Overcoming The Superstition Surrounding Black Cats

With Halloween coming up, there will be a surge in advertising and imagery showing black cats as a symbol of mischief. For most people, the association is harmless.

But employees at pet shelters around the country say the inaccurate belief that black cats are somehow unlucky or are linked to supernatural traits has a negative effect on their adoption rates, making them less likely to find a home than cats of other colors.

“They get placed less and they get overlooked when they shouldn’t be,” said Lange Foundation adoption counselor Jonathan. The Lange Foundation is a nonprofit, no-kill pet adoption center.

However, there are some positive stories that buck the trend. The video below shows the successful adoption of Pierre, a black cat who waited two years for a family to take him home.

“I don’t know, I always thought black cats were pretty cool,” Pierre’s new adoptive mother, Kayla, says in the video. “I didn’t think of them as bad luck or anything like that. I definitely never avoided them.”

Watch the full story of Pierre’s adoption and learn more about how to help out black cats in this new video from the Pet Collective:


Tails of Hope – Pierre the Black Cat

Pierre has only one thing against him. Being black. Subscribe to The Pet Collective: http://full.sc/HbM62v Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thepetcollective Twitter: https://twitter.com/petcollectiveTV Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/petcollectivetv/ Google+: gplus.to/thepetcollective Pierre has been living at the Lange Foundation for two years. His sweet and sunny disposition marred by the stigma of black cats.

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  1. Boomdeeadda

    Bravo, That is just awesome that Pierre is finally in a loving home. I have two rescue cats, both black. Petals & Blossum are super friendly & loveable. The cat we had before them was also black. My bother also has two black cats…..we recognized that black cats wait longer for their forever home so the choice was easy for us. I’d like to Reblog this post at Boomdeeadda, if that’s ok with you. I think it’s a great message and Kayla articulates it so lovingly.

    • Lauren

      Absolutely! I volunteer at a shelter and the black cats are always overlooked. It’s really sad as they are just wonderful animals and so beautiful…

      • Boomdeeadda

        Thank you so much Lauren and congratulations on being a volunteer at your local shelter, that’s an immense contribution to the lives of animals, bless their little souls.

  2. Boomdeeadda

    Reblogged this on Boomdeeadda and commented:
    Thank you Lauren at ‘The Catnip Times’ for allowing me to share your post. It’s such an important message, especially coming close to Halloween. Lauren also volunteers at her local shelter! Please stop by her Blog sometimes and show some love. I love all kitties, but have black ones because they’re sometimes the last to find a forever home.


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