Wednesday, September 28, 2011
It's Black. It's White.
We have B and B-W kittens who have grown up in their foster homes because despite our best efforts they haven't been adopted. Oh sure, everybody wants the oranges, calicos, or fluffy tabbies....but Black and B-W cats are overlooked.
Such is the dilemma for all rescues and shelters - dogs and cats. I've tried reducing adoption fees, and featuring them on our home page, adoption events and adoption centres. Yesterday, my favourite little girl named "Quinn" was FINALLY adopted after NINE months in our program:
I've only known one person who has had great success at adopting B and B-W cats, bless her little heart. She markets them beautifully with interesting names and pictures that would make you want to call about them. I try to explain to foster parents that their choice of fostering sweet B and B-W cats might mean more time spent in foster care. After a while I can understand why they're discouraged. It's a time when I wish I had been wrong.
When a black cat is adopted in our rescue it's a great source of celebration! I post it on Facebook and want the world to know that *somebody* thinks they're fabulous!!! Earlier this month we had FOUR black cats adopted!! Holy crap...I'm still amazed about that!
I have two black cats - one is a little girl named Pella who was thrown out on the highway in a box with her kittens. NEVER was there a sweeter cat. I can't imagine my life without her. She puts up with more crap from those rowdy tabbies in my house than most cats wood.
I don't really expect anybody to have an answer as to why Black or Black and White cats are harder adoptions. Simply put: I really feel that people are missing out on some really sweet cats because of colour.
But once again...I'm preachin' to the choir.