This Fall Consider Adopting a Black Cat or Dog

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Fall is coming, meaning cool weather, changing colors, and pumpkin-flavored everything. Though no time of year is a bad time to think of adopting, if you are considering a pet, why not a black cat or dog for this spooky season?

Black cats and dogs are roughly half as likely to be adopted as other colored animals for several reasons. There is the old superstition that black cats are unlucky, but black animals are also hard to photograph, making it difficult to create appealing photos to post of them online. A black cat or dog in a dimly lit shelter doesn’t stand out among lighter animals. For many people, color is important when it comes to adopting an animal, and black cats are considered less attractive than tabbies or tortoiseshells, with white cats being the most adopted color. Logically we know that all animals have varied personalities, and that coat color has nothing to do with it. Just like senior animals, the fact that black cats have a low adoption and high euthanization rate should be reason enough to consider adopting one.

The idea that shelters will not allow adoptions of black cats around Halloween is largely a myth. No shelter wants to deny a home to any animal, no matter what time of year it is. Some shelters may even offer discounted rates for black cats during the season. Reports of animal mutilation and so-called “Satanic” rituals involving black cats on Halloween are largely anecdotal. A screening of any potential adoptees is sufficient to ensure that nobody is adopting a cat just to sacrifice it. However, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take caution with your pets around this time. Keeping your pets indoors on Halloween (and all other days of the year) guarantees there won’t be any trouble, from misbehaving teens or wild animals alike.