Saturday, June 13, 2009

Adopting black cats

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.


pughy said...

Over here we think black cats are lucky, especialy if they cross our path. Yes long hair is sometimes a pain to keep up with, but the benefits far outway and negatives. Black cats are so beautiful, and have always got gorgeous and glossy fur. How couls people let silly superstition put them off a long time of unconditional love.. Sorry for going on, but colour matters not.

Hugs GJ x

Angel and Kirby said...

We think black cats got a bad wrap and we loves them!

Reese =^..^= said...

We love black kitties, as well as all kitties, at our house.

Anonymous said...

We have a houseful of black cats - it is sad that people miss out on such beautiful and wonderful cats because of silly superstitions!

Kari said...

We are a black cat home. They are our intelligent, calm, gregarious stars. And they're just so pretty.

Amy said...

Wow, that is interesting. I knew that it was hard for black cats, but I didn't realize they could have that hard a time. And, can I add, that my first kitty, Floyd, is black (although he is getting browner in his old age), male and has longer fur - and is one of the sweetest kitties ever. Some people just don't know what they are missing!

Tracey and Huffle said...

We are very nice! People are not very smart sometimes.

Huffle Mawson

Teri and the cats of Furrydance said...

Oh Percy, one look at your wise-as-an-owl face, and you turned your humans into mush. Looks like you are starting to work your magic on the kitties too