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Breaking down Halloween black cat myths

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Breaking down myths about black cats during Halloween

During the Halloween season, black cats are everywhere! From decorations to costumes, black cats are a symbol of the season. In fact, October 27 is even national Black Cat Day! Sadly, old myths and stigmas can make it harder for them to get adopted. Autumn is the perfect time to celebrate these sweet kitties – and debunk some urban legends surrounding them.

Long-time myths suggest black cats are harmed or ‘sacrificed’ in the months leading up to All Hallow’s Eve. The animal welfare community – including the Humane Society of the United States, ASPCA, Best Friends and, of course, Operation Kindness – vehemently denies and debunks these myths.

Experts on cults, animal welfare and the holiday itself have repeatedly found that there are “no confirmed statistics, court cases, or studies to support the idea that serious satanic cult crime even exists,” according to a study by National Geographic. Additionally, according to cat rescue organization Alley Cat Allies, “black cats are in no more danger on Halloween than any other time of the year.”

At Operation Kindness, we strongly support the adoption of black cats 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. This holiday season, we look forward to finding homes for every pet, especially black cats.”

Rumors and tales of sacrifices and abuse perpetuate inaccuracies about adoption, preventing 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 help more cats by giving them the opportunity to be adopted into loving homes. If you’re interested in adopting, browse our adoptable cats.

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