Today I wore this pin from @compoco_ and was happy to explain it to both kids and adults.
I know this may seem trivial, but you might be surprised how many people actually think black cats are bad luck. Like, in a not joking, serious way. Let me try and help banish this false assumption.
The statistics on black cats (and black dogs too) are not lucky. Each year, almost 71% of cats in shelters are euthanized, and MOST of those are black cats.
Black cats are two-thirds less likely to get adopted than white cats and only half as likely to be adopted as tabby cats. Several studies have shown the staggering preference people have for patterned and white cats. For whatever silly reason, a solid black coat isn’t seen as more appealing or doesn’t stand out to adopters. In fact, black cats spend a staggering 40% more time in shelters than their non-black mates.
When I adopted Kermit, he was nine months old and I was literally the first person to look at him. I have had many cats over my life - and let me tell you, while I have loved them all, Kermit is a special cat - a one in a million, and I truly believe his color - complete black, not a speck of white or any other color on him - has something do do with it.
So, I’m wearing this pin. It’s a small gesture, but I want folks to think again about black cats and if nothing else, hear how LUCKY they truly are.