By: Sarah A. Neikam, CAWA
As the orange and black hues of Halloween sweep across the land, it’s impossible not to think of witches, ghosts, pumpkins and, of course, black cats. These mysterious creatures have been shrouded in myths and misconceptions for centuries, often regarded as symbols of bad luck or fearful omens.
But let’s pause for a moment and ask: Where did these myths come from, and how have they impacted the real, flesh-and-fur black cats who cross our paths, especially those looking for forever homes?
The myth of black cats as bad luck likely traces back to medieval Europe. But let’s set the record straight: A black cat crossing your path is no more an omen of bad luck than a yellow lab or a tabby with white socks. In fact, in some cultures, black cats are even considered lucky.
The real misfortune is that even to this day, these myths contribute to black cats often being less frequently adopted. They tend to blend into the background in shelters and in photos, overshadowed by their more colorful counterparts, who seem to catch adopters’ eyes more quickly. And that’s a shame because black cats are just as loving, playful, and deserving of a forever home as any other cat.
Currently, at the SPCA Albrecht Center, we have a magnificent array of black cats ready to dispel all myths and cast a love spell on your heart. Winifred Sanderson, X-Box, Fraud, Oblivion, Snow Cone, Sorbet, Baron, and Gravity are all beautiful black cats with unique personalities, just waiting to enchant the right family with their soft purrs and playful antics.
Amid all the myths and folklore, our mission remains steadfast: to find forever homes for all animals in our care, irrespective of color, creed or breed. We’ve been committed to this since 1935, and it’s a constant that will not change, no matter how much the world around us does.
This Halloween, why not experience some real-life magic? Consider adopting one of our charming black cats. You’ll change their world for the better, and they’ll do the same for you. Our shelter will be open regular hours this Halloween. We’ll even have candy for those who wish to drop by and visit our bewitching black cats and all of the other amazing pets awaiting adoption.
Visit us to debunk myths, discover love, and maybe even find a magical companion. For more information on our available cats and our mission, you can visit LetLoveLive.org.
Sarah Neikam is the Marketing Director for the SPCA Albrecht Center in Aiken, SC. She has been with the organization since 2012, holding various roles including Volunteer Coordinator and Director of Operations & HR. A Certified Animal Welfare Administrator as of 2022, Sarah is a passionate advocate for animal welfare. She resides in Aiken with her husband, Tom, and their six cats.