The local newspaper had an article the other day written by the folks at the MEOW Foundation. Mum said that we should post part of it as it has to do with black cats. (The full article can be read online here.)
Dear MEOW Foundation,
I'm thinking of getting a cat and wondering which cats MEOW has the most difficulty finding homes for.
Aside from shy cats and injured or sick animals, the cats who stay at the shelter longest are long-haired, male and black. These "three strikes" generally make it tough for some perfectly lovely cats to get adopted. For many people, the additional work required in grooming a long-haired cat is not appealing. Some also feel that long cat hair can aggravate allergies more than short hair, which may not in fact be the case. When it comes to black cats, MEOW rescues literally dozens of these every year. Believe it or not, superstitions about black cats abound and many people exercise an "anything but black cat" rule. These cats account for the largest percentage of the felines we work with and so are most in need of consideration by potential adopters.
If you know someone who is looking to adopt a cat, why not suggest a black cat? We're really very nice, if I do say so myself, and superstitions are silly things.