Years ago animals who went into the shelter had a worse than a 50/50 shot of getting out. Black cats and dogs had a far worse time of it. Thankfully the word has gotten out that black cats aren't bad luck, and the stats no longer say that black cats are more likely to die than others in a shelter.
But cats are still dying in shelters.. black, white, tabby, tortie.. they are all dying. I think instead of highlighting 'black cats' we should be highlighting the awesome cats that end up at the shelter. They are not broken or damaged or nonredeemable.. okay some are broken and some are damaged, but all of them are awesome. Some of the best relationships I have had with cats were the ones that needed more from me than a 'normal healthy cat'. Out of the 370 fosters I have had I remember the ones who had serious health issues more keenly. My time taking care of Em after she became diabetic brought us closer.
So take another look at the black cat (little black cats go with everything you know) or the diabetic, or the three legged cat.. because money can buy you love when you use it for an adoption fee.
And, as it just so happens, I happen to have three wonderful friendly happy, purring cuddly black kittens that are going back to the shelter for adoption on Thursday.. so lets get to the appreciatin..
Cats just like these, or like your own, are dying because people do not understand how awesome shelter kitties are, so tell us about your experience with a rescue kitty.