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Debunking the Black Cat Myth

Black cats are generally abundant, which could add to the myth that black cats have a longer length-of-stay at shelters than other breeds

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Baby Sue, available for adoption at Humane Animal Rescue
  • Baby Sue, available for adoption at Humane Animal Rescue

Are black cats really unlucky? It depends on who you ask.

Katie Smith, outreach manager at Frankie’s Friends Cat Rescue in New Kensington says their black cats seem to find homes just as quickly as other cats.

“It seems that black cats are becoming more popular with time,” she says. “Black cats have just as much love and affection to give as any other cat.”

There are even added benefits to owning them. “Black hair is harder to see, so your clothing and furniture may not look as ‘hairy’ as they would if you owned a different colored cat,” she says.

Their five-year-old black cat Remus also just had some luck: He got adopted this week from The Black Cat Market in Lawrenceville (see story here).

Over at Humane Animal Rescue, 13-year-old Baby Sue has been living at their East End shelter since late August.

But Matt Pietropaoli, Humane’s manager of communications, says black cats are generally abundant, which could add to the myth that black cats have a longer length-of-stay at shelters than other breeds.

Their shelters are also prepared for anyone who might just want to adopt a cat for a Halloween prop.

“There is a lot of disturbing stuff out there regarding black cats, and we take every step at Humane Animal Rescue to ensure that every animal is adopted into a loving home,” says Pietropaoli.

On October 28, the shelter is teaming up with Steel City Squares for The Black Cat Boogie, a night of square dancing and “spooky fun” from 5-8 p.m. at Spring Hill Brewery.

If Baby Sue isn’t adopted by then, Pietropaoli says she’ll be a big focus of the event.

For more information, visit frankies-friends.org and humaneanimalrescue.org.

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