Black cats have long been symbols of bad luck and evil in our culture, though there has never been evidence to substantiate the connection. Still, that hasn’t stopped people from kidnapping, torturing, and even killing black cats around Halloween.
Years of targeting and persecution has indirectly led to the phenomenon “Black Cat Syndrome,” Springbrook Animal Care Center reports. This refers to a perceived reduction in adoption rates as opposed to felines of different coat colors, and may be directly linked to the perpetuating myths about black cats.
In the UK, RSPCA rehoming stats show that black and black and white cats are more frequently seen in their centers than any other color and they also take up to twice as long to find their ‘furever’ home, Companion Life reports.
According to Dr. Emily Weiss, ASPCA Vice President, black cats are admitted to animal shelters and rescue facilities in the U.S. more than any other color. But they’re also adopted more. As the Belmont County Animal Rescue League reports, data from the Comprehensive Animal Risk Database (CARDS), pulls numbers from 14 communities that work with nearly 300,000 dogs and cats, and shows black cats and dogs make up the majority of incoming animals, roughly 30 percent.
More black cats are entering shelters and rescue facilities in the U.S. than other colors, and an equally large number of them are being adopted. But more are also euthanized. Because black animals are admitted to shelters at a higher frequency, there are simply more black pets than other colored pets in these facilities, causing a higher rate of euthanasia.
The fact is, black cats are unfairly stereotyped, and the myths surrounding black animals directly contribute to needless suffering as these animals languish in shelters and are eventually euthanized.
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