Black Cats Matter

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For the longest time I thought that Black cats were the least adopted colored feline. It was an idea I had come across long ago, and like many others I chose not to dig any deeper into the subject. Why would I after all? No animal lover wants to hear depressing facts and sad details about a life gone un-loved and cut short.

However, I recently took up the challenge. I rolled up my sleeves and began scanning as much data as possible to get to the root of the issue: Black Cats Matter.

The ASPCA produced data in 2013 which described the intake and outcome of felines taken into shelters across the US. What they found was that the most common color of shelter cats were in fact black.

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It turned out that since the majority of the shelters’ feline population were black colored, black cats were the most frequently adopted. At the same time being the greater majority, more black cats were euthanized¬†more than any other color, which eventually led to the myth that “Black cats are the least adopted” since they were the most often euthenized.

The huge population of black cats in shelters have transformed the way many shelters operate. Many will run discount adoption days for black cats. June and August in particular are popular months for shelters to run these promotion. Some shelters reduce their adoption cost on those days to as low as $10!

The ASPCA’s study showed that the truly less frequently adopted, are actually brown cats and solid orange cats.

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