Did you know that black cats have the lowest adoption rate and the highest euthanasia rate? Why? We’re not quite sure. Maybe it’s the superstition factor. Some people say they can’t see or make a connection with a black cat in a poorly lit kennel. And for folks browsing the internet for pets, black cats don’t always show up in photographs as well as their lighter colored brethren do.
For whatever reason, black cats are statistically less likely to be adopted than more brightly colored felines. At CVAS we love the black cats that have found their way to the Sanctuary! We especially love them for their fun, quirky personalities and their beautiful shiny black coats whether sleek or fluffy.
Black cats are often ignored by some rescue groups because they are so hard to place. We currently have 20 plus of these wonderful cats at the sanctuary. These cats are often left waiting in pounds and shelters with hopes of finding a loving home, only to be destroyed once their time is up. CVAS does not discriminate based on color. It‘s true that our black cats often take longer to find homes – and that they take up much needed space during this time, but our philosophy is that Black Cats need Love and a Safe Home too.
Could the Dark Myths of black cats that date back through the centuries be part of the problem? For those who are superstitious, Friday the 13th brings to mind things that are thought to bring them bad luck… walking under a ladder, broken mirrors, cracks in the sidewalk and a black cat crossing their path. By the middle ages black cats became associated with black magic and some superstitious souls felt that black cats were the incarnation of Satan… Let us skip ahead to the witch-hunt era where black cats were seen to be evil companions to witches. I guess we could go on and on quoting the dark side…….But lets look at other cultures and all the wonderful myths associated with black cats.
In Scotland, the Scots believe that a strange black cat on your porch brings good luck and prosperity. In the south of France, black cats are referred to as “magician cats.” According to local superstition, they bring good luck to owners who feed them well and treat them with the respect they deserve. Sailors in times of old, when looking for a ship cat would want a black cat to insure good luck. Fisherman’s wives would keep black cats at home in hopes they could use their influence to protect their husbands at sea. Here is the best good luck myth of all… it is believed in some cultures that a lady who owns a black cat will have many suitors. So all you single ladies out there – come and adopt a black cat or two.
If the myths about black cats being unlucky were true, CVAS would not have all the wonderful supporters who have helped us in so many ways over the years … the only explanation for all this good luck is of course, we have so many black cats! When you love a black cat, luck is on your side!
- You can always find your black cat in the snow. (Photo: Manu Parssinen)
- Black goes with everything – if you believe in color-coordination you know that is true.
- A black cat will match any décor in your home, no redecorating necessary. They will look fantastic on any color cushion.
- Black cats are distantly related to the black panther… their regal breeding is very apparent.
- Black cats are majestic, mysterious and incredibly loving, loyal, intelligent and bring a little piece of the wild into your home and heart.
- For those that are looking for barn cats, a black cat has a much better chance of hiding from the night predators and will have a better survival rate than more brightly colored cats.
- Love knows no color! Your cat doesn’t care what color YOUR hair is!
- And the # 1 reason to adopt a black cat is that Black Cats are the least likely to get adopted and have the highest euthanasia numbers. Please help us spread the word so Black cats in all shelters will have a better chance at finding a home rather than euthanasia.
~ Pat Lowe – Colville Valley Animal Sanctuary