You’ve probably heard of “Black Dog Syndrome,” the term used to describe the phenomenon that makes potential adoptive families overlook dogs in shelters nationwide because of the color of their coats. But what many people don’t realize is that this same color bias also applies to cats.
There are no hard numbers, but informal surveys done at animal shelters show that black dogs AND black cats typically take much longer than animals with lighter-colored fur to be adopted (if they are adopted at all). Why? Possible reasons run the gamut from superstitions and negative connotations to the perception that it is more difficult for people to read the expressions on the face of a dark-furred pet.
To help combat this unfortunate prejudice, here is a top 10 list why we should all consider adopting a black cat or kitten:
#1: They are always sleek, stylish and elegant looking.
#2: You’ll never lose them in a snowstorm.
#3: Black fur won’t show up on your [chic] black clothing.
#4: Statistically speaking, they are friendlier than other cats.
#5: They are happier because they look thinner!
#6: In many cultures, black cats are considered GOOD luck.
#7: They can be slimming when draped over your lap.
#8: Black cats can easily accessorize their collars because everything goes with black.
#9: They are always appropriately dressed at cocktail parties.
#10: They take the longest to get adopted and need your help the most!!!
Cat Depot is holding an Adoption Event on November 17-18 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Stop by and check out kittens galore, and especially the black cats and kittens. There is a special adoption fee of $10 for black cats and kittens; most other adult cats are $75, and other kittens are $100. The $10 adoption fee is due to the generosity of several sponsors.
Refreshments will be served, along with raffle drawings for all adopters. A veterinarian will be available to answer questions.
Open 7 days a week, Cat Depot is located at 2542 17th Street. Take a tour of our innovative facility at www.catdepot.org.