Adoptions of Black Cats around Halloween

Black cats begin to appear more around Halloween, they are featured on decorations, candy, commercials, and more. This is because black cats are a symbol for Halloween. This began many years ago, where black cats were seen as “bad luck” or “evil” and some were even sacrificed because of those beliefs.

In the past cats were in danger on days leading up to Halloween. People had dived back into the superstitions, and were hurting and killing more black cats during this time. It even caused some shelters to stop all adoptions on these days.

Although the superstitions have died down a bit, I was curious to know whether animal shelters were still stopping all adoptions during this time.

I visited the Arlington Animal Shelter to find out more.

http://www.snopes.com/horrors/mayhem/blackcat.asp

-Samantha Seibold

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