$13 Worth Of Good Luck: Adopt A Black Kitty On Friday The 13th!


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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Valentina R.
Valentina R2 years ago

Adopt a black cat or kitten today. They are smart, talkative, magnetic, beautiful and just plain special.

Dale Overall

Adorable Plus! Cats are delightful and today I made a point of giving many kisses to my neighbour's black cat, she is so lovely! The cat that owns me is a Tortie, her predominate colour is black with some orange brindle and a tiny patch of white. Not a true black cat of course but still adorable.

Never have I considered black cats as unlucky, they are equally huggable and loveable!

One of the nurseries in the area had a black cat as their greeter, he was a fabulous and friendly cat that I sought out to spend time with while looking at the flowers. He was loved and adored and little children would light up with pleasure when petting and talking to him. Sadly he passed away of illness.

Sarah M.
Sarah M5 years ago

I have a black cat, and when I adopt another pet it will be black too. : )

Cindy Girgenti
Cindy G5 years ago

My black kitty is a little cuddle bug! Anyone who believes those rediculous myths is a moron. It's so wrong to discriminate an animal just because of its color, grow up!!

Anita Wisch
Anita Wisch5 years ago

I find it very interesting, some of our superstitions.......

Lucky Rabbit's foot? Not lucky for the poor rabbit.

Black cat causing bad luck? The only bad luck, is to the poor animal being born black.

Friday the 13th? What makes it any different than any other day of the year....

I'm just saying.......

Cindy B.
Cindy B5 years ago


BLACK CATS ARE GORGEOUS, ADORABLE, SMART.... My black cat, Passant, got me at the pound 11 years ago and that was one of the best days of my life. Every time I see any black cat, a little electric frisson of pure love just resonates through my body. BLACK CATS ARE THE BEST!!!!!

jerene h.
Past Member 5 years ago


Elisa and Susan Petersen

Our cat is dark with multiple shades of black, silver, and gray. I call her beautiful coat of many monotone colors “suede” and use the adjective “suedey” to describe it. Black cats are beautiful!

Katie Carlile
.5 years ago

Love black cats, dogs.. Well it is my fave colour

Howard C.
.5 years ago

I really don't understand the whole issue surrounding the number 13. I have stayed in hotels where the floors are number 11,12, 14. Do people really think that if they are staying in a room on the 13th floor of a hotel it is okay providing a sign says 'floor 14'!