Thursday, August 20, 2015

If you’re in the market for a new best friend — or pair of new best friends — the Arizona Animal Welfare League is running a deal for adoptions.

As part of their “Me and My Shadow” program, the Arizona Animal Welfare League and SPCA are trying to de-stigmatize black cats:

To celebrate Black Cat Appreciation Day on Mon., Aug. 17, the Arizona Animal Welfare League & Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (AAWL & SPCA) is offering a “Me and My Shadow” two-for-one adoption special. Now through Sun., Aug. 23, adopt any cat or kitten (regular adoption fee) and adopt a black or black-and-white kitten at no additional cost! Then your kitty will always have a playmate!

ABC-15 reports that the two-for-one deal is meant to be an improvement for all parties involved:

AAWL and SPCA is hoping the adoption special will help get the usually unwanted black cats out of the shelter and into a home where they will always have a playmate.

The superstitions about black cats are well-known throughout history, the Animal Foundation writes:

I’m sure you’ve heard of the superstition regarding a black cat crossing your path? That is derived from European folklore claiming that a black cat crossing one’s path, by moonlight, often signified death by epidemic. Silly? I think so! More than likely, a black cat crossing your path simply means the cat is going somewhere! Another superstition, quoted in various excerpts and one that I find particularly interesting here in Las Vegas, is that “the gambling world believes that if, while traveling to a casino, a black cat crosses your road or path, that person should not go to the casino; most players believe that black cats bring bad luck.”

The ASPCA‘s black cat information page has a tongue-in-cheek defense of the kitties, with suggestions that the black in their fur will go with “anything” you have, like clothing.

Source: Phoenix SunTimes