Happy Black Cat Appreciation Day! This day was essentially created in an effort to combat the bad PR black cats have endured (they have the lowest adoption rate and the highest rate of euthanasia at shelters). I found the best description of the holiday on the site, I Can Has Cheeseburger? –
Black cats have a bad rep. We have all been taught that they’re unlucky and evil, and because of these superstitions black cats are often the last cats to be adopted, and the first ones to be put to sleep in shelters. Shelters have also said that October is often a tough month for our black feline friends. They get roughed up and abandoned, so it’s extra important that they find loving homes now. And though July was officially “Black Cat Adoption Month”, many shelters will also host adoption specials for Black Cat Appreciation Day—maybe it’s time to look for your own ebony kitteh!
Black Cat Appreciation day was actually the brainchild of Wayne Morris, who invented the day in honor of his sister who passed away years ago on August 17, and the black cat that she loved. He used social networking to spread the word…and BAM! Black Cat Appreciation Day was born. You can visit Wayne’s Facebook page For the Love of Black Cats (Black Cat Appreciation Page)
Our black cat Sid (short for Obsidian) adopted us in 2004, on the day we moved into a ground floor apartment. He walked into the kitchen, sat down, and started meowing at us to be fed. Since he seemed so friendly, I assumed he was a neighbor’s cat – long story short, he’d been abandoned, and he’s been with us through the last five places we’ve lived. Of all the cats we’ve owned, he’s been the most patient, intelligent, tolerant, well-behaved, and loving (with just enough sass to show he’s truly a York).
This is one of the earliest pictures I have of him, in the aforementioned apartment –
And this is him today, out in the woods for his morning constitutional –
Feel free to share pictures of your black beauties in the comment section below!