If you step on a crack, you’re not going to break your mother’s back. You won’t be doomed for seven years if you break a mirror. If a black cat crosses your path, chances are it’s just trying to get to a comfy spot, and you’re not destined for something nefarious to happen. Speaking of superstitions, with Halloween mere days away, it’s not unusual for the Dumb Friends League staff to receive calls about the dangers of adopting black cats this time of year. These well-meaning supporters fear black cats will be adopted for wicked purposes, but is this just an urban legend?
According to The Humane Society of the United States, ASPCA and many other organizations, there is no evidence that adopting a black cat (or any other animal, for that matter) around Halloween is dangerous. That’s right. Adopting a black cat is nowhere near as scary as, say, venturing alone into a dark basement on a stormy night, and you don’t need to wear a garlic necklace to ward off spirits. There is simply no evidence to suggest that adopting black cats this time of year poses any greater risk than adopting any other time of year, but myths tend to linger.
“At the League, our adoption counselors spend time getting to know our potential adopters,” said League President and CEO Dr. Apryl Steele. “We learn what type of animal an adopter wants to make their family whole, and this time is critical in making the best possible matches for any animal—even black cats around Halloween.”
Superstitions surround black cats. But, for everyone who thinks black cats should be feared or are bad luck, there’s someone who believes they should be admired and are good luck. So, don’t listen to any silly rumors. The League has been around for more than 110 years, and we can tell you black cats are no more or less affectionate, curious and smart than any other cat. We can also share that these felines are not subjected to an increased risk of malicious intent around Halloween.
This year, wouldn’t the best treat of all be adding a new companion to your family? Cat snuggles are way better than candy bars … even the full-size ones! Visit our adoptions page or call 303.751.5772 to learn about pets in need of loving homes. All adoptions include spay or neuter surgeries, age-appropriate vaccinations, a microchip ID and a free wellness visit with a participating veterinarian.
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