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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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Debra

I went to the Dallas SPCA looking to adopt a kitten after my tuxedo cat Oreo passed away. I went into the kitten room, sat on the floor and before I knew it a little black kitten had crawled into my lap, curled up and had fallen asleep. I think we both knew right then and there I would be his new human mama. Nine years later he's a happy, healthy and handsome little man named Ozzie. He's the sweetest most affection cat and at 15 lbs still likes to crawl into my lap and fall sleep. I thank my lucky stars everyday that he picked me.

Joy

Black cats are AWESOME, so much so that I've adopted 3. Spooks and Sabrina and Blossom. They are a joy to have around and I wouldn't trade them for anything in the world.

Sandy Bridges

I have 12 solid black cats and they are prescious

Alicia

I have a beautiful, sweet, loving black cat! She has been with me for 7 years and loves to kill the bugs in my house for me! She always meets me at the door when I come home and cozier up at night with me when I go to sleep. Whenever something is wrong or I don't feel well she knows and stays by my side! I love my little black cat!

Patti

I have a female blk kitten that was dropped off at my house. You could feel her backbone, she was so thin. My dogs cornered her in the pole shed and I had to put gloves on to catch her. All I saw was teeth and claws, she was so scared. I named her Love. She is the sweetest cat, but she will only let me pick her up and love her. She hides from strangers. She loves the dogs that cornered her now and runs with them morning and night to their kennels. Love has made a special place in my home and my heart.

andreana

My black cat is amazing. We found him outside and brought him in. The greatest cat I ever had. He's the most loving and affection cat ever. We call him lucky cause how everyone is says they're bad luck, but he's not he's lucky, he found a family that loves him day in and out. He's so smart its like having a baby. Lol

Bash

I have a black boy and a tabby girl, they're brother and sister and adorabe. they're both very smart and affectionate but the black boy is MUCH more playful than his sister. we have even taught him to play fetch whilst his sister will just sit and watch.

He loves a cuddle, sometimes too much as he gets jealous when i "stroke" my ipad when typing on it.

Nicki

My daughter begged me to adopt this black cat..she was homeless and well living on the streets...I already have an all white cat I told her she said please momma. So I gave in and we took her on home...Her name is Nala she is 2 years old and you would swear she was a dog...You can't say here kitty kitty. YOu have to call her by her name. She plays fetch with paper balls...If you ball up a piece of paper she is right there in front of you. She is 16 pounds and I love her with all I am...She Def has made an impact in this family! We all Love her so much!

Alyce Caulder

I've had many black cats over the years and they have all been wonderful and full of personality. I currently have one little black kitty named Sunshine but I usually call her Sunny. She is the sweetest little love bug, she's kind of shy around other people but she is a darling girl. I wouldn't hesitate to get another black cat when I no longer have a full house:)

B Wagner

I have (2) black cats-Philla & Phoebe. I found them several years ago as kittens abandoned in a wooded area-hungry & frightened. I managed to catch them (after feeding them on the side of the road)and took them home. I was unable to find a home for them, and knowing their chances of getting adopted, I kept them as my pets. They are beautiful animals, shiny black coats and striking yellow eyes and are the same as any domestic short hair. Don't allow ancient superstitions to effect your decision on adopting-black is beautiful!

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