You know what it means when a black cat crosses your path? It might be looking for a good home.
There are lots of cats who are in need of forever homes, and the Vanderburgh Humane Society is using the Halloween Holiday to help place black cats.
VHS is offering a free gift with every black cat adoption on Friday and Saturday, October 30 and 31.
"There is no evidence that adopting black cats around Halloween poses any greater risk to the pets than adopting them at any other time of the year," said Francis Battista, President of the Best Friends Animal Society. "There is, however, plenty of evidence to show that not adopting cats of whatever color from shelters will cost them their lives."
National Geographic and many other animal-related organizations have reached similar conclusions within the past decade.
The logic is simple: people who have ill intentions toward black cats are simply not going to go to the trouble to visit a shelter and pay an adoption fee. Fears about sacrificial rituals involving black cats have long been shown to be completely unfounded.
Additionally, the VHS and many other shelters screen potential adopters on a number of levels. While this cannot always guarantee a loving home, it does provide a safety net for the animal and eliminate many potential concerns.
Adoption hours are 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, October 30 and 31. VHS has over 100 cats available, and many of them are black.