Many of us may consider Friday the 13th one of the unluckiest days of the year; however this Friday, July 13, 2012, could prove extraordinarily lucky for black cats and those in need of a furry feline companion.
Here’s why: when people go to the Humane Society or animal shelter looking to adopt a pet, they are more than likely going to leave with one that is a lighter color or one with interesting markings. There are no hard scientific studies as to why black cats and dogs are left behind, often never being adopted, but there are a lot of good theories.
That’s why the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA has combined two well-known superstitions by launching a program to reduce the adoption fee for black cats to just $13 (usually $70) when adopted on the 13th of each month. (Cats with only partially black fur can be adopted for $13 as well.) You don’t just get an adorable kitty for $13, but also spay/neuter surgery, a microchip, the first set of vaccinations, a follow-up health visit at a participating veterinarian and a free health and wellness exam from a participating VCA Animal Hospital.
Sounds pretty good, right?
“These cats and kittens are just as affectionate and adorable, “said Kevin McManus, the adoptions supervisor at the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA. “Unfortunately superstitions about black cats make it hard to adopt them out. Hopefully, this promotion will shed new light on them and get them into the loving homes they need.”
Let’s talk about those superstitions: in the U.K., where I grew up, a black cat is considered lucky. All kinds of good luck cards feature a black cat and a horseshoe, wishing the recipients well.
In the U.S., I quickly discovered, it’s quite the opposite. In North America, it’s considered bad luck if a black cat crosses your path and good luck if a white cat crosses your path. In the U.K., reverse the colors. The Scots also believe that a strange black cat on a porch brings prosperity to the property owner.
And a few more: in the U.S., a funeral procession meeting up with a black cat is believed to forecast the death of another family member. In 16th century Italy, people believed that if someone was sick he would die if a black cat lay on his bed.
Take your pick of these superstitions, but if you live in the Los Angeles or Pasadena areas, why not head over to the Pasadena Humane Society today and pick up a cute black kitty?
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