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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: 1748 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

well, Debra, you got the snopes link to post, and it refused to post for me when i tried (always makes me feel silly when that happens)...maybe you *are* a witch!!

yes, the snopes entry says there is some "anecdotal evidence" that bad things can happen to black cats adopted near Halloween. some groups take these stories very seriously and see that as reason enough to simply not adopt out black cats at all at that time of year, for their protection. others, lacking firm evidence and realizing that they could be turning down perfectly good pet-parents for hard-to-adopt black cats, still adopt out black cats...they just check out the prospective adopters reeeeeeally well. both positions have their merits...both have the cats' best interests at heart.

i think the whole "sacreficing cats at Halloween" thing is like many urban myths. much like the whole "pins and razors in the Halloween candy" story, there is a grain of truth to it. this has probably happened somewhere, sometime, at least once. and when it did, and word got out, the story was sensationalized and spread. things just as bad and worse happen every day, they're somehow just not as "sensational", presumably because they don't involve a satanic cult. perhaps your local police would be the better people to ask. they may be able to confirm or deny any such cases in *your* area.

as for my kitties...my pet cats are the cats that turned up in my life...Gracie belonged to the mother of a co-worker of my father-in-law, who lived near New Orleans prior to hurricane Katrina. afterward, when her original owner was forced to relocate, Gracie needed a new home, and my husband gave it to her. the other 4 we found as tiny kittens. it was less a matter of us choosing them and more a matter of them finding us. one of the 4 ferals that i care for, Big Boy, is a black cat, though. he's a big, handsome tuxedo cat, he's the oldest of the 4, and he's very special to me, and around this time of year it does worry me a little that he's outside roaming free all the time and that there's really nothing i can do to protect him, though he did fine last Halloween.

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Jillian
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Oct 02, 2009

i remove my black cats from adoption in october for the same reason people shouldn't sell bunnies and chicks around easter - when animals are adopted as a novelty, they're not as likely to end up in a home that really thought about it and actually wanted them.
i don't think you need to be fearful of them being sacrificed. any good foster screens perspective adopters and you'll know just by speaking to them if they really care about the cat. aside from it not even being an honest threat, i don't think anyones going to spend money just to kill a cat.
all cats should stay indoors around halloween. some kids can be nasty little beasts and this season can really spark the evil in them.

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Anonymous
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Anonymous

Oct 02, 2009

I forgot to mention I own a black kitten as well. If that makes me a witch - then so be it! I love him! lol!

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Lilyrose
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Oct 02, 2009

The no adopting of black cats around Halloween is also policy at our local shelter. I think mostly because some idiots want the cat for Halloween and then discard them after. I understand their worry. If you are good at vetting potential adopters, then I would say, go with your gut instincts on this one.

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Anonymous

Oct 02, 2009

The Humane Society in my town - will not adopt out black cats/kittens 2 wks. before & 2 wks. after Halloween.
I agree with this. There are alot of sickos out there!

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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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Amber
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Oct 02, 2009

snopes has this to say:

snopes.com/horrors/mayhem/blackcat.asp

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