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Published:October 31st, 2012 12:35 EST

Black Cats Aren't More Likely To Be Abused On Halloween

By Robert Paul Reyes

"Despite a myth that black cats are in danger during the Halloween season, animal shelter officials say there is no recent evidence to support it.

The myth caused shelters to stop the adoption of black cats in October for more than a decade. But after extensive research, experts have given the OK for shelters to resume the feline adoptions.


According to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, black cats are not unsafe during October."

Whittier Daily News

It`s an urban myth that black cats are unsafe during Halloween; black felines aren`t more likely to be abused or tortured on October than any other month.

It`s unsafe for cats of any color to be outside at any time, there are too many predators and dangers on the streets for our furry friends.

The biggest threat to black cats aren`t kids dressed up as ghouls and witches, but dogs and cats. Indoor cats live longer and are healthier than cats that are allowed to venture outside.

Unfortunately, it`s not an urban myth that black cats are less likely to be adopted, even some cat lovers associate black pussycats with bad luck.

My cat, Ebony, is completely black except for a one-inch white patch on her neck, and she`s never brought me bad luck. Ebony has brought nothing but love and playfullness in to my life.

Halloween is a perfect time to adopt a black kitty; she can serve as a living decoration as she looks out the window at the trick-or-treaters.

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