Did you know that black cats and black dogs have lower adoption rates and are more likely to be euthanized than more brightly colored animals? In fact, a 2002 study in the Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science that examined adoption rates over nine months in a California pound found that black cats were about half as likely to be adopted as tabby cats, and two-thirds less likely than white cats. This is a phenomenon that shelters and rescue groups refer to as “Black Cat Syndrome.” It’s unclear exactly why this is the case, but there is speculation that black cats are unfairly associated with bad luck or witchcraft. Most of us have heard that it’s considered “unlucky” to have “a black cat cross your path.” Shelters workers have also reported that black animals can be harder to photograph and that potential adopters may have trouble reading the expressions of black animals. Whatever the cause of this phenomenon, it’s time to dispel these inaccurate myths and get these gorgeous, loving cats and dogs into forever homes. Whatever “bad luck” has been imposed on these animals has purely been due to human interference and ignorance.
So, you’re maybe wondering how you can help? Well, first and foremost if you are looking to adopt a cat or dog, please consider adopting that black cat or that black Labrador or that black mixed breed. The shelters and rescues are full of them. A black cat or dog will be a fabulous, loyal, lovable, and very lucky companion for you and your family.
Of course, you may not be in the market for a new family member. How about attending a benefit to help raise awareness for black cats and dogs? You could, for instance, join Chicago Cat Rescue as they paint the town BLACK during their 8th annual Sexy Black event on Saturday, February 27, 2016. Sexy Black will be held at Chicago Party Animals, 1133 W. Fulton in Chicago from 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm. Tickets are $30.00 in advance and $40.00 at the door. Your ticket includes one complimentary drink, delightful appetizers, giveaways, and a champagne toast to honor black pets.
Chicago Cat Rescue is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping homeless cats and kittens through rescue, adoption and education of their human companions. Chicago Cat Rescue is an all-volunteer run organization and they are unique in that all animals available for adoption are cared for in private foster homes. They believe that a home environment brings out the best in their cats and enables people to gain a true sense of each cat’s personality and temperament. All foster homes provide flexible schedules to accommodate appointments with potential adopters. For more information or to donate or purchase event tickets, please visit the Chicago Cat Rescue website.
Spread the word about black cats and dogs. Have you heard? Black is the new Black.