This is really creepy. At least one animal shelter has actually had to refuse to let people adopt black cats around Halloween or at the end of October. Why? Because they noticed a big increase in the adoption of black cats right before Halloween. And then they noticed a lot of the cats being returned after Halloween. What? Were people actually using black cats as part of their Halloween décor? After all, black cats are a Halloween symbol, just like ghosts and witches and jack-o-lanterns. However, people usually don’t use live bats and witches for their décor or Halloween party. Yet, they may have no qualms about using live black cats.
How traumatic and inhumane for a kitty to be adopted, or kidnapped, just to add to the spookiness of Halloween, and then to be abandoned (or returned to the shelter as a “problem”) after Halloween.
Halloween can be dangerous to real black cats.
The threat of danger to black cats on Halloween is no joke. Mischievous teens, and those with even darker motives will pick up a black cat on the street if the shelter won’t cooperate. This opens the door to potential cruelty, stupid pranks, ritual abuse, or just use as part of “spooky” Halloween décor.
Palm Beach Animal Care Ban on Black Cat Adoptions
Karen Buchan of Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control believes that black cats may be adopted for use in satanic sacrificial rituals. The shelter forbids their adoption during the last days of October, and also on any Friday that falls on the 13th. An email instructed employees and volunteers that any black cat adopted in October on the 28th or after cannot be released until November 1, to prevent ritual abuse.
Indianapolis Humane Society Makes Black Cat Adoption Difficult
A spokesman at the Indianapolis Humane Society reports that their adoption process is a deterrent to adoptions for the wrong reasons. This shelter requires filling out an application, sitting down with a counselor to talk about the pet, and paying a $95 fee for kittens, or $75 for older cats. Usually there is a wait for the animal to be ready to go home, and for all the paperwork to go through. Kind of expensive for “spooky decor” or even more sinister reasons. In fact, this shelter finds that black cats and black dogs are the most difficult to place of all animals.
Do People Still Think Black Cats Are Evil?
Apparently, the whole Halloween-black cat connection got started back when it was believed that witches could “shapeshift” themselves into black cats. Or, that a cat could be possessed of a familiar spirit to aid the witch in incantations and spells. Regardless of what witches may or may not do with black cats, non-witches enjoy their black kitties and want to protect them.
Keep Your Black Kitty Inside on Halloween
Cats who are free to roam are in jeopardy for lots of reasons, including traffic accidents, catching diseases from animals in the wild, and even becoming prey to coyotes or other predators. But black cats especially are endangered, and especially on Halloween.
Indy Animal Shelter
Palm Beach Animal Shelter
Black Cats and Halloween