Folklore surrounding black cats varies from culture to culture and the old superstition that they bring bad luck continues to carry some weight. However, if you ask an animal shelter volunteer, veterinarian, pet sitter or brave soul that took a chance on adopting a black cat, they will tell you that the sleek ebony colored felines tend to have extremely wonderful dispositions.
“There is no question that it is more difficult to find homes for black cats,” said Rick Chaboudy, Executive Director of the Suncoast Animal League, in Palm Harbor, Fla.
Although he admits that black is a predominant color in the feline kingdom, Chaboudy stated that some people come into the shelter looking to adopt a new furry friend and specify, “Anything but a black cat.”
In an effort to improve the chances of finding adopters for these unfortunate mousers and eradicate superstitions associated with them, the Suncoast Animal League holds special black cat adoptions at PetSmart in Clearwater, Fla. on Fridays that fall on the 13th of the month and they sell black t-shirts that state the following 13 reasons why one should consider adopting a black cat:
1) You can provide a great home.
2) They need a great home.
3) Least likely to be adopted.
4) Easy to find in a snow storm.
5) Love knows no color.
6) Always ready for a formal affair.
7) You make your own luck.
8) They don’t show dirt.
9) Already has a Halloween Costume.
10) Black is slimming.
11) You have a thing for black panthers.
12) They match any décor.
13) You are not superstitious.
When looking to adopt a cat, the most important quality to look for is personality. Since the shelter staff deals with each cat daily, tell them what qualities you are looking for so they can help match your personality with that of an adoptable feline. Choosing a cat based on compatibility-instead of color- will ensure the happiness of both you and your new best friend.
Interested in adopting a shelter pet? Visit the Suncoast Animal League, 1030 Pennsylvania Ave., Palm Harbor, Fla. Phone: (727) 786-1330.