Adopt a Black Cat in September

There’s no doubt that many cats are looking for homes—and they all deserve one.

But talking to rescue and shelter volunteers and workers, you’ll quickly realize there are a lot of black cats out there.

Though the reasons may vary depending on who you ask, it’s clear black cats need some special attention in the rescue world. Here are some very good reasons to adopt a black cat in September—or sometime in the near future.

There’s Lots of Them

Kitten season—the influx at rescues and shelters from large numbers of kitten births—ends around the end of fall, when temperatures drop. And because black cats just tend to be more abundant—from either being more abundant in nature, and/or being adopted less—chances are you will find plenty of loving black cats waiting to go home with you in September.

Black Cats Get a Bad Rap

In our culture, there seems to be some stigma attached to black cats. There’s the idea that black cats are linked to witches—something which is pretty obvious come Halloween-time marketing strategies. The idea that they’re bad luck. The fear they’ll be harmed because of the stigma. The list goes on.

They’re Passed Over

Another reason there may be more black cats needing homes is that they may be harder to photograph than more colorful cats. Black cats—and black dogs—can be tricky when it comes to photoshoots because of their deep pigment and many people rely on photos in picking a new cat to adopt.


Some shelters and rescues don’t adopt out black cats during October because of the fear that people may harm the black cats. Though some debate the idea of ritualistic sacrifice as a real problem, the fact is there are places that won’t adopt them out. So, adopting in September is a good idea or you may have to wait until November—and who wants that?

Black Cats Are Awesome

Though all pets are individuals, some black cat owners find them to be very social, intelligent pets. Some black cat owners even refer to them as dog-like and particularly personable and easygoing for those of you who are looking for that kind of personality.

You’ll Save a Life

The longer a black cat stays in a shelter that euthanizes, the greater the risk of euthanasia. And because of their abundance, they are at a potentially greater risk. You will be saving a life by taking home a black cat—or two.

You’ll Have Your Pick

Because of the abundance of black cats, you will also literally have your pick in adopting the perfect match for your household.

There May Even Be Discounts

Groups will sometimes have sales and discounted pricing to adopt black cats. That’ll leave you with some extra cash for quality food and fun toys for your new kitty.

Black cats make great pets. And it’s the perfect time to bring one or more home.

Meet the Author: Jessica Peralta

Jessica Peralta has been a journalist for more than 15 years and an animal lover all her life. She has had dogs, cats, birds, turtles, fish, frogs, and rabbits. Her current children are a German shepherd named Guinness and a black kitten named Riot (and he lives up to that name). It’s because of her love for animals that she focused her journalistic career to the world of holistic animal care and pet nutrition. In between keeping Riot and Guinness out of mischief, she’s constantly learning about all the ways she can make them healthier and happier.

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