Black Cats and Halloween
By Dr. Jill Kirk
Is it safe to adopt out black cats around Halloween?
For years, shelters across the country would not adopt out black cats around Halloween, for fear that "satanic cults" would take them in and perform sacrifices.
Recent studies have shown that these fears are unfounded. In 2007, National Geographic published an article about this myth surrounding black cats. There is no evidence of increased violence towards black cats around Halloween.
Often well-meaning people will urge shelters to not adopt out black cats due to this fear - but this doesn't do the kitties any good. We have to trust that we do a good enough job screen adopters that want to bring a new kitty into their home.
In high volume shelters, holding cats back for fear the might become hurt can lead to their death.
Celebrate black cats, and don't be afraid of a little superstition!
Black cats weren't always considered bad luck, and the superstition does not reach every country in the world. The Scottish believe a black cat's arrival to the home signifies prosperity. In some areas a black cat as a wedding present is believed to bring good luck to the bride. The Japanese believe black cats bring good luck, as do many sailors. Fishermen's wives would also keep black cats, hoping they would be able to use their influence to protect their husbands and sons at sea.