Porky and Buddy Pet Health – Do Witches Abuse Black Cats At Halloween?

Porky and Buddy

Dear Porky and Buddy,
Is it true? I was all set to adopt a cat (and I love black cats the most because they are so beautiful and I know they need homes), but my neighbor told me that most animal welfare groups won’t allow adoptions of black cats around Halloween because witches try to adopt black cats on Halloween for evil purposes.

A black cat strolls along the railing.
A black cat strolls along the railing.

So my first questions is, do we really have witches around here? And if so, do they really abuse cats?  I thought witches liked black cats!

Dear Joe,
Where to begin. Yes there are some people who are members of the Wiccan religion.

No they don’t abuse cats or any animals.

It is true, however, that some shelters and rescue groups hide their black cats the week before Halloween to discourage adoptions, believing that they are protecting them from rumored satanic rituals.

But from what we have been able to find, there is no reason to believe that these cats are at risk.

While it is true that animals sometimes become the victims of stupid holiday pranks and cruelty, (as they do at every other time of the year), there is no reason to believe that witches are involved, or that shelters are a source.

Think about it. Iif you were planning to commit the crime of animal cruelty, would you go to a shelter, give them your contact information and references, and pay a fee??

It’s one of those urban myths with no data to support it, and it results, unfortunately, in even fewer black cats finding homes.

Normal adoption application and counseling procedures should be able to screen out those applicants with bad intent.

So contact the Oswego County Humane Society – they have lots of gorgeous black (and other) cats – fill out all the paperwork, pay a fee, save a life.

Oh and eat some candy; but don’t give any to your pets!

The Oswego County Humane Society provides spay/neuter services and assistance, fostering and adoption of animals in urgent need, humane education programs, and information and referrals to animal lovers throughout Oswego County.

Located at 110 W. Second St., Oswego, NY.

Phone: (315) 207-1070.

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.oswegohumane.org

Because People and Pets Are Good for Each Other.