Black cats have lowest adoption rate thanks to spooky superstitions

Published: Oct. 29, 2014 at 9:33 PM EDT|Updated: Nov. 2, 2014 at 10:33 PM EST
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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - With Halloween right around the corner, there come many superstitions and spooky stories, including the idea that crossing the path of a black cat brings misfortune.

Year round, black cats have struggle to find a home and sit in shelters across the country waiting for adoption.

They even have the lowest adoption rate and the highest euthanasia rate.

The reason? Black cats may get lost among other colored felines in shelter cages, they don't photograph quite as well, and people may be searching for "unique" patterned kitties.

What people may not know is that in many cultures, black cats are seen as good luck and they're often healthier because their lineage isn't mixed with other breeds.

"They're very sweet and loyal," says Atlantic Animal Hospital Veterinarian Michele Rohrer.

"There are a lot of people that don't want black cats, but on the flip side there are actually families that will only adopt black cats."

Rohrer says once people get to know the quirkiness and fun personalities of the loyal black cats, they can't imagine life without these special furry friends.

Black cats are also most often ignored by many rescue groups because they are so hard to place in homes.

When visiting Atlantic Animal Hospital in Wilmington, you'll find Hope and Captain Jack Sparrow, two black, sweet, outgoing, and friendly kittens.

Just like any other colored kitty, Hope and Captain Jack need a loving home.

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