In honor of National Black Cat Day, it’s time to debunk the myths about adopting black cats around Halloween.
Black cats are some of the most fluffy, playful, and loving pets, despite the stigma around them. Unfortunately, superstitions can make it more difficult for them to be adopted, especially around Halloween.
With urban legends circulating about felines being used in malicious ways during the months leading up to All Hallow’s Eve, the animal welfare community, including Operation Kindness, debunked these nefarious black cat myths. Experts on Halloween and cults found that ‘no confirmed statistics, court cases, or studies to support the idea that serious satanic cult crime even exists.” We strongly support their adoption during the spooky season.
“Black cats can take longer to be adopted, especially around Halloween, due to the influence of superstition and unfounded fear,” said Ed Jamison, CEO at Operation Kindness. “Yet, they are some of the kindest creatures we have the opportunity to care for at the shelter. The season might be spooky, but our animals are full of love and affection. We look forward to finding homes for every pet, especially black cats, this holiday season.”
From rumors of sacrifices and abuse, these tales perpetuate inaccuracies about adoption and prevent black cats, and even those with orange coats, from finding a loving family. We believe in adopting all animals year-round to give them the best possible life.
Letting go of these unfounded myths can actually help more cats, by giving them the opportunity to be adopted into loving homes. If you’re interested in adopting, browse our adoptable cats.