If you’re a part of the shelter world in any way, volunteer, staff, invested member of the public, then chances are you’ve heard this tale as old as time: black cats should not be adopted out during Halloween.
If you aren’t a part of the sheltering world, perhaps an individual interested in adopting or fostering, or simply a concerned member of the public with a love of our feline friends, then chances are this may be news to you.
Here’s some background: Once upon a time, a rumor was spread that black cats are abused during Halloween by those who partake in dark magic and satanic rituals. While it’s unknown when, why, or who started these rumors, we can assure you, through carefully documented research, that keeping animals from being adopted out during certain times of the year doesn’t do these animals justice, nor does it keep cruel people from being cruel people. As the ASPCA puts it in their 2010 article on shelter pet mythbusting, “Continued publicity on this tends to make adoption counseling procedures look arbitrary and silly.”
As a national leader in the movement to progress shelter policy and ultimately save more vulnerable shelter animal lives, our goal is to educate the public on the myths that keep animals such as black cats and dogs in the shelter system.
Here are some facts:
There is no legitimacy to the claims that black cats are specifically targeted during this spooky time of year. In fact, research shows that those who do partake in ritualistic sacrifices will choose any available animal.
In order to combat the number of animals adopted out to unfit individuals, APA! has an extensive adoption procedure that ensures every animal is placed in a home that is the right fit for them, and that they are the right fit for their new family (all the while supporting procedures that promote adoption accessibility). We take this one step further through Maddie’s Lifesaving Academy, in which we educate on progressive adoption procedures to shelters across the nation.
Here at APA!, we love all of the animals in our care, and firmly believe that they all deserve loving homes. Therefore, instead of hiding our black cats and dogs during the month of October, we make active attempts to promote them! Check out this awesome article from Austin Monthly that showcases 12 of the precious black kitties in our care. All are available for adoption!
Have any additional questions on the black cat phenomena? Are you a shelter working to tackle rumors on specific animals in your community? Email [email protected] to have your pressing questions answered!