Have a Happy Halloween, now with more data and kittens!

October 31, 2017

It’s the spookiest time of year, and we’re pulling out all the Million Cat stops to celebrate Halloween. Starting with these thought-provoking from MCC supporting organization Humane Society of the United States:

The idea that shelters should suspend black cat adoptions around the holiday is widely considered a myth. Even Snopes.com (a website that investigates rumors and urban legends)  aimed to set the record straight a decade ago when many shelters were citing the need to protect black cats—and possibly white cats and black dogs—from the dangers of satanic cults, youths inspired by horror flicks and folks who just needed a black cat to complete their Halloween costume masterpiece. The sheltering community has shifted from rigid standards to welcoming all potential adopters and using conversational interviews to counsel them about prospective new pets and screen out those with nefarious motives. Some shelters have swung to the other side of the pendulum, promoting black (and orange) cat adoptions in October. With so many black cats and black cat fans, why miss an opportunity for matchmaking?

And in keeping with the season, who’s beautiful in black? Cats! And who’s got lots and lots of black cat adoption ideas and data on black cats in shelters? Our BFFs at the ASPCA — who also remade classic horror movies with kittens, thus entering the Million Cat Hall of Fame forever!

Happy Halloween, everyone!

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