I’m finally ready to adopt a cat! Is it true that most animal shelters won’t allow black cats to be adopted during the month of October because they might be harmed at Halloween? Is there any truth to this?
Black cat lover in Lindale Park
Dear black cat lover,
Some shelters have imposed a moratorium on black cat adoptions for the month of October due to unsubstantiated notions that devil worshipers and evil-doers will waltz on down to the local animal shelter one day in October, plop down the adoption fees and scoop up a whole bunch of black cats with ill-intent.
Separating fact from fiction
The truth is that animals being harmed at Halloween is mostly a myth. Does it still happen? Sure, just like it does every OTHER day of the week. According to pet experts, October does not show a higher percentage of animal cruelty or injuries. It’s just highlighted more. News media also continue to do “Keeping your pet safe on Halloween,” stories every year, yet statistics show there are no increased cases of this. In fact, more animals are injured, lost or traumatized on July 4!
The curse of the black cat (and black dog)
Truth be told–no matter what page the calendar is on–it’s always a dangerous time to be a black cat or dog in a shelter. According to the Washington Post, black cats and dogs are the last to be adopted and the first to be euthanized. In reality, just like humans, the color of an animal means nothing when determining personality and worth. Not allowing the adoption of black cats 31 days out of the year is an archaic idea and hopefully shelters are abandoning this practice.
What if you fall in love with a black kitty this month?
Call around to area shelters to check and see who is allowing black cat adoptions during October. As with adopting the other 11 months of the year, be sure to have your references spiffed up and ready, as well as a vet lined up to check out your new kitty shortly after adoption. Lastly, kudos to you for choosing to adopt over shop and for giving a sweet black kitty the chance at a colorful life!
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