Brooke Newman Arizona Republic
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Those looking to adopt black cats in the upcoming weeks may have to wait as multiple local shelters have suspended the adoption of black cats ahead of the upcoming Halloween holiday.
According to Carrie Neidorf director of Saving One Life animal shelter in Scottsdale, black cats can be the unfortunate victim of Halloween tricks.
“Some people believe the superstitions that black cats are bad luck or scary. This stereotype is further perpetuated in movies and in the marketing of Halloween, which may contribute to people thinking negatively about them,” Neidorf said.
Neidorf said the shelter, which is a foster-based, no-kill feline rescue, has prohibited the adoption of black cats until after the holiday.
“While we do not see an increase in back cat adoptions around Halloween time, out of caution, any black cat adopted the weeks leading into the holiday is held to be delivered to the family the day after Halloween,” Neidorf said.
The Nancy J. Brua Animal Care Center in Sierra Vista also suspends the adoption of black cats every year leading up to Halloween to ensure that cats are not harmed in any way or adopted just to be used as an accessory or prop for festivities, according to Animal Control Supervisor Arleen Garcia said.
People who already own cats of any color might also want to take additional precautions to keep their pets safe this Halloween. Garcia suggested pet owners put their cats inside early on Halloween, keep candy and decorations out of their reach, and avoid dressing their cats in costumes that restrict their movement and breathing or have small pieces that could be a choking hazard.
Additionally, Saving One Life has many black cats up for adoption throughout the year. Neidorf said they’re actually less likely to be adopted than cats of other colors.
“It can be difficult to capture their unique and personal features in photographs which may cause them to be overlooked by some who are looking at adoptable cats online,” Neidorf said.
Through their partnership with PetSmart, Saving One Life has cats available for adoption in Phoenix, Chandler, Mesa, Tempe and Ahwatukee.
More information on how to adopt a cat is available on Saving One Life’s website https://www.savingonelife.org