Black cats are often harder to adopt out simply due to their color, as many people associate black cats with bad luck. However, if you’re considering adopting a cat, consider adopting a black cat. They’re not bad luck and you may just be pleasantly surprised.
The Harbor Humane Society in West Olive, Michigan, has been helping adopt out pets and educate people since 1956. I adopted Gizmo through their adoption program in 2005 and next March, he will be a spry 6 years old. Gizmo is a solid black tabby cat who was just four months old and this is his story.
I was in a pet store in Grand Rapids to pick up cat food one weekday afternoon. I was unaware that this cat had cats and kittens for adoption, so I didn’t notice them right away when I was scouring the aisles for cat food. However, one little kitten certainly took notice of me.
As I was heading back down the aisle toward the checkout, something caught ahold of my jeans. A tiny black paw was sticking out as far as it could through the black wire cage. When I looked down, his meow was hopeful and his huge, vivid green eyes looked at up me, clearly saying “please, take me home.”
How on earth could I say no?
I found out that Gizmo (his name has since been changed,) hadn’t reacted to anyone like he had reacted to me. With most customers, he just hid in the corner of his cage, quiet as a mouse, hoping to go unnoticed. He must have liked me, as he most certainly made a point to get my attention. My grandmother always said that the best pets are the pets that choose you.
So I filled out an application and went through the phone interview with flying colors. The adoption agent asked about finances, my other cat, school and my living situation. She also told me Gizmo’s sad story.
Gizmo hadn’t had an easy start. At just a few weeks old, he had been thrown out of a car on the highway. He and his brother were the only survivors of the litter of kittens in the trash bag. Thanks to some kind person who had picked them up, Gizmo had a fighting chance. If it weren’t for this random act of kindness, Gizmo never would have made it and after a couple of months of being nursed back to health, Gizmo was ready to be adopted out.
By the end of our conversation, she told me she felt Gizmo would be in capable hands and that I was approved for adoption. She would fax the papers out to the store by the end of the day and I could pick him up the.
I was ecstatic and those 3 hours couldn’t pass soon enough. When I finally arrived to pick him up, I remember how his eyes lit up and he started meowing loudly the minute I came into the door of the pet store. It was as if he knew I was going to take him home.
Gizmo to this day is the most well-behaved, enjoyable cat I have ever had. If everyone had an experience with a cat like Gizmo, there would certainly be many more cat lovers and owners in the world.
If anything, I absolutely recommend adopting a cat or any other pet through the Harbor Humane Society. If it weren’t for them, I wouldn’t have this handsome little man cuddled at the end of my husband and I’s bed every evening. He is truly a blessing in our home.