You can't adopt a black cat on Halloween?
October 23, 2008 7:53pm CST
Many animal shelters won't allow black cats to be adopted right before Halloween for fear they will be tortured or sacrificed in satanic rituals. True? Sort of. Many shelters make adopting black cats before Halloween more difficult -- but not necessarily due to the threat from cat-sacrificing satanic cults. In fact, little evidence exists to support the cat-sacrificing theory. The more likely threat is that people will adopt cats as props for Halloween costumes or haunted houses and then abandon them afterward. As a result, adoption policies around Halloween can range from extra-careful screening of potential cat owners to keeping all cats under lock and key in the weeks or days before the holiday. - from http://find.msn.com/search.aspx?q=Can+you+adopt+a+black+cat+on+Halloween&c=1031+Can+you+adopt+a+black+cat+on+Halloween&form=MSNIIT A little informative post from your friendly neighborhood super jj. Do guys think there are still heartless people out there who adopt cats for props but abandon them afterwards?
24 Oct 08
yeah i almost forgot... it's halloween is comming... well i don't need to adopt a cat on that day... i already got lots of cats walking around our hall way... well having a cat as part of a custumes isn't really a cool idea... they are pets and pets are not custumes...
24 Oct 08
That is possibly the sickest thing I have ever heard! Why would you adopt a cat to play with it or use it as a prank for one night and then disregard it the next day as though it is nothing! I used to have a black cat and I was devestated when it disappeared, not in the halloween time thankfully, but still, I cried for weeks! I love my cats as thought they are my babies and I cannot believe that people will have such blatant disregard for another creastures life. Perhaps the people doing this should be given the same treatment! But then, two wrongs don't make a wrong does it? I can't believe how much this topic has annoyed me, and I apologise for getting a tad upset, but it really winds me up, seeing abandoned animals on adverts on the tele and such like. I hope the animal shelters do ban this sort of thing from happening, or at least try and avoid it as best as they can!
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24 Oct 08
My understanding is that shelters try to discourage adopting any new pet around a holiday. The thinking is that with whatever festivities you have going on it's not the best time for a cat or dog to acclimate to it's new home. There are too many people who abandon their animals for all sorts of reasons, including a misguided idea that the animal will do better in the 'wild' than in a shelter.
27 Oct 08
I think that the shelters have this policy at all the holidays, but mainly at Christmas because they don't want people getting a cat or some other animal as a present which might then be abandoned after the holiday when the novelty wears off and the reality of taking care of a pet sinks in.