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Animal Shelters Working to Overcome Superstitions About Black Cats (VIDEO)

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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 color

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Jason S (50)
Monday October 8, 2012, 7:43 pm
thanks, good posting

John B (185)
Monday October 8, 2012, 8:51 pm
Thanks Cal for the link to the great video. I have a black cat named Velvet or rather I should say I'm her slave :~) I adopted her from a shelter and she has been the most wonderful animal companion anyone could ask for. The shelter told me she had been there for a little over a year before I got her. Viewed and noted.

Carrie B (306)
Tuesday October 9, 2012, 2:06 am
Thank you! Cats are wonderful creatures no matter what their color- just like us!

Past Member (0)
Tuesday October 9, 2012, 3:23 am
Living between the UK and USA I never know when it's good or bad luck, I just hope a black cat walks in front of me at night anywhere.

Carol H (229)
Tuesday October 9, 2012, 5:30 am
I love black cats just like the white ones or calico they are the same inside!!! my favorite cat was all black and lived 22 years!!! I pray my 5 yr old black cat lives that long

Jessica C (178)
Tuesday October 9, 2012, 5:31 am
What century are we living in? Between the far right's view on women to superstitions about black cats, it feels more like the Dark Ages.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday October 9, 2012, 5:50 am
Noted. Thanks.

Daniel Partlow (179)
Tuesday October 9, 2012, 6:30 am
I love black cats, they are beautiful. I'd never be afraid of a cay just because of it's color!

Sara Williams (8)
Tuesday October 9, 2012, 8:50 am
I've always wanted black cats and then my family just rescued a black and white kitten that took a ride in our mailman's engine and then spent all weekend outside before finally letting us catch her! She's so cute. She's definitely not unlucky, just incredibly hyper!

Past Member (0)
Tuesday October 9, 2012, 9:28 am
We love black cats as well as all the other colors. Thinking they are unlucky is so puritanical. BUT they themselves can be unlucky when idiots abuse them. That's why so many shelters will not adopt out black cats anytime near Halloween. It's so bad we even restrict orange cat adoptions also now.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday October 9, 2012, 9:38 am

Fiona Dudley (47)
Tuesday October 9, 2012, 9:43 am
Thank you Cal! I hope that the next cat or kitten to "find me" is a black one. My mom had a beautiful all black cat... she was so petite and dainty and lived to be 24. If I ever go to a shelter to adopt a black cat I'll be well prepared to assure them I'm a cat lover and take good care of them!

Lydia S (71)
Tuesday October 9, 2012, 9:54 am
I have EIGHT black cats! Yup, I make a point of adopting them because of this problem! I'm working on winning the Lottery -- and then I will open a shelter for black cats B-) ... It's a good thing I didn't live during the Middle Ages, I would definitely have had problems, lol. /\ /\
( o o )
Those black kitties seem to migrate towards me!

Veronique L (209)
Tuesday October 9, 2012, 10:07 am
I can't believe that there's still such a superstition!

Veronique L (209)
Tuesday October 9, 2012, 10:08 am
Just like you Lydia; I adopted a black cat because of that stupid superstition!

Mike H (252)
Tuesday October 9, 2012, 10:09 am
people are idiots

Past Member (0)
Tuesday October 9, 2012, 10:57 am
Noted. Thanks so much, Cal. Black cats are awesome. I have a black cat named Osiris who's 12 years old. I've had him since I found him as a 3 week old kitten {I had a nursing mama cat who adopted him into her litter of kittens about the same age}. I think it's idiotic that people are still superstitious about black cats.

Lori Udenberg (3)
Tuesday October 9, 2012, 12:37 pm
Black cats are beautiful and unlike other colored cats you can't see it if they get dirty.The also shine better than any other color.In many other countries black cats are considered GOOD luck.

Christeen A (371)
Tuesday October 9, 2012, 1:08 pm
C'mon really. Black cats are just as awesome as any other cats.

Petra M (259)
Tuesday October 9, 2012, 1:20 pm
Noted; thanks!

. (0)
Tuesday October 9, 2012, 1:23 pm
My Eddie is a black Dandelion puff of a cat, a toss out. I already had two cats, but couldn't turn him away. He is nearly 13 years now. I love him more each day.

michelle t (41)
Tuesday October 9, 2012, 1:44 pm
Superstition is stupid.Black animals ie dogs and cats are just as lovely as all the others

Vicky P (476)
Tuesday October 9, 2012, 2:09 pm
black cats are beautiful, I have one, she's so smart, and loving with lots of energy, she has bought nothing but good luck to us :) People who have these superstitions need more education

Evelyn B (79)
Tuesday October 9, 2012, 3:00 pm
Noted Tks. Cal.... Enjoyed the short Video... as an owner of eight cats, three of which are black..

Thomas P (280)
Tuesday October 9, 2012, 3:14 pm
Black cats are all other cats

Joanne Dixon (38)
Tuesday October 9, 2012, 3:18 pm
They're just in the wrong place at the wrong time. In the UK, Japan, and some other countries black cats are supposed to be GOOD luck. Perhaps we could import a little counter-superstition to offset our own. I agree all cats are wonderful.

Christine Stewart (134)
Tuesday October 9, 2012, 3:32 pm
4 of my 9 cats are black- I love them all- I would have more, but they won't let me!

Edgar Z (47)
Tuesday October 9, 2012, 4:03 pm
Superstition senselessly.

John D (48)
Tuesday October 9, 2012, 4:15 pm
I have had many black cats in my time and will do so again... currently have four cats two of which are mostly black with small white markings on the face.

. (0)
Tuesday October 9, 2012, 4:32 pm
Short haired black cats are my favorites.

Jean C (18)
Tuesday October 9, 2012, 5:06 pm
I have a black cat that was adopted from the local animal shelter named Archer. The only thing wrong with him is that he is total pain-in-the-a##! Every time I try to make the bed, he jumps up on it, flops down on his back and starts rolling from side to side. When you walk down the hallway, he runs in front of you and stops short. He gets away with this because he knows he's so beautiful. I love him dearly...

Chris C (152)
Tuesday October 9, 2012, 5:24 pm
I recently tried to adopt a fostered black cat..I LOVED her...she was an exquisite squirming, purring, love-machine. rescue ginger kitty, Ruby, was NOT a player. I got Ruby at one yr old and I don't think her first year was all that great - so my allegiance is to Ruby...but I won't stop trying. I'd love to try again to adopt a black cat and black dog. I was determined to try to help when I'd heard that black cats and dogs were often discriminated against. So silly!

Ruth C (87)
Tuesday October 9, 2012, 5:25 pm
It does not matter what color a cat is, black, white, muti color, they all are adorable and give you soooo much love!!

Gloria H (88)
Tuesday October 9, 2012, 5:41 pm
At one time I had 3 black cats and two black labs. Difficult to see them in the dark on the way to the bathroom. The whole floor seemed to move to get out of my way!
Even tuxedo cats have a hard time getting adopted. Silly superstitious people. We can put men on the moon, but can't yank everyone out of thinking like the Dark Ages.

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Tuesday October 9, 2012, 6:09 pm
The stupidity of people continually amazes me. I LOVE BLACK CATS, black dogs, black people, black rabbits, black shoes....

Donna B (36)
Tuesday October 9, 2012, 6:10 pm
Happily Noted!! Great video. ALL cats are wonderful. ALWAYS adopt from a shelter=SAVE a life!! Thx SO much for posting, Cal. I love the animal videos.

Janet R (38)
Tuesday October 9, 2012, 6:44 pm
I have a beautiful all black cat named Magic. He is 16 lbs and he looks like a little black panther. Very affectionate cat. I also have 3 tuxedo boys and they are all a lot of fun. I rescue whoever needs to be rescued; I don't look at the color of the cat.

Linda Jones (1)
Tuesday October 9, 2012, 6:58 pm
I am fostering one all black cat named Ebony and a black and white cat named Ruckster from a cat rescue group. They play together well with the other cats I have. Ebony is an interior decorator. She has decorated her "room" with two cat beds, one huge stuff mama dog and her baby, along with other trinkets & baubbles. I have seen her carry large items with her teeth or drag her items into her room! She is funny to watch! I had not thought twice about fostering Ebony and Ruckster. I would not hesitate about doing it again!

Aletta Kraan (146)
Tuesday October 9, 2012, 7:50 pm
What is the difference black brown or colored ,like them all !

Charlene B (4)
Wednesday October 10, 2012, 12:16 am
I have two cats,one black the other tortie.I love them both the same.They are great cats and keep me laughing all the time.I`ve had them since they were eight weeks old.Some people are just dumb.There are more important things to worry about other than black cats bringing bad luck which is just dumb.

Phillipa W (199)
Wednesday October 10, 2012, 2:27 am
I never realized this was an issue. I was going to ask what country this was from when I first saw the headline

Tim L (86)
Wednesday October 10, 2012, 10:45 am
Only an absolute moron could believe that black cats bring bad luck. Needless to say, I have had several black cats and they were all so very sweet and loving. I love cats, and I don't like people who don't.

aj E (164)
Wednesday October 10, 2012, 5:50 pm

James Merit (144)
Wednesday October 10, 2012, 8:06 pm
Thank you!

SANDRA R (144)
Thursday October 11, 2012, 3:44 am
Black cats are beautiful. Noted. Thank you Cal.

Dianne D (490)
Sunday October 14, 2012, 9:22 am
I have a black cat and she is beautiul. It's like having my own little black panther.
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