It's Halloween, and that means it's Black Cat Month

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Real Estate Agent with HomeSmart Realty West CalBRE #01458572

 

With October not only being Cancer Awareness Month, the 57th anniversary of the debut of I Love Lucy, and Halloween, it's also Black Cat Month. 

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Please keep an eye out for stray black cats and stupid people doing stupid things to our black furry friends.

Many animal adoption shelters place a moratorium on black cat adoptions during October. They noticed an increase in black cat adoptions prior to Halloween and a return of many of those same black cats after the holiday because "it just isn't working out." In some cases, black cats have been found with their whiskers cut off, paws burned, shaved, and, in one case that I'm familiar with, hanged.

Black cats are not a costume accessory, and animal abuse should be prosecuted and punished to the fullest extent of the law.

Here's a couple of pictures of my black cat , Sophie, who died September 20, 2007, and my mom's boyfriend's black cat , Midnight, now 14 years old, as well as some music for your listening pleasure, a little photo gallery of Sophie, and a photo gallery of black cats from everywhere.

  Sophie

  Midnight

 

 
"Year of the Cat," Al Stewart, 1976

 
"Honky Cat," Elton John, 1972

 
"Nashville Cats," The Lovin' Spoonful, 1966

 
"Cats in the Cradle," Harry Chapin, 1974

Here's to black cats everywhere!

     

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Ann Allen Hoover
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Hi Jim, I love cats.  I have three that are indoor pets, but I adopted some ferals (they are tame now).  Tiger was missing for weeks and then turned up minus his tail.  I have no idea what happened, if it was an accident or someone being cruel.

October 16, 2008 07:26 AM #1
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I don't know why some people are so stupid, not to mention cruel.

October 16, 2008 11:28 AM #2
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Chris Ann Cleland
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Jim:  It's truly disgusting what people in this world will do to animals.   So glad to know there are animal lovers like me out there looking out for them.

October 16, 2008 02:45 PM #3
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Lela Hankins
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gray catPrincess Yoda, although not black, could not be adopted until after Hallowe'en back in 1999.  Her shelter was withholding all black and gray kitties until November 1st.  She has been a welcome and loving member of our family ever since.

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I work with Black Cat Rescue (http://www.blackcatrescue.com) in Boston, MA (USA). I found your post while searching for information about black cat adoption rates.

Black Cat Rescue is a no-kill, all-volunteer network of foster homes dedicated to saving the lives of homeless black cats and kittens by providing them with quality foster care while actively seeking loving, permanent adoptive homes. We are currently seeking new foster homes in the Boston area and thought you might be able to help.
 
Black cats experience lower adoption rates, particularly within kill-shelter environments. For this reason, we're dedicated to assisting individuals and other organizations with the care and adoption of black cats. Fostering has a significant impact on saving the lives of animals.

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