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Pet tips
August 11, 2014, 05:00 AM By Scott Delucchi

It’s a fact. In shelters and rescue organizations across the country, black cats spend more time awaiting adoption than cats of any other color or color combination. We don’t doubt some potential adopters shy away from black cats because of the bad luck stigma. In many cultures, black cats are seen as lucky! Our new center is incredibly bright and well lit, but this isn’t the case in other shelters. Many are older, poorly-lit facilities and the dark, drab surroundings don’t help black cats get noticed. Also, while an organization’s website can be a great place for adopters to fall in love, it’s not always the best spot for black cats (and dogs). Online photos don’t do the black beauties justice and can’t easily capture expressions and personalities. Finally, and perhaps most critical, black cats languish because they are often the most common cats; there are so many that it’s difficult for any single cat to stand out in a shelter. Currently, of our 80 cats available for adoption, 47 are black (or predominantly black); and, more than half of these 47 are kittens under 6 months! It’s been so noticeable that one of our fabulous supporters gave us a generous donation to help fund an adoption promotion: no adoption fees for adult black cats and 50 percent off black kitten (or two-for-one). This promotion is turning into a five-day event beginning Wednesday, Aug. 13 and ending Sunday, Aug. 17, which is National Black Cat Appreciation Day. Adopters must still complete an adoption profile and meet with one of our counselors before heading home with an overlooked treasure. And, we even have a new long-sleeve T-shirt design which hit our Furchandise store last week. It’s a silhouette of a black cat with the message “You Can Make Me Lucky.” And, you’re already in luck as we’re discounting the shirt’s price from $26 to $21, even if you don’t adopt.

Scott oversees PHS/SPCA’s Adoption, Behavior and Training, Education, Outreach, Field Services, Cruelty Investigation, Volunteer and Media/PR program areas and staff from the new Tom and Annette Lantos Center for Compassion.



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