, Spruce and many other ASPCA pets. Let’s make it work for Hennessy!
“I’m buying a dog from a breeder because shelter dogs are too much work.” “I’m getting my dog from a pet store because shelters don’t have puppies.” “I don’t want a pre-owned dog. It won’t love me as much.”
Ever heard someone say this totally wrong-headed stuff? We have too, and it we bet it makes you as crazy as it makes us! We know shelter dogs and puppies are awesome—maybe you’ve got one making your house a home right now—but it seems like not everyone does…yet.
So what can we do about it? Spread the truth about shelter dogs, of course! That’s why we created our “Proud Parent of a Shelter Dog” and “I <3 My shelter Dog” tees, totes and more: so advocates for shelter dogs like you can help change minds. Sporting these is the easiest way to lead by example and help get the word out that shelter dogs are the best.