This has been a week of opinions and soapboxes, and if you'll bear with me I have one more. Every year at this time, cat rescues put a *hold* on every black cat adoption because of Halloween.
I get it. I understand why you wouldn't want some teeny-bopper to adopt a black cat or kitten because it looks great at Halloween. This is the same reason why I was appalled with a shelter employee took home a shelter bunny for the day at Easter to give their kids a thrill - THEN she brought the poor bunny back to the shelter!!!
I don't see a well-qualified pre-screened adopter falling in love with a black kitten around October 15th, paying $175.00 for it, only to abandoned it on November 1st - OR spend the $175.00 for some satanic ritual.
To me, I think this whole "No Black Cat Adoptions" in October is way overblown. If somebody is offering a FREE black kitten at Halloween on Craigslist - that's a whole 'nother story, and I wouldn't condone it. But if rescue volunteers are properly screening adopters - and maybe even taking some extra precautions - I don't see why black cats can't be adopted in October.
If a qualified, loving adopter wants to adopt one of our black cats, I'll probably get a veterinary reference just to put the foster Moms mind at ease. But I think I'm going to do it, unless somebody can give me a reason that this is a dreadful idea.
I went YEARS thinking that kittens needed to be adopted in pairs or with a feline friend in the home. I thought this while kittens were DYING in the shelter for lack of having a home. I was brainwashed to believe that a kitten growing up without a cat friend would have a miserable life - hogwash!
So now I'm questioning this standard practice among rescues, and want to know: (assuming ALL precautions have been taken to adopt the cat into a proper, loving Forever Home) "Should black cat adoptions be permitted in October?" Thoughts?