Some shelters specifically don’t adopt out black cats during October for fear that they may be used for ritualistic sacrifices on Halloween. Some believe this is somewhat of an urban myth that complicates cat adoptions for black cats even more than usual. Black cats often have difficulty getting adopted because they are difficult to see in their cages, and difficult to photograph.
Some shelters actually run a special on black cats in October to highlight the needs of black cat adoptions but, because the idea of black cats being abused for Halloween, these shelters often receive impassioned letters opposing these seasonal adoption campaigns.
Shelters workers are trained to screen potential adopters and will be on alert for people who think a black cat would be cute for the holiday much like bunnies and chicks for Easter. Then, when the holiday is over, these pets may get neglected or abandoned. Adoption counselors are aware of this risk and also screen for potential abusers. If you think about it, it would be highly unlikely for a cult member to pay the adoption fee and risk identifying themselves through the screening process. They are much more likely just to take a cat off the street.
Better Safe Than Sorry
Definitely keep pets safely leashed and cats inside during Halloween. This would be a good idea simply because of the unusual looking teens and children wandering around the neighborhoods is enough to scare pets who might run away. And should the urban myths inspire hoodlums to torture a pet, again, it’s just smart to look after your pets carefully this time of year.
Black Cat Saviors
Some people specifically adopt black cats because it is becoming more well known that black cats are euthanized in shelters at greater rates than lighter-colored counterparts. So here are some reasons to adopt a black cat!