My local Humane Society does not adopt out black cats around Halloween. They say the risk of people hurting black cats this time of year is too great.
My dad had a black cat. It followed him around and slept in his lap. It was cute.
I can see it being a good policy. Not because of the cat themselves, but because of the dumbassery of people's beliefs about black cats.
I got my black cat late October of 1999. They had no issues adopting her out to me. Yes.. I still have her.. :)
I should say that my mom and I went in to PetSmart for dog food when an adoption event was going on. An hour later I had a black cat. Umm teacup black panther I should say.
I'm not sure. Recently, my mother told me to watch out for my dog this time of year. Said there are groups who steal them for "sacrifice." I don't know if there is any merit there, but if there is, I could see where it's a problem. Bad ppl out there.
If they feel there is actually a risk there, I guess it is OK. The shelter in Seattle is advertising a no-fee adoption special for black kitties. There are others around the nation:
Ppl still think black cats are bad luck, a witches companion, etc. Plus taking pics of them is hard compared to other coat colors. There's actually a group and website teach how to take pics of black shelter animals.
Like taking a close up of my cat, who is all black, a flash just reflects off her coat it never turns out. It does show her coat is super healthy and super shiny! She needs full sun and a background that compliments her rust undercoat.
Depends on whether or not you're a no kill shelter.
I'd love to own a black kitty. They are awesome
I have one. They are freaking awesome!!
I have one too. he's awesome!
If they are screening the people and would remove their head from their as cat may
get a good home. F**** do gooders.
Ouch, I misspelled "ass"
Save the animals from the idiots of the world!
I think generally this is a good policy, but they should wave it for people who can prove they're good pet owners through maybe a vet recommendation or something. My family owns 3 cats who are all primarily black, and one of them is solid black.
Who knew this was National Cat Day?!... :-/
I don't get it. What do people do to them? And why around Halloween?
What about black dogs?
You're so fixated on this whole black and white thing today, and they prefer to be called dogs without color. I'm very surprised with you.
Black dogs typically aren't used for satanic rituals. Nut jobs prefer black cats to practice dark magic. People are cray.
Good for them!! I have a black cat named Sherlock. luckily he's an indoor cat
I dare someone to try and hurt him. hell hath no fury. ..
Good policy! I had a black cat years ago. I never let her out around Halloween.
Sounds good as long as the shelter is either a no-kill shelter, or the black cats get some extra time since they can't be adopted around Halloween.
It isn't a no kill shelter, but I should ask if they get a reprieve.
Good! I lost a beloved black kitty on Halloween afternoon one year. She was sitting on my steps and a few minutes later she was gone and I never saw her again.
It probably flew back to hell.
I'm sorry, 2katz.
Omg! that is horrible. I am so so sorry. I couldn't even imagine. I'd be a basket case
Hopefully she was catnapped by someone who just wanted a black cat. So sorry.
Totally agree. People are assholes.
MD, I just checked, and this is the same policy in MY area! It's evidently a fairly widespread policy, so there must be a legitimate concern. My personal feelings about cats aside, I gotta go with "good policy"... :)
I agree since cats are the spawn of satan we don't want to unleash their evil on those poor little kids running around.
Another jerk has entered the room!
You say that on every poll you see me on.
Ok kids. No candy for you.
Good policy, even if someone really wanted that specific color of cat waiting a few weeks isn't all that big a deal, you could have that cat for 10+ years anyways!
All of the rescue organizations that I work with have the same policy. I fully support it.
Excellent policy! One of my cats is black and I don't let him outside on Halloween.
Is that your lil prince(ss)?
We had two black cats and did the same thing.
My Prince(SS) is white :)
I have to ask now. What's the black one's name?
Sammy Davis Jr.
A white cat name Princess and a black one named Blacky. I never thought you were so racist.
I'm ashamed of you, EB.
Why not just name him "slavey"
Sure wish I had that eggplant emoji right now, Rob!
Do Princess and little CP (Cotton Picker) get along alright?
Ok, I'm thinking we might want to close this pool early...
Isn't it to cold to be in a pool in Oregon? I worry about you, EB. :)
Do you ever do magic tricks where you turn the black cat into a white cat? They used to do those tricks at minstrel shows.
But with people.
Why close the pool? They usually don't let Blacky's in, anyway!...
Thanks for killing my poll with all your racist ranting, EB. Nobody is commenting now.
I know, right? I came in here to express my opinion on the festive conversation, and was bombarded with extreme racism. I don't know what to say anymore other than to ask, when you feed them both do you give the black one more food for reparations?
You must be a "tea-bagger."
I bet she doesn't even let them eat out of the same bowl.
I've spoken to Jesse Jackson, EB. He said he can make all of this go away if you want to make a donation to his charity.
EB you should make the nonblack cats pay for the suffering of your black cat in the name of feline justice.
I feel so bad right now but I am hysterically laughing at these comments. I think my office is wondering what's wrong with me :$
I was laughing so hard yesterday I spelled poll "pool". :)
my boyfriend and I sometimes say these kind of comments to each other when talking about our black cat so i read him some of the comments and he was laughing too
Though even I wouldn't ever hurt a cat for any reason other than self defense I still said this is a good policy because it's a bad idea to adopt out cats in the first place. Year round. Get a dog. Hell, get gator. At least you know you'll be safe.
I don't think that's the point of this rule, Rob.
Well it should be.
Tell me this creature isn't planning something.
Some won't adopt orange ones either during October.
Cats are jerks! I don't know why anyone would want one in the first place.
This is a subject Cowboy and I are in complete agreement on.
I think you two are jerks !
Maybe, but at least we're honest, which is more than I can say for the cats.
I agree with you EarlyBird! I'm a huge cat person.
OMG! A cat Person?? You're the mastermind feline leader, aren't you? You must be stopped, you WILL be stopped!
I find that people who dislike cats have never owned one. Once you experience the trust and affection you can earn from a kitty there's no going back. That being said they can be jerks.
Very true. Or they have had one bad experience with a cat so they automatically think all cats are evil. Cats can be sassy sometimes, but not all of them are evil.