West Palm Beach, Florida – Black cats, witches and Halloween conjure up tales of evil – dating back to the Middle Ages when black cats were considered witches incarnate who roamed the Earth at night. Perhaps you can identify with some of the myths:
- If a black cat crosses your path, it’s bad luck.
- If a black cat is spotted during a funeral procession, it means another member of the family will die soon.
- If a black cat walks away from you, it’s bad luck.
- If you see a black cat at midnight – you have seen the devil.
- A black cat lying on a sick person’s bed means death to that person.
Yet again, the good luck black cats can conjure up will bring cat superstitions to a much brighter light:
- If you see a strange black cat on your porch, you will be prosperous.
- If a black cat sneezes and you hear it, that is a good omen.
- If you kill a black cat, you will have 17 years of bad luck.
- A black cat walking towards you is good luck.
- If you find a white hair on a black cat, you will have good luck. Don’t pull the white hair out!
- In Japan, single women love black cats. It is believed that black cats bring about many suitors.
Historically, Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control in West Palm Beach banned the adoption of black cats during Halloween, but according to Diane Sauve, director of the shelter, there has been no factual evidence to support the stories of anyone coming in specifically seeking out black cats. In fact, adoption records sadly indicate that both black cats and black dogs are seldom adopted at all.
“We are currently working on a campaign to bring black cats and dogs into the adoption spotlight. Across the nation black cats and black dogs are ignored and not adopted simply because they are over-shadowed by the more “showy animals,” stated Suave. “Our goal is to show that ‘black goes with everything.’ We also have a fall special on cats with autumn coloring – black, orange, brown. Again, this is because black cats are the least adopted with brown tabbies and tigers following close behind.”
Remember that Halloween can be a scary time for your pet. Please keep them inside during the frightening days of the Halloween celebrations. Goblins and ghosts can be scary-even for the bravest black cats!
Anyone interested in adopting a cat or dog from the Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control is urged to come in and visit these beautiful animals who deserve families of their own. In order to adopt, you are required to provide documentation as to whom you are, where you live, the name of your veterinarian, proof that any other pets are sterilized and vaccinated, and permission from your landlord if you are a tenant.
Please don’t shop for a pet when you can adopt. For more information about meeting the animals, adopting, donating, or volunteering, please call 561-233-1272.