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Q: Does your rescue have a no adoption of black cats near Halloween policy?

October 2, 2009 | By Debra B. | 8 answers | Expired: 1810 days ago

Does your rescue have a no adoption of black cats near Halloween policy?

5 of my foster cats are black. One is a tuxedo, but I count him as black. I feel that I vet possible adopters pretty well, and don't think that I shouldn't consider someone who wants to adopt one of my black fosters just because it is the month of October. My one black cat, Pumpkin, I adopted 2 weeks before Halloween without a problem or additional questioning.

As for Amber's incomprehensible post with no link, go to
www.snopes.com/holidays/halloween/halloween.asp

If you read the entire posting on snopes, there is some antedoctal evidence that bad things happen to black cats (and even pure white cats) around Halloween, but animal cruelty is a year round problem, not restricted to Halloween.

I notice that Amber doesn't own any black cats, but I do. Does that make me a witch?

I view this as a legitimate question. I work in rescue. I have 7 black cats in my house. I will be extra cautious around Halloween and keeping all my cats indoors. I just want to know how many other shelters and rescues have this adoption policy, whether black cats are sacrificed on Halloween is an urban myth or not. I definitely look out for all my cats, which includes my fosters. I would not place a foster cat into a dangerous situation.

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Kabbie
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Oct 03, 2009

When I adopted my tuxedo boy Charlie (Chaplain, RIP) in Decatur County, Georgia, in 1990, they didn't let me take him home until a week after Halloween due to their "no black cats' adoption in October" policy. I know there is a rather large witch coven in Atlanta, but I think the main reason for not adopting them out at that time is just because of novelty and pranks done to the kitties.

btw, I had my precious boy for over sixteen years, and I wasn't upset about the policy...he was my b-day present...and my b-day is in November anyway :)

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Amber
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Oct 02, 2009

snopes has this to say:

snopes.com/horrors/mayhem/blackcat.asp

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Amber
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Oct 02, 2009

^%#$&*&(^$^$#^$^!!!!!

alright, FINE! go to Snopes.com, go to the "holidays" heading, then "halloween", then the section on the subject is about 1/2 way down.

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