N.Y. Shelters: People Adopt Black Cats as Halloween Props


Halloween parties can be fabulously bizarre in fun ways. Perhaps you’ve engaged in a murder mystery gathering, a dark costume ball, or even a celebration such as Spiral Dance that observes Samhain, the time when the veil between the living and dead is said to be at its thinnest.

A reprehensible way to celebrate Halloween, however, would be to adopt a black cat intending to use that animal as a prop you bring to a party to accentuate your costume. According to a couple of rescue groups in New York City, some people do that. Such individuals are our Boneheads of the Week.

“If someone calls on Oct. 30 and says they need a black cat by 3 o’clock, that’s worrisome,” Anne-Marie Karash, associate director of the Humane Society of New York, told the New York Post

Revelers will call up and say, “Oh, we’re going to a Halloween party and we need a black cat,” Karash told the Post.

A black cat sits on a woman’s shoulder by Shutterstock

Catster has published numerous articles on black cats. We’ve debunked the myth of black cats being bad luck. We’ve cited black cats who bring good luck. We’ve explained the science behind black cats’ fur. We’ve berated people who give up black cats because they don’t photograph well. Yet this Post story surprised us. We’d not heard of buffoons obtaining cats as party accessories — bringing a cat to a party is a dreadful idea even for a cat you live with and love — and we shudder to think what these adopt-a-prop boneheads do with the cats come Nov. 1.

A man holds a black cat by Shutterstock

The Post goes on to report that one rescue group in Queens called Bobbi and the Strays refuses to adopt black cats to anyone for all of October. Citing incidents of cat killings in Texas that led to more thorough vetting of potential adopters, rescue-group owner Bobbi Giordano said, “We want only good things to happen to our animals after adoption.”

We agree with Bobbi, and all the people working hard to find good homes for black cats. If you encounter any boneheads this Halloween using them as props, speak up and urge them to return the cat to the shelter where they got it.

About Keith Bowers: This broad-shouldered, bald-headed, leather-clad motorcyclist also has passions for sharp clothing, silver accessories, great writing, the arts, and cats. This career journalist loves painting, sculpting, photographing, and getting on stage. He once was called “a high-powered mutant,” which also describes his cat, Thomas. He is senior editor at Catster.

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